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6. Set up a sunny centerpiece. A row of cheerful, potted sunflowers or zinnias will make everyone smile — plus, they last far longer than a cut bouquet.
Use the mirror effect. If there's a tried and true trick for opening up a tiny room, it's adding a large mirror. This one is massive, but the reflection makes it feel transparent, so it doesn't seem as though it hulks over the space. In fact, it provides enough visual expansion to allow for an overscale dining table as well.
Rule 8: Extend the rug 24 inches around a table. It is much easier to maneuver dining chairs if there is at least 24 inches of rug extending from the edge of the table on all sides. This rule allows the back legs of the chairs to be on the rug, even when being used. This can be a hard design goal to achieve due to the typical proportion of tables to area rugs.
Rule 9: Cover the walking area. The rug should cover the majority of the walking area in a hallway or entry. For both safety and comfort, it is preferable to have both feet fall within the surface of the rug in a high traffic area.
4. Give things plenty of space. In this entryway, the neutral walls and ample space allow the spare collection of a beautifully crafted table, simple bowl and intricate sculpture to be fully appreciated. Each piece has some breathing room.
Stools tucked in at the end of a dining table add another seat without making the room feel crowded. The natural wood of this stool was a great choice combined with the live-edge wood dining table.
This dining room provides a wonderful example of how periods overlap beautifully. Chinese chippendale chairs; a traditional oval table; a natural woven rug; an oversized but airy chandelier; intricate wainscotting and moldings; and abstract paintings on the far wall tell us there is nothing predictable about the client or the designer.
Several elements work to make this dining room lively and glamorous, but that highly stylized, expressionist painting really personalizes the space, giving onlookers a little insight into the homeowner's wide range of interests.