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Lm Hb
18 days ago

We are moving in to an open layout floor plan. This is the kitchen/ dining / living area.
My preferred style is mainly mid century modern. The budget is not large.
I would love some perspective from others on what you would do.
We would like seating for many, thinking the focal point should be the window wall. And dining table has to double as office space for more than one person.
Thank you

Comments (16)

  • PRO
    Inside Out Staging and Design
    18 days ago

    Generally the dining table is closest to the kitchen and would be centered under the light. Is there going to be a TV in the room? That will effect furniture placement. Are you seating a lot of people often? You could do a rectangular table that could be used as a desk and add leaves when necessary.
    Can also cap the hanging light, depending on your other lighting sources, if the location doesn’t work.

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  • Lm Hb
    Original Author
    18 days ago

    I am seating a lot of people often. The will not be a tv in the room. There is barely any lighting at all, it is something that needs figuring out.

    The dining/living section is about 28ft long. Dining is around 20 ft wide and the living has that extra peice so is around 25 ft wide.

  • PRO
    Inside Out Staging and Design
    18 days ago

    Adding recessed lighting and eliminating overhead lighting will give you the flexibility you need. If you put a table where the current dining fixture it would allow you ample space to work but may not be big enough to accommodate a very large group with leaves in the table. You could flip the table the other way so it is going into the LR only when needed or all the time. I’m not a fan of looking at the back of a sofa unless the room is very large. Depending on what other furniture is in the room, I’d put the sofa along the back wall or in front of the windows. This would also allow the table to “spill” into the LR if necessary.
    A mid century sideboard would be great on the wall in between. I’d use an area rug to define the LR seating area with 2 accent chairs and a coffee table.

  • Lm Hb
    Original Author
    18 days ago

    Seating 6 at the dining table is usual to a maximum of 8.

    As far as work space 2-3 people with laptops & papers all week is usual. That is why we probably have to go with a rectangular table. I measured for clearance and it seems maximum length would be around 78" long, legs might make it feel tighter to sit unless it is a pedestal. A round table would be easier to walk around but probably not conducive to double as a work space.

    In the living room I would like to accommodate the same 6-8 comfortably for conversation.

    We could do any changes to the lighting without issue.

  • PRO
    Inside Out Staging and Design
    18 days ago

    I think you have to do a rectangular table given your parameters. A 60” table would be ok for 6 people eating but might be tight for 3 people to all work there. Get a table with leaves. They vary in size but are usually 12-18”. Depends on how much “stuff” people have in their work area. Would you consider adding a desk that could go against the wall? Could be more streamlined and console table ish and could do double duty as a server if needed.
    Sectional could work for you to accommodate more people. Could also do a larger sofa (though still realistically only 3 people can sit there) and numerous chairs. Would depend on size of chairs as to how many would realistically fit. Stay away from a loveseat as it limits your options both with moving it around and number of seats.

  • ital mover
    11 days ago
    last modified: 11 days ago

    You can create a buffet-storage unit on the wall of the dining room office that allows for both stashing away laptops, papers, work stuff, etc and also, if you like, has pull-down desk space.


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    If you like modern, one fun thing you could do is get office chairs on wheels to use as dining chairs. These are all inexpensive


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    Or if you get lightweight plastic chairs, you can easily have them doing double duty in the living room, moving them as needed for guests.


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    Your dining table is likely to be your biggest expense, but don’t forget the option of buying a sufficiently long table top and putting legs on it


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    Switching out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets and the lighting there would get the kitchen moving in the direction of blending in with the rest of the decor.

    You can find loads of inexpensive modern living room furniture that looks great.

  • ital mover
    11 days ago


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  • ital mover
    11 days ago
    last modified: 11 days ago

    Some fun lighting for over a modern table between your living room and kitchen


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    This isn’t fun but it could be very attractive. Click on the info link to see pictures of it used in a dining room


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  • Lynn G
    11 days ago

    My mom had a large great room for dining/living, and had her couch separating the two. She finally allowed me to move the sofa to the side wall with a couple chairs across from it and it looked way better! Without that "divider" the functions of each space could be extended as needed for company. Also, the sofa no longer blocked the light crossing from the living to dining areas, so the who space looked much brighter.


    So try not having the sofa cut the space in two... It doesn't need to be right up against the wall either - especially if that creates too much space between the sofa and chairs. Keep the space conversational and intimate. That can be a challenge in open floor plans...

  • msrmom
    11 days ago

    What fun to be starting from scratch. You have a great space! The dimensions you have given are quite a large space so space for what you want should not be a problem at all. If the DR & LR space is 28' on that long wall and then the rooms are 20' DR and 25'LR you are in good shape. I suggest you carefully measure just to be sure because in the photos it doesn't actually look that large.


    Start with an inspiration piece to get your colors. This might be either a very large piece of art for that far wall, or a rug, or piece of upholstered furniture. Then build everything else around it.


    You ought to be able to find a used MCM rectangular table that is plenty big (as others have said a 60" table would work for 6 to eat and 2 to work, but you have space for a larger table so I would get a larger table to easily accommodate 8 to eat and possibly 3 to work). The modern rectangular chandeliers posted by someone above would be great in this space. On the wall opposite with window you could put a buffet or a credenza or whatever is most functional for your lifestyle.


    For the living room, there are several ways to seat 6-8. Do not get a sectional. They work great for TV watching by a family, but not for adults having a conversation. A sofa flanked by 2 chairs on either side (4 total) is comfy for 6 and then you could have 2 cube benches opposite the sofa if there are 2 more. Another option is 2 opposite love seats and then 2 chairs and again the 2 cube benches. In terms of orientation because your room is so large you could try the sofa under the window or rotate the seating around to see what you like. Then fill in with several side tables, a coffee table, and LOTS of lamps. A rug would anchor all of this. For your budget sisals are nice and trendy. Get at least a 9'x12', but again since your room is so big I think you could go even larger to say a 10'x14'. Keep the furniture mostly on the rug away from the walls and you will have plenty of all around room.


    For work from home spaces, you have space to add a desk to the LR for the third person, I suggest in the corner right by the foyer.


    Good luck.

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    11 days ago

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  • Lm Hb
    Original Author
    9 days ago

    Thank you Ital mover for all the great ideas you took the time to find. I am thinking the office as dining chairs might be very appreciated by everyone using them all week.

  • Lm Hb
    Original Author
    9 days ago

    I am really considering what will work better for couch placement. I like your idea msrmom to first get the seating peices and play with placement then purchase the coffee and side tables after it is setteled. Maybe I can just get a couch in there first and use some boxes and chairs to visualize things.

    I measured the living room area again and an 8x10 rug will be too small but I think 9x12 or 10x14 both would work. If they both work, which looks better?

  • msrmom
    9 days ago

    Go for the 10x14. It ought to be 1' off all the walls, plus allow space for walk ways. Here is a link to a basic rug that would go with everything.https://www.homedepot.com/p/Safavieh-Natural-Fiber-Beige-10-ft-x-14-ft-Indoor-Area-Rug-NF447A-10/205712961


  • Margie Kieper
    5 days ago

    First get the bare bones of the room right, by taking curtains off the windows, changing the paint color, and replacing the two ceiling fixtures. Leave the kitchen as is. If budget is a main consideration, purchase the ceiling fixtures at IKEA, which also has a terrific inexpensive midcentury modern sofa, the MORABO series, in either leather or fabric.