Choosing furniture is often difficult at the best of times, but an open plan dining room makes it even harder. Open plan living spaces are not the easiest to furnish or decorate, so here are some tips to help you avoid some of the more serious errors that can turn a creative dining room into a mismatched jumble.
When choosing furniture for an open plan dining room you should also consider the décor and lighting, and the need for a focal area in each room involved in the open space. For example, this might be a fireplace or entertainment unit in a living room, and a dining table, buffet or even a specific window in the room.
The materials and colors you select can make all the difference to open plan living, and you have a wide choice of each when choosing furniture for a dining room. If you have a small room, you can give an illusion of space by using metal frame glass tables, or even acrylic furniture. However, for many that might be too radical and light-colored dining room furniture is a good alternative.
Many people furnish the living room with solid ark stained oak or American cherry, and use lightly stained oak or even white furniture in the dining area. By combining a good choice of furniture with well-placed lighting, it is possible to expand the apparent depth of any room in comparison with the general living area.
If your dining room is also an open plan kitchen, then solid wood cabinets can be used to match up closely with the style of the dining and living room furniture. A hardwood dining table and chairs, and the other furniture then match with the style of the living room.
When choosing furniture for an open plan dining room, it is important that you use a furniture store with a good choice of accent pieces such as mirrors to supplement the furniture.