Ideas for Your Kitchen and Dining Room

From a traditional dining room to a modern kitchen nook, look through our gallery to see which style kitchen/dining space is right for you.

Enjoy Multiple Dining Areas
Enjoy Multiple Dining Areas

If your space doesn’t allow for a large seating area, create a few smaller ones. Sleek stools along an island make a perfect spot for breakfast or predinner snacks. A pedestal table can work with lots of different seating thanks to its airy base. Here, a nook is created with a built-in bench and a few simple chairs.

Mix Warm and Cool
Mix Warm and Cool

Silvery tones and warm woods create a beautiful harmony in this soothing dining area. A gleaming pendant and a plush rug with a bit of shimmer frame the sleek table and chairs for a space that is elegant and easy at the same time.

Interior Design by S. Russell Groves

Make a Statement
Make a Statement

The center of attention in your kitchen can be more than a double range. An oversize piece of artwork or photography is a great way to fill a wall not taken up by appliances or cabinetry. A graphic rug is another way to add punch. Often runners are the perfect fit for the room.

Mix It Up
Mix It Up

A kitchen by its nature features a myriad of finishes: metal appliances, wood cabinets, marble counters. It makes sense to display a similar mix in the dining area. A simple wooden table feels right at home with modern metal chairs. Likewise, a metal table would pair well with wood or woven chairs.

Go Communal
Go Communal

Traditional benches need not be relegated to your backyard or lawn; bring them indoors to use at your dining table for a casual, rustic look. A pair of benches alongside a mess-hall-style table offers more room to move around, while a bold patterned rug adds warmth—and they’ll all lend a hint of Napa’s communal, farm-to-table ethos.

Photo: William Waldron; Courtesy of True MGMT

Create a Rustic Display
Create a Rustic Display

To recreate the look and feel of a farmhouse in wine country, try setting up a rustic focal point in your kitchen and dining area. A large wood console cabinet that’s stocked with serveware, neatly stowed wine bottles, and unique woven baskets can instantly bring the charms of a vineyard straight to your kitchen.

Keep It Light
Keep It Light

Evoke the airy, open atmosphere of Napa in your dining area with a simple farm table and a set of matching wood chairs. To heighten the relaxed vibe, forgo curtains to let in more light, which will make any dining space feel larger and more breezy.

Corner It
Corner It

Turn any corner into a breakfast-and-dining nook with wine-country coziness. A banquette topped with bright pillows makes the spot feel intimate, while a branch pendant light, simple wood chairs, and a polished round table add comfort and chic appeal.

Photo: Roger Davies

Go Formal Anywhere
Go Formal Anywhere

Just because your dining area is in the kitchen doesn’t mean you are limited in your furniture choices. A small formal round table and chinoiserie chairs are a great foil to the more utilitarian surroundings.

Get Comfortable with Seating
Get Comfortable with Seating

Anchor the ends of a dining area with two larger wing chairs. The more substantial upholstered pieces break up a line of traditional seating and ground the sides of the room. You can layer with small decorative pillows or a few throws to add color and texture.

 

Photo: Patrick Cline/Lonny Magazine

Make Your Table Moonlight
Make Your Table Moonlight

If space is limited, create a dining space that can work in other ways when you’re not enjoying a meal. A round design with two armchairs can function as a desk, a reading area, and a display space for favorite objets when the kitchen closes.

Round Out Your Guest List
Round Out Your Guest List

To fit more guests around a table, go with an oval design and slender, armless chairs. You’ll get in twice as many seats, and the empty table makes quite a statement on its own. The chairs can be pulled into other rooms when extra seating is needed.

Photo: Patrick Cline/Lonny Magazine