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5 Ideas to Steal from 5 Compact Dining Areas

Achieve a homey nook where you can enjoy hearty meals with loved ones


Some may think that a small dining area can make it difficult to savor meals with friends and family. If you think about it, can you imagine hosting parties and get-togethers in a compact space? How can your friends move around? Is it still possible to enjoy a good time given the limited area?

If you look at the bright side, a small dining space has its advantages too! The setting is more intimate, the vibe is cozy, and you can engage your family in meaningful conversations. So don't feel bad about the small space! Here are inspiring photos and ideas that can help you make the most of what you have:

Main photos from: Dear Lillie and Decoholic.

If the dining nook is located near the kitchen, you may opt for a slim table and a pair of benches. These pieces will give your space a warm, country vibe. It would also be perfect if you have a family of four or five members.

Photo from Apartment Therapy.

An unused corner can work as a dining area! Spruce it up with pretty curtains and fluffy pillows to ensure the comfort of guests. Once meals and parties are over, it can also work as a reading or study area for you and your kids.

Photo from Dear Lillie.

The Scandinavian style has been gaining popularity because of its simplicity and chic pieces. Keep things simple and balanced by opting for light colors and sleek lines. Remember, a few well-selected pieces can create an impact while avoiding a cramped space.

Photo from Decoholic.

If possible, you may want to situate your dining nook by the window. It allows you to maximize natural light—giving the space an airy and spacious vibe. Use an area rug with horizontal stripes to help create an illusion of space.

Photo from One Kindesign.

This dining area is found between the kitchen and living area but it doesn't look cramped at all! To recreate the look, you can invest in mirrors as these help open up the space and make it look bigger. Complete the look by opting for a long and slim table that can accommodate more people.

RL Tip: A captivating light fixture can make a difference in your small dining area. It can be used to create a statement and a focal point. You can work with a simple yet stylish chandelier or a huge piece like the one in the photo. 

Photo from Decoholic.

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