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5 Ways to Achieve a Minimalist Dining Area

Keep it sleek, simple, and chic


Given our daily schedules, it can be difficult to set one meal with the whole family present. Weekends are always the best—we have the chance to gather around the table, exchange stories, and simply have a good time.

To make the dining area perfect for gatherings—whether big or small—you may want to go for a minimalist style. Using neutrals, selected furniture, and curated accessories—the vibe would be kept laid-back and relaxed:

1. Work with wood and neutrals.

Bank on simplicity and opt for a long wooden table and similar cafe chairs in the same finish. Touches of wood instantly add warmth while two or more potted plants give it a refreshing feel. If you have a big family and you love having friends over, you may want to have a customized bench by the window to accommodate more people. Keep the upholstery neutral and liven it up with pillows.

2. Keep it edgy with hints of black.

The minimalist style is not limited to white and neutral colors. Create impact and make your dining area unique by opting for a black table and a set of black chairs. To avoid a cramped look and a somber mood, opt for flowers and plants in glass containers as part of your centerpiece. You can also add a quirky pendant lamp to break the monotony of the space. In the photo, the owners chose to have a huge paper lantern as lighting fixture.

3. Choose comfy pieces that don't take up too much space.

If you only have a small space to work with, choose tables and chairs with slim legs as well as pieces that you can fold or move easily. A lot of home stores are offering transforming tables that can be extended when needed. You can also have these must-haves customized to fit the space.

RL Tip: Upholstered pieces can make your dining area extra comfy during get-togethers! Aside from investing in such pieces, you may also want to upcyle old pieces of furniture and flea market finds for a rustic touch.

4. Maximize natural light.

Who wouldn't love the photo above? The dining area looks bright and inviting given the combination of white, wood, and natural light. If you have a window near the dining area, make the most of it by keeping it open during meals. You also have the option to use sheer white curtains for a bit of privacy.

RL Tip: If you have a spacious area, consider placing the dining set in the middle. This gives you room to move around freely as well as the option to add more chairs and tables if needed.

5. Choose lovely barstools for your breakfast nook.

Those living in compact condo units may have to transform a kitchen island that also doubles as the dining nook. Keep within the minimalist theme by opting for sleek industrial pendant lamps. Add a timeless and classic touch by opting for clear barstools reminiscent of the well-loved Ghost Chairs.

PHOTOS (in order): Lark & Linen and Nous Decor (Main) | A Gentlewoman | Naushin via Pinterest | GODfather Style.

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