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Dining Rooms We Love: 8 Spaces for Get-Togethers

Be inspired to create a dining area meant for quality time with friends and family


Aside from the living area where we entertain guests and watch movies with the family, the dining area is the next space where we get to bond with loved ones. Dining areas differ from one home to the next. While others prefer to have long tables with matching armchairs, there are some who simply want to have a cozy dining space complete with a small round table and a couple of chairs.

Create a vision for your dining area with the help of these spaces found in various homes. Remember, it doesn’t matter how big the area is; what matters is the people you share your space with.

Main photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Sleek and modern

The Asian-inspired three-storey house owned by Manolette and Charlene Carlos highlights a white palette – which serves as the perfect canvas for the many artworks that the art-loving family collected through the years.

The dining area showcases an eight-seater dining table in dark wood and a modern light fixture hanging from the semi-recessed ceiling.

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Black and white

In decorating her home, Vicky Marchadesch turned to Real Living and Domino magazines. She also made apparent her affinity for Jonathan Adler’s aesthetic which highlights bright, bold colors with clean lines, patterns, and textures against a basic palette. The result is a home with an eclectic mix of décor – ranging from refurbished and vintage items to easy DIY projects.

The dining area keeps the black-and-white theme of the house. The black printed curtains are from ARQ.

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Dining with a view

Inspired by Mother Nature and the family’s quest for space, light, and air within the city, Architect John David O’Yek planned a modern resort-like space for this family home.

Warm browns dominate the dining area while plotted plants, cheerful décor pieces, and artwork add life to the space. From the dining area, one is given a fantastic view of the outdoors while the huge windows and sliding doors let natural light in.

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Space-saving pieces

In this one-bedroom condo designed by interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino, guests are welcomed with a dining area. The living and dining areas have different patterns but they are tied together with neutral shades to create a consistent look.

A four-seater round table was chosen for the unit as it doesn’t take up too much space.

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Intimate dining space

With the help of Fidel and Kathleen Henares, this three-storey Tagaytay home now has a modern and angular look with clean lines. Wood, glass, and stone complete the streamlined style of the property.

The second dining area is perfect as a breakfast nook – given the magnificent view of the surroundings. It can also serve as an intimate dining corner for two.

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Dining with art

This 68sqm starter home showcases eclectic pieces, industrial elements, and numerous artworks. The overall design is based on a lamp from Amsterdam – made of metal, wheels, and wood with roots in modern art. The ensuing home is reminiscent of a Soho loft combined with the quirky quality of Old Manila.

The dining area looks cozy and inviting. Artworks from different painters adorn the walls while three wrought-iron panels hang over the space – creating a transparent divider between the living and dining areas.

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Warm and comfy

What started as a bathroom renovation evolved into a full-scale remodel project for this 18-year-old home. Without the help of an architect or interior designer, the owner transformed the three-storey townhouse into a home with personality filled with mismatched furniture, collections, and upcycled finds.

In the dining area, the round dining table is paired with mismatched chairs while an arch frames the space. The vintage chandelier completes the space.

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Blast from the past

When this 658sqm bahay-na-bato was restored, old school methods were utilized like using wood and bricks for sectional repairs and combined powdered lime and egg whites as plaster to cover the eroded walls. The home showcases a colonial design and antique pieces – a true homage to our rich history.

In the dining area, the walls were stained to achieve a classic, wooden-home look. Straight back dining chairs and yellow lamps add to the vintage vibe of the room.

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