Design a dining room: the 6 rules to know
Jennifer Sath / Camille Hermand
Dining area in the living room or kitchen, separate room ... dining room can occupy space in multiple ways. And this piece requires particular care in terms ofplanning : where to create dining room in a small living room ? And in a kitchen? Which type of table to choose? How to make this space a place of sharing? Our advice for arrange your dining room and give it life.
Whether open to the kitchencommunicating with the living room or isolated, the dining room is to be done and decorated with care. Côté Maison reveals the 6 rules to know for a dining room at the top!
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1. Make the dining room a real place to live
The dining room or the dining area must be centered on the lives of its inhabitants. "The anxiety is to have a dead space, where nothing happens, confirms Camille Hermand, interior designer.To avoid this, we give a second utility at the table of the dining room. For example, if there are children in the house, put the table in the middle of the room to create a place for homework or coloring. "
The key to a dining room full of life is also its dynamism. The table and chairs create the rhythm. "Diversify the foundation," says Camille Hermand, "for example, place a comfortable chair next to a chair a little more rigid, so the meal will be more dynamic and user-friendly." The mobility of guests and furniture brings pep and good mood around the table.
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2. Position the dining area
The main quality of the dining room or dining area is to be practical everyday. Between the dining room and the kitchen, plan an easy path for the many comings and goings. Similarly, do not neglect the perimeter needed for chairs to allow everyone to be comfortable. The space around the table is also important for good circulation.
According to the desires and the arrangement of the pieces, the dining room can be open to the kitchen. Opening the space allows greater fluidity and gives access to the kitchen. Before making your choice, lay out the disadvantages and advantages of each configuration. If it is trendy, the open kitchen is not suitable for all.
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3. Delimit the living room area of the dining area
Yes living room and dining room share the same room, delimit their activities clearly. For that, play with the light. "Contrary to popular belief, the table is not always placed in the bright part of the room, according to Camille Hermand.It can be installed in a recess to favor the light at the sofa." An original way to create a cozy corner for meals with family or friends.
Other tips: storage, an imposing frame behind the table, a suspension or colors. So many ideas that compete to separate living room space and dining room.
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4. Choose a suitable table that we like
"We all want to be able to receive without having a big table ! "Camille Hermand says ironically, the table is most often scalable to go from four, to eight or twelve guests. The form also comes into play according to the needs of the house. Rectangular or oval for the most classic, round or square for the most modern. Each has its characteristics. "If you do not have much space, a round or oval table with its extensions can be numerous while having good circulation," advises Camille Hermand. They also offer some usability and are more malleable to add a last minute guest.
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The material of the table is to be determined according to the inhabitants of the house. With children, the table needs to be robust, made of wood or plywood for example. In solo, the choice is made according to the practiced activities: to eat, to work, etc. Most of the time, choose a easy maintenance table. The glass tray can be banned if you are a maniacal fingerprint ... In any case, beware of the daily bazaar that nibbles space. A large empty table does not remain so often.
5. Bet on cool storage for the dining room
A time shunted, the dining room credentials regain their popularity and are now available in various styles and varied. Practical, this low furniture hides a lot of space without burdening the decor. For the style, prefer an element with character instead of scattering you. "We do not need a lot of things around the table," Camille Hermand says, "furniture is mostly a pretext for putting objects, such as lamps. storage space in the kitchen, centralized, close to the dishwasher or sink. "
Nevertheless, if you have room or not enough storage space in the kitchen, decentralize some of the dishes to the dining area. The big dressers are in vogue, in a spirit of flea market or rather industrial. They affirm the mood of the room.
6. Create a room where you feel good for the meal
Place of sharing with family and friends, the dining room is full of good memories. For your guests to have a good time, customize this space without overloading it. Opt for soft colors or daring and greedy touches.
The light of the dining room is also to be treated. "If it is lighting alone, the light should be able to be adapted to different activities thanks to a dimmer, advises Camille Hermand.The luminaire must also be low enough not to dazzle the people around the table." For a sweet atmosphere, multiply light sources with table lamps or sconces. And for cozy dinners, sprinkle candles on the table.
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Spaces and measures to know for the dining room
- Around the table, count minimum 45 cm to sit and 120 cm to recline seats without passage behind, 150 cm with a possible passage.
- For the table, if a foot is at the location of the legs, allow 30 cm of withdrawal relative to the edge of the board.
- A table of 70 cm allows to pose two cutlery face to face without flat in the center. Between 85 and 90 cm (medium size) can be placed dishes in the center and beyond, between 100 and 110 cm, a runner.
- For each person, count 60 cm minimum width on the table.
Learn more about Camille Hermand: Camille Hermand Architectures www.camillearchitectures.com and Maison M www.maisonmparis.com.