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Create the illusion of depth, and therefore space, by adding stripes of clear polyurethane over a solid-color wall. The high-sheen finish adds drama to this dining room. Silky curtains suspended from a simple wire cable pump up the glam factor and allow the dining area to be closed off for intimate entertaining.
A round pedestal table is a great fit for a small eating spot. It's easier to squeeze in extra dinner guests than square tables because there are no table legs to knock knees against. It also allows the eye to travel through the room. This setting takes that idea one step further with a barely-there glass tabletop.
Make the most of limited space with a long and lean dining table. Armless side chairs sidle up to this pine table, making it possible to comfortably seat six or more, something that would be impossible to do if all of the chairs had arms. At just a touch wider than an armchair, the trim table also allows traffic to move freely through the space.
To make a big statement in a small dining room, use large pieces -- yes, large -- but only a few of them. A hutch introduces storage and display to this space while keeping a slim profile. Two-tone drapery panels add height, accentuating the room's lofty ceilings. Flirty chair skirts and a ruffled tablecloth keep the mood soft and romantic.
With a round table, there's always room for an extra chair, especially one that's armless, so opt for curves when flexibility matters most. Even though this room's pedestal table boasts a chunky base, it doesn''t weigh the room down thanks to its white-painted finish and its position in front of a bank of sunny windows.
Select furnishings with see-through frames to help a small space feel light and open. Skinny metal chair legs virtually disappear, allowing the eye to travel around this dining area. An open bar cart, crafted from wrought iron and glass, also does its part to leave a light footprint while serving handsome functionality.
A bar-height table set is a space-efficient way to add seating within a small footprint. Breaking above the visual plane of other furnishings within the living room enables this set to feel like its own destination. That point is punctuated by a drum shade suspended above the table. For causal meals or game time, this table is ready to entertain.
Visually raise a low ceiling by covering the lower two-thirds of dining room walls with beadboard or decorative paneling. Crowning the paneling with a ledge versus a simple chair rail allows this room to dish up display space. Painting the ceiling the same color as the upper walls furthers the illusion of a taller ceiling.
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