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A dining room redesign in time for the holidays

1 Nov 2012 1:30 PM
A dining room redesign in time for the holidays

The approaching holiday season offers a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and share stories, laughs and good food. Because of this, many people start to reconsider their dining rooms. Big holiday gatherings require a large, warm space in which guests can relax and enjoy a comfortable meal. With this in mind, many of the owners of luxury homes in Santa Barbara may want some new ideas for how to lay out, furnish and decorate their dining rooms.

Function before form
There are many ways to approach a dining room redesign, so it helps to think carefully about what type of space you want. Will this be a room where you eat regularly, or just for special occasions? Do you plan on using the room for reading, talking or other activities aside from eating? Your answers to these questions will help you determine how you want to tackle this important process.

Once you have a solid understanding of the type of room you're after, start thinking about the furniture. Of course, the dining table will be the center of the room, so it is probably wise to figure this out first.

Novel table ideas
A recent article in California Home Design looked at dozens of stylish dining rooms around the state and discussed some of the latest trends. A solid understanding of some trends - both current and classic - can help you design a unique space.

Most homeowners choose a large wooden table for their dining rooms, but the source names several alternative options for those who are feeling a little more creative. One example is a 1970s-style table with a Lucite base and glass top. This may be an unorthodox choice, but the way the glass top helps create a lighter, more vibrant space may convince some Santa Barbara residents to think outside the box.

Beyond the table
It's not all about the table, however. HGTV suggests that some residents - especially those with coastal homes - may want to incorporate opulent accessories to give their dining rooms a more relaxed, less stuffy feel. Ornate light fixtures, boat sculptures or pieces made of beach glass or wood are all ways to transform a traditional dining room into one that will have guests asking for the number of your interior designer.