We all know that the kitchen has now become the central hub of the home, where open-plan spaces are becoming the norm. When designing an open-plan space there can be a few challenges along the way of how the kitchen, dining and living spaces flow together where the overall design aesthetic works seamlessly across each of the key areas.
Whilst many clients still love the idea of a formal dining room separate from the kitchen, most will now opt for an informal dining area in the open-plan, which is carefully zoned to be scaled up and down depending on how many are round for dinner.
In this blog, we look at the different furniture we can design and build into your dining area.
Banquette seating can be incorporated in projects of all shapes and sizes and provides an informal area to sit in comfort within the kitchen space, when a larger dining table may not be available, or there’s a formal dining room elsewhere in the home. A seating design like the banquette is the most perfect booth seating of them all. They add character to your space and can be dressed up with a variety of design styles to match your traditional or contemporary décor.
This type of seating is a much more cosy way to dine, maximising the eating area while minimising the footprint area and also accommodating additional storage in the hub of the home.
Design into a breakfast nook or just a bench seat on one side of the table placed underneath a window and add pillows for maximum comfort to match the style of your room.
Transforming the space in this Barnet property is this hand-built banquette that sits on the lower level of the extension. Designed in our classic shaker style with a tongue and groove effect, this banquette rests up against the breakfast bar and one external wall to provide a seating area that comfortably seats 6. We hand-painted this in Railings by Farrow & Ball, a popular colour amongst our kitchen projects.
With a bookcase to the right, this seating area also makes for the perfect place to unwind with a book.
The dining table is a personal piece of furniture that can make or break a kitchen or dining space, it can be difficult choosing the right one, but we will always design one that’s perfectly suited to your space, style and needs.
Sitting proudly in the Clayhall project is this informal dining table built off of the kitchen island and finished with a Carrara quartz worktop in a 60mm thickness. A sturdy base made from solid wood and hand-painted in the same royal blue as the rest of the kitchen is seen below the quartz, creating the table. The drop-down edge from the island flows into this stunning seating area that can seat up to 6/7 guests. It’s the ultimate in luxury and looks stunning in this light and bright open-plan space.
A truly bespoke design and one-of-a-kind.
The round pedestal table is a firm favourite of ours whether it’s designed in a space on its own or at the end of the island. It can be made from beautiful raw materials such as solid oak and walnut depending on your choice. Sturdy and thick, the base can be completed with your choice of top, meaning you can choose solid wood or opt for a unique finish with a stone.⠀
The pedestal table in the Chelmsford project features a traditional solid base hand-painted in Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball, completed with a Carrara quartz worktop. It seats up to 4 people who can use the table as an informal or formal dining table.
In the Potters Bar project, the bespoke pedestal table was turned on a lathe and built from a solid wood that sits perfectly positioned next to the island. Our client wanted this to stand out in the design amongst the popular hue known as Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball. Five guests can sit around this table comfortably, enjoying some nibbles before the main course.
Raised slightly above the island’s surface, this pedestal table in the Winchmore Hill project adds an extra special feature, making the quartz worktop stand out in particular and act as a separate piece of furniture.
Both seating areas start a conversation flowing whether it’s with the cook or enjoying the delicious dish they just created.
Bar / Drink Cabinet
Design a pre-dinner drinks cabinet and a cocktail area for those dinner parties that you have been longing to host. In the last couple of years we haven’t been able to enjoy quality time with our family and friends, so what better way to entertain than adding a drinks cabinet to your dining area.
An unused wall in the dining area of the Chelmsford project anxiously waiting for a bespoke piece of furniture, that would look ultimately satisfying and the perfect addition to a Friday or Saturday evening. Designed with curved edges, glass-fronted cabinets as well as solid fronted doors, a mirrored splashback and a gorgeous Carrara quartz worktop to slice the lemons, this drinks cabinet became the centre attraction.
A dresser with a mirrored interior and glass shelves are typically designed as part of a dining room, creating the feeling of more space and looking particularly wonderful in the evenings when illuminated. They can also provide additional mood lighting during dinners with friends and family.
Another reason why adding a dresser into the open-plan space is a great idea, they allow you to flow the handmade furniture into other areas of the space, whilst storing your favourite glassware conveniently and organised.
If you have a more traditional space, you may opt for an oak interior and a painted exterior in an alternative colour.
To merge the look and feel of the kitchen with the rest of the living room, we flowed our handmade cabinetry into the dining area of the Potters Bar project. An ultimate dresser with glass doors and shelves hand-painted in Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball.
A media unit brings a gentle flow of our beautiful joinery to the open-plan space. Because of them being truly bespoke, they are designed to suit the space perfectly and meet each client’s individual needs and requirements.
This TV stand in the Winchmore Hill project sits in the corner allowing family and friends to watch and join in from the central kitchen island as well from the dining table. So when there’s a sports match on, enjoy together in this wonderful space. A striking and modern solid wood frame hand-painted in Plummett by Farrow & Ball to house the TV and create a sleek and beautiful finishing touch to this area of the room.
The closed cupboards beneath provide a great place to conceal games consoles, internet hubs, DVDs, remotes and other items you may not want to be displayed.
If you have a window that has space underneath, design in a window seat that offers an additional place to sit and extra storage space for cushions and blankets. A handmade bespoke window seat is more ideal than an armchair as you could potentially block out natural light.
In this handmade kitchen we designed and built-in Chelmsford, the dining area was destined for an extra piece of furniture that suited the space perfectly. Built from our traditional style and an external skirting plinth, this extra long bench seat soon became an exquisite place to enjoy a cup of tea or indulge in a good book.
We completed it with a padded cushion in a light hue, built-in three dovetailed drawers and hand-painted it in Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball to match the rest of the bespoke kitchen.
If you would like to know more about our handmade dining room furniture contact us today – we look forward to hearing from you. Because our furniture is truly bespoke, it means any type of cabinetry can fit the scale and proportion of the space perfectly.