Recently, a friend of mine asked me how to plan furniture for an dining area that is open to her living room. She isn't going to use it as a formal dining, which is typical to have only 1 dining and it's usually next to the kitchen (what used to be called the breakfast room). So what do you do with this awkward space. It's usually a small room open on 2 sides adjacent to the living room.
|My friend's Dining Room|
|View from entry - Dining on the right and Living on the left|
I see so many houses where this is set up as a dining room but it is rarely used. Why waste space on a room you only may use 3 times a year? My advice to my friend and you is to use this space as an office, library, game room, music room, sitting room or a combination of these.
Here's some ideas...
|A simple desk, chair and picture can fill the space nicely|
|Office and seating mixed|
|Great office idea that looks good enough to be in your living room|
|a floating desk|
|Build-in shelves and add seating|
|shelves and lounge chairs are a great look|
|The perfect reading area|
|Love how light and airy this feels|
You don't have to have a lot of books or built-in shelves to call it a library.
|Love this small game table (add a bar too!)|
|You can take advantage of the chandelier that is wired in the room for your game table.|
|Love the leaning art!|
|Large art can help fill the space too!|
|Re-purposed Formal Living Room|
This is a formal living room we designed to be the music room for our clients boys.
|Love the hanging guitars|
|All you need is a piano!|
|Instruments and add some seating|
This is a bit too sparse for me, I would have added a rug but you get the point!
|4 Chairs and a table or ottoman (notice the piano)|
|Love this !!!|
I would avoid a playroom, craft room or any room that will get junked up. You want your living room to be comfortable and presentable to guests without too much effort. ~Brandy