Dining Room Furniture Trends

By: Robert Thomson

If you're in the market for new dining room furniture, you're probably wondering what the current trends are. After all, a dining room set is an investment, and you want to be sure that what you buy today, you'll love tomorrow. Dining room sets range from modern and simple to classic and traditional. Although the traditional, formal dining room sets are still hot sellers in certain markets, the trends are pointing toward simple sets with clean lines. This modern furniture is tasteful and can accommodate both large and small spaces.

Across the board, the demand for smaller furniture is growing. Consumers want to make the most out of their available space, especially as more people are living in smaller homes than in past years. Younger consumers drive the market trends, and the need for practical, comfortable dining room furniture is what buyers are looking for. And with less space, many people are working with rooms that serve dual purposes. For example, some homes don't have eat-in kitchens, which mean the dining room table is the main eating area, with the exception of a small table or breakfast bar in the kitchen.

To keep consistent with the demand for straight, clean lines, square and rectangular tables are best, accented by chairs with high backs and sleek legs. A curio cabinet is perfect for displaying fine china and crystal, while neat artwork allows the walls to flourish. To bring crystal dishes to light, many people are choosing to paint their walls a bright color. Reds and violets are in this year, but if these colors are too bold and bright for your taste, try the popular taupe and brown hues instead. Remember that while vibrant colors are expected to be trendy throughout 2012, these colors may not be fitting for small spaces or heavily-used rooms.

Since many new homes have open layouts, you may be working with a dining room that isn't exactly separate from the rest of the home. To give the space a more cozy appeal, try painting an accent wall. You can also zone off the dining room by placing a large area rug underneath the table. Fresh flowers and plants are additional ways to lock in color and character without adding clutter.

To keep the space most practical, consider dining room furniture with a purpose. A wall hutch is an excellent way to showcase your crystal, while the cabinets underneath can keep plates, glasses and silverware on hand. If you don't have fine dishes to showcase, you may find the space is better used with a small bar or dining room cart. A bar can be positioned up against the wall and used for get-togethers and holidays. A cart can be placed in a corner and keep serving trays within reach. You can also opt for a kitchen cart with casters that can be rolled into the dining room, making serving and cleanup easier.

Another new feature to dining room furniture is that it can include different colors and textures. No longer does the furniture have to feature the same type of wood but now it may include combined wood and finishes with leather or fabric seating. The more chairs you can fit, the better, as this will enable you to entertain with more people. After all, you can always position the extra chairs around a fireplace or bookcase.

If you love to entertain but are limited on space, consider a dining room table that can be extended. Today's tables may have two ends that can be folded down when not in use or have an insert or leaf to extend the table. To make the space look bigger, strategically place mirrors on the walls that reflect light or opt for a mirrored cabinet that gives the illusion of a larger room. With the proper dining room furniture, you can have the look of luxury without sacrificing much-needed functional space.

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Jacob Miller writes about different home improvement ideas and dining room furniture out of Chicago. Always looking for the highest quality materials and statement decor pieces, he is always looking for more sources of great furniture information including www.obstaclesandglories.com/2011/05/place-for-conversation.html.

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