Many Singaporean homes are on the smaller side, and while they’re perfect for articulating most of the basic amenities like living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, it can be difficult to fit in a full-sized dining space in them. However, that does not mean that you can completely ignore it – a small dining area is better than none at all, so here are 5 ideas for making the most of it:
1. No elaborate furniture
The first rule of working with a small dining area is to say no to elaborate furniture. There can be no large dining tables, no traditionally designed chairs, and no bold accents or upholstery because all of that is going to make your space feel overly elaborate and nonsensical. Instead, stick to Scandinavian style furniture that is simple, stylish, and fits the genre beautifully.
2. A minimalist backdrop
The thing about small style dining areas is that you absolutely cannot make them feel overwhelming. The best way to do that is to stay away from any bold or elaborate embellishments that are usually articulated through the feature wall joined to the dining area. It’s best to keep it as minimally designed and simple as possible to make it seem understated.
3. Adjoined to the bar
Many designers have come up with an ingenious solution to the small dining space problem. Instead of making it an entirely separate set up in the first place, they adjoin the whole thing to a breakfast bar. This makes the table-bar setting more compact and feels infinitely more innovative. Plus, you can even customize this particular design aesthetic to whatever suits your aesthetic.
4. Embellish with statement lighting
Small dining areas may not be the epitome of luxury, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot embellish them at all. It can be a challenging task to find the right accessories for such a small style set-up, but one thing that never fails to work is a statement light fixture. Since it only hangs above the dining table and doesn’t have any direct contact with the whole setting, it’s the best way to adorn the small setting.
5. Keep it compact
Last of all, you have to make your dining areas as compact as possible when you’re working with a small space. The best way to that is by choosing small furniture – something that doesn’t take up a lot of space – and complementing it with a plain and simple backdrop. It’s also best to select lighter hues for your furniture so that they do not end up looking too bold.