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2016,  Interior Design,  Lighting Trends,  Progress Lighting

Trend Update: Is the formal dining room in or out?

Project by Toll Brothers featuring Noir chandelier
  • For the last several years, the dining room seemed to be one of the least popular areas of the home.


  • Sure, a homeowner still technically needed a formal dining room as part of their house plan for re-sale value. However, the average family seemed to be only using this space during a few special occasions – such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and a handful of other holidays or times for celebration – and then ignoring it for the rest of the year.


  • Additionally, with the popularity of breakfast nooks and kitchen islands, more families were happy to repurpose dining rooms to use for other activities – playrooms, home offices and libraries.


  • But it seems that the dining room could be making a comeback in homes across America.


  • As we continue to incorporate access to social media channels, entire television seasons and 24-hour news cycles into our daily lives, there’s an increasing desire for us to have a space where we can just use to “unplug” and connect with friends and family on an intimate level.


  • Could a dining room offer a place that sparks conversation, while temporary shielding us from accessing our smart phones? We think so!


Project completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group
Project completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group featuring Nissé
  • Get your dining room ready for a comeback


  • Color, materials and proportion are three things to consider when designing an engaging and comfortable dining room for your next dinner.


  • – Color: Use colors that you naturally gravitate towards. Hues that make you happy, calm or energized will allow you to spend several hours enjoying different topics of discussion.


  • – Materials : A confluence of materials – forged iron, polished wood, pottery and glass – can reside in harmony. The range also provides desirable contrast in texture and finish.


  • Proportion: Take note of the room’s natural framework. The proportions of the space will create a frame for your furniture and accessories – and, ultimately, for your guests’ experiences.
    • **Tip A round dining table facilitates traffic flow, while encouraging intimate gatherings. A glass top can also bring a welcome sense of airiness.


  • Final note: Don’t forget to have a basket handy where everyone can temporarily leave his or her cell phones for the night. Unplug from electronics and reconnect with the soul.