Hi, Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! Personally, I have always found dining rooms to be tricky. First, because the way furniture is displayed in a dining room often feels a bit weird: everything grouped around in the center, all the pieces around the same height, often empty walls. Second, well who has enough space and entertains often enough to justify a dining room?
This is why I love the idea of a library dining room: elegant enough to host lively dinner parties, but multifunctional enough to be used for other purposes: children’s homework, meetings at home or even an occasional home office if you have a lap top you can easily put away. I feel as though Nate Berkus really achieved this dual-purpose room beautifully in his Manhattan duplex, don’t you?
1. Bookcases are not only useful if you own a lot of books, they also add some height to the room.
2. Whoever says bookcases also says art lamps. They just add so much flair and sophistication.
3. Choose a bookcase that has doors on the lower part and drawers to store away cutlery and fine china.
4. A table with drawers is also extremely efficient: each guest’s place setting in its place, ready to be pulled out.
5.Display books, fresh flowers and other artifacts when the table is not used for entertaining but make sure they all have a place to be put away quickly.
6. The chairs don’t need to be neatly stowed underneath the table. Display them around the room as needed.
7. Art, especially when oversized or stacked one above the other is great to balance the room’s high bookcases.
8. Doors can be useful to block out noise coming from the rest of the house when you need to concentrate on work.
9. Try a textured wallpaper, such as grasscloth, to further soundproof the room and make it feel more intimate.
10. With all the books and the grasscloth, you don’t even need a rug. The room is busy enough as it is!
Have you tried this double-purpose room at home? Do you like it?
See you next week!