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Din­ing rooms have evolved in re­cent years and so too has the way we de­sign them, says Joanna Pond of Creative Abode De­sign.

“It is all de­pen­dent on how it is go­ing to be used,” Joanna says. “Peo­ple for­get that we’ve gone from sep­a­rate din­ing rooms to open-plan com­mu­nal spa­ces that are used all the time.”

So first off, the chairs need to be com­fort­able and the ta­ble has to be prac­ti­cal.

“If it will be in use all day, you want some­thing durable, eas­ily cleaned and for­giv­ing rather than a glass ta­ble that shows up ev­ery mark,” she says. “A ta­ble that has a cen­trally lo­cated leg is also prac­ti­cal be­cause you can squeeze more peo­ple around it. If there are legs on the outer rim, it takes up spa­ces where peo­ple could sit.”

She says round ta­bles are good for smaller spa­ces and cor­ners of the room and they have the abil­ity to fit a lot more peo­ple around them.

The third big item in a din­ing room should be a con­sole or buf­fet side­board to pro­vide stor­age.

“It can pro­vide a re­ally cool aes­thetic fea­ture as well,” Joanna says. “Sit a lamp on top for mood light­ing and it’s great for ex­tra serv­ing space if you have a full ta­ble.

“Fin­ish­ing off a din­ing room with a drinks trol­ley is re­ally cool too — they’re com­ing back in a big way.”

A com­fort­able din­ing ta­ble and chairs from Globe West are an­chored by a pair of pen­dant lights.

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