Dine in style even if space is scarce
Dining rooms are a luxury that small-space dwellers often can’t afford. But a compact dining table in the kitchen or living room can double as a desk or workspace and offer a place for guests to share stories, laughs and, of course, meals.
“These small spaces may, at first, appear to be a design challenge but are a great opportunity to highlight a sculptural piece,” interior designer Lonni Paul says.
The HGTV “Design Star” alum’s clients include actor Robert Downey Jr. and TV personality Giuliana Rancic.
Counter- or bar-height tables, for example, can help draw up the eye, and round or oval tables can make a room feel bigger. Extendable and drop-leaf tables offer versatility and additional storage.
“Take the entire space into consideration,” Paul suggests. For example, “in basic spaces, use a more unique table,” and “for rooms with a view or a beautiful chandelier, choose a simpler table.”
Maximize every inch of your space with one of Paul’s top table picks.
Splurge: Invisible table in transparent amber, left (shopkartell.com). Save: Pratt table in satin etched, tempered glass with orange base (roomandboard.com).
Splurge: Silhouette pedestal dining table, left (westelm.com). Save: Gold-and-marble Leilani tulip dining table (worldmarket.com).