the kitchen &dining area
layer 1: materials
A Wood flooring continues from the great room into the dining room and the perimeter of the kitchen for a seamless look. B Tile defines the workspace from the social space, which also is separated by the center island. C Countertop materials should be both durable and decorative. While granite remains a favorite, alternatives such as concrete are gaining popularity. D Dress up the kitchen with a ceramic- or glasstile backsplash. It adds both texture and color.
E An area rug anchors the dining area to its space and brings color and definition to the room. When choosing a rug size, always add at least 24 inches to the perimeter of the table/chair area, but also be sure the room’s flooring (hardwood in
this case) is still visible around the edges.
F When it comes to wall color, continuity is key. The paint color should be a similar shade or complementary tone as that in the other adjacent (and visible) rooms.
layer 2: furnishings
G To seat six, a dining table should be at least 36-by-72 inches, but its size also should allow 30 inches of clearance between the chairs and the walls. H Dining-chair dimensions can vary based on style and comfort. When shopping, pay particular attention to the backs of chairs, as they’ll be the most visible.
I Since most aspects of the kitchen are utilitarian, counter stools are where you can really add personality — and they’ve become a kitchen essential. To keep the look clean, consider low- or no-back stools. Counter stools are usually
26 to 28 inches tall.