the kitchen &din­ing area

Timber Home Living - - Product Guide -

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.

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