The Dining Room: Bringing Style, And Family, Back To The Table

In the mid-20th century, cooking family meals was central to mom’s job description, and Sunday dinner was the “can’t-miss” event of the week. The stage where this event took place was the family dining room.

Today, however, jam-packed family schedules have made Sunday dinner more of an exception than a rule. And the formal dining room has become a place relegated to those rare holiday dinners, and ignored in between.

So why aren’t we seeing dining rooms disappearing from our homes? According to a U.S. Census survey focused on the evolution of new American homes by decade, 46.9 percent of homes constructed before 1960 had dining rooms. However, between 2005 and 2009, 50.6 percent of homes built still included them.

If anything, it seems that dining rooms are becoming more of a fixture, not less… and that many of us still find the idea of a room dedicated to family dining something worth keeping.

If you are among the family dining devoted, how can you create a room that welcomes the family together to dine, any day of the week?

Start With A Family-Friendly Foundation

If you want your dining room to be a daily family gathering place, you need a floor that will stand up to daily traffic… and the occasional food-related spill.

Fortunately, there are flooring options that are both durable and beautiful. For example, hardwood offers choices in species, colors and finishes to enhance any décor, from traditional to contemporary. They are easy to clean and wear well, to keep them looking good for many meals to come.

Carpet is a cost-effective choice that also offers many color and texture options. For easy maintenance coupled with the look and texture of hardwood, tile, stone, laminate and luxury vinyl tile are worth considering.

A scan of the flooring catalog or a visit with the experts at your local ProSource Showroom can help you decide which flooring choices will fit both your durability and décor needs. Don’t forget to add images you like to the myProSource Project Center.

Keep Your Seating Comfortable

If you want to welcome your family to dinner, don’t make them sit in stiff, uncomfortable chairs. Consider more comfortable, upholstered chairs that make sitting down to dinner a pleasure. Or forgo chairs in favor of a banquette, a cozy upholstered bench that fits both casual and more formal settings.

Make Your Table Functional As Well As Beautiful

A table that requires the protection of pads and a tablecloth isn’t necessarily a good fit for Friday night pizza. If a new table is part of your dining room design plans, take a look at styles that feature more scratch-resistant surfaces such as textured hardwoods, glass or stone, that will allow you to serve a simple meal or a more formal one with equal ease.

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix It Up

This is not your grandmother’s dining room – it’s your family’s space, and it should reflect both your family traditions, and your style.

So give yourself permission to mix it up. Just like planning a good dinner party, make your dining room a blend that fits the way your family shares meals. Pair a more formal table with festive, colorful seating. Add some eclectic accessories, and by all means, don’t feel obligated to keep all your seats the same color, or even the same style.

These tips can help your make your dining room more of a family room - a place where yesterday’s tradition of family dining meets your family’s dining needs.

Because welcoming everyone to the table, any day, is what family dining is all about.

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