A special kind of joy comes to me when I prepare delicious meals and share them with loved ones gathered around the dining table. As a dedicated home chef who adores hosting family and friends, I want to make sure everyone in my home feels comfortable.
While open layouts are trendy, distinct cooking and dining spaces are practical and totally my style. It establishes the atmosphere for the occasion. I compiled this list of ideas to separate the kitchen from the dining room to enhance the dining experience.
Add a Large Rug in the Dining Area
Adding a large rug beneath the dining table can distinguish the two spaces. This also creates a cozy ambiance in the dining area. Select a rug that’s durable, easy to clean, and complements the dining area. The different design elements will make the areas more discernable.
Incorporate a Sumptuous Accent Wall
Adding an accent wall in the kitchen or dining area is an excellent way to create a visual separation between the two. Experiment with different materials, textures, or colors that make one space stand out from the other.
Consider installing a brick accent wall in your kitchen, or select a bold wallpaper for the dining room. This will also give the room a dramatic atmosphere.
Construct a Ceiling-to-Floor See-Through Display Shelf
A transparent display shelf spanning the ceiling to the floor offers functionality and style. I love to showcase glassware, family photographs, and cherished collectibles from my traveling adventures on my shelves. Natural light will create a cohesive yet divided finish. With this breathtaking display, your kitchen and dining area will become a showcase for your style, captivating all who take notice.
Add Specialized Lighting Elements in Each Room
Incorporate a plethora of lighting elements in each space to separate the dining space from the cooking space. This will help you set the mood for both areas.
For the kitchen, consider stylish pendant lights suspended above the island. The warm glow will illuminate your culinary endeavors. Under-cabinet lighting is another addition that offers functional yet sophisticated lighting to the cooking space.
The dining room’s lighting should differ greatly from the kitchen. Envision a fashionable chandelier radiating a soft, ambient light across the table. The goal is to craft a cozy and inviting atmosphere so your guests feel comfortable. With these thoughtfully chosen lighting options, each area of your home will exude its own unique charm.
Install French Doors Between the Two Spaces
I can appreciate the total separation of the dining room and kitchen. French doors are the ultimate choice among the different types of interior wooden doors that will highlight the cooking and dining areas.
The natural wood, intricate carvings, and detailed glass inserts will create a beautiful divide. French doors have many customization opportunities that will complement your kitchen and dining room.