5 Ideas for Casual Dining Spaces

Kitchens have long been the heart of a home, but today’s larger kitchens are even more accessible thanks to eat-in areas that allow for casual meals and informal get-togethers. Not sure how to furnish your casual dining space? Here are five simple ideas.

1. Add a Bench

Wooden dining table with wooden benches on top of a striped area rug.

Place a bench on one or both sides of your dining table to create a cozy, communal vibe. Benches with a back are extra comfy while pillows create the perfect place to unwind between meals.

2. Pub-Style Dining

A brown pub styled table with bar stools and a abstract tug underneath

Bring happy-hour ambiance to your home with a pub-style table set. Ideal for entertaining, pub sets ensure guests are at the same height whether they’re sitting or standing. 

3. Use a Server

A rustic wooden server with colorful stripes on the cabinet doors in front of a brick wall with decor accents on top of the server.

Servers work well in small spaces and are ideal for buffet-style meals and entertaining at home. They’re also a great place to store wine, stemware and other glasses. Top with eye-catching accessories to jazz up your space.    

4. Pair Light & Dark.

Want a casual dining space that’s both stylish and functional? Pair dark wood finishes with light-colored fabrics to create an urban-chic look. 

5. Mix it Up

Who says furniture has to match perfectly? Mismatched sets add a fun vibe to your room while pieces made from a mixture of materials also add drama.      

There are infinite ways to furnish a casual dining space. How will you design yours?