Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / July 2, 2018
The Eat-In Kitchen Gets a Makeover
Dining in style, from kitchen tables to islands with seating
In the eat-in kitchen, the “eat-in” part is usually the last piece of the puzzle. Kitchen design typically revolves around cooking while the notion of dining in the space is often an afterthought.
However, a growing trend is changing that by considering both activities in the initial design. Thoughtfully incorporating a table or island with ample seating into the kitchen layout allows you to create a space that elevates mealtimes. Explore the possibilities with these Sweeten eat-in kitchens, all of which invite you to “break bread” at home!
Moving the living room into the dining space next to the kitchen made perfect sense for entertaining purposes, but it also meant sacrificing a more formal arrangement for sit-down meals. As a solution, Rachel and Marco placed a dining table in the center of their kitchen and installed custom, almost-black cabinets with gold hardware and paneling to disguise appliances.
AJ and Ray’s Brooklyn townhouse had everything going for it; the only exception was the tiny kitchen. Knocking down the adjoining wall between the kitchen and dining room opened up the space. Now, a big wooden table takes up one side of the kitchen, resulting in the perfect spot for the family to gather during mealtimes.
After removing a hodgepodge of mismatched cabinets in the kitchen, Sarah chose open shelving to make the space feel bigger while showing off her collection of dishware. If you’re going to dine in the kitchen, pretty dishes are a must, along with somewhere to sit—perhaps a drop leaf table and chairs.
The floor plan of John and Katharine’s apartment placed the kitchen side-by-side with an open living area. Since there wasn’t enough room for the kitchen, a full-sized couch, and a dining table, the couple opted for an island with an extended countertop edge so that guests could sit comfortably on all sides.
This Brooklyn couple and pair of avid entertainers needed their kitchen to be as beautiful as it was functional. An L-shaped layout with floor-to-ceiling cabinets took care of storage while a six-foot-long island was built to handle the double duty of prep and fine dining. A black walnut slab with a live edge amps up the style of the kitchen-island-turned-table.
Looking for more kitchen design tips that’ll allow you to host friends and family in your space? Check out 7 Kitchens Renovated for Entertaining.
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