By Manya Matveev. Dining Room. Friday, October 06th 2017, 07:39:13 AM.
Budget box. Make the most of a breakfast nook by installing a complete compartment that keeps diners out of the way of the cooking action in the kitchen. Additionally, those on a budget will benefit from copying the style of the boxed‐in nook pictured here. Inexpensive wood can be painted white to make the area bright. To add value, choose a more expensive tabletop and treat it with a good sealant oil to keep it looking good with use.
Diner table and cool wallpaper. To get this quirky, charming look, tuck a classic diner‐style table up to a corner banquette backed with a wall covered in fresh, modern wallpaper. The combination of a corner banquette (to maximize seating) and printed wallpaper (to add depth) is great for small spaces.
Swing‐arm sconce. A swing‐arm sconce designed to extend over the table (like the one shown here) is an unexpected alternative to the traditional chandelier, and can work even for renters if you choose a plug‐in version. Because the bulb is exposed, you'll need to use a lower‐watt filament bulb to create that lovely soft glow. But because one low‐watt bulb is not enough to light a room on its own, it is necessary to supplement with additional lighting – try a second sconce, or a pair of lamps atop a credenza.