Pictures of formal dining rooms give you clearer clues of what to do to your dining room when you want to remodel it. Here I will show you some pictures of the best dining room designs that you can use as references for your remodeling project. A dining room is expected to be nice looking, comfortable and functional. And if it is a formal dining room, its atmosphere must be able to greet its users, including guests, warmly. The pictures below show how designing a beautiful, comfortable and functional dining room can actually be an exciting task.
Understand what a formal dining room is.
Because you want to remodel a formal dining room, you need to understand first what a formal dining room is and what distinguishes it from a regular dining room. There are at least two factors that make a formal dining room distinct. Firstly, a formal dining room is usually a standalone room. It doesn’t mix with kitchen, living room, family room, and other parts of your house. There is a clear separator between this room and the rest of the house. Secondly, a formal dining room usually has a conservative atmosphere with minimum lighting (artificial and natural), somber music, wood instead of plastic or aluminum, fine porcelain utensils, and minimal decorations. Look at the pictures of formal dining rooms to identify what a formal dining room is.
You should use end chairs, or not.
A formal dining room is generally used for receiving guests, so you may want to add an end chair on one or both sides of the table to identify yourself as the host. Normally, end chairs are armed whereas the rest of the chairs, for the guests, are without armrests. This is the normal formation of a formal dining room; however, you need to understand that the inclusion of end chairs is not a rigid requirement. If you prefer more democratic seating and subsequently cozier conversation, you can use a round table with no end chair. This kind of dining table formation becomes increasingly popular nowadays. There are many pictures of formal dining rooms that portray a round or square table as their centerpiece. You can refer to them if you want to incorporate a non-elongated table in your dining room.
Add extra chairs outside the table formation.
Besides all chairs that surround the main table, additional chairs can be added outside this formation, preferably around the edges of the dining room. Why should you do that? A formal dinner mostly includes cocktail hours. In these hours, not all guests want to stay seated on their dining chairs. Some prefer to take a rest in some secluded space away from the crowd. These extra chairs can be used for that purpose. Extra chairs will also help if your dinner chairs cannot accommodate all members of a larger group of guests. With extra chairs, no one is forced to stand or to wait outside. Check the pictures of formal dining roomsthat portray extra chairs to get some inspiration.