While some families prefer to dine at their kitchen island or a breakfast nook, the formal dining room is alive and well with today’s homebuyers. Not the antiquated, stuffy spaces of yesteryear, today’s formal dining rooms are now open, light, and airy spaces which promote fellowship and show guests how important quality time spent with loved ones is to your family. A well-done dining room will showcase your impeccable taste and aesthetic and will be a place your family and friends will want to gather again. 

Here are 5 creative ideas for your luxury dining room remodel or custom new construction build. 

Dining with a View

Our clients love floor-to-ceiling windows in their formal dining area and we can see why. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors into your space by providing a first-class backyard view. A set or two of sliding glass doors added to a wall of windows make for seamless outdoor/indoor entertaining. They also provide a wonderful place for the adults to sit and converse while the kids play outside. Want to dine al fresco but the weather looks a little worrisome? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy your meal with a great view of the outdoors from your custom dining room. 

Focus on the Table

What kind of table do you see yourself adding to your formal dining room? A large rectangular table? Wooden? Glass? Oval? Once you have chosen your focal point (the table), you can work from there to create a breathtaking dining room. If you are selecting a rectangular table, add round accents to break up the boxy theme of the room. Round light fixtures and placemats, mirrors, artwork, or a circular centerpiece on the kitchen table can help smooth out an angular feeling space. Consider textiles such as curtains, rugs, or chair upholstery when choosing flooring. [Our expert interior designers can help you with that.]

Flexible Seating

Add a bench to one side of your table to provide flexible seating options in your dining area. Bench seating is an excellent choice for gatherings and game nights, or can be convenient when co-working or helping the kids with their school work. Flexible seating in your dining room can help make this space multi-functional. Our clients love multifunctional or convertible spaces! Adding a bench or varied seating to your dining room will break up the room’s formality and inspire new traditions, habits, and uses for this space. 

Adding a Beverage Cart or Built-in Buffet

Adding a beverage cart, cocktail bar, or buffet in the dining room adds valuable counter space to your floor plan and makes hosting a breeze. A custom built-in buffet can serve as a beverage bar or a display for family heirlooms, valuables, or treasured family photographs. The experts at SWP Custom Homes can help customize a buffet, bar, or even a wine room to compliment your formal dining room. We can help you design a space that will cater to your unique tastes and needs. 

A Truly Open-Concept 

Adding a formal dining room as part of an open-concept floor plan makes your living space comfortable and accessible. The open-concept plan promotes the ease of using your entire home for enjoyment. After dinner, guests will feel at home and free to spread out and take up space. The open concept should extend to your living room, kitchen, dining room, and outdoor living area creating options for relaxed and fluid entertaining. Add plants to the interior to bring natural elements inside. 

Your Dream Home 

The professionals at SWP Custom Homes can help you plan your custom remodel or rebuild. We will help you incorporate thoughtful touches into your custom home that will elevate your lifestyle to one of luxury and relaxation. We know that every detail of your dream home is important to you. It’s more than a plan, it’s a place that you’ll be living in and enjoying for many years to come. Browse our galleries to see some of the visions that we’ve helped create over the years.