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These Dining Nook Ideas are THE Solutions for Compact Spaces

October 27, 2020
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Far cosier and perhaps even more practical than the formal table-and-chairs combination.

Whether it’s a quick bite, a relaxing dinner with the whole family, or a conducive space for work, it’s all achievable with the cosy dining nook layout. This smaller dedicated space is the perfect central hub, and a far more functional one at that, with more room for sockets, additional seating and (concealed) storage capacity.

Crawford Lane by Happe Design Atelier

Interior Firm: Happe Design Atelier

Here are examples to create a cosy corner; there are even two breakfast nook options in case you’re really tight on space!

Dining Nooks

1. Borrow (practical) style notes from this home. With both cabinets and dining area flushed to the side, it builds visual continuity and makes both the kitchen and dining zones look expansive.

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 by New Chapter Design.com

Interior Firm: New Chapter Design.com

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 by New Chapter Design.com
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 by New Chapter Design.com

2. To facilitate interaction and create a stylish dining-kitchen space, install bi-fold glass windows and doors. Take cues from this home where the nook connects to the kitchen. Keep them closed when you do heavy cooking. Then collapse them to entertain and serve food to family and guests when you’re done!

Canberra Crescent by The Local INN.terior 新家室
Canberra Crescent by The Local INN.terior 新家室
Canberra Crescent by The Local INN.terior 新家室

3. Use dark wood to amp up the cosy aesthetic, and then extend the frame for a more seamless look. The homeowners of this compact 3-room flat opted to keep the carpentry flushed to the walls for more legroom. Remember to work in some compartments to get more use out of it.

Crawford Lane by Happe Design Atelier

Interior Firm: Happe Design Atelier

Crawford Lane by Happe Design Atelier
Crawford Lane by Happe Design Atelier

4. In fact, you can have them double as a cosy home “office”. Outfit with a wide table for ample work space, and install power points where you can. This way, you can charge your devices while you work. Remember that you can carve out additional storage within your bench in case you need it!

Clementi Avenue 4 by Lemonfridge Studio

Interior Firm: Lemonfridge Studio

Clementi Avenue 4 by Lemonfridge Studio

Breakfast Nooks

5. Dress that imperfection – convert that recessed wall with an accent feature and install a slim counter. Stick to a monochromatic colour scheme for a sleeker take.

Bellewaters by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

Bellewaters by Habit

6. Any open spot by a window is prime real estate. To go with the superb view, pick out a statement material like this terrazzo. Play up the old-school charm with rattan chairs. For a bit of privacy (from prying neighbours), include a partition – this one’s made of traditional ventilation blocks!

Lorong 2 Toa Payoh by Authors • Interior & Styling
Lorong 2 Toa Payoh by Authors • Interior & Styling

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