20 Dining Room Hutch, Cabinets, Shelves + Buffet Ideas

Good dining room design should include space for a dining room hutch or sideboard for some other kind of dining room storage that is attractive, efficient and easy to access. The purpose of a hutch, sideboard or buffet is to provide extra storage for your best dishes, flatware, and linens when guests come to visit and also provides a serving area for placing food and table accents.

There are too many styles, shapes and even eras to cover when looking at dining room storage.

Whether it’s the large and ornately carved pieces of the Victorian era or the streamlined, minimalist shapes that defined the mid-century modern period, when it comes to sideboards and buffet furniture, there’s no end to your options. Here are a few things to consider when looking for your next dining room find:

Pieces like a dining room hutch, dining room sideboard, shelving, buffet or dining room server can all display items and keep your dining room organized. They stand against the wall and are generally waist height or lower.

Is there a difference between a sideboard and a buffet? Yes.

Buffets have high legs.

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You will be forgiven if you are using these different words to refer to the same piece of furniture.

Dining Room Storage Cabinet

Once an elaborate piece of furniture a dining room cabinet or china cabinet safely stores all your special-occasion items, clean and ready to use at a moments notice. Glamorous decorative or antique pieces are of course more than storage, they become feature or accent pieces. Do you want a decorative or functional piece?

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The question is do you want a feature piece or would you prefer to hide your storage?

Equally impressive are narrow built-in dining room cabinets. Often low key they are painted the same color as the walls, blending in, seamlessly. This is perfect storage when your dining room is smaller. You can hide your storage and make your dining room feel bigger. Open shelving, glass or opaque doors and you have dining room storage, serving and display unit that suites your home and style.

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The built-in dining room cabinets above have glass doors, upper and lowers for two sets of closed storage. Painting this dining room china cabinet the same color as the french doors, and door frames, makes the room feel bigger.

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Replacing your hutch and buffet with built-ins often supplies more storage space for glassware, linens and dishes because built-ins often take the length of the room. Then you can add other display pieces, vases, books, decanters as well as a serving area.

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Built-ins can be expensive. Get the same effect by adding tall wall cabinets like the one above, painted French gray linen. By painting the cabinet a soft muted color, it blends beautifully with the room and color scheme, while storing and displaying items, keeping them dust free and clean.

The piece may not be not expensive, but distressing and aging it and adding new hardware makes a piece like this sing. Even if your piece is brand new pine, you can create something very special for your dining room. One or two of these vertical imposing pieces work wonders as display cabinets.

Dining Room Cabinet Ideas – Trays and Baskets

Open shelves often need a little help when displaying items like baskets or trays in the same style to keep order. It both practical and stylish.

The open wire and woven baskets in different shapes and sizes above make it easy to see plates and dishes and hide other items, like cutlery, while keeping them easy to access.

Hidden Dining Room Storage

There are some clever ways to hide you storage, in keeping with the latest minimalist look.

Dining Room Display Shelving

Wall-mounted cabinets work well in dining rooms, making your dining room feel open and feeling larger because you can still see the wall. A few select key pieces on your shelves leave the area uncluttered and create a room feature.

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Wall-mounted shelves are less common than dining room buffets and cabinets but they work well when displaying beautiful china and creamy ceramic-ware. Styling this becomes the main room feature.

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Adding shelves, similar color to the cabinet below, is a great idea; storing glasses under the shelves and making the top sides display areas. This is an inexpensive way to create an area that looks like a unified unit – just by adding similar colored shelves.

Multifunctional Dining Storage

Tall bookcases, or bookshelves, in a dining room, work as a multifunctional storage area. Add baskets to keep some items from view, and leave some shelving areas empty, so shelves look uncluttered. Adding decorative pieces to some empty areas relieves large blocks of books.

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Open storage solutions, like bookcases or shelves means books can site along side dishes and favorite pieces. You can place two tall, thin bookcases on either side of a window or door, or mix it up with shelving and cabinets like the room above.

Floating Dining Room Buffet

Like floating shelves, a floating storage buffet makes the room appear larger by keeping the floor space clear. This solution can be cleverly made with book cases or open storage cabinets. Again, use baskets to hide, organize and keep things sorted.

15 Dining Room Lighting Ideas for Every Style

01.The Best Dining Room Light Fixtures

When it comes to enjoying meals at home with family or friends, the dining room is a special place for making memories. So, of course, you want to rev up your space with beautiful lighting. But do you choose the perfect light fixture?

Several things may impact a decision from the shape and size of your table to the number of lumens or watts you may need to set the right mood, especially if your space is a multi-use spot for various activities like crafting or homework. To help you illuminate things, we gathered our favorite tips and ideas for dining room lighting

02.Shabby Chic Chandelier

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To make this casual dining room that gets used daily feel more special for formal occasions, the designers at Studio McGee installed an Italian-inspired chandelier bought at Shade of Light. The shabby chic fixture elevates the space without leaving a fussy impression.

03.Branch Chandelier

In this impossibly chic dining room by Regan Baker Design, a ceiling medallion anchors the Branching Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman. The fixtures sinewy brass limbs and handblown glass globes refine the room without overpowering the rest of the décor.

04.Crystal Chandelier

When remodeling this home, the objective for interior designer Zoë Feldman was to create a cozy space with a modern edge. To achieve the goal in the dining room, Feldman installed a Boule de Cristal Chandelier by Restoration Hardware. Its sleek appearance has a less is more vibe that is just dressy enough for the modernist-inspired space.

05.Linear Chandelier

Who says chandeliers have to be all glam and glitz? Here a linear example from the Alden collection by Kichler is a stylish gesture that does not overwhelm a neutral space by Leslie Cotter Interiors.

06.When to Swag a Chandelier

The You Make It Chandelier Kit by Lindsey Adelman includes standard industry parts for building this brass light fixture seen in a bungalow by interior design firm Scheer and Company.

07.Brendan Ravenhill Cord Lamp

When simplicity is key, consider something like the Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill. Its triangular armature features three LED bulbs that generate 750 lumens each—all together that is brighter than a single 100 Watt Incandescent. In this home, by interior designer Lynn Kleonidas the fixture illuminates a minimalist dining room with custom wood furniture.

08.Glass Chandelier

Taking center stage in this dining room by Regan Baker Design is a staggered glass chandelier by West Elm. The 38-inch long fixture is the perfect length for the six-seat dining room table.

Tip: Keep chandeliers or pendant lighting out of your face by installing at least 30 inches over the table.

09.Retro Hourglass Chandelier

This stylish dining room by Leslie Cotter Interiors combines neutral colors and bold wallpaper from Thibaut’s Watermark Collection with a retro hourglass chandelier designed by Rejuvenation.

10.Vintage Warehouse Lighting

Vintage warehouse lighting can give a casual dining spot a functional makeover. Here a couple of rewired, old-timey fixtures pepper on personality in a space designed by Moon Architect and Builder. ​

11.Glass Bubble Chandelier

Wow-worthy lighting does not have to cost a small fortune. While the light fixture in this beautiful dining room by Heidi Caillier Design cost thousands of dollars, the Bubble Glass Orb Chandelier by World Market is a pitch-perfect knockoff that cost less $200.

12.Midcentury Chandelier

Unlike Edison bulbs, Mason jars, and sponge painted walls; Midcentury-inspired lighting withstands décor trends. These Plaza Chandeliers oozing with Mad Men style prove our point. The fixtures by School House Electric and Supply Company are both understated and eye-catching.

Tip: To show off the fabulous lighting in this casual dining room, interior designer Zoë Feldman painted the ceiling black.

13.Robert Abbey Bling Chandelier

Want to hang something fancy over a rustic table? The Bling Convertible Chandelier by Robert Abbey pours on the drama in this farmhouse-inspired dining room by Lindsay MacRae Interiors.

14.Glass and Metal Pendant Lights

You can find sophisticated lighting to buy at unexpected places. In this dining space decorated by Heidi Caillier Design, the glass and metal cage pendants are from (surprise!) Pottery Barn Kids.

Tip: Because each fixture only generates 60 watts, to illuminate the entire table two were hung instead of one.

15.Stunning Pendant Light

The gold Arabelle pendant light by Aerin brings a bit of glam to a traditional dining room by Aidan Design. We love this fixture for its fresh floral motif.

9 Marvelous Modern Dining Rooms

01.Modern Dining Room Design

If filling rooms with the latest trends in home decor is your idea of fun, then decorating a dining room is like a trip to the amusement park. That’s because dining rooms have space for everything you love. Tables and chairs are just the start of the fun—credenzas, rugs, lighting, even wallpaper and art—all have a role to play in creating a picture perfect dining room that’s equally suited for a casual dinner or a magazine spread. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite contemporary dining spaces for a quick look some of the many ways designers everywhere are doing dining rooms right.

02.Rugs in a Dining Room

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Though we usually think of them for living rooms and bedrooms, the right rug can do wonders for your dining room as well. Offering a staggering array of options, from venerable and colorful antiques to efforts in modern minimalism, there’s a rug for every taste, every palette and every room. Here a simple yet beautiful Beni Ourain rug is giving this room everything it needs.

03.Wallpapered Accent Wall in a Dining Room

If you love wallpaper but don’t want the whole look, a feature wall can set your room apart with a much smaller investment of time and effort. In this room, an intricately patterned wallpaper turns a single wall into an incredible backdrop for other show-stopping elements such as the bubble chandelier.

04.Wood Ceiling in a Dining Room

The best rooms don’t necessarily need a theme, but sometimes it can be interesting to have a central element run through the entire space. This dining room covers itself in wood from the ceiling to the table and chairs, and even the large bear-like statue in the background. The warm wood tones evoke a sense of nature even as the sculpted form of every wood piece gives the space a vaguely futuristic appeal.

05.Pendant Lights in a Dining Room

Lighting is important in every room, but in dining rooms, lighting takes on a whole other level of importance. The two giant pendants that hang over the table in this dining room set the stage and steal the show all at the same time. As a final touch, several of the dining chairs are sporting the same wire-mesh construction style as the pendants.

06.Dining Room With Tin Ceilings

The design of this dining room is very nice, but it becomes something else entirely once you notice the tin roof shining above the room. Ornately designed tin ceilings were once very in fashion and good things can still happen when classic flourishes are used in a contemporary way.

07.Small Dining Room Design

Dining rooms don’t have to be huge to have their own look and personality that makes them distinctive. This small dining space makes good use of every inch with modern lighting, lush greenery and a cowskin rug.

08.Gallery Wall in a Dining Room

Like most rooms, dining rooms tend to have a good amount of wall space just begging to be filled. For this, among many other reasons, art remains a natural choice for finishing a room. This space makes perfect use of it’s walls with a gallery wall of just four large pieces. Like all good art (used for design) the pieces fit into the color story of the room, matching the color of the chairs perfectly.

Stunning Dining Rooms That’ll Make You Want to Entertain Every Weekend

Colorful Runner

The easiest way to spruce up your dining room based on your mood: Create a neutral design, then keep an assortment of colorful runners around to add a pop of color instantly.

Vibrant Curtains

Even though the table and light fixtures in this room steal the show, it’s the playful window treatments that bring the space to life and make it memorable.

Statement Lighting

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Just because your dining room is on the cozier side doesn’t mean you have to skip on a bold sconce. This gold globe pendant makes a statement flying solo — and would look just as good as a trio over a larger dining room table or island.

Table Pride

Gone are the days of matchy-matchy dining sets. Find a table you love, like the rustic one here, then surround it with complementary chair pairings like ornate cane and plush upholstery.

Trendy Chairs

Create a clean look with transparent dining chairs (wipeable, so great for kids!). Then mix in a variety of textures, like matte-painted walls, a polished table and earthy jute blinds

Rustic Bench

Tone down an ornate heirloom table with a knotted wood plank. Top it with a plush cushion or a pillow for added comfort.

Farm-to-Table Nook

Your breakfast table gets extra charming with the combination of metal bistro-style chairs and farm-style vintage seating.

Dinner Table Sectional

Fill a kitchen corner with a low profile couch (look for one covered in an easy-to-clean fabric like Sunbrella), then nestle in a square table. Genius!

Outside Inspiration

Instead of using the traditional dining room, escape to a more casual sunroom or screened-in seating area for a fresh approach to the dinner party. Guests will feel right at home in the relaxed space!

Classic Colors

The always-in-style combo of black and white acts as a great starting palette. From there, pop in playful accents like green and yellow.

Functional Island

Swap out a block island for one that has ample seating (or a dining table), then hang stunning fixtures.

Playful Plaid

Give formal seats a playful edge by painting them in a happy hue (orange!) and covering the cushions in a preppy tartan print.

Oversized Art

Take a tip from this Connecticut farmhouse by hanging a larger-than-life piece of art. Bonus tip: Hang art low so that it will be at eye-level when your guests are sitting.

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas We’re Obsessed With

Spice up your kitchen storage spots with decorative colors, finishes, and hardware. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more modern, these design ideas go far beyond plain-old cupboards. We’ve got inspo on inspo (on inspo) for you, so you can finally tackle that big renovation.

Patterned Cabinets

A classic white kitchen is timeless, but it can be a bit dull. To make it a little more interesting, add hidden details, like these diamond-patterned mesh cabinet inserts.

Double-Duty Cabinets

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Want to hide your dishwasher? Add a cabinet front, so it doesn’t break up the line of cabinetry under the counter. Even better, hide it with something as gorgeous as hardware-free cabinets in a blush pink paint.

Whitewashed Cabinets

Grays can soften the contrast between black and white. It’s also a complement to stainless steel in a kitchen. Oft for an ashwood or whitewash existing brown wood cabinets.

Metallic Cabinets

There’s nothing quite like metallic to make your interiors pop. Opt for a brushed gold finish on the kitchen cabinets and introduce more down to earth materials like jute to make sure it isn’t too flashy.

Pastel Cabinets

For a neutral hue that still has some personality, try a pistachio green. It’s light and fresh but injects a little more character than other neutrals.

Corner Cabinets

Customize your cabinets to fit into the corners. They’ll come in handy when you need extra storage space. If the odd shape doesn’t suit you, opt for two slimmer cabinets on each side for slimmer things like cooking sheets and trays.

Locked Cabinets

If you’re worried about dishes and heirlooms falling out of cabinets, add a lock to the doors. It looks clean and polished while also ensuring safekeeping.

Open Cabinets

Skip the doors and keep your cabinets open. This will make cooking easier and will also allow you to keep your pretty cookware and tableware on display.

Simple and Sleek Cabinets

If your kitchen is open, airy, and full of natural light, add contrast with a bold color for the cabinets. That way, a deep gray or even black won’t feel too dark.

Mixed-Material Cabinets

Shake things up by using a unique material or opting for two different materials. This kitchen used fir a mixed grain, which brings in a nice nature-inspired feel and picks ip on the blush tones of the backsplash.

Raised Cabinets

Want the ultimate kitchen cleaning hack? Elevate your cabinets. Crumbs won’t accumulate by the kick plates, and the space benefits from the extra shot of light.

Glass Door Cabinets

To add to an already elegant space, add glass doors to kitchen cabinets. If you’re afraid of the mess inside, choose a glass with a pattern to disguise the interior. Problem solved.

Grooved Kitchen Cabinets

Grooved or wood paneled kitchen cabinets can be cutting edge and modern. This stunning space proves it.

Weathered Wood Cabinets

Weathered wood cabinets add rustic charm. If only we could score some exposed wood beams, too.

Multi-Colored Cabinets

Give your kitchen more pizzaz by painting your cabinets two different colors. A lighter color will help them blend into a light backsplash, while a dark hue will ground the space.

IDEAS FOR YOUR MOST ORGANIZED (AND STYLISH) KITCHEN EVER

Keeping your kitchen organized feel like a challenge. But staying tidy in style isn’t as difficult as it seems. With the proper shelving, functional storage, and a thought-out plan of attack, your kitchen can transform into a space that is equal parts clutter-free and gorgeous.

ACCENTS THAT SERVE BOTH FUNCTION AND FORM

A simple tray can do wonders for your kitchen when it comes to keeping organized. Instead of scattering items across your kitchen countertops—cream and sugar, fruit, mail—a decorative tray can create a sense of structure.

A WALL MOUNTED DISH RACK

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The kitchen in Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Park home features a gorgeous wooden dish rack, perfect for storing dishes neatly and displaying decorative plates.

A GLASS-ENCLOSED ARMOIRE

For those with a stylish collection of dishware, a glass-enclosed armoire is a great way to display goods. Plus–it provides exapands storage real estate–and looks great, too.

VARIED CABINETRY

By opting for cabinets in varying sizes—deep drawers, wide doors, slim nooks—it is easier to store things based on shape, size, and type. Not only are you optimizing your storage, but you’re also creating targeted zones for specific items.

FLOATING SHELVES AND MATCHING CERAMICS

This contemporary kitchen uses simple floating shelves to stash dishware, which all coordinate for an added touch of uniformity.

SHELVED ISLAND AND CURTAINED CABINET ORGANIZATION

A rustic kitchen is kept tidy with a shelved island for easy access to kitchenware, and unique curtained cabinets which keep other items out of site.

INNOVATIVE HOOKS

A collection of glimmering copper pans best not be tucked out of sight. In this kitchen in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a set is hung along a rack above the range and below the exhaust hood, presenting the showpiece cookware smartly at eye level (and making it more accessible).

UNIFORM SHELVING ACCENTS

Simple shelving in an ultra-violet kitchen boasts a uniform feel, with coordinating decor. Matching planters and cups, monochromatic vases, and tall stacks of CD’s make the space orderly and organized.

UNDERSTATED ORGANIZATION

In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen stays organized with custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by Mater Design, the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau and the sink fittings are by Franke.

RETRO KITCHEN ORGANIZATION

Marble tiles in this impeccably clutter-free kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse set the foundation for a clean space. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.

OPEN-SHELVED ORGANIZATION

Open shelving in this bright Connecticut kitchen puts dishware on display. It also features sink fittings by Waterworks, stools by York Street Studio, a range by Wolf and Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the walls.

DARK AND SLEEK KITCHEN ORGANIZATION

This über-clean Tahoe kitchen features sleek cabinetry by Bulthaup, a stove and hood by Gaggenau, a sink by Blanco with Dornbracht fittings, an oven by Miele, quartzite countertops, custom-made stools covered in an Edelman leather and vintage chairs by Pierre Paulin which are upholstered in a mohair by Kneedler Fauchère.

RUSTIC SUBDUED SHELVING

This New York kitchen features a vintage marble island on a moveable steel base, and plenty of room for storing pots and pans. The pendant lights are from Rewire, the stove is by BlueStar, the shelves are made from reclaimed wood and the floor is made of concrete.

HANGING POTS

This bright and modern Pacific Palisades kitchen features a hanging pot rack to keep kitchenware in order. The barstools are from Organic Modernism, 1920s pendant lights are from Thanks for the Memories, the Carrara marble tiles are by Walker Zanger and the stove is by Viking.

Chic and Elegant Kitchen Tables

Tulip Table

On Shelter Island in New York, architect Cary Tamarkin and designer Suzanne Shaker created the perfect modern beach house. In the dining area, a Saarinen tulip table is surrounded by Hans Wegner chairs, which add a sculptural element to the clean-lined space.

Pedestal Table

Architect Heidi Stôrmer designed a breakfast room also featuring Eero Saarinen’s dining table. ($2,126, knoll.com) The iconic table contrasts the traditional feel of the nook.

Saarinen Table

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The curves of the iconic Saarinen table counter the straight lines in the first apartment of design blogger Sarah Rose.

Wooden Table

Designed by Myra Hoefer Design, this dining room features a table by Astier de Villatte. The grain of the wood echoes the rustic beams overhead.

Carved Table

Pale gray armchairs offer an elegant neutral counterpoint to Hickory Chair’s detailed Gustav table.”The breakfast room is definitely a morning room,” designer Michael Smith says of this traditional Upper East Side home. It’s light and airy, with gorgeous views.

Extendable Dining Table

Don’t overlook table leaves! In a 1920s home, same Gustav table occupies the powder blue breakfast room but extends to seat six for dinners.

Bar Table

It’s the perfect option for those short on space, as the tall table takes up minimal space. Take your morning coffee with a view at a table by Janus et Cie.

Yellow Table

A bright yellow wall and an even brighter citron table from HB Home brought a 1940s kitchen to life.

Glass-Topped Table

A glass-topped Silverado dining table by CB2 offers lots of legroom above the wraparound banquette in this sunny nook.

Elm Table

A rectangular elm table from Hammertown offers plenty of room for guests in a Connecticut house decorated by Dana Simpson and Joan Osofsky.

Wooden Breakfast Table

In the breakfast area of a Corona del Mar house, a chandelier hangs above a Stuart table by Richard Mulligan, creating a defined dining area.

Clear-Legged Table

Transparent elements help maximize light, creating a spacious feel. Balanced on Plexiglas cylinders, the breakfast table from Oomph appears to floating in a glossy white kitchen designed by Louise Brooks.

Glass Pedestal Table

Designer Amanda Nisbet tucked a Julian Chichester Dakota table into the open room of a New York apartment.

Café Table

Inspired by French cafés, designer Stephen Shubel designed zinc-top tables for the breakfast room in a California country home.

Circle Table

Designer Annie Selke decorated this Chatham beach house with kitchen chairs and a table by Annie Selke Home.

Beachy Table

Chris Barrett designed the 1950s-style dining room table and chairs; she caned the chairs and made a see-through table base to give the furniture a “beachy” feel.

14 Stellar IKEA Hacks That Organize Your Entire Kitchen

Use bed slats as a wall hanger.

This $10 hack turns IKEA bed slats, which are usually hidden under a mattress, into vertical storage. Hooks create tons of room for cooking utensils and even a recipe clip.

Install a charging station.

To keep your hands, and countertop, clutter-free while you cook, mount a bar near an outlet along with a basket to hold your gadgets.

Add extra drawers.

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Sometimes shelves just don’t cut it. Sure, they’re great for storing tall appliances, but when it comes to clunky canned food, it’s so much easier to pull your storage out. These IKEA-hacked drawers allow you to customize your pantry as you see fit.

Wrangle under-the-counter space.

While these tin cans were originally created to hold spatulas and serving spoons, they work just as well for your not-so-cute under-the-sink tools, like dish scrubbers. Use adhesive tabs to hang them on the inside of your cabinet so they’re easy to reach.

Store extra pantry items.

The RASKOG cart is handy in just about every room — and in the kitchen it’s a convenient place to store overflowing pantry foods, like popcorn kernels and soda. Expecting company? Wheel it out of the room and into hiding with ease.

Make a bonus island.

The IKEA BILLY Bookcase is kind of like the open shelving version of an island: The back it totally exposed and reveals organized compartments for baking supplies, books, and even snacks.

Treat cookbooks like art.

Floating picture frame rails are strong enough to display your favorite cookbooks on kitchen walls. We think the gorgeous covers make a supremely delicious statement.

Make room for guests.

If your kitchen space is tight and you don’t want to keep four clunky, full-size chairs at your table, don’t. These BEKVAM Stepstools are the perfect seat in a pinch, and tuck under the table when not in use.

Hang herbs.

This IKEA wine bottle holder can store a lot more than your favorite reds and whites: Squeeze pint glasses with your favorite herbs into the compartments to make a DIY hanging garden.

Extend the length of your island.

Sometimes you need extra counter space (like on Thanksgiving or when you’re making homemade pizza!). Here, IKEA’s BEKVAM Cart got a makeover so it can roll it around as needed — plus, it stores bowls and towels when not in use.

Organize your drinking glasses.

If you like your glasses as close as possible to your kitchen’s water source, use an IKEA spice rack to hang ’em on the cabinet closest to your sink. Your thirst will thank you.

Enjoy rolling around.

Here, a white IKEA bookshelf gets wheels and a brand-new countertop, all of which fits snuggly under a wooden L-shaped table. Need more seats? Push the shelf out and add some stools in the back.

Corral all of your spices.

For kitchens that are bursting with flavor (read: lots of spices) you need places to keep your paprika, garlic salt, and 500 other tasty toppings. Here, 68 of IKEA’s RAJTAN jars fit onto four RIBBA picture ledges with ease.

Help storage blend in.

If your kitchen has tons of rustic charm, an IKEA staple with a blond finish will stand out like a sore thumb. But a little DIY and a butcher block top makes it fit into the room and helps it serve as bonus counter space.

Small Dining Room Sets; If You Have A Small Kitchen

Back in the days when I watched a documentary film about modern houses and apartments in Japan, I remember that as one of the cities with the highest density, Japanese houses and apartments require a very high efficiency in space management. In the small and very modern apartments, the sofas are modified in some way, they also serve as the bed. And so is the bathroom, living room and sure, the kitchen and dining room. Japan can be awarded as the “king” of small dining room sets.

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Small Dining Room Sets and Room Mangement

Then, if you are not staying in Japan, but unfortunately, have a limited space for dining room, sure you need to concern about your room management. Besides choosing the right color and patterns to make your dining room look wider, small dining room sets will also help you a lot. The most important furniture that will dominate your dining room is the dining table. If your dining room fits for four pax maximum, pick a small table that is able to accommodate four people. It will be better if your chair and table are built altogether and you can flip them when they are not in use. Talk to a small furniture maker to discuss and create  customized small dining room sets. Keep your plates and glasses into a cupboard that can also function for something else. You are able to hang your cups and mugs on the wall near the washbasin, sure it will save many spaces because you do not need to put a drawer or cupboard. For lighting, chandelier is not really suitable for small dining table (except when you are planning a candlelight dinner for two persons). Don’t be sad, you could still evoke a romantic feeling by hanging some lamps with different heights. They will give you accents to your dining room.

Besides a small dining room sets, you are also able to trick the width of your dining room by installing a plain floor without a pattern. This will give your dining room a “wide” illusion. It will also look clean and neat. A big window will also helpful to make the room looks more spacious. Place your sink facing a big window, then decorate your window with indoor plants. The window will provide you enough lighting during the daytime and a dramatic look when the night comes. Imagine you and your significant other having some Pinot when the snow falls outside, you can see the landscape and the snow falling outside. Whatever your idea of making your dining room looks more spacious, it will be nice if you have some time to talk with the professional and ask for advices. Good luck and have a nice try!

Have small dining room and need some compartments? The solution is small dining room sets. Read more!

Kitchen Backsplash Designs for Your Lovely Kitchen

Nobody wants their kitchen wall get stained from the dirty dishes or any food ingredients. That is why backsplash installed to the wall in order to protect it from any kind of stain. You can find backsplash products which made from materials that water, stain, and moisture resistant. The function of the kitchen backsplash is not only to protect the kitchen wall from staining, but also can be used to beautify the design of your kitchen. You can decoratively design your backsplash so it can match perfectly with the decorative designs of your kitchen floor, color scheme, furniture and appliances.There are some materials you can use to make your unique kitchen backsplash designs.

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Kitchen Backsplash Designs: Ceramic Tile Materials

One material that has many varieties of pattern and color is ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is one classic and popular choice for your kitchen backsplash designs. Ceramic tile is very durable and flexible as a wall protection.

You can creatively mix and match any number of colors, and patterns to suit your overall kitchen designs. You can use warm color of ceramic tile such as  warm yellow or soft blue to make your kitchen look visually larger. The classy backsplash tile can also be colorful and fun if you mix the color of black, green, orange, blue and green in a random and harmonious position. This stain, moisture and scratch resistant materials will be easy to maintain.Beautiful and easy clean up ceramic tile backsplash will absolutely cheer you up.

Kitchen backsplash Designs: Wood Materials

If you are planning to have a green kitchen design, a natural looking backsplash can be applied in your kitchen house by installing wood materials on your backsplash. This wood color adds warmth feeling and nature character to a kitchen.The color of the wood will give an earthy feeling to your kitchen and enhance your living space.

The use of the woods is not only restricted to the flooring, windows frame or ceiling. With a simple work of DIY backsplash materials, you can have a unique wood backsplash design. Are you wondering if the wood can stand the staining? Do not worry. When you can properly seal and maintain the wood, it will be a great used for a backsplash. So you have to ensure the woods are properly sealed to prevent water staining. These wooden materials will complete the good sight of your kitchen backsplash designs.

Create your own unique kitchen backsplash designs with these materials you can easily find.