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Is the Formal Dining Room on Its Way Out?

A glass table is in the center of a formal dining room.
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Depending on when you grew up, you might remember heading into the dining room for family dinners. Those big rooms might soon be a thing of the past, though.

Formal dining rooms used to be a staple in every home. However, according to C.J. Scott, interior designer and founder of Shine Bright Design, separate dining rooms are a no-go in modern homes. Evidently, many people are now using them as casual, multipurpose spaces.

Why the change? Well, it’s part of the larger shift that’s been happening over the last few years due to the pandemic.

Many people are still working from home and/or have children who are attending school virtually. As a result, multipurpose spaces that allow for both dining and working have become increasingly appealing. A room solely dedicated to dinners and special occasions has just become less practical.

For those who have a formal dining space they want to transform, Scott recommends replacing the bulky dining table with a lighter piece. Also, try to avoid any sort of heavy fabric or tablecloth that could weigh the space down. Instead, use a table runner for a lighter look.

Did we get you thinking about doing a little redecorating? If so, use this handy trick to keep your space looking balanced.

[Via Hunker]

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