small spaces : dining rooms

Today, we’re continuing in our series on small spaces here at The Handmade Home.

We started out with foyers + entryways, continued last week with living rooms, and today, we’re discussing the dining room. Dining rooms are sometimes a luxury in a smaller home, and a cleverly arranged, smaller dining room is worth it’s weight in gold. Especially if it allows for ample storage, and it’s styled smartly.


Obligatory disclaimer: space is all relative, isn’t it? Some of these rooms probably aren’t as tiny as we’d expect…but I still found them to be packed full of great decor ideas, clever use of space, awesome styling, or a little bit of all of the above. This is more of a wide angled lens view for inspiration, if you will.

So, without further ado…

Clever window treatments and a round table open up a smaller space helping it seem larger. These owners also used bold pattern, which work in the opposite way of which you’d expect!

I love the contrast between the dark iron and these white chairs…and layered whites with natural elements help the space seem larger.

A wonderfully styled china cabinet tucked away in a cozy nook provides ample storage.

I love the idea of large, chunky chairs paired with a banquette to save space. The chairs can give the feeling of more space, doing the opposite of what you think they’d do, if used in the right way.

Never underestimate the power of reflective surfaces, symmetrical items, and large art in enlarging the look of a space. Combined with a round table, this space feels controlled and open.

Another example of large art. Notice the low backed chairs? A definite element to consider.

I love the combination of these elements: a round table, ghost chairs, big bold patterns and fun shots of color in a white room.

A great example of creative seating. I think this one may serve double duty as an entryway.

This one’s a little modern for my taste, but oh how I love that sign…

For those of you searching for minuscule, here you are!

You really need to see the before of this space. Created from a spare bedroom!

This space is quiet and simple. Kind of makes me feel like I’m in another country. I can’t tell you why!

This one isn’t necessarily tiny, but there’s something belgian french colonial about it. Is there such a thing? In my world, yes. And I love that chandy.

Via style at home, but I think it may have originally been featured in Domino? I adore the look of the big booth seat with the little seats. Adore. If you have limited space + kids, this may very well be the way to go.

My children would have their ketchup hands all over that silky stuff in two seconds flat. It’s not for me, even if I didn’t have kids, but I do love those big hurricane centerpieces, and the shape of that table. Something dramatic for small spaces.

Another round table. A fun mix of chairs and that simple, funky chandy.

Again, not so small, but warm. I’m drawn to the chairs and the different light fixture.

Via the late and great domino. This is a one of a kind table…I love the rustic combined with the velvety look of the chairs. And that chandelier? Yes please.

A banquette combined with a chair…probably part of a kitchen but a great example of how you can create your own little dining room if there isn’t any space!

I just adore this lady’s style, and the idea of a long, narrow room with clever everything. I’m also drooling over that glass on top on what looks like reclaimed wood. You’d never worry about ruining the surface, and it’s easy to clean! Via The Polished Pebble Via The Lettered Cottage.

I’m smitten with the entire look of this space. A mod, round table with those swoon worthy chairs-a nice contrast, don’t ya think? And that glam sideboard…LURVE.

Another example of simply building your own, if you have one large living room, and wish to have a dining space.

Apparently, this table adjusts to seat ten.

I believe this one was originally featured in southern living. I’m sure it was in a kitchen, but the same rules apply…

This one’s all supa posh and stuff. And not to small. But I do love the colors and accents. Who doesn’t want a good horse head at their table? ;}

Simple and smooth.

So that about wraps it up for this one. Which one is your fave out of this collection + what are you drawn to about it? Do any of you guys have smaller dining rooms? What works or doesn’t work for you? Spill it!

Hope you all have a wonderfully inspired Friday, awesome people!

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Responses to small spaces : dining rooms

  1. Beautiful photos! Thanks for the inspiration! I love that huge airy chandelier.

  2. Linda says:

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog and am always reading your posts looking for inspiration. Love it! I especially love the dining room with the “funky chandelier.”

  3. Mdbc77 says:

    love love love that one with the mottled blue walls and all the dreamy white trim! and the one with the big, chunky wooden table!

  4. Megan says:

    I LOVE the big reclaimed wood table with the crisp chairs, whether they were painted or covered, painted is more practical. That has to be my favorite!

  5. Eliza says:

    Oh, wow! Tons of inspiration in this post. Starting renovations on our house and these amazing photos are such inspiration!

  6. These show great variety and details that really make these spaces work. I love that you can pull ideas from many of these and make them work in any space. Great inspiration.

  7. mai says:

    Love all the photos you posted!