Post # 1
We just bought a small house and it’s time to decorate it. Sadly for me there’s no dining room. There is an eat in kitchen, the eat in part being fairly large. Big enough for a long table and 6 chairs. Since this will be the only area we have if we ever host a family holiday or something, I’m wondering how we can make the most of this as a dining area. Is it stupid to put a chandelier over the table area in an EIC?
I guess we could set up a buffet and let people sit all over when entertaining, including the backyard but if we use outdoor space our entertaining will be restricted to summer months only, because we live in a climate that is colder Thanksgiving through Passover.
Post # 2
I’ve seen chandeliers over tables in EIK before – I say go,for it!
Post # 3
We have a much smaller kitchen, but bought a stand alone island from ikea. Best decision ever! I love that it doubles as extra prep space, and doesn’t feel like a table shoved into the corner of the room like some eat in kithens do. Perhaps you can get a larger island made for reasonable money? IKEAs cabinets and countertops are really affordable. It’s kind of annoying to only have seating on one side, but we make it work with some extra bar stools that tuck away.
I definitely am allllll for chandeliers everywhere so I say go for it. I think a rug would help distinguish the space. I also love when people use built in benches for dining room seating. It doesn’t require as much depth off the wall, and you can squeeze in extra people for holidays. Here’s one pic but Pinterest has lots of options. If you don’t want to do a built in you can buy a bench or I’ve even seen small loveseats used.
Post # 4
We have an eat-in kitchen with a large, hanging pendant light over the table. We got a matching ceiling light (not hanging) for the other part of the kitchen. Definitely not weird to do a chandelier.
Post # 5
I think a chandelier would be just fine. Browse around pinterest for more ideas, I’ve seen them done so nicely.
Post # 6
Chandeliers over EIK tables are super common! Have you browsed Pinterest for ideas? Very rarely do homes in my area have separate dining spaces so we have adopted all the tricks to giving the illusion of two separate but unified spaces. Do you have an island or an extended section of counter space that you could add Bar stools to? This will give people a little more room if you are hosting more than just six people.
Post # 7
We had a chandelier in our last eik!! It looked great because it defined the space a little better!
Post # 8
Another option would be to purchase a coffee table that transitions to a dining table, if you want a separate dining area out of the view of the kitchen.
Post # 9
Working in Real Estate, I see far more eat in kitchens than dining rooms these days. Most people who have a separate room for dining have converted it to an office or sitting room. Some even a bedroom. This is a picture of the eating area of my own kitchen.