In recent years, formal dining spaces have experienced a plunge in popularity. While it once was unthinkable to have a home without a dedicated room for hosting your family and friends, today’s homeowners are breaking tradition in favor of more relaxed interiors.

However, don’t call these spaces a thing of the past just yet. These 2017 dining room trends prove that even the most outdated interiors can be modernized. Trust us when we say these are not your grandma’s dining tables.

If you’re ready to give the formal eating area another shot, we have all the info you need. Take a look at the 2017 dining room trends below and consider which ones fit in best with your aesthetic. Using the tips in this post as a guide, you’ll be able to create a dining area fit for the 21st century.

Create a dining nook

These days, dining is going casual. For those opposed to dedicating a whole room to formal entertaining, consider carving out a separate area of your kitchen for the task. A dining nook gives you the extra seating you need while still remaining useful in your day-to-day life.

When putting together this space, it’s crucial to strike the right balance between creating distinction and coordinating with the rest of the kitchen. Shape can be incredibly useful in setting your dining nook apart. Look, for example, at how the rounded furniture in the picture above contrasts with its linear background.

Meanwhile, color can be used to make your nook blend in with the rest of the room. Be sure to continue the same color palette in that area as was used in the rest of the room. However, if you’re worried about the aesthetics blending too much, consider incorporating different prints or patterns in similar hues to give your nook extra visual interest.

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