Pull up a seat, home enthusiasts, it’s time to talk dining rooms. They’re one of the most important spaces in the home. Why? Think mid-week family meals, when you finally get a moment to connect. Or dinner parties, wowing the crowd with a new dish you’ve been dying to try. Or balmy weekends, firing up the grill and enjoying an al fresco feast. Oh yes, the dining ‘room’ is no longer just one place.

In fact, according to Barbara Trachy, VP of Marketing at TRI Pointe Homes, dining at home is becoming ever more casual and informal. “So we’re creating many different kinds of spaces for dining,” says Barbara, “including both formal dining rooms and more laid-back spaces that integrate with the kitchen.” And don’t overlook the great outdoors. “Outdoor dining rooms are now as stylish and sophisticated as an indoor space,” says Barbara. See for yourself. Here are four of our favorite layouts, designed to turn every meal into an occasion. Even if it’s just pizza on a random Tuesday.

Layout #1: The Formal Dining Room

“For some of our customers, it’s important to have a formal dining room, especially for entertaining,” says Barbara. “They feel luxurious, especially with integrated features like floor-to-ceiling cabinetry or an adjacent wine room.”

Residence 1 - Dining
Residence 3 - Dining

Layout #2: Open-Concept Dining

“Open-concept dining spaces have a laid-back feel, but dramatic overhead chandelier lighting helps to define the space and creates a real focal point of the great room,” says Barbara. “An area rug under the table helps anchor the space.”

Residence 1 - Great Room
Residence 4 - Kitchen

Layout #3: The Oversized Kitchen Island

“A new trend is to create an eat-in kitchen, integrating dining directly into an oversized kitchen island,” says Barbara. “Because of the surface materials, the look is cohesive and really sophisticated. Plus, it’s a space-saver in a smaller home.”

Residence 3 - Kitchen
Residence 2 - Kitchen

Layout #4: Outdoor Dining

“Indoor-outdoor living has transitioned from trend to lifestyle,” says Barbara, who notes that with multi-panel sliding doors, you can make the indoor-outdoor transition practically seamless. Indoor-influenced styling, like furnishings and pendant lighting, further blurs the boundary between inside and out.

Residence 1 - Outdoor Room
Ressidence 3 - Great Room

Appetite whetted? What style of dining space are you craving? Share and comment on our Facebook page @TRIPointeSoCal. And here’s a hint, there’s more inspiration to be had at model homes across Southern California. Find a neighborhood and visit today! www.tripointehomes.com/southern-california/

Barbara Trachy

Barbara Trachy, VP of Marketing, is the ultimate in-house expert, leading marketing strategies for TRI Pointe Homes Southern California one minute, expounding on the latest design trends the next. On crisp Fall weekends, you’ll find her bundled-up in the stands, rooting on her beloved USC Trojans.


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