Why Eat Out When You Can Dine In: Kitchens for Family Mealtime

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Kitchen remodels can be a challenge, but they also offer great opportunity: a chance to create a fully-customized experience from the grout color to the draw pulls. Not only can design decisions reflect your current lifestyle, but it can inspire new habits as well. Example: Do you want to eat together more as a family? Why not create a fun and functional atmosphere that transforms those thoughts into action! Here are some inspiring kitchens to get the family together.

Try the Old Standby

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A simple island with breakfast bar adds workspace as well as a great eating area. It also tends to become a hangout spot as meals are prepared, perfect for additional quality time with the family.

Squeeze in a Table

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If you have the space and prefer a less permanent solution, squeeze in a dining table and chairs to keep the family close but out of the cook’s way. A solution like the one above creates a more cohesive feel by using the same material, Caesarstone’s Blizzard, on the counters and dining table.

Combine the Best of Both Worlds

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This twist on a traditional island combines our two previous examples. Its circular addition feels more like formal dining but with the kitchen island fun factor. It also offers a counterpoint to the space’s linear edges. You can replicate this look via a custom build, or with a bar height table. Either way, be sure to hang a chandelier for added intimacy.

Get Creative

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This eating area is especially unique, a glass tabletop set at an angle to the kitchen’s main island. If every room needs a conversation piece, this would be it! Both functional and sculptural, this setting is sure to give your home-cooking a sophisticated air.

Whether an island, dining table, or a creative mix of both, dine-in kitchens can recreate a restaurant ambiance for any meal with the family. Which approach suits you best?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.