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COVID-19 has turned the restaurant into a multitasking space. What does this mean for functional and beautiful home decoration?

The leisure of the dining room is a continuous transition process, but the COVID-19 pandemic has upgraded the decoration of the room to more functional furniture, which used to be a passable space for dinners and holidays.

The dining room has now become more living space, used as a place for family dining, homework, temporary offices, game nights, etc., which affects how consumers today arrange this space.

"Last year, the space in the house was at a premium for different purposes. The idea of ​​having a room for only a few meals a year no longer exists," said Neil MacKenzie, director of global furniture marketing. "From a life perspective, the dining room has become more approachable." 

As people gradually transfer dining spaces to dining spaces that can now be used for various purposes every day, consumers increasingly want durability, functionality, and flexibility. For example, in Universal Furniture's Modern Farmhouse series, the laminate surface of some tables has a realistic wood look. "This is a way of daily life," Mackenzie said. "It looks like wood, but you can do whatever you want on it."

Interior designer Lucy Penfield, owner of Lucy Interior Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota, believes it makes sense to move to more durable surfaces. She sees people calling for people to use restaurants, because these restaurants are increasingly being used by family members. She said: "The dining room has become the largest surface in our home, that is, the family anchor, so its decorative surface must be more humane, comfortable and slightly forgiving." However, user-friendly features do not mean that no one will be changed from now on It seizes high-level design among the things that become the backbone of the family. Penfield continued: "We did not compromise beauty, but we made it more livable." Some of the changes she made when choosing restaurant materials were to use quartz surfaces instead of marble or reclaimed wood table tops instead of using more fragile surfaces. Walnut veneer.

Jamie Merida, owner of Bountiful Home and Jamie Merida Interiors in Easton, Maryland, said he has seen some of his clients no longer use the concept of open space living. "I have two or three clients who own a large number of period houses; they want to eat in multiple places, including the formal dining room." He continued, although they are looking for that formal space, it does not mean they The space is being equipped with formal furniture. He said, for example, a client chose weathered elm wood, antique trestle tables and more formal chairs, and he said, "a bit high and low aesthetic." Merida (Merida) retail store Bountiful Home also has a good view of these large weathered tables. "We can't leave them inside." Merida added that the materials that other customers tend to use include marble-looking tabletops, which are actually ceramic and almost indestructible.

From the standpoint of durability, another must-have in today's dining space is seat performance. Comfort is important because we may spend more time on these chairs these days to adapt to different chair styles. It is also important to eliminate spills or easy-to-wipe fabrics. Universal’s MacKenzie pointed out: “Providing high-performance fabrics on chairs and dining tables is something we have always focused on.” “This makes the work more practical.”

High-performance fabrics have also made great progress in the past few years, and now have more patterns, colors and textures, and pollution resistance. Merida said: "Regardless of the customer, the performance structure has become the default setting." "Good hands and good patterns. Through high-end fabric manufacturers, functional fabrics are gorgeous. Performance has a long way to go."

Penfield sees the restaurant as a way to mix and match seat designs, providing multiple options when additional seats are needed. Or, she said, antique sideboards might be drawn into rooms with more transitional or modern dining tables and chairs. She said that the design of the restaurant no longer matches it.

In this space, Penfield is not just a mixture of materials and styles. As locality, spatial configuration, aesthetics and personal preferences gradually influence customers/customers to actually place it in their dining space, suppliers, retailers and designers will have options that can attract many people.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of design options to choose from. The supplier also offers a variety of flexible restaurant configurations, from larger tables (with or without leaves), round dining tables and countless seating options. Universal’s MacKenzie pointed out that the dining table benches have also regained their role because they can provide more flexible seating.

No longer a restaurant suite, but a mixed part, they can function in a variety of ways in a room with ever-increasing activities, especially in the last year.

With the continuous reimagining of the restaurant space, decorative elements also add personality to the space. Lighting is not an option. With the development of formal dining room furniture, so are the lamps above the tables. This is not to say that beautiful crystal chandeliers may still not be appreciated by people, but the consumers who create these multifunctional restaurants also focus on the lighting that their lamps can provide for various tasks and styles.

"We have seen our customers move away from the gorgeous Queen Elizabeth multi-crystal chandeliers in the restaurant and replace them with more modern and simplified shapes," said Robin Gordon, vice president of marketing at Elk Home.

Merida pointed out that overhead luminaires may not be enough for all the extra activities in the dining room, so recessed lighting or other task lighting is recommended, which is also helpful when the dining room is a classroom or work space. He added: "Through the joy of the dimmer switch, it can always look beautiful."

Other decorative elements, such as curtains, artwork or accessories, can also improve the design level. According to Penfield, individual feathers are the key to creating a livable space. "What do we want to see?" she suggested. Bold wallpaper, beautiful curtains, sideboards decorated with interesting handles... these types of details can bring life and interest to the room. In the case of an open floor plan, decorative elements can also be used to distinguish the dining space.

Merida agrees that the dining space has a personalized space. For example, in this space, you can add contemporary works of art to other traditional environments. He added that through decorative centerpieces and accents, you also want to be practical. He said: "What you want is not fragile and not easy to move."

As we overcome this pandemic, we can expect to see the development of canteen furniture, but this more informal approach may continue to drive consumer preferences.

In Penfield's design business, creating space for her client is to tell the story of the family. She said: "We are here to bring their stories to life through the decoration and choices in their homes." What does this mean for the future of the dining space? As we move forward, we may continue to see a mix of styles and configurations.

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