Ask the Decorating Files. It’s time to answer another reader question about dining rooms with fireplaces…
Is it okay to put dining table in front of the fireplace instead of a couch or seating area? ~ Mary P.
Short answer – Yes! Just because the floor plan or builder calls it the living room or family room doesn’t mean you have to use it for that purpose. It’s okay to switch around rooms. Adapt them to suit your needs or desires. Fireplaces are a great feature and make any room more cozy. If you’d rather your dining room have the fireplace than your living room, then I say go for it. Imagine how wonderful it would be to enjoy dinner with family and friends in front of the glow and warmth of a fireplace.
Having a fireplace in the dining room is a very appealing feature and it offers an instant focal point. But be sure to take the proper safety precautions when arranging your furniture. Keep furniture a minimum of 3 feet from the center of the fireplace and make sure their is a firescreen to keep sparks from flying.
For your inspiration, I’ve found 12 dining rooms with fireplaces that range from traditional styling to urban chic.
Dining Rooms with Fireplaces
1 This room could function as both a living room and dining room in a small space. I love the curved settee.
2 Clean contemporary lines of the furniture mix beautifully with the traditional styling of the walls in this dining room.
3 The curved dining table in this room was custom made to fit the shape of the room and the fireplace.
4 The height of the fireplace was raised in this room so that it could be enjoyed by all.
5 Sophistication and comfort go hand-in-hand in this elegant room.
6 This room is the image of warm and welcoming. And how cute it that kitty?
Garden Home and Party
Image by Victoria Pearson ~ Will Smith
7 This cottage dining room gets a coastal vibe with the addition of blue and just the right accessories.
8 This room is all about Americana design at it’s best.
9 The starburst mirror over the fireplace makes a statement in this room and sets the tone for glamour.
10 Anyone ready for a cozy dinner for four?
11 Fabulous stone walls set the stage for a dining room that is both classic and contemporary.
12 And let’s not forget about outdoor fireplaces. Dining alfresco can be elegant. I love everything about this space!
Have any of these rooms inspired you to move your dining room to the room with the fireplace?