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Design tips for a minimalist kitchen and dining room

Like the kitchen, the dining room is the heart of any Filipino home – where love and laughter are shared over delicious, home-cooked meals. As you spend more time at home, stylish yet minimalist dining room furniture will make breakfast, lunch, and dinner all the more enjoyable for everyone. From choosing a modern kitchen cabinet design to installing ambient lighting, consider these minimalist dining room ideas as inspiration for your dining room makeover.

Stylish yet minimalist dining room furniture.
Stylish yet minimalist dining room furniture.

A flexible, space-saving dining table

When it comes to modern minimalist dining room design, nothing beats a smart and stunning space-saving table. Opt for one that fits just right in your small space and stretches out to accommodate any guests visiting. During prep and cook time, you can fold or expand it as you wish. It’s a fresh and innovative take on traditional dining room furniture.

Set up your own space-saving dining table
A space-saving dining table, prepared with breakfast, with two dining chairs facing a window.
Set up your own space-saving dining table

Transform the mood with a bit of color

Painting your walls with neutral tones is one of the simplest yet most effective minimalist dining room ideas. If you want it to feel cozy and down-to-earth, go for warm browns or a soft beige. For a cooler vibe, choose white and shades of gray.

Get inspired by modern minimalism
A girl runs through an open-plan dining/living area with green velvet sofa, mustard easy chairs and white dining chairs.
Get inspired by modern minimalism

Add storage for keeps

A minimalist kitchen and dining room aren’t complete without storage options. Go for a modern kitchen cabinet design that allows you to stack your storage easily. If your cabinets are short on shelves, add plastic containers and wire baskets to keep food, utensils, and paper towels neat and organized.

Learn pantry storage tips
IKEA 365+ dry food jar containers with oats, biscuits, and cereal, inside a white kitchen cabinet.
Learn pantry storage tips

No dining in the dark

The days of big, bulky fluorescent light bulbs are long behind us. In their place are sleek pendant lights and smart lighting options that bask your dining room furniture in bright, accurate lighting while also lowering your environmental impact.

Discover the joy of minimalist living
A dining table setup with two rattan chairs and a pouffe in front of a window, plus glass pendant light fittings.
Discover the joy of minimalist living

Don’t forget to set the table

Include plates and utensils in your minimalist dining room ideas. Make mealtimes more enjoyable with tableware that’s also a feast for the eyes. For instance, you can lay a neutral base with white plates and add details of bright blue with your cups and bowls. Play around with colors so you can breathe some fun and life into your minimalist kitchen and dining room.

See a simple yet beautiful table setting
Neutral-colored cotton napkins and cutlery on a stack of white plates.
See a simple yet beautiful table setting

Leave room for novelties

Choosing to go with a modern minimalist dining room design doesn’t mean you can’t include little things you love. Fill in the gaps with small, decorative items that highlight your personality. House plants, family pictures on the walls, a beautiful painting – don't be afraid to display them.

Create an easy gallery wall
Abeer marking the corner of a picture frame on a blank wall.
Create an easy gallery wall