A dining room doesn’t have to stay behind closed doors and for most, an extremely formal space isn’t only unnecessary, it is uncomfortable. Here, we present five casual dining rooms with a year-round open door policy.
In the dining area of a Southern California mid-century home, Metropolitan side chairs by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia surround a Surf Table designed by Carlo Colombo for Zanotta for a clean, modern classic look. Photo by Misha Gravenor
Although initially concerned that they would feel like they were “in the middle of Grand Central Station,” the residents in this early-1800s barn renovation love the open and accessible quality of their dining room. Photo by Raimund Koch