lighter look Instead of a massive hutch that towers over the room, consider keeping dishware on a slender side table. This one, with mirrored shelves, makes things airy and bright, and the table lamp is cozier than a scene-stealing chandelier.
clear solution The reality is that when you're in a small space, furniture needs to step into double-duty roles. A table can be used for dining and working from home. A “Louis Ghost” chair avoids cluttering an already compact space centered on a heavy table. See more best tables for small spaces.
repurposing an awkward space It’s a dining room, it’s a library, it’s your own personal reading room. An unused area that feels like a glorified corridor can be converted to a cozy multi-use space by adding shelves for books and art and a table for entertaining.