One of the best ways to encourage lingering after a meal is to provide comfortable furniture. Hard wooden chairs with no padding don't encourage people to sit for long periods of time, and you may find your family and friends eager to jump up from the table after a meal. If you choose soft furnishings or padding for wooden chairs, guests can sit back and relax without feeling uncomfortable. The table should be a comfortable height, with the edge not too low where it hits people's knees. Any larger pieces of furniture should match your colour scheme and feel warm and inviting and not too formal.
Also, a table with drop leaves is excellent to use in a small dining room because the leaves are right there and are not stored in a closet in another room. You can just put the drop leaf down when you want the table smaller and then put it up very easily when you want more places at the table.
If you would like to add drama and depth to a small dining room, paint one wall in a deeper, intense color. It may only be one or two shades darker than what you have on the other walls, but it really helps to add some depth to the room and makes decorating the room that much easier.
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