Dining Room Layout Basics

Dining spaces in any home needs special focus in terms of its décor since it’s that special place were your friends and family gather together for meals and bonding. Apart from being very comfortable, the space also needs to reflect a certain character and style. MoBEL tells you all that you need to know about Dining Room Layout Basics.

Dining Room Layout Design – The Basic Measurements

Dining spaces can be either of the two forms – a separate room for dining or a designated area in the living room that’s set up as the dining space. The basic measurement tips are as follows:


  • Ideal space to maintain between the dining table and wall or the next piece of furniture, that would make the dining arealook spacious and comfortably set out, is 42 – 48 inches. If space is less, atleast 36 inches needs to be maintained so that people can move in and out of their chairs easily.
  • Table space per person required to be maintained for him / her to have the meal comfortably is 24 – 30 inches.
  • If you need to seat more number of guests for particular occasions, a better idea is to arrange for having smaller tables around rather than going for a bigger dining table.



Large Dining Room Layout Basics:

Large dining spaces give you more flexibility in terms of the scope of choosing the Interior Décor style you want. Your furniture, their style and sizes, accessories would all depend on the décor style chosen. The layout basics are as follows:

  • The first step is to choose the dining room interior style fromTraditional, Modern and contemporary, depending on what suits your remaining home décor the most.
  • For the right furniture arrangement, one needs to start by placing the dining table in the centre and then placing all other furniture around it. In case of a separate dining room, place the dining table in the centre of the room, while in case of a combined living & dining room space, center the dining table under a lighting element.
  • Popular dining table shapes for large dining rooms are round, oval or rectangular. Once the dining table is placed, arrange all other furniture such as chairs, sideboards, etc around it maintaining the basic measurement tips given above. Avoid having round tables for seating more than 6 people. For a round table with that wide a diameter, it makes conversations pretty inconvenient.
  • If you still have space, throw in some more furniture that are either decorative accessories or have storage space for your cutlery, napkins and other dining essentials.

Small Dining room Layout Basics:

Layout options for small dining rooms are not much and the challenge lies in giving a more open and spacious look and appeal to the space. Some tips that one can follow include:

  • Have a small rectangular dining table that has an extended removable leaf. This would allow you to keep your dining space open and airy at all times while you can still seat more people by using the leaf extension when you want.
  • Seating around the table for daily living should be maximum of 2 – 4. Store your extra dining chairs all throughout the house which you can use when needed for larger gatherings.
  • Dining chairs for small dining rooms should always be armless so as to give the space a less crowded feel.
  • A round pedestal dining table also looks good in a small dining space since it makes the perimeter of your dining room / space look larger.
  • Place and arrange your accessories intelligently that takes up the least amount of space but still looks good. For example, display your favourite china not in a cabinet but on neat wall shelves. Not only will it gain you floor space but would provide a stylish visual interest to your dining space.


So what are you waiting for? Now that you know all the Dining Room Layout basics, design your own dining space the way you want to woo your guests with it!


Themed Modular Kitchen Designs – The Latest Home Décor Buzz!

After themed weddings and themed parties its now time to have your very own modular kitchen designed around a theme – Yes, themed Modular Kitchens are the latest décor buzz in town! The most popular and trending themes that are making rounds in the kitchen scene worldwide are:


Coffee Themed Modular Kitchen:

Trendy and super-cool,coffee kitchens are the latest fad that offers you a refreshing experience while you cook. A favourite of the coffee lovers or otherwise, this kitchen interior design is all about the dark panels and the wood finishes against light or pale yellow back splashes, accessorized by coffee mug displays, coffee quote posters and interesting themed décor such as candles nestled smugly inside a bowl full of coffee beans. Super trendy, it’s a corner of your house that your friends will surely love!

Beach Kitchen:

For the young and the fun loving, who want to make a cooking experience feel like a holiday, we have the beach themed Modular Kitchen Design complete with the aqua blues, the bluish greens, the white and the pale yellow hues all combined in a tranquil as well as exotic combo of cabinets, counter tops, backs plashes and centre islands for you to choose from. A strip of dolphin tiles, a few star fishes strewn here and there and voila! A perfect tranquil getaway while you cook!

Barn yard Kitchen:

For the adventurous few, a modular kitchen theme that’s become very popular is the barn yard look…the complete rustic and homely corner to chill and cook and of course impress guests with! The favourite colour here is the typical ‘barn red’ – to be used as ascent wherever possible. To top it off, having animal decorating pieces such as hens, pigs, etc as wall hangings or motifs on pottery, coupled with rustic looking pots, pans & dishes work together magically to create the barn look and feel.

4 Steps to a Budget Modular kitchen Design

Let me guess…you have this dream modular kitchen design in your mind but your budget strings are tied too tight, right? Well, needless to say you are not the only one who is looking for ways to build a fab kitchen within a tight budget. The good news is that…yes, it’s possible and you’re at the right place to know exactly how!

In order to keep your modular kitchen prices down, you need to know exactly which components eat into your kitchen budget the most. The four main kitchen components that pull up the cost are –


Kitchen Cabinets:

One of the major kitchen budget eat-awaysare your cabinets but the material used for the same can play a major role in keeping a check on the designing costs. The best option for kitchen cabinets are always solid wood shutters, which are usually made of teakwood, pinewood or any other solid wood and have a smooth and even finish. However these are the most expensive. Polished shutters also cost as much as the above since they are made of oakwood, rosewood or teakwood and are waterproof. Alternatively one can go for the plywoods, both commercial as well as marine, which are far less in price but are long lasting.

Kitchen Countertops:

The second component to affect your budget is your countertop and if you can play this card smartly, a 1 lac modular kitchen can be very much up your sleeve. As per latest trends, the new Tristone surface is the most suitable but also the most expensive. In case of Indian households with a 1 lac budget, one can go for granite, which is heat resistant, durable and easy to maintain, followed by other materials such as laminate, quartz and marble.

Kitchen Flooring:

This is another component that heavily eats into your budget since kitchen flooring is far more expensive then other flooring. Moreover, you need to go for a hygienic flooring type that can be cleaned easily. Popularity wise, traditional wood or stone are the most sought after kitchen flooring but again the most expensive. Marble on the other hand, is very popular but very costly and requires regular maintenance since any major spill tends to stain it permanently. To have a budget modular kitchen design, you can go for ceramic tiles that are hugely popular due to its durable, anti-skid and cleansing-friendly nature. Other flooring options to go for include porcelain and mosaic.

Kitchen Accessories:

The five main kitchen accessories include the wall and base storage unit, the drawers, the sink, the doorknobs and the cutlery trays, etc. Choosing the design and style of the above mainly depends on the space available in your kitchen. However, in order to keep from overshooting your budget, keeping some of the accessories in steel, playing around with brands, etc might be a good idea. Going for a well-designed but basic stainless steel or a porcelain sinkinstead of a mineral quartz onefor example will help you get your dream modular kitchen design well within your budget!

8 Top 5 Curtain and Blind Styles to Choose From!

Curtains, shades, blinds and all kinds of window Treatments are undoubtedly one of the most important elements of Interior Design. They hold and blend the colour schemes used in the décor, set the tone of the room and also go on to create a bold style statement if done up right. In some cases, they are also used as primary accents that build the character of the entire room layout and décor. But in order to achieve that, one needs to know the various types of curtains, shades and blind stylesso that one knows exactly which to choose for making your room look good to glam!

Top 5 Curtain Types to choose from:

Curtains are unlined and lightweight fabrics that are used to cover windows in order to filter out light, sound, draft and also as a decorative component. The most popular curtain types include:

Cafe Curtains: This curtain style includes covering only the bottom half of a window. In some cases it is paired with a valence (drapery style on the top part of a window) for a stylish and different look to a room.Cafe-CurtainsSheer Curtains: A style that we all love, the translucent fabric that gives a stylish and chic look to your room. It filters light, provides a certain amount of privacy and is often combined with heavy fabric drapery for ornate interior designs.


Lace Curtains: This gives the same effect as the sheer curtains with the exception that these are made from lace fabric.


Gathered Curtains: This style involves using curtain and drapes that are pulled up half their heights and are tied to the sides.


Bishop Sleeve Curtains: These types of curtains are very much trending and involves having vertical panels of the curtain where it is pinched up at regular intervals to get a series of blousy sections followed by a gathered pleat.Bishop-Sleeve-Curtains

Top 5 Shades & Blind Styles:

Unlike curtains, shades and blinds are window treatments that fit inside a window frame. Various options exists which can be used to create a stylish and modern look to your home. Some of the most popular options are given below:

Balloon: This refers to the old stage curtain style where series of draw strings hang vertically across d width of the window, that gathers up the material when pulled. Festoon style or the ‘London shade’ is similar to the Balloon with the exception that both the edges on the two sides are not gathered. Hence, Balloon gives a semi circle look while Festoon gives d style a tail.


Cellular: This style involves a crisply pleated fabric shade that folds up neatly together when drawn. Basically in this style, the shade is made into a honeycomb providing insulation to a certain extent since pockets of air are held in between the honeycomb structure.


Roman: The Roman shade is a chic style where the shade creates a flat panel when closed. The folds are spaced and occur at regular intervals and overlap each other when they are drawn up.


Roller: This style consists of a simple and flat shade which can be pulled down at any height and again rolls up to the roller at the top when it is drawn.


Blinds: These refer to shades made out of wood, metal, plastic or fabric that remains suspended in a string mesh. When drawn up, the entire treatment goes out of ones view.









Catchy Cook Spaces – The Top 3Trending Modular Kitchen Cabinet Colour combos this Season!

So you have just moved into this snazzy new apartment of yours, and you want to use that dash of colour in your Modular Kitchen Design to make a style statement. Well, not a bad idea at all…apart from the fact that you are going crazy choosing the perfect colour scheme for it! So, to make your life a bit easier, here goes…the Top 3 Modular Kitchen Colour Combos that are trending this season, for you to choose from!


Bold Blue &Pail Blue:

The latest trend in creating a catchy cook space – Using two shades of the same colour! If you have a large open modular kitchen design, use a bold blue for your central island cabinets and thereafter work towards a sky blue hue for other cabinets on the outer perimeter of the wall. Set off against a white background, this colour combo will be both serene as well as modern.

Bright Red & Midnight Black:

One of the most dramatic shade combo this season, this is sure to turn eyeballs and make a statement amidst your circle. Black cabinets at the background with a bright red island at the centre, balanced with light coloured countertop & backsplash is definitely the way to go!

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Cool Grey & Hot Orange:

Third on our list is this ultra-modern modular kitchen cabinet colour scheme that lets the neutral grey come alive with the fiery intense orange at the foreground. Having a few open shelves and painting the backs of them with a lighter version of the same grey gives an illusion of depth.

So what are you waiting for, choose the trend that suits your modular kitchen design the best, and let Mobel do the rest!