Kitchen and Dining Designs for a Stylish Space

If you host New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or any of the holidays in between, you know exactly how important a well-designed kitchen and dining space can be: a kitchen that is too crowded or a kitchen that doesn’t flow? Too much open space or not enough?

When you’re ready for a kitchen and dining redesign, all of those entertaining issues can be addressed. Consider these kitchen and dining ideas to design a stylish and functional space:

 

Open Kitchen and Dining Room

One of the attractions of an open dining room layout is being able to visually and aesthetically connect several interior living spaces, such as the kitchen, living room, and dining area. In an open-concept dining room, you have an unobstructed view of other living areas. For those who prefer casual and frequent entertaining, this is a great layout design. An open dining room allows you to mingle and converse with dinner guests while you're in the kitchen for a convenient entertaining option.

 

Traditional Kitchen and Dining Room

On the other hand, a formal dining room separate from the kitchen provides a more intimate dining space that's removed from visual and audible distractions, such as television, children playing, or dirty dishes. While the traffic flow in a formal dining room differs from that in an open layout, it often reduces the busyness and noise surrounding the kitchen. Formal dining rooms offer charm and nostalgia as many people grew up sharing holiday meals in the formal dining room.

 

Butler’s Kitchen

Today, a butler’s kitchen may not come with a tuxedo-clad steward or an extensive collection of antique kitchenware, but there are plenty of reasons why this design is becoming popular again. Butler's kitchens were used to store, polish, and count silver, dishes, and china, while a butler would keep the pantry under lock and key to protect the family heirlooms.

The butler's pantry is located just off the kitchen, serving as the perfect area for dining and entertaining prep. If you require a unique kitchen upgrade, a butler's pantry may be the perfect solution.

 

Host in Style with Gordon James

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start designing or renovating your dream kitchen and dining space. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Beautiful dining room from Gordon James custom builders in Wayzata, MN

Reasons to Consider an Open Floor Plan

The benefits of open-floor plans are nearly endless: convenience while entertaining or enjoying family life, the illusion of more space, and an abundance of natural light. The flow and functionality of an open floor plan bring your family together in unexpected ways that matter most. Here are four reasons to consider an open floor plan as you design or renovate your dream home:

 

1. Love Family Life

Living with fewer barriers from room to room not only increases the flow of your home but also eases some of the stresses of daily life. Family life can be chaotic at times, especially with little ones running about. Building a home with fewer barriers in the communal spaces offers a great vantage point. Whether you are cooking in the kitchen or reading in your great room you always have a good view of your children.

 

2. Host Guests with Ease

For those who enjoy hosting, the open floor plan makes entertaining family and friends enjoyable and easy. It can be overwhelming to host a dinner party or Thanksgiving but with an open floor plan, you can be in three different spaces at once. From the kitchen, you have a view of the activity in the great room, and from the great room, you can keep an eye on dinner, all while conversing with your guests.

 

3. Create the Illusion of More Space

While having an open floor plan is convenient while hosting guests, daily living is paramount. Walls and doors divide your home into parts and often make a home feel boxed in, whereas open floor plans give your home the illusion of more space. Opening up the common spaces creates a relaxed and roomy atmosphere in your home. The majority of your time is spent in the kitchen and great room anyways, so it’s important to make them open so you and your guests always feel comfortable.

 

4. Bring in Natural Beauty

With more open space and fewer barriers, light flows seamlessly from room to room. The shared light from the windows and light fixtures bathes the entire house in a soft glow. Open spaces allow for more windows that bring in natural light throughout the day. Natural light increases productivity, helps you sleep better, and improves your mood. As you design or renovate your custom home, consider creating open spaces with an abundance of windows.

 

Renovate or Design an Open-Floor Plan with Gordon James

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning an open floor plan for your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


3 Eco-Friendly Luxury Home Renovation Ideas

Environmental impact is among the top concerns of many luxury homebuyers. At Gordon James, we’ve recently spent more time considering our home designs, and how it can reflect our values. We want to be able to provide homes that allow you to reduce your carbon footprint, live more simply, while also being luxurious spaces.

You don’t have to sacrifice the luxury and style of your home in order to make it more efficient and eco-friendly. Now, discover three ways to own a luxurious dwelling with a smaller-than-average carbon footprint.

  

1. Give Your Kitchen an Eco-Makeover

Your kitchen can showcase the latest in finishes, design ideas, and amenities while still being energy efficient with the latest technology. Energy Star certified kitchen appliances and compact fluorescent bulbs will reduce your kitchen’s carbon footprint. Updating your appliances is an easy upgrade and gives your kitchen a newer look.

If the kitchen is a place where you gather your friends and family, replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which generate less heat. As an added bonus, these bulbs will last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs without losing any brightness.

From the things that make a kitchen beautiful to the things that make it green, the attention to detail is what creates a gorgeous and functional kitchen design. Be inspired to make your dream kitchen eco-friendly with this beautiful green kitchen design.

  

2. Let The Light In

Homes with large windows showcasing beautiful views in abundance make your day-to-day living an alfresco experience. With streams of natural light, the kitchen is bright in the morning and the great room glows as the sun sets in the evening.

Windows not only give your home a natural radiance but also reduce your home’s energy expenditure. So, open the shades or consider installing more windows in your dream home. It will not only enhance and give a room a more vivid look, but it can result in being twenty-five percent more efficient.

As a rule of thumb, north-facing windows are perfect for letting in non-glare light while south-facing windows can help with moderating seasonal temperatures. If you have east or west-facing windows, this will result in more daylight in the morning and evening.

The more natural light you add into your home the more inviting, natural, and eco-friendly your home will become.

  

3. Efficient Bathroom Faucets

From getting ready in the morning to a long soak after work, the bathroom design should be more than an afterthought. While your bathroom may be one of the smaller rooms in your home, it’s also where some of the biggest eco-challenges arise. Water use in the bathroom accounts for more than half of household water used by families indoors.

A way to reduce water usage is to install WaterSense faucets, most faucets produce 2.2 gallons per minute while WaterSense faucets use 1.5 gallons per minute. The average person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day indoors. That’s 36,500 gallons per year. By installing WaterSense faucets, you could save nearly 11,000 gallons per year.

These faucets are available in a variety of models to ensure your bathroom doesn’t lose any of its luxury appeal.

  

Start Designing Your Eco-Friendly Dream Home with Gordon James  

Crafting an efficient home should never mean sacrificing style or design. With Gordon James, you can have the best of both worlds by integrating these energy-efficient renovations into your luxury home.

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


3 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value Through Custom Renovations

Many custom home renovations not only increase your home’s value but also improve your family’s quality of life. Whether you’re renovating your home to make it more functional, or simply more beautiful, here are three renovations for increasing your home’s value.

Spacious kitchen in Orono custom home by Gordon James custom home builder   

 1. Renovate the Kitchen

For active families, devoted hosts, and seasoned cooks the kitchen is the heart of the home - a place where beauty and function intersect. Whether you’re planning a total kitchen makeover or simply a fresh paint job for the cabinets, kitchen renovations provide the highest return on investment. Some of the best renovations include cabinets, countertops, modern appliances, and removing a wall to create an open kitchen. Here are ten questions to ask yourself before you begin renovations so you can create the kitchen of your dreams.

   

2. Invest in Energy-Efficient Materials

Environmental impact is one of the top concerns for many luxury homeowners and buyers. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in, maintain, and leave a larger carbon footprint. By investing in energy-efficient windows you can save up to 90% of your costs and receive a green energy tax credit of 10% for this upgrade. Another way to lower your home’s carbon footprint is through a smart thermostat. Half of the monthly energy costs are controlled by the thermostat, and a smart thermostat can reduce energy expenditure greatly.

If you make energy-efficient upgrades, make sure your realtor markets your home appropriately; consider providing copies of your bills to potential buyers to display the difference in an energy-efficient home.

   

3. Create a Relaxing Outdoor Oasis

Adding or renovating a terrace or deck is a way to increase your living space without increasing your home’s footprint. A beautifully furnished terrace is a basic build for an outdoor space. Some homeowners design a convenient outdoor kitchen or bar space with a countertop, grill, and sink for summer dinners and drinks with friends and family. For those with a green thumb, gardens on the deck provide a peaceful escape.

Whether you decide on a green balcony, complete with a garden, or lounge furniture, the outdoor space will become your favorite place for all the lounging, dining, and entertaining you can fit into a Minnesota summer. For those who enjoy hosting, outdoor spaces create a comfortable entertaining space while increasing the value of their home.

Great room in Orono lakehome by Gordon James   

 Partner with Gordon James and Renovate Your Dream Home

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start renovating your home and increasing its value. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


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Designing Your Dream Lake Home

Is it your dream to build a home next to a lake? In Minnesota, a lake home will help you get the most out of the summer months. While the process of designing a lake home is demanding and challenging, it’s the first step in turning your dream into a reality. Read our blog for some inspiration to start dreaming up your lake home:

    

Integrate the Indoors and the Outdoors

Homes with luxurious patios, decks, and screened-in porches are common in lakeside homes and help bring the outdoors in. Design a breezy deck with railed balconies for views of the lake and surrounding landscape. Make your patio or deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Carve out different spaces for amenities including; a stainless steel grill, pizza oven, and lounge seating.

   

Enhance the Views

Your lake home gives you the opportunity to connect with nature and the outdoors, so making the most of the breathtaking lake view is important. There is nothing quite as beautiful as water, and a lake home should have expansive windows so you can enjoy the view. Having an open floor plan with lots of windows in your lake home makes it easier to feel at one with nature by maximizing the view of the lake. By adding ceiling vaults, the different areas of the home are defined without compromising the floor plan’s smooth flow.

   

Enjoy the Water 

Why build your dream lake home if you can’t enjoy the water? Do you want a natural shoreline, long dock, or retaining wall? Does your family swim or boat frequently? Consider your family’s lifestyle and what sort of beach access you all want. Add a patio or gazebo adjacent to your lake access, connected to a path with flowers to enjoy the water even when you’re not in, or on it. It’ll be the perfect space to celebrate with your family or friends or lounge during lazy summer Sundays.

      

Designing Your Dream Lake Home with Gordon James

Building and designing your dream lake home is not an average design or construction process. Consulting with a reputable builder with experience building waterfront custom homes should always be your first step. An experienced builder has the ability to guide you through the myriad of steps involved in building your dream lake home.

Gordon James has years of experience building luxury homes on waterfront property on Lake Minnetonka and surrounding areas. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream lake home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Master bedroom in custom Gordon James home Minneapolis

Steps to Creating a Guest Suite Oasis in Your Dream Home

If you’re considering designing your dream home or renovating your home, don’t forget the guest bedroom. After all, you want to be able to host your friends and family in the utmost comfort. For a weary traveler, a stylish guest room creates comfort a hotel can't match. A guest room should have the luxurious feel of a hotel with the charm of an inviting home, to create an inviting guest suite design, read our tips.

   

A Place to Put Their Things

No one wants to live out of a suitcase - even when it’s just a weekend getaway. Digging through wrinkled clothes looking for a hairdryer is the worst way to start the day. Instead, make sure there’s plenty of space for your guest to store away their things and hang their clothes with ample closet space, dressers, nightstands, and hangers. Consider creating a walk-in closet with mirrors or vanity seating so your guest can prepare for their nights out in style. Here’s the Gordon James guide to designing a walk-in closet or dressing room so your guests experience luxury and convenience whenever they open it.

   Bathrooms in dream home by Gordon James in Lake Minnetonka, MN

A Place to Be Pampered

Guest bathrooms are often pushed into corners and shoved aside, but creating a luxurious retreat for guests elevates the space and improves their visit. While they’re away from home, a luxurious bathroom is a relaxing place to start their day and a soothing and serene place to end it. A single slipper chair, a spacious ottoman will encourage them to treat the room like a luxurious day spa. Here, they can sit back and relax after busy vacation days. If you’re looking for some more inspiration, take a look at these beautiful bathrooms.

 Custom guest bedroom in Orono home by Gordon James   

A Place to Rest Their Head

Finding the ideal location for your guest bedroom is just as important as the design. Do your in-laws or parents visit you frequently and you don’t want them to climb stairs? Do you host out of town guests that need a quiet place to get some extra sleep? Read our blog on master bedroom locations and keep these in mind as you design your guest bedroom in your dream home.

Luxury room by Gordon James in Wayzata, MN   Custom's kid bedroom in Orono, MN by Gordon James

Guest Oasis in Your Dream Home

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your guest oasis in the home of your dreams. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Home renovation paint colors for Gordon James custom in Minneapolis

Your First Home Renovation

Do you have a long list of dreamy elements you want in your space? It might be time for some renovations. Whether you’re looking to increase the property value of your home ahead of a sale or closing on a house, there might be a renovation or remodeling project in your future. Here are some ideas to help you find inspiration for your first home renovation:

   Stylish kitchen island in Lake Minnetonka custom home by Gordon James

Maximize Your Existing Space

If you feel as though your home is crowded or you have young children, an open floor plan might be the perfect solution for your family. Are there walls dividing the rooms at the back of your house that be removed to create that coveted kitchen-great room? If you decide to extend your kitchen and great room, make sure the existing house flows into the extension so that your space, storage, and style needs are met.

   Master bedroom in custom home in Orono by Gordon James

Boost the Natural Light

If light is your main concern, a sunroom or screened in porch extension is an option for creating a space with ample light. However, an extension like this may reduce light in your existing spaces. Another option for boosting natural light is installing large windows, which transforms light levels in any room. If a sunroom or large windows aren’t in your design plan, consider installing ceiling lights that simulate outdoor lighting to create the ambience you want in your dream home.

   Custom bathroom in family home by Gordon James in Edina, MN

Transform Your Bathroom

Renovating your bathroom is one of the best important investments you can make. Transforming your bathroom is a fresh way to invite daily joys into your life, nothing will lift your spirit like starting and ending your days in a room you love. From large, show-stopping bathtubs, walk-in showers with seating, and sleek vanity units, your bathroom should be curated to your wants. A spacious bathroom is a relaxing place to start your day and a soothing and serene place to end it. If you're considering remodeling your bathroom, work with our partner, Ferguson. They offer a vast selection of plumbing, lighting, and appliances from today's top manufacturers, beautifully showcased in their state-of-the-art showrooms. For more information about Ferguson, visit their website or read more about our partnership here. If you’re looking for more inspiration for your renovations, take a look at these beautiful bathrooms.

   

Remodel Your Kitchen

The kitchen is central to the home, whether you’re renovating your kitchen to help your home sell or to create the kitchen of your culinary dreams, your kitchen can showcase the latest in finishes, design ideas, and amenities featuring marble countertops, detailed custom cabinets, double islands, and spacious floor plans. Pro-grade appliances, thoughtful layouts, gorgeous lighting, architectural elements, and other luxurious elements all elevate your kitchen. Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so it needs to be stylish and functional; a place you can host company and hold intimate, family dinners. Look at these beautiful before and after kitchen transformations to discover ideas for your dream kitchen.

   Cozy up your custom home in Orono, MN by Gordon James

Finish Your Basement

Once upon a time, basements were reserved for storage or laundry and other lackluster house functions. No longer, converting these overlooked areas into something more is an excellent way to increase living space without adding extra footage to your home. The basement is an untapped oasis of potential for a home gym, luxury spa, bar, wine cellar, second kitchen, home office, or library. So, as you finish your basement, don’t rule out any of your dream ideas and glance at these luxurious basements for more ideas.

     

Renovate with Gordon James

Renovating your home can feel overwhelming and it takes time and patience, but if you partner with Gordon James you can achieve the home of your dreams - without moving. For inspiration, ideas, and advice visit Gordon James’ website to see a full range of luxury home interiors and exteriors.

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start renovating your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Paint Brick the Right Way

Brick can bring a homey charm or an industrial modern feel to any room in your home. But what if your exposed brick wall doesn’t fit your interior design? There’s a simple solution; a few coats of paint. Whether it’s an entire wall or just the fireplace, painted brick can enhance a room or blend in by showcasing the material’s natural texture in a colorful, new way. Read Gordon James’ blog to learn how to paint brick, what tools you need, and how to prepare your project for success.

   

Tools and Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools and materials on hand:

  • Paint roller
  • Masonry or latex paint
  • Latex primer
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter's tape
  • Wire scrub brush
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

 

Prepare the Brick

Before you paint the brick wall, make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned; scrub the wall with soapy water and a wire brush to remove any dirt or efflorescence (streaky white deposits). Once your brick is cleaned, let it dry completely before painting. Check for cracks or structural problems that might require professional attention, and tape any areas you aren’t going to paint.

   

Paint the Brick

First, apply a latex primer to the brick. If there are multiple areas of the brick affected by efflorescence or mildew, make sure to apply multiple coats and let the primer dry. After applying the primer, take your roller or brush and apply a masonry or latex paint to the brick. If you’re painting a fireplace, make sure you’re using a heat-proof paint! Many painting professionals use paint sprayers, but rollers and brushes that are made for textured surfaces also work well.

 

Bring on the Paint Buckets!

Whether you’re going for a fearless and fun dark hue or a crisp and clean white paint, look for inspiration that suits your style and home. The beauty of brick is the quality of its architectural building material; it brings history into your interior and will never go out of style. Use Gordon James’ tips, and your brick wall will bring a fresh, new look to your home.

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to renovate your interior and transform it into your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Luxurious Outdoor Living, Year-Round

Outdoor living is a luxury, especially as the weather grows warmer. Whether you’re dreaming of a tiny terrace adjacent to your master bedroom, or large outdoor living room, you need a space that’ll serve your family year-round. Discover the latest trend in architecture blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living; so you can enjoy the outdoors, year-round. 

Indoor and Outdoor Sunrooms 

To elevate your open concept floor plan, redefine indoor and outdoor boundaries with sliding glass doors, which allow for a seamless transition between the spaces. Glass sliding doors are more than convenient, they give your home an open and immaculate view of your yard. Blend your outdoor spaces with your indoor spaces with thermal, solar-reflective glass walls, windows, and doors that can be opened or closed depending on the season. 

Nothing creates a brighter space than a large, floor-to-ceiling glass wall to the outdoors. If you want more privacy, an expansive glass skylight with stairs leading to your roof is a luxurious alternative. The more natural light you add into your home blends your outdoor and indoor spaces seamlessly throughout the seasons.  

    Smart home technology in dream home by Gordon James in Lake Minnetonka, MN

Balconies and Patios Are The New Backyards

Many hotels and restaurants have luxurious patios and balconies where guests can relax and take in the view; now, this trend is moving residential. While a large “yard” on the patio is a great idea for homes with small or uneven yards, many people choose to use their balconies or patios for the added luxury and privacy they bring.  

A beautifully furnished terrace is a basic build for an outdoor space. Some homeowners design an outdoor kitchen or bar space with a countertop, grill, and sink for summer dinners and drinks with friends and family. For those with a green thumb, gardens on the patio provide a peaceful escape while also increasing the value of your property.

Whether you decide on a green balcony, complete with a garden, or lounge furniture, the outdoor space will become your favorite place for all the lounging, dining, and entertaining you can fit into the summer.

  

Design Your Outdoor and Indoor Spaces with Gordon James 

To enjoy the outdoors in Minnesota year-round, create spaces that blur the boundaries between inside and out. This way, you can fully enjoy summer after a harsh winter, and when winter comes, you can still enjoy a view of the outdoors from the warmth of your dream home. 

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant indoor spaces and refined exterior spaces. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Designing a Functional and Stylish Dining Room

Whether you tend toward hosting intimate dinner-parties or going all-out for the holidays, a well-designed dining room is needed to help best entertain your guests while also serving as a daily communal space for your family. We at Gordon James have compiled a list of ideas to help you design a functional and stylish dining room that’s ready to fit the way your gather and entertain:

  Open-floor plan kitchen in custom home by Gordon James in Twin Cities, MN

Consider the Location and Aesthetic 

Your dining room is more than just a place to enjoy a meal: it serves an a representation of how your family serves others. For this reason, it is important to consider the location and aesthetic of your dining room when designing to account for space, functionality, and aesthetic as an extension of your home:

  1. Traditional Formal Dining Room: The traditional dining room typically has limited access, with only one entrance into an alcoved area off of the kitchen or living room. The closed access of the room creates a formal, yet cozy, feel to the room. This dining room location is wonderful for large families, groups of friends, or hosting for the holidays.
  2. Four-Season Dining Room: Consider building your dining room in a four-season room, with floor-to-ceiling windows. The extra-lighting of the room helps to make it more inviting and less stuffy than a traditional dining room. Because of this, the design is perfect for families with small children or who enjoy ‘vacation home’ dining with a view.
  3. Pass-Through Dining Room: A pass-through dining room with two entryways on either wall. Perfect for hosting luncheons, dinners, or cocktail parties, this set-up allows guests to easily pass from room to room, typically offering a great flow in transitioning guests from a living room happy hour, and allowing you as hosts to sneak away to the kitchen without disruption.
  4. Great Room Dining: Even if you have a separate area allotted for your dining room, a large great room can be an impressive and accessible multipurpose space dining space. Having a second dining table in your living room allows for convenient and casual dining. If you have small children you want to keep an eye on or want your dinner parties to allow people to mix their seating options, this location is ideal.

    

Create a Tone with Colors

Your dining room paint color sets the atmosphere for family gatherings and parties, so consider what tone you wish to strike. If you host evening parties and you’re going for drama, try a deep and dark shade, like Frédéric Malle’s black dining room in New York. If you hold family dinners frequently and you’re going for serene, try a pastel or neutral shade, such as these rooms. Adding choice color to your dining room makes every meal memorable.

  

Set the Ambiance with Lights

An eye-catching light fixture always elevates a room. The best dining room lighting plans are carefully designed with your meal patterns and aesthetic in mind. If you have a long, large table, install a chandelier above to balance the room proportionally; if you have a shorter table, try an arc floor lamp. Coordinate with your construction team to ensure that your lighting fixture is installed with a dimmer function; then, with a simple press of a lever or turning of a knob, you can adjust the light. This way, your chandelier or lamp can achieve that warm, dim glow that mimics candlelight and sets the perfect mood.

    

Entertain in Style

With these design tips, your dining room will make every meal a memorable one. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create your custom dining room in your dream home, and design every room to best serve your family, style, and function. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.