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Make it different

It is a great idea to integrate the kitchen and the dining room, especially when you are a small family, says Aanchal Gulati Nath.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2008 17:00 IST
Aanchal Gulati Nath

I am planning to convert my kitchen to an open plan and combine it with the dining room, as by themselves these are very small. Since we are a family of three, I don’t need a big dining table. What can I use as furniture that will be practical and look good too?

— Nikita Khosla

It is a great idea to integrate the kitchen and the dining room, especially when you are a small family. You could go in for an island counter in the centre of the room now that you have a bigger space, as this can also be used for storage. However, this would take a lot of space as compared to a pub table. Pub tables are great for dining as well as entertaining. They can be crafted from different materials and finished in a number of ways. For example, you could go in for a cherry vinyl top and steel base for that soda shop or diner look or keep it straight-lined to get a modern look.


I have sliding doors between my balcony and room in my new house. I can’t think of how to dress these doors, as I don’t like the look of curtains and want to use blinds instead.
— Naina Chaddha

There is a great solution to your problem in the form of vertical blinds. Vertical blinds are ideal window dressings for large expanses of glass, sliding doors and openings. They provide a clean, contemporary look to any room and can be used where protection from the sun’s heat and strong light is required. They are available in fabric, aluminium, PVC and wood. When used across sliding doors, they enable easy access. Black-out vertical blinds offer an ideal solution for bedrooms while fashionable faux leather ones add flair and panache to modern settings. Vertical blinds can be bought readymade. The length of the louvers can be cut to size, which gives you the choice of having blinds which are floor-length or fit snugly inside a window recess.

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