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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Formal Versus Informal Dining Spaces:

How popular are formal dining rooms in Apex North Carolina new homes?  We've analyzed the custom home floor plans from Parade of Homes entries, and here's what we found out about dining room trends:

79% of Apex new homes included a designated formal dining room.

Here's the full breakdown on formal versus informal dining trends, based on the Parade of Homes entries built and submitted by Apex new home builders.

1. Separate Dining Room Floor Plan - 79% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 11 of 14 or 79% of Parade of Homes entries in Apex had a designated formal dining room.
  • Formal dining rooms are traditionally located near the front entry. As one of the first rooms in the home visible to guests, the formal dining often features special details such as a tray ceiling, wainscot wall panels, chair rail, or butler's pantry cabinets.

This Stanton Homes formal dining room has a butler's pantry with glass front cabinets, custom "reverse tray ceiling", and gray paint colors:  

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

2. Dining Room Flex Space - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of Apex homes had a "flex space" dining room.
  • Flexible dining rooms are spaces that can be easily closed in if the need arises. For instance, the dining room could have French door entries, allowing them to serve as a home office or formal living room as needed over time.  

This photo is an example of a flexible dining room / home office with glass French doors dividing the space from the foyer entry. The chandelier style light is reminiscent of formal dining rooms, while the built in bookcases are more common in a home office:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

3. Informal Dining Only - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex had an informal dining room.
  • Informal dining rooms are generally dedicated to eating, but do not have the same "traditional" elements of a dining room. 

This photo shows an example of an informal dining room. The vaulted ceiling, hanging lights, and craftsman trim make this eating space feel formal. The lack of a third wall to divide the room from the kitchen keeps the space casual:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a formal dining room or flex room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

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This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


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6 Ways to Create Eye Catching Architecture in your Dining Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

6 Ways to Custom Design Your Dining Room

 Building a custom home is all about making unique spaces to fit your needs - and your personality.

Below are six ways to create eye-catching architectural details in your new home dining room - from columns, coffering, wainscoting and panneled walls, and archways, to stepped treys.

Dining Room Design Idea #1: White columns

Formal Dining Room | Red Formal Dining

In 2014 new homes, we will continue to see white columns, inside and out. In this dining room photo, a single Roman column welcomes you at the front door, as the gateway to the dining room. The Summerlyn, Bryson, and Maple Lane are Raleigh new homes that feature white columns - to give you more ideas for your next build. 

Dining Room Design Idea #2: White wainscoting

Formal Dining Room | Formal Dining Room Coffered Ceiling

White wainscoting will make your formal dining room look larger, by drawing the eye upwards from the floor. In this photo, the create shape of the formal dining room gives you more flexibility with the type and shape of dining room table.

Dining Room Design Idea #3: Painted wainscoting

Formal Dining Rooms | Painted Wainscoting

In this Raleigh new home, painted wainscoting covers the dining room from floor-to-ceiling. The medium grey paint pulls out the darker tones in the stone of the see through fireplace.

Craftsman style extra wide baseboards and a crystal chandelier emanate old-world Tuscan style. If you love shopping at Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Crate and Barrel, you've probably seen similar wall paneling in their dining room designs.

Dining Room Design Idea #4: Archways and arched windows

Formal Dining Rooms | Arched Entrance

Archways - as entrances and in window designs - bring dramatic style to your formal dining room.

In this Raleigh new home photo, the neutral dining room is simple in color but intricate in design. Details like chair rail trim, windows with arched transoms, a trey ceiling, and an arched art alcove add texture to the room.

Dining Room Design Idea #5: Two step trey

Formal Dining Rooms | Trey Ceiling

Formal dining rooms can occasionally come off as too traditional, stiff,  or cold. A bold color will punctuate the room with cheerful openness, especially when paired with contrasting curved and straight lines - in the custom archways and two step ceiling.

Dining Room Design Idea #6: Coffered ceiling

Dining Room Coffer Ceiling

Dining rooms don't have to be large to be formal. Even a open or nook style room can exude elegance. In this dining nook, light walls, dark hardwoods floors, and a crisp white coffered ceiling create a subtle, yet sophisticated, style.

Arched windows with custom trim work round out the formal tone. 

See more photos of coffered ceilings - click here.

More photos, tours, and new home buying resources:

Stanton Homes Formal Dining Rooms - Click here for extended photo gallery.

Archway photo gallery - arched entrances, art nooks, windows, and more.

Floor plans with a breakfast nook - ideas on eliminating the formal dining.

Add a butler's pantry to your formal dining room.

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