By Becky Harris, Houzz

A key takeaway in looking at the 6 most popular dining spaces on Houzz this quarter is that we’re taking a less formal approach. Homeowners’ choices show kitchen and outdoor spaces or dining areas within an open floor plan are favored over formal dining rooms. Here’s a look at the dining spaces that appealed to Houzz users most, as measured by how many people added them to their ideabooks in the last three months.

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Charlie & Co Design Ltd, original photo on Houzz

1. Round and Oval Tables

Circular and oval tables ease conversation among everyone at the table (there’s not as much neck-craning) and add curves to all of the straight lines of a kitchen. This house is full of swooping curves, so an oval tulip table in the kitchen is a good fit.

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Form Collective, original photo on Houzz

2. Banquettes 

The built-in seat of a banquette is a popular and stylish space-saver. It’s a good opportunity to add fresh textiles to a kitchen, and often you can use the space beneath the benches for extra storage if you need it.

Another great feature of this eating nook is the recessed built-in wine rack.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors, original photo on Houzz

3. Living Room Comforts

 Banquettes are also an opportunity to add a favorite creature comfort from the family room in the kitchen — throw pillows. Cotton, linen, silk, velvet and kilim make up the textile palette on the cushions and pillows on this banquette.

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Jeffrey Dungan Architects, original photo on Houzz

4. Connection to the Outdoors 

A table by the window in a restaurant is highly prized, but at home you can score one every day. Many of the dining areas on this list enjoy prominent placement in a bay or surrounded by windows and doors.

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Sarah Terranova, original photo on Houzz

5. Open Floor Plan

In today’s open plans, the kitchen, dining area and family/living room space are usually not separated by walls. With all three spaces sharing these wide views in this home, it’s easy to see why someone would prefer to keep it open.

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Chango & Co, original photo on Houzz

6. Scandinavian Simplicity

 The contrast between crisp, bright white and warm wood that’s full of character is a popular move these days. The choice of iconic Danish dining chairs and Finnish pendant lights reinforces the Scandinavian flavor of the room.

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