Dining rooms have been around for a very long time. Whether the space is a banquet room in a castle or a room just off the kitchen, dining rooms are used for many meals. They can play host to everyone from royalty to your cousins; even if the room isn’t used most of the year, the holidays will see it dressed up and ready for guests. Some dining rooms are grand, and some are simple. Some people have rooms in their homes designed specifically for dining, but decorating trends have increased the popularity of an open concept design, meaning interior (but not load bearing) walls have been eliminated and one room flows into another. With these layouts you can see most of the living spaces, including the dining area, just by standing in one place.