If you ask a dozen architects or interior designers for their personal takes on dining room design, you’re bound to get a dozen different answers. Some may prefer to design casual spaces that are used for both everyday meals and special occasions. Others adhere to the traditional concept of a finely decorated, secluded space reserved for formal entertaining and holiday meals. And some may prefer to forget the dining room altogether in favor of more living or recreation space. In the end, of course, it all depends on what the client really wants. And when it comes to determining the essentials in any dining room design, the core question is this: How will you use the space?