Truth be told, when it comes to designing the dining room, there is not really much to think about. The important thing is to place the dining room furniture where you want it to be and you are comfortable with it.
Take for example the crockery cabinet which can be placed as a divider between the living room and the dining room. There are other dividers which can be chosen of course, like glass partitions and curtains but a crockery cabinet has a dual fold function as a divider and as furniture to store some of the China in.
For a small area, one great idea would be to have dining room furniture that can be easily moved from one corner to the next. There are some that come with wheels on them to make it easier to set aside when the time comes. There are also those tables which can be expanded and then folded up so that they can be stored against the wall or in a cabinet. This is a really great type of furniture for one room apartments or homes with limited space. In Japan they have the dining tables folded away when not in use to make for more space. This is an important detail in Japanese homes which are usually cramped spaces and not the wide spaces we are used to.
One way to create ambiance in the dining room is to add lamps which can make for a warm and romantically lit room. This is a great thing to have when seduction is in the planning or simply as a practical addition which can be a great help if the overhead lights conk out, leaving the room pitch black.
Another great dining room furniture is the buffet table. This is a long table set against one wall and some have cabinets and drawers on them to store some of the dinnerware and linens. The top of the buffet table can serve the food during breakfast or parties when there is not much space on the table to accommodate many diners. This is especially a good idea if the dining table itself if long and narrow and placing food on it could cramp the dining experience.
There are so many ideas for the dining room but it is important to think of personal taste and needs before anything else. This way the space will be relegated to the enjoyment of the meal and the company it comes with.