With a few simple alterations and additions, your dining room can be a hub of luxury in your home
Every home has its own personality and style. But whether you’re a fan of modern boldness, country charm or retro glamour, every room deserves the high level of interior design needed to shine. And the dining room is no exception.
However, many of us are guilty of foregoing the dining room in favour of the kitchen counter or even balancing our dinner on our knees in front of the television — and we think this has to change. Sitting down at the table for a family meal at the end of the day is a great chance to grow closer; a chance that shouldn’t be missed.
When designed well, the dining room is a luxurious space for relaxation, conversation and fun. With that in mind, let us share some of our top tips for making your dining room the best it can be. Give your dining room a whole new look with these seven simple changes.
Choose the right spot
Some family homes have a separate room as a designated dining area, but with open plan becoming more and more popular deciding where exactly to create your dining area is a key decision that many families will need to make. Even if you do have a separate dining room, you’ll need to decide where exactly to place the dining table itself.
One aspect to bear in mind is your dining area’s distance from the kitchen, as you don’t want to have to walk too far when serving food. Try positioning your table in more unusual places, like against the wall or by a window to allow in as much evening light as possible. A round table can fit perfectly in a bay window, creating a stunning dining snug.
Set the scene
We tend to use the dining room mostly in the evening, just as the daylight is changing dramatically. Therefore, well-planned lighting is absolutely essential to creating the right atmosphere. The main overhead light should have a dimming option so you can coordinate it perfectly with any sunlight pouring into the room. When hanging pendant lights over the table, make sure they hang low enough to admire but high enough so that they don’t obstruct the view of your diners.
You can also consider dimmable wall sconces for another lighting source. Candle sconces are a great way to bring drama and elegance to your dining room.
Create a picture-perfect focal point
Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers, a feature wall, a fireplace or the dining table itself, it’s important to give your dining room a standout centrepiece in order to give the space focus. To create a feature wall, choose a wallpaper print with a bold pattern and colours that you can use to inspire the rest of the space’s décor. Using a rich, dark colour throughout the room will create a dramatic space that feels both elegant and bang on trend.
If you prefer an understated style, try panelled walls in a clean neutral colour like grey or off-white.
Invest in a vintage dining table
The dining table is the single most important piece of furniture you’ll need to consider in your dining room, so it’s worth investing in a table you can be proud of. Vintage furniture is both durable and eye-catchingly attractive, bringing something truly unique into your dining room. Hunting down the right dining table for example a Scandinavian mid century dining table from Vinterior for your home on online marketplaces or at antique fairs will instantly increase the level of luxury in your home.
Make the most of seating
The right dining chairs are second only to your dining table when it comes to furnishing the space. One elegant option is to invest in traditional high backed chair designs to match your vintage dining table, or you could create contrast and interest by pairing your vintage piece with ultramodern chair designs.
There are also practical aspects to consider when choosing dining chairs. Comfort is key, so find a plush upholstered option with supportive arms and backs. You should also seek out fabrics that are easily wipeable and stain resistant, or have loose covers which are easy to remove and clean.
There is more dining furniture to consider other than your dining table and chairs. For one, storage is key to an ordered and uncluttered overall design, and this can be achieved with one or two attractive additions.
Consider a sideboard as an elegant way to store your crockery, cutlery and glasses when you aren’t using them. Sideboards also have the added benefit of giving you extra surface space. This creates an opportunity to create a stunning display that reflects the overall feel of your dining room, whether it’s family photos for a personal touch or an elegant vase filled with colourful flowers.
Dress it up
Now that you’ve almost finished your dining room design, it’s time for the finishing touches. This involves dressing your table so it looks show home ready, including placemats, glasses, napkins and an attractive centrepiece. This should reflect the overall theme of the room, which can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.
Try bringing together different materials like china, glass, woods and metals for tactile interest, and make sure your centrepiece stands out without appearing too large in the space. A floral arrangement or set of tall candles might be all it takes.