The Dining Room Style Guide – how to create the perfect dining room decor.
A dining room is one of the most social environments in your life; it’s the place you converse with both friends and family. But how do you make it the perfect space to entertain? In this guide, we’ll explain how to style your dining room so it both reflects your character and is an enjoyable place to spend time.
The dining room style fundamentals
When designing a dining room there are a few aspects that always need to be considered. The lighting, colour scheme, general layout, furniture and style preference are the foundations of any dining room, and this is where we begin our decorating process.
Dining rooms are invariably used for entertaining guests and sitting down for evening meals. This, in turn., means most time will be spent when no natural light will be coming through into the room. For this reason, making sure to get your manmade lighting right for the room is essential.
As with any dining room, the centrepiece will always be the dining room table and chairs. To create a focus area but also illuminating the room, a chandelier is an ideal addition hanging over the table’s centre point. In addition, if you have a large enough dining room with cabinets around the room then lamps and small wall lights help to balance out the room’s lighting.
The great thing about a dining room is that because most time is spent there during the evenings; bold colours can often be used to create the ideal mood. If you’re looking for a more romantic, dramatic atmosphere then dark wooden furniture and deep reds would really work well.
Additionally, if your dining room is often used for family meals, vibrant bright colours would feel fun and friendly for early evening meals with the kids. It’s about creating the right atmosphere for those most likely to dine and socialise, so adding splashes of colour around the room on the walls, using certain types of tableware or other accessories can really provide the right look.
As a general rule of thumb, the dining room and chairs will always shape the layout of your room. Make sure to measure the space so you have a dining room table and chairs with enough space around them to avoid a cluttered feel. For those with large dining rooms, introducing cabinets around the perimeter of the room will make sure the space doesn’t feel too open and cosier.
If you’re likely to use your dining room table for lunchtime meals or any other daytime sitting situations, then making sure there is space around the windows to enhance the natural light is key. The same goes for allowing space around any doors or entrances leading into the dining room, to make the room feel spacious on first impressions.
As much we all want a beautifully elegant dining room, we have to remember to not compromise on comfort. Finding a dining table to fit your style preferences is important – whether wooden or metal etc. – but having a set of comfortable chairs to match is essential. Upholstered dining chairs can not only provide sophistication but also great comfort.
Generally, dining rooms are either square or rectangular so finding furniture to match these shapes and lines gives the layout a natural feel. If there is an open space away from the window, entrance area and dining room table and chairs then bar cabinets are an exciting addition to the room. These add character, style and a practical element to the room.
When it comes to decorating and styling your dining room, you need to think about the style and mood you would prefer. If you want a clean, minimalist feel then using light hues, whites and creams on both the walls and furniture is important, while drama can be created through dark wooden furniture and deep colours.
These different moods are usually suited for certain times of the day; when and at what time you most like to use your dining room? If it’s drawing the day, then choose a natural, light, layout, but if mostly in the evenings then a darker, cosier colour scheme would be preferred. You may even have got ideas from other cultures when visiting on your travels, these styles can be translated to any living room.
Additional dining room style tips
On top of the fundamentals when decorating a dining room, style and character are added through home accessories like tableware and wall art. All these items not only compliment the room’s style but also introduce personality and intrigue; great for stimulating creative thought.
Carefully selecting tableware
For entertaining guests during a dinner party, with a beautiful set of glassware, you’re sure to create the right mood. Instead of serving wine in the bottle, why not use a decanter? These are brilliant for matching with water decanters, which both add style to the table.
Similarly, using trays, placemats and coasters all enhance the table’s character. For a fancy dinner party, you may well have matching coasters and placemats, while a gold tray could act as the table’s centrepiece. When dining with the kids, more vibrant, lighter colours may suit the table better as well as a coloured tablecloth and additional bowls. It’s these subtle touches which can give the table and room a certain mood fit for the occasion.
Add character with home accessories
Around the table and chairs, you can add in other home accessories to give the room additional colour and character. On top of the cabinets and any side tables, add a personal touch with photo frames and any other ornaments important to you. These help create a homely atmosphere for both the family and any guests visiting your dining room.
In addition to the room’s main lighting, candles are another excellent source of light, not so much for illuminating large parts of the room, but for focusing attention on home accessories like photo frames. Depending on the space, other items like flowers in vases are a fantastic focal point for areas away from the dining table and help balance the room’s colour scheme.
Enhance your walls and floor
You don’t have to be a collector of art or painter to utilise wall art in your dining room. Modern, abstract art adds subtle colours and tones to a room as well as providing a piece to break up a plain wall. Like wall art, mirrors are also fantastic for breaking up the lines and block colours of a room. Wall mirrors reflect natural and manmade light as well as different shades and colours from other areas across the room.
One of the other additional decorating features of a room is rugs. There are all different shapes, sizes, styles and colours, and each can enhance a dining room and in particular the dining room table. Depending on the style and colours used in your dining room, a rug can bring the room together with subtle shades and tones, while it also creates a border around the dining room table.
When creating and decorating your ideal dining room, it’s important to first think about the fundamentals and then to add your own personal style and character. The size of your space, the times you most use the dining room each day, and the people who regularly use it are all considerations. First and foremost, your dining room should be a relaxing environment in which you can socialise with loved ones over great food.
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