Dining room design ideas
When designing a dining room, first ask yourself if there are going to be two separate dining areas – informal and formal. If your dining room is going to double up as both the formal and informal dining area then you will need to plan differently.
Where the formal and informal dining room is the same:
In all probability, your dining area would be an extension of your drawing room interior design. In this case, when working on your drawing room designs, make sure that your dining area complements the decor. For instance, if your living room designs are planned around a classical look, make sure you carry this look in your dining area as well.
When the formal and informal dining areas are different:
If you want to keep the two areas separate from each other, there's plenty of room for creativity. Your informal dining area could be a simple table in the kitchen with chairs to match. You could also use one of the islands in your kitchen as a simple dining table.
If your formal dining area is in a room of it's own, then you don't have to worry about matching it with the drawing room interiors. You could choose from several looks, including rustic, classical and modern but make sure it blends in with the style of the rest of your home.
Here's how to dress up your dining room:
Contrasting Chairs: To captivate attention, break the visual monotony by adding 2 chairs in different designs or coloured upholstery (but the same as each other) at each end of the table. Remember, you can't achieve this look with a round table.
Cabinet: Keep a cabinet on an adjacent wall to show off your best crockery and show pieces. It will also serve as an easily accessible place for crockery.
Wine Rack: If you like collecting wines, then displaying them on a wine rack near the table will add some character to the space. You can experiment with different looks – modern chrome for a contemporary look and distressed wrought iron for a rustic look
Centerpiece: Choose a nice centerpiece for the table. This will go a long way in giving the space its character. For a rustic look, place a wicker basket with bright coloured fruit like pears or green apples. For a modern look, place a vase in brushed steel or mother-of-pearl in the centre of the table. Add flowers of your choice to brighten up the whole place.
Lighting: Get a long modern-looking lamp or chandelier to hang from the ceiling, above the centre of the table. You definitely need your dining table to be well-lit! Also make sure that you get UPVC French windows to bring in plenty of natural light.
If you get the design basics right, eating in your dining room and showing it off to guests is always going to be a pleasure.