If you’re looking to find out how to design a dining room or simply after some top tips on how to add some extra flair to your entertaining space,
we’ve got your covered.
1. CONSIDER YOUR DINING MOOD
Mood is unique to each person, so ask you yourself if you prefer a dining atmosphere that’s dark and intimate, bright and rambunctious, or quiet and calm?
To find what mood speaks to you, try writing down how you imagine your dream space would feel. I like to find a single item in my mind that evokes that mood and then use that as an initial building block that I can build the dining area round. Lighting is often a big mood creator, and dining room lighting can create the perfect mood for dining and entertaining.
2. PICK DINING CHAIRS WISELY
The duration of dinner parties is a vital part of designing an elevated dining experience. If you’re an entertainer who likes to lounge around comfortably with a brandy snifter in one hand, then time in the dining room might be short-lived before you usher everyone into a second location.
In this case, the comfort of the chairs may not be as important. There are many chairs that looks stunning, but you wouldn’t want to sit on it for hours (Wishbone chairs, we’re looking at you). And no one wants to see their guests squirming uncomfortably between courses.
3. ADD COLOR AND TEXTURE TO YOUR DINING SPACE
So you’ve picked a mood, and decided on your chair’s comfort level, now what? To execute mood, think of two colors you want to incorporate to evoke that feeling. Fabric is the best way to build an initial color story, but you could gather paint chips or objects too. Even if the room has no fabric, people respond well to tactile colors, physical materials that you can use as an inspiration even if you don’t use the fabrics at all in the space.
4. BUY PRETTY CROCKERY FOR YOUR TABLE
The biggest mistake in a dining room is not having dishes that fit with the masterful vibe you have created. A beautiful table with ugly plates is almost like wearing a wedding dress with muddy gumboots. It may seem like a small thing, but it’s the last 10% that can make or break the design, so get the pretty tableware!
5. CREATE A TALKING POINT
Functionality and aesthetics need to be equally considered, but how do you make the dining table a conversation piece? Grey dining rooms might not make the most interesting talking point, so maybe include one item that is completely outside of your comfort zone.