Creating A Stylish Dining Room

by theartofbespoke in Designer style at home

People are getting rid of their dining rooms – but done well, they’re still a great addition to the home.

With so many of us living in open-plan spaces, you might think the traditional dining room had had its day. But a separate space for eating and entertaining still serves a useful function. ‘The opportunity to catch up with family and friends over good food is still an essential part of our social lifestyle,’ says Helen Fewster, a director at Suna Interior Design. ‘Eating your dinner at a table with good company is worlds away from eating off your knee in front of the TV.’

And, with a little thought, the dining room can easily become the most stylish room in the house.

‘If you’re looking to create impact, size counts,’ says Fewster. ‘The centerpiece has to be a stunning dining table and chairs, and if you have the space to go large, you can make a real impact.’

‘Comfort is definitely one of the most important areas to consider. After all, the main function of a dining room is to eat and entertain, which can easily take up the whole evening.’

As for the shape of that furniture – well, that depends on the size and shape of your room. But, as a rule, tall, upholstered chairs will create a more formal look, while something mismatched or vintage will keep it casual. ‘The key to a more relaxed feel is to mix up the furniture and not stick to stuffy over co-ordinated heavy-looking items,’ she says. ‘For example, you could use built-in banquette seating on one side of a reclaimed table, with individual chairs on the other.’

Alternatively, Fewster suggests going for an eclectic feel. She’s seen a decline in the demand for modern and minimal, with clients now preferring to combine different styles. ‘Rather than co-ordinating your furniture, you could use a glass-and-steel table with soft, upholstered chairs,’ she says. ‘Or try the opposite – metal or polycarbonate chairs with a wooden table. We recently completed a dining area where we covered all the chairs in differently patterned fabrics, which provided a unique look.’

Lighting, too, can have a dramatic effect on the room. ‘Mood lighting s really important,’ she says. ‘This is one room where a feature pendant can really come into its own. But have it on a dimmer switch, so you don’t blast the room with too much light. Additional lighting can also set the mood, so wall lights or lamps are a good bet.’

But it pays to be practical. ‘Comfort is definitely one of the most important areas to consider,’ she adds. ‘After all, the main function of a dining room is to eat and entertain, which can easily take up the whole evening.’ And how to know if you’ve got it right? That’s easy. ‘If you have a dinner party and still find yourself at the table, enjoying a glass of wine late into the night.’

 

Suna Interior Design – www.sunainteriordesign.com

Louis Henri – www.louishenri.com

Homerun Services – www.homerunservices.co.uk


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