For entertaining guests or conducting daily family meals, a good dining room is crucial for your home. From the inclusion of right furniture to proper illumination, this space needs careful planning. While keeping it stylish and welcoming, you also need to maintain its functionality.
When starting out, the design experts recommend to first analyse the space. Closely.
The first question to address will naturally deal with how you’re going to use the dining room. Homeowners can choose to keep it open (interconnected with the living room and kitchen), or laid out as a separate room.
A dining room’s designing, therefore, begins with the formulation of a home floor plan.
Your dining room is special
Acknowledging a dining room as a luxury space might be seen as an overstatement. However, it is, most definitely, a special room.
A dining room is unique in its function and ambience. Unlike other rooms in the house, it is used more during the evening and night times. Hence, the décor should naturally be kept on the warmer side. And if you intend to use it for special occasions, then it needs to look festive!
With all this ‘exclusive’ talk, however, your dining room should by no means become an isolated room. It should be compatible with the rest of the home’s design theme; though a tad bit more highlighted.
How to design a decent dining room space
Once you decide to keep your dining room open or separate, it is time to incorporate further strategic design elements
1.Choose the right dining table
For obvious reasons, a dining room’s focal point is the dining table. But how you choose this piece of furniture is not just about sticking to style and trends. You must keep the room’s functionality in mind. Also, how you entertain guests or enjoy meals with your family is a significant determiner of what kind of table to buy.
Round tables look trendy, but they are not suitable when you have a big family. Or when you’re used to entertaining over eight guests at a time. Oval and rectangular tables make way for an easy conversation during meal times. Of course, your room’s space must also accommodate any particular shape of furniture piece you buy.
The right chairs complement the table. But as in all home-geared materials, comfort should be the priority when buying chairs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do the chairs fit right within the table leg space (leaving enough leg room)?
- Do they allow for easy food serving?
- Do they make the room’s ambience look intimate (yet comfortable) at the same time?
- How comfortable is the chairs’ upholstery?
2.Play with the right colours
A nice colour palette brings life to the dining room. Choose warmer colours to make the room appear warm and festive. If you are playing safe, warm neutrals like beige, rust, and mustard are good choices.
If you feel confident, then you might as well make bolder colour choices. Shades of red, green, and blue make sense for a dining room. To add a bit more character to the room, opt for patterned accent walls. A textured wall works great too.
When finalising a dining room’s colour palette, ensure that the mood evoked is intimate, but not suffocating.
3.Illuminate the dining area
Even the best colour palette will fail to set the right mood if there is no proper lighting in place. Dining room illumination serves both aesthetic and functionality purposes. The lights should make people feel both invited and comfortable. At the same time, they should be able to see what they are eating.
Installing a fixture right over the table is a common practice. But if you choose to work with one, avoid an oversized or undersized piece. It should match the room’s scale.
And remember: you would do well to implement task and accent lighting to intuitively round off the room’s illumination needs.
4.Manage dining room décor properly
Don’t be too reserved when decorating your dining room. Strive to maintain a balance, by keeping the following pointers in mind:
- Make the room look special without going overboard
- The décor should be an organic rendition of how you decorate the surrounding rooms (especially in an open space plan)
- Be creative with your décor choices (consider LED flickering candles)
- Set a mood that makes people actually feel like eating at your table, and spending time in the room
The best dining room design is one that offers a balance between functionality and aesthetics. Keep the goal of making your family and guests feel special in mind when decorating. Once you do this, you can rest assured that the results will definitely leave you feeling happy about your efforts.
Now it’s your turn.
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