May 18, 2023
The dining room is all about entertaining. It’s a room where we can be expressive with the décor. So, dining room ideas can be more whimsical and daring than in other parts of the home.
Contemporary trends in dining room ideas combine the best of past and present. Even though the tendency in décor is towards informality, dining room décor ideas still respect established conventions. While the open-plan kitchen eliminates the division between cooking and entertaining, the dining area is normally separate.
This article explores dining room decorating ideas to add character and individuality to your home. We look at small and larger spaces, provide advice on furniture and lighting, and give tips on colour schemes. Having a dining room is one of life’s great indulgences, so be ready to get inspired.
Your dining room is a place where family and friends gather to share meals and stories, as well as create memories. As such, it’s important to make this space both functional and visually appealing.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to transform your dining room into a space that is not only practical but also visually attractive. From selecting the right furniture to choosing the perfect lighting, every aspect of dining room design can be personalized to fit your unique style and taste. With a little creativity, you can create a dining space that reflects your personality and adds a touch of elegance to your home.
Explore the following dining room decorating ideas that will inspire you to create a unique space for your family and guests.
There are two lighting challenges in the dining room, capturing natural light and sculpting artificial lighting. Consider the catastrophic impact of bad lighting in a restaurant. It can have a negative effect on the ambience, make the food appear unappetizing, and ultimately ruin the mood. To prevent this, eating area lighting ideas should be included from the start, not an afterthought.
Dining space lights are, generally, direct and indirect. Sources include ceilings, walls, sideboards and other indirect hidden sources (like concealed cornices). But there is always a hierarchy of dining room lights. These dining room ideas provide a range of versatile options including dining area ceiling lights:
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Everything begins with dining room furniture and, specifically, the table and chairs. In the past, formal dining room furniture was designed to direct the conversation towards the centre of the table. Today, is no different, dining tables are about looking inwards and sharing.
While it doesn’t really matter what shape table you choose, the selection of chair is critical to achieving the best result. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Mackintosh would use high-back chairs to force attention inwards. Nowadays, we are less dictatorial with dining room tables and chairs.
Choose from one of the following standard dining room ideas:
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Nowadays, it’s more common to have a small eating area in UK homes. But small dining room ideas can pack a powerful punch.
Dining rooms can be either part of an open-plan kitchen area or work as separate, independent rooms. Regardless of its location, the dining room décor entertains guests and family in the same way as the food served there.
Follow these tips and small dining room ideas to maximise the impact:
Because we only use the dining room occasionally, we can afford to be a little more daring with its décor. More decorative wall treatments, like dining room wallpaper with mural art, are trending right now. Dining room wall art, like 3D porcelain tiles or timber panelling, can also add a modern feel. The following dining room ideas will help you customise your space:
We have so many décor choices at our disposal today, more than ever before. You don’t need a huge budget to create a beautiful and modern dining room. You can mix and match, for example, vintage and contemporary, dramatic and subtle. Experiment with lighting (but always respect certain rules).
The modern dining space should reflect your love of food and entertainment. There has never been so much interest in good and authentic food as today. So, dining room ideas should be no different:
The challenge with dining room colours is they must work during the daytime and the night-time. The choice of colour and intensity will be also influenced by orientation. It determines the amount of natural sunlight that the dining space receives. As a rule, keep colours for a dining room bright for north-facing orientation and vice versa.
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The secret behind all dining room ideas is to be adventurous. Treat the dining room as a special case in home décor. Be experimental.
We have provided advice on how to select furniture, add lighting, wall finishes and colour schemes. With so many options, it’s normal that you might be confused. So, our last tip is to visit your nearest showroom. There, you can see all the possibilities in real life.