The dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where families come together to discuss their days and, with the ongoing popularity of cooking shows, where many of us gather with our friends to show off our latest culinary masterpiece.
However, all too often the dining room can become a bit neglected, used as a dumping ground for post, library books and other unwanted clutter. Our five tips will help you inject some glamour back into your dining space, turning it into a stylish room where you want to spend time.
When it comes to creating a stylish dining space, your choice of furniture is key. A glamorous, well accessorised space can be let down by poor quality furniture. Oak dining tables are the perfect choice for many dining rooms. Solid and durable, oak furniture can add style and character to your room, and it can be accessorised to suit both contemporary and more traditional homes. Why not try adding leather or mismatched chairs for a stylish, modern look.
Metallic colours continue to be a key trend for dining rooms and kitchens in 2015 and beyond. However, we are seeing a move away from chrome and stainless steel in favour of warmer metallic shades such as gold, bronze and copper.Add metallic elements to key features in the room, such as photo frames, place settings and light fittings for a touch of understated luxury.
Experiment with colour
Adding colour to your dining room is a great way of injecting some glamour into your surroundings. Why not experiment with your dining furniture? Dining chairs upholstered in bold, patterned fabric can look really elegant yet undeniably modern. Using different fabrics on the back and front of the chairs adds to the luxurious feel. Don’t forget to keep the walls and other accessories neutral so that the chairs can really pop.
As with any room in the house, lighting is key when it comes to creating the right look and atmosphere. Low hanging pendant lights help create an intimate dining space, while uplighters and spot lights can help draw attention to key features in the room. You could also go for full-on glamour with a chandelier-style fitting. And of course, don’t forget to complement your lighting scheme with candles for that all important air of romance.
Don’t forget accessories
The right accessories can make or break a room, and accessorising is the easiest way to add luxury to your dining space without breaking the bank. Neutral matching dinner sets with linen napkins shout elegance, while candelabras or fresh flowers help make a feature out of your dining table. If you’re looking for colour, removable chair covers are a great way of injecting patterns or bold colours into the room without a long-term commitment. When it comes to accessorising your dining space, the possibilities are endless and the best thing about this approach is that when you want a new look for your dining room, the only thing you’ll have to change is the accessories.
There are a myriad of ways to turn an uninspiring dining room into a luxurious, stylish space – it just takes a touch of imagination and inspiration. And it’s worth noting that quality doesn’t have to cost the Earth. There are some great bargains to be had in vintage markets and on second hand websites – so whatever your budget, you can have a glamorous dining room that will make you the envy of all your family and friends.
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Chloe Cotton is the founder of The Happiest Homes, a new home improvement website that is dedicated to making your home smile!