Strong use of colour is not for the faint hearted, but a great way to create a dramatic dining experience. Be daring with colour on both the walls and floors, or for a more subtle approach, try a bright rug under the table to help define the dining zone, or create focal points with graphic paintings and prints. For an atmospheric dining experience, a range of tones in the same colour will unite the entire space, while a dark painted ceiling will give the room a cosy feel. If you have a dado rail, consider wallpaper above it and a deep colour below for a cocooning effect.
In the past few weeks, three clients have called wanting to lighten up their dining rooms. When asked why, they all said the same thing: They wanted these underutilized rooms to be happy, uplifting and airy. The dark wood furnishings they had installed 10 or so years ago the ones they used to think of as warm and cozy now feel too serious and boardroom-like.
If you prefer a wooden table, do take into consideration that the darker the wood, the more formal the room will appear. Genuine wood tables have a longer shelf life than synthetic materials. Also keep in mind the smoothness of the table s surface. Textured surfaces are gaining popularity, but they make writing or doing homework at the table difficult. If it’s a conversation piece you seek, marble will garner the result you desire. It’s worth noting that marble is extremely heavy and is prone to cracking and staining.
Get the best out of grey with monochrome additions. Take on the trend of the decade with a strong statement wall in slate grey. Break up the density with white storage to instantly freshen the mood. Create depth and interest with a triangular display of arty black and white framed prints. Bring in pale wood dining furniture with smart grey upholstery and an exciting accent colour – such as the zingy yellow of this stylish rug.
Like fashion, decorating trends come in waves. One day, everyone wants a sputnik light fixture in their foyer, and the next they want a Moroccan Beni Ourain-style rug on their living room floor. If my clients’ wishes are any indication of what the next trend will be, then I’m predicting that light and bright dining rooms are the upcoming craving du jour.
Whether you are going for classic, contemporary, or country, you want your dining room set to be comfortable, above all else. Wood, metal, and glass are the most common materials for tables, and they can all look great. If you want your dining room set to last a long time or possibly be passed to the next generation, good heavy hardwoods have been doing that for centuries.