If your dining room overlooks the garden (or even if it doesn’t), consider a green decorating scheme to bring a little of the outdoors in. Choose an uplifting vibrant shade and team it with modern pattern for a stimulating scheme. Offset the bold with refreshing white and pretty leaf motif accessories. Use curtains to carry pattern – this loose chevron design in the same tone is an effective way of adding a refreshingly graphic edge while softening the bold colour choice.
For those buyers who still favor a traditional dining room for holidays and special events and are reluctant to give up their favorite good china, crystal, and flatware, there’s another alternative, says Wiltgen. A traditional layout with a table anchored by a chandelier overhead and area rug underfoot can work in a corner with some adjustments. Home owners might forgo chairs all around and opt for a banquette to fill the space fully, or do away with the chandelier and go with sconces or floor lights, so it doesn’t look off-center, even though it is. Then, the leftover space can be devoted to other functions, such as a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and seating, which can look smashing as a backdrop during those occasional dinners, Wiltgen says.
Unfortunately, dining room buffets are becoming less common. Since so much eating is done in different areas of the home (and frequently family members eat at different times), the once near necessity of dining room buffets are not needed in many modern homes.
Perk up with pattern
Their desire for change is partly driven by the fact that they all want to use their dining rooms more particularly during the day so a lighter, fresher design seems more attractive and inviting. I also attribute their change to today’s ever-growing influence of Scandinavian design that favors lighter woods and paler colors.
Consider the number of occupants the table will most often have and select a table that accommodates this number. If you occasionally hold larger group gatherings, opt for a drop-leaf table that you can adjust when necessary. Never purchase a table without verifying that it will clear the doorway of the room it s going to occupy. It’s also crucial to leave a gap of at least 36 inches on all sides so that occupants of the table have room to push their chairs in and out when sitting.