Warm up a rustic kitchen-diner with soft furnishings in a mix of disparate patterns and subtle autumnal colours to create a relaxed cottage feel. Mix warm tones that follows nature’s lead. Anchor the look with a signature tablecloth featuring a geometric pattern in burnt umber, then draw in the seating with a mix of cushions in earthy tones and different designs. Emphasise the lived-in and busy with plenty of glazed ceramics and kitchen accessories. Here, an ochre Roman blind adds a burst of warming yellow.
Mismatched Seating: Using chairs that are all different around the same table. This is not for everyone, but when done correctly has great casual charm and can be easy on the pocket book. For this to still have a cohesive look, it’s important that all the chairs share some characteristic: farmhouse chairs all of the same worn oak, different wood chairs all painted the same color, etc. This can also be done to a much lesser extent by having all matching side chairs but different armchairs. The added advantage of this is that the armchairs can serve double duty in another room until they are needed in the dining room.
The most commonly used ceiling lights for dining spaces are suspended light fixtures such as pendant lights and chandeliers. These allow you to light your table from above so that you get sufficient lighting that is close enough to properly illuminate a table, but still plenty high enough to stay out of the way. Lights that are hung too high also tend to glare a bit, so aim to hang your chandelier or pendant around 30 inches above your table.
Choose complementary colours for a palette that’s pleasing to the eye. Vibrant orange will always pack a punch in a dining room, but introduce it through a circular motif wallpaper and the effect is all the more intense. Counterbalance with blue tableware and a single velvet statement chair in cobalt to stand out and harmonise. Enhance the relaxed retro vibe with on-trend mid-century style furniture.
For families, a mix of solid oak and oak veneer is an affordable choice of material and provides a surface that is easily cleaned and looks good for a long time. Oak veneers are also great at withstanding the drying effect of central heating. Got young children? Go for a table with rounded corners. A table and chairs set in a big space makes an irresistible object to run around, which can be dangerous if little heads meet sharp corners.
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.