Will you be adding colour to your dining room? Be aware of the change of seasons intense wallpaper and fabric-covered chairs may be sumptuous and luxurious when its cold outside, but rather more intense in the summer heat. Remember colour doesnt have to be permanent, so consider more temporary updates to your dining room a striking runner, chinaware and vases of seasonal blooms will not only inject colour into a neutral scheme, but can be a temporary reflection of summer brights or winter hues.
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.
Although shades of brown dominate the marketplace, you do have options when it comes to the table’s color. Black exudes elegance. However, if the table has a veneered finish, it will be nearly impossible to camouflage any scratching. Red, a color that restaurants frequently use because it can stimulate your appetite, works well for a dining room table. This is true of all primary colors.Take care to stay away from overly trendy hues that will make a table feel dated in just a handful of years.
Before you begin furnishing your dining room, determine how you would normally use it. Will it be used every day, or only once in a while to entertain? A seldom used room can be furnished with high maintenance finishes and fabrics while a dining room that is used every day should be more functional. Look for sturdy and easy to clean furniture surfaces if young children will be eating there. If you use your dining room to work, read or converse, consider comfortable chairs. Do small children use it? Consider hardy finishes, and fabrics that can be cleaned easily. For a seldom used dining room, you may even consider designating some other purpose to it more suited to how you live. It s just a dining room only if you say so.
How big is your dining room? Do you have a large space at your disposal? A cavernous room with a small table will look cold and empty, while a too small space with a large table and chairs will seem unpleasantly crowded. Always measure your room before buying furniture, and remember to leave enough room around your furniture to move around easily. If it is a fairly large room, you may want to consider including other pieces of furniture such as screens, sideboards or china cabinets. If you want to downplay the size you may also want to use heavy drapes or large rugs. Wider, bigger or upholstered chairs or chairs with arms may be used.
In small dining rooms, it is important to have good lighting. We recommend combining natural light with artificial lighting and choose simple blinds that are not too heavy and thick. Remember that the more light which enters the room, the more spacious it will feel.