In many modern households, eating occurs all over the place. Kitchens, living rooms, and even bedrooms are often where meals happen on a daily basis, while the dining room is reserved for special occasions. When it’s time to pull out the fine china and silverware, it’s nice to have a dining room set that will look just as good.
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.
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.
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.
Paint a single cabinet a strong shade to stand out and create a cool, stylish atmosphere. Let an impressive and sturdy dresser dominate the dining space in stormy grey. Choose rustic furniture in natural tones as a counterpoint to the intense paint colour. Hang a vintage chandelier for an air of luxury and keep the cabinet crockery pretty and co-ordinated with an all-white display.
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.