One of the most important things about good dining room design is creating the right mood. Dont be afraid to go for a dark colour scheme in your dining room, as rich paint colours will help to create a sense of intimacy and drama. Also, choose dining sets in dark wood and upholstery fabrics such as velvet and silk to give the room an opulent feel.
Positioning a rug beneath the dining table and chairs will help to anchor the furniture if its in a large room. Hanging a statement pendant light above the dining room table will also ensure that the dining set is the focal point of the room. However, make sure you dont hang the light fitting too low as it can hinder the view of your guests and create an unpleasant glare.
If budget allows, also install dimmer switches so you have the option of low-level atmospheric lighting when youre entertaining.You can heighten the drama in your dining room with glamorous patterned wallpaper and fabrics fashionable Art Deco-inspired designs and elaborate baroque-style prints are good for this. Also, go for plenty of metallic accessories, such as candelabras, mirrors, picture frames and light fittings to help create a luxurious feel.
Adding a pop of bright colour, such as the accent pink in this glamorous black dining room, can help lift a dramatic and moody dining room scheme. Plus, its worth using plenty of different textures to make sure that the interior design doesnt look flat.
Dramatic black dining room (pictured above) The dining room is one place where you can go to town with a really dramatic scheme. Don’t shy away from the glamorous qualities of black. Far from being drab and depressing, it can bring a whole new depth to a room. Want to recreate the look? You can, in just 5 easy steps.
Offset the dark backdrop with a vibrant accent colour to add depth and contrast. Here, a cheeky fuchsia pink was used, but most accent colours will work in a monochrome scheme. Limit your accent colour to roughly 5% of the scheme. Start by choosing a favourite vase or accessory, then pick out other pieces in the same colour, from table runners to flowers.
Break up an expanse of wall and create a talking point with eye-catching panelling. First, draw the shapes you want to create on your wall in pencil, then measure them to work out how much beading youll need. To get a neat finish at the corners, cut the beading using a small hacksaw at a 45˚ angle, then paint in your accent colour and fix to the wall with wood adhesive.
To enhance the effect, paint inside the fuchsia framework with slate grey to create a plain backdrop for photos or artwork.
Rescue those old family photos from the loft and get them up on the wall where you can actually enjoy them. Put the pictures in frames of varying shapes but a similar finish, then group together for impact, positioning a stand-out picture in an ornate frame in the centre.
Stick to just a few oversized black and white accessories for maximum impact, but create a sophisticated look with a few decorative details. Glam up chairs with tasselled tiebacks, and add in a textures, with gloss and matt finishes, for a luxurious look. Use a variety of patterns, from stripes to damask, for added impact.