A dining room is a great place to experiment with wallpaper, especially if you are lucky enough to have a separate room in which to create the perfect ambience for entertaining.
A separate dining room can support a bold wallpaper choice, so be brave with your selection of colours and patterns and don?t be afraid to experiment. There are lots of wallpapers to choose from including traditional designs such as damasks and stripes to create an elegant feel through to bright florals or geometric patterns for a more modern touch.
If you choose a dark dominant wallpaper design, coordinate it with a contrasting colour on the ceiling and woodwork and team with white crockery and glassware to lift the scheme. The same applies with a bold choice of pattern, as you do not want to overwhelm the room. If in doubt wallpaper one feature wall and keep the rest of the room simple, but tie the scheme together with a similar fabric on window treatments and table linen? take a look at the wallpaper and fabric collections available from companies such as Harlequin, Sanderson and Prestigious who provide a coordinated selection.
Open-plan kitchen/dining rooms are a little more difficult to deal with when it comes to choosing wallpaper, as many designs are not suitable for hot and steamy kitchens. Try zoning the room by wallpapering the area you use as the dining space and painting or tiling the kitchen area in a complementary colour. Again tie the scheme together with fabric or kitchen accessories using the same colour in both parts of the room.
Wallpaper is a great way to add the wow factor to your dining room, so take a look at our top ten ideas on how you can transform your dining space in an instant.
Once you’ve decided on your dining room wallpaper style, make sure you don’t ruin the design with clutter! Check out our dining room storage ideas which will help.
For a retro dining room feel, go for bold geometric wallpaper that is confident and distinctive. Emphasise the design of the wallpaper with shapes that echo the pattern, such as a clock and a pendant light, and stick to a pale tone so the wooden features stand out.
In an open-plan room that has both a living and dining area, try visually zoning the room by wallpapering the wall nearest the dining table. Choose a pattern that includes colours from both parts of the room to tie the scheme together.
For a bold and quirky dining room choose striking red and white striped wallpaper and repeat the pattern on the chair covers and lamp shade for impact. Furniture in contrasting colours, such as yellow, will heighten the wow factor, and eye-catching mirrors and accessories will continue the interest around the rest of the room.
Kitchen-diners can be tricky to decorate, so consider decorating them as you would a stand-alone dining room. Add wallpaper behind the units so the kitchen area is integrated into the rest of the room. Sticking to a monochrome scheme will work well with white kitchen units, while accents of bright red will tie the cooking and eating area together.
Wallpapering an entire dining room with a highly patterned paper can be overwhelming, so try decorating a panel of wall for a quieter but equally eye-catching effect. Continue the colours of the wallpaper around the room and onto the table setting, chair covers and window dressing for a co-ordinated look.
For a unique dining room look, use oversized photographic images on wallpaper panels to create a stunning feature wall.
If you’re using a boldly patterned wallpaper on one wall, keep the rest of the scheme simple by using just two or three colours that complement the pattern. Paint the rest of the walls stark white so the pattern stands out, and opt for pared-down dining furniture that blends into the dining room scheme.
If you’d like to create a formal dining room, you can’t go wrong with a striking black and white scheme. An elegant black wallpaper will set the scene and create a atmospheric mood, while stark white accessories add a contemporary touch.
Break the mould and wallpaper your dining room with stripes that circle the room horizontally. Make the look even more striking by adding vertical stripes at the window and a pink rug under the table.
Create a focal point on a plain wall by using a panel of patterned wallpaper behind a dresser and add floating shelves above to display interesting accessories.
Tartan wallpaper inspired by the Scottish Highlands makes a striking focal point in this otherwise traditional dining room.
A toile de jouy wallpaper adds a classic French twist to this dining room. A pair of matching wall lights creates symmetry, while a large mirror anchors the scheme.
This red wallpaper echoes the red on the carpet. A long mahogany table teamed with high-back floral chairs and crystal chandelier give this dining room a regal look.
A pale blue wallpaper is enlivened with a bold repeat print, lending this country-style dining room an air of elegance.
If a subtle splash is more your style, try using a light-coloured
wallpaper. This pale yellow-and-white option creates an informal air in a
family dining room.
Create a modern dining space by bringing the outside in. Bold botanical print wallpaper
adds scale and interest while retaining a natural feel through the use
of a restricted palette of olive, grey, green and brown tones.
Bold, printed wallpaper creates an eye-catching scheme in this contemporary dining room. A selection of lilacs, purples and reds pull the look together.
Rich red and gold wallpaper in this Victorian-style dining room lends an air of opulence to the scheme.
Bright, patterned wallpaper is a great way of introducing both colour and personality into a scheme. It’s also a great way to create zones in open-plan areas. This dining room is bursting with character thanks to the unusual stag head wallpaper. Breaking up an expanse of bright colour with a large mirror is a great trick to prevent it from feeling overwhelming.
Create an elegant, formal feel in your dining room with a classic wallpaper pattern, such as this damask print. Put a contemporary spin on the style by choosing a more modern colourway – cools greys will do nicely. Go for a pale background to keep the room light and bright and bring in a few soft textures, such as a fluffy rug, to prevent the space from feeling too cold.
When attempting to create a striking feature in a room, monochrome can look equally as effective as a plethora of bold, bright colours. A black-and-white printed wallpaper will work well with any style and colour of furniture, making it extremely versatile. Balance out the monochrome theme with statement furniture, unique and interesting lighting or a few splashes of colour to add further interest.
There’s no reason why your dining room should be bland – after all it’s where guests will spend the majority of their time in your home. And because it isn’t a room that you’re likely to use every day, you can afford to be bold with your wallpaper choice. A statement wallpaper also eliminates the need for lots of furniture as it creates a focal point it is own right.