Is your dining room in need of an update? Whether you want it to look great for dinner parties or simply stylish for everyday meal times, we have 10 bright ideas to inspire you.
Enjoy family feasts, friendly get togethers and fun-filled affairs around the intimate setting of your humble dining table. If you want to impress your guests and create a space that is perfect for entertaining, then go all-out with a fabulous spread that is fit for a king or queen.
Put your dishes in the spotlight with carefully planned lighting hung low over the table. Have your dining room lights fitted to dimmer switches so you can adjust the level of light depending on the atmosphere you wish to create.
Colour is another thing to consider when creating a successful dinner party scheme. Choose the right colour palette and you could be on to a winner. Dinner parties are all about having fun, so don’t be afraid to go for bold when it comes to accessories. Easy to change and can be done on a budget, accessories are the best way to chop and change you dining room scheme in an instant.
Turn a length of fabric into a pretty table runner and team with textured throws and cushions for an elegant and fresh dining room. An X-frame table and bench combine with mix-and-match chairs to keep the look casual. Paint walls in a peaceful neutral shade and dress the table with a country-style salad bowl and a jug of fresh flowers.
Set the scene for a casual dinner with a fun patchwork tablecloth in a design of checks, plains and stripes; you can recycle tea towels instead of using fabric to get the same effect. This dining room scheme of blues and reds continues with a retro style wallpaper, painted chairs and a patchwork cushion.
Furry friends hit the cabbage patch in this modern rustic look for a dining room. The colour palette takes its inspiration from the leafy greens and earthy tones of the kitchen garden, with a teak table laid with a cloth featuring a profusion of plants. Complete the table with green glassware and a trug of fresh produce. Paint floorboards white for a cool effect.
Crofter style is the inspiration for this dining room, which takes its lead from the tones and textures of the Highlands. Serve hearty dishes on a table laid with a tablecloth in earthy shades and set with artisan pottery. To play on the inside/outside theme, cosy up a bench with a sheepskin throw and blanket-stitch edged cushion, then hang a painting of atmospheric, bare tree trunks.
Gather round for an informal meal at a canteen-style dining table, seated in comfort at a cushioned painted bench. Fabrics patterned with colourful garden seed packets brighten the scene. Create a country ambiance with flagstone flooring and brick walls, adding a hint of industrial edge with factory-style pendant lights. On the table, stick to a green theme with a shapely kettle, jug and water bottle.
Mix it up style-wise for an eclectic country dining theme. Frame French windows with floor-length curtains in a cute teacup design then pick out a graphic colour-block rug in bold shades to tone with painted chairs and liven up the floor. To dress the table, throw on a chicken-themed tablecloth and offset with a selection of bright artisan ceramics in fresh blues and greens.
For a calming, neutral backdrop, dress a dining room in a subtle white-patterned wallpaper and paint the floor in crisp, white floor paint. Add salvage-style chic with an upcycled table and bench, the natural tones of wood helping to soften the industrial effect. Re-purpose a fringed throw as a casual cloth and top with a twiggy table arrangement to complete the country design.
Bring the outdoors in with the prettiest of country dining room tables, set before French doors and a wafting white curtain. A ditsy tablecloth in vibrant pink is joined by napkins in contrasting polka dots and traditional china for a dining scene sprinkled with spring charm. Painted chairs with X-design backs are topped with invitingly plump floral cushions to encourage guests to linger.
Head for the woods with a design inspired by the craze for forest greens. First, set the scene with a large-scale fern wallpaper, then add a rustic dining table and country chairs, finished with a lick of gleaming green paint. Search the cupboards for an assortment of bottles and vases to show off twiggy arrangements or fresh cuttings from the garden.
Summer blooms, plucked fresh from the garden, are the starting point for a dining scheme of hot hues. At the window and French doors, big florals feature on full-length curtains for a splashy impact, while touches of yellow liven up the table runner, bowls and cups. Pale floorboards and limed oak furniture provide the sun-bleached elements of a room with a warm welcome.