The dining room is often one of the less-used rooms in the house nowadays, so if you still have a formal dining room, its worth embracing that sense of occasion and being a little more extravagant and daring with its decoration.
Take time to consider the size of the room and also the amount of natural light it receives, as it may take on a more practical use in the daytime, for homework or housekeeping, for example. A room flooded with light can hold its own during the day when decorated with dark colours, which in turn will be the ideal back drop for an intimate setting in the evening. However, a naturally darker room may benefit from a lighter touch of pale shades throughout the day, which can be warmed up with subtle lighting at nightfall.
Strong use of colour is not for the faint hearted, but a great way to create a dramatic dining experience. Be daring with colour on both the walls and floors, or for a more subtle approach, try a bright rug under the table to help define the dining zone, or create focal points with graphic paintings and prints. For an atmospheric dining experience, a range of tones in the same colour will unite the entire space, while a dark painted ceiling will give the room a cosy feel. If you have a dado rail, consider wallpaper above it and a deep colour below for a cocooning effect.
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.
Mustard yellow makes a dramatic backdrop in this dining room. Positioning a trio of oversized drum shades low over the dining table gives off a spotlight effect, while the shades and furniture are kept in a neutral charcoal colour, creating a pleasing contrast.
Vivid shades of green and blue mix well together to create a stunning look. The strip of tiles, mounted slightly off centre, is a quirky focal point that also mirrors the beautiful colours.
Set strong pattern, illustrated by these dining chairs covered in floral red fabric, against an equally vibrant background, ensuring the colours are taken from the same palette for a harmonious interior.
Create a relaxed dining area with a micro art gallery on a vibrant background, such as this deep green. Hang an informal grid of postcards and keep a stack of spares handy so friends can leave a message on memorable occasions.
For a different yet still colourful look, choose pieces of furniture in zingy shades, such as this orange sideboard and purple chair. Add mirrors and reflective finishes to bounce light around the room.
Colourful dining rooms don’t have to be bold. Here, white furniture and accessories sit well against a pale blue background and rustic floorboards. Mix furniture styles to create a modern but quirky look.
A thick border has been created in this living room by hanging striped wallpaper horizontally at the top and bottom of the walls. The vibrant pink goes perfectly with the dark grey to create a dramatic backdrop. A striped blind in another colour makes a feature out of the window.
The deep blue walls really add drama to this dining room, when contrasted with white chairs and a stylish lampshade. The overall look is sophisticated and the contrast of colours work well, finished off with striped cushions and a dark wood table.
A mix of candy colours really brighten up this dining room. Bright green paint set against natural beech flooring is a perfect backdrop. The striped curtains, spotty tablecloth and curvy modern chairs complete the mouthwatering style.