Regardless of whether you live in a period or contemporary home, you can’t go wrong with classic design and in a dining room this can be enhanced with dramatic colour schemes, opulent textiles and elegant tableware.
A statement table and chairs is the obvious place to start, so whether you choose a striking dark wood antique, a traditional country farmhouse feel or a pretty Scandi-inspired design, you can then build your chosen classic dining room scheme around it.
Don’t shy away from dark colours or bold patterned wallpaper in a dining room as it gives you a great opportunity to be a little braver and create a dramatic backdrop that is an ideal talking point. Opulent fabrics, such as silk and velvet, on curtains and upholstery adds a decadent feel to any dining occasion and can be updated seasonally to change the mood of the room in an instant.
Lighting is a key element too, so make the most of natural light where you can, framing a window or French doors with floor length curtains, which can also add a warming feel in the colder months. A decorative chandelier or statement pendant lights directly above the table create a wonderful focal point, but add a selection of candles and lamps to create a relaxing ambience for evening entertaining.
Then it’s just down to those all important finishing touches beautiful crisp white table linen for a touch of luxury, your best china to ensure your guests feel spoilt, and polished cutlery and shimmering glassware that will reflect the candlelight and enhance the atmosphere. A well-dressed table can make an instant good impression, so it’s worth co-ordinating the tableware with the design and style of the room. Then all that’s left to do is keep the wine and conversation flowing!
A large dining space is given a classic Georgian look with antique mahogany furniture set against rich blue paint. Long floral curtains in earthy tones hang over French doors to create warmth and intimacy during cold winter months.
Floor-length cream floral curtains and a bright striped rug add comfort and warmth to cool paint and hard flooring in this Nordic-inspired room, while painted wooden furniture and a decorative chandelier create a romantic and timeless look.
Take inspiration from your favourite time of year- an interesting white curtain pelmet is reminiscent of fairground bunting in this cheerful white and pink dining room, and unique accessories such as a large candelabra and floral tablecloth will provide talking points for guests.
A clean white space creates a low-key look onto which an assortment of moods can be created through decoration and lighting, all according to occasion and time of year. Decorative details such as a foliage chandelier and antique mirror enhance the simple scheme, while deep purple dahlias add a dramatic hit of colour.
For those without a separate room, a small dining area can sit neatly behind a sofa as part of a larger living space. When the table is not in use, it can be used like a mantelpiece, or sidetable, and dressed with flowers and attractive accessories. Alternatively, put it to use as a desk, somewhere for the children to do their homework or indulge in some arts and crafts.
A sleek bronze, two-shade light fitting and a neutral rug placed beneath the dark wooden table serve to focus attention on the dining area within this large extension space, creating an island around which a seating area and kitchen unobtrusively sit.
Soft teal paint, white wooden furniture, decorative glassware and romantic lighting are the key ingredients needed to recreate this look. A round table and comfortable armchairs make a cosy dining atmosphere, perfect for intimate dinners with loved ones.
Dashes of navy blue invigorate a clean white background in this nautical scheme while the open-fronted doors of the built-in bookcase allow its contents to add character to the room and provide a talking point for guests.
Neutral colours and a cleverly placed mirrored wall keep this room feeling light and spacious against dark mahogany antique furniture. Contemporary artwork complements the colour scheme and keeps the look fresh and up-to-date.