Classic dining rooms – 10 of the best

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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!

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