Cool dining room
Tow-tone flooring and textiles in bold decorative designs work well in an all-white dining room scheme. Keep it feeling modern with a sculptural pendant light and designer-style chairs.
The Conran Shop
Luxurious fabrics for chairs and curtains give this dining room a real sense of grandeur, while glossy furniture and coloured glassware create a sophistiscated mood against a rich backdrop of chocolate and cranberry.
Create handy display storage as well as an interesting feature wall by building floor-to-ceiling box shelving and decorating the insides of some of the cubbyholes with a patterned wallpaper. Select three wallpapers of similar tones and display pretty items in the papered shelves to distract from the less pretty things in the plain boxes.
Dining table and chairs
Team upholstered chairs with a dark wood table for a modern dining room setting that’s welcoming. Hang a contemporary light above the centre of the table for a focal point.
Chairs, for similar try
The Dining Chair Company
Create a relaxed dining area with a micro art gallery. Hang an informal grid of postcards and keep a stack of spares handy so friends can leave a message on memorable occasions.
Fill your space with curiosities that you might have picked up on nomadic adventures: think minaret-inspired ceramics and exotic flora and fauna. Add mirrors and reflective finishes to bounce the sunshine around the room.
Chest of drawers
Pictures line one of the walls in this large dining room, and make a great talking point for when friends come round. A chunky oak table is given a modern twist with brightly coloured dining chairs – which also serve to liven up the neutral scheme. A silkworm cocoon pendant light is an attractive focal point above the table.
John OConnell Furniture
Ango at Pangea Home
The dining room leads out onto a patio paved with granite flagstones, where there’s enough room for a garden table and chairs in summer. The patio doors pull back to make inside and out one big space, ideal for entertaining, plus it provides a fantastic suntrap for late afternoon drinks.
John OConnell Furniture
Mix and match iconic chairs around a slick designer table and keep it all white for a chic statement. Classic chairs from (clockwise from front) Knoll, Fritz Hansen and Habitat are teamed with a shiny linear table from One Deko. White paintwork and simple china from Brissi complete the pared-down, elegant look. Broad wooden floorboards and a blue cushion prevent the room looking too sterile.
Calligaris at One Deko
Introducing contemporary floral and foliage designs can energise a space and is a great way to personalise your home. In this Oriental-inspired dining area, a Snapdragon glossy lacquered table with a contemporary shape is balanced by richly-coloured modern leaf prints on the BoConcept. Habitat lampshades have been customised with layered squares of the same fabric for a unique, co-ordinated look, while a cheetah-print carpet adds extra pattern.
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BoConcept at Selfridges
Shaded by a simple awning hanging overhead, this laid back dining area remains cool and calm with gorgeous views overlooking the sea. White painted furniture and chairs covered in plain fabric continue the relaxed vibe.
Dining chair covers
A bold botanical wallpaper creates a feature wall in this smart dining area. Dark furniture makes a striking contrast with the trailing leaf design, while the shape of the scrolling bentwood chairs complements it. Simple, sculptural light fittings with dimmer switches make statement pieces by day and are perfect for illuminating the dining table by night.
Rough-hewn timbers in contrasting hues from bark dark to just-cut cream bring warmth to this slick dining room scheme. The quirky wooden furniture gets all the attention when teamed with stylish yet subtle slate flooring and neutral backdrop. A modern woodland print is an eye-catching feature giving the pale walls a lift.
Dining table legs
Mar Mar Co
Dining table top
Farrow & Ball
This modern dining room leads onto the garden creating a very peaceful space that’s filled with light. The large dining table is ideal for big families or for those who love to entertain. The black dining chairs are striking silhouettes against the neutral backdrop of pale walls and birch floor tiles.
In this warm, bright dining room traditional is mixed with modern for an eclectic look. Antique-style Oka dining chairs, customised with a floral back motif from Marvic Textiles, are teamed with a contemporary red table, while a traditional Bella Figura chandelier is dressed up with richly-coloured glass decorations. Blinds in a mix of plain pistachio Osborne & Little fabric and a rose print from Colefax & Fowler mirror the chair back motifs and tie the scheme together.
Osborne & Little
Colefax & Fowler
A decorative wrought-iron table with a travertine top, from The Heveningham Collection, creates an elegant space for dining. Matching chairs continue the monochromatic look, which is set off by the colourful walls, painted with emulsion from Farrow & Ball and Malabar. Dress the table with dramatic glassware, and use an unusual vase (like this one from I & JL Brown) as a centrepiece.
Dining Table and Chair
The Heveningham Collection
I & JL Brown
Marston & Langinger
Sanderson wallpaper with a large-scale lime and silver floral print makes a stylish statement and links this dining room with the garden. A sleek oak sideboard from Channels provides storage for cutlery and china and displays a hydrangea in a green crackle-glaze Chelsea Gardener planter, a green tray and a white Heathfield & Co lamp with a drum shade. A mirror with a clear frame reflects the room, while space-enhancing white floorboards are softened with a red-bordered silver sisal rug. A bright Designers Guild runner on a white contemporary table ties the floral scheme together.
Heathfield & Co
The Chelsea Gardener