Ideas For Dining In Style - Whatever Your Budget
The dining room is, sadly, one of the last rooms to receive attention when it comes down to decorating and interior design for the room but these tips will help turn your dining room into a space for dining in style!
Do you remember when the dining room was just off the kitchen, usually tucked into a tiny space that didn't even allow you to pull out the chairs properly? Now, the dining room is more an extension of your lifestyle, with plenty of space to sit as a family or to invite friends round for an evening get together or celebration dinner.
Over the last few years, the dining room has evolved into a beautiful space, one that complements the style and looks of any home and a space that serves as a place for both casual and formal dining, whether it's with your family or a group of friends. There are so many aesthetic and functional ideas that can be incorporated into a dining room and we offer some tips on how to go about getting started.
When it comes to decorating a dining room or kitchen island dining table, it pays to keep in mind that you want a room that reflects modern appeal but one that is also comfortable and stylish, especially if the dining room is part and parcel of open-plan living spaces. But other factors also need to be taken into consideration when buying new furniture for your dining room, such as the dimensions and size of the dining table to meet your needs and the style of the dining table and chairs.
A Space For Entertaining
When selecting a dining table that will be used for regular entertaining, nowadays we have a much more relaxed approach to living and large, cumbersome pieces of furniture do not necessarily fit in with our modern lifestyle. That doesn't mean you can decorate around a vintage or antique dining suite that has been handed down through generations, nor does it mean that you can't shop around for such pieces if this is your preferred style. What this means is that you need to take into consideration the style of your home and the size of your dining room. Don't fill the space with enormous pieces of furniture that leave room for nothing else.
The modern dining room is designed around the space available and should blend in with both your lifestyle and decorating style. There are plenty of options to choose the perfect dining table and chairs from various local suppliers, some of whom manufacture their own range of furniture and others than import or even ones where you can order overseas for local shipping.
Whatever style of dining table you decide on, make sure it fits comfortably into the space and won't look out of place in your home.
• Modern Edge
Take a browse through interior design and decorating websites and you will see plenty of tables that combine more than one material. Think marble or wood table tops and steel frames combined with upholstered dining chairs designed for comfort. Makes sense to want more comfort when you look at our current situation with more people spending time entertaining at home rather than going out to a restaurant.
While industrial style might be on the way out as far as trends are concerned, industrial-chic still has a place in many homes. Using a combination of modern materials, a dining table with a solid top and metal frame is one designed to last. Think dining tables with polished concrete or marble tops or thick slabs of reclaimed pine stained in light or dark finish and buffed to a satin sheen. You can take a look at plenty of designs at stores such as Mr Price Home, Coricraft, Weylandts or your favourite place to go shopping or shop online.
• Warmth of Wood
Wood has long been a favourite choice for the dining table due to its ability to warm up any room with a natural beauty that is hard to beat. And wood has the ability to look good with any style of decor - whether it's a rustic and cosy dining room, a contemporary space or a traditional place for family and friends to gather. Not only is wood beautiful to look at, it also brings timeless elegance to the table as well as durability.
Whatever wood species you choose for your dining table, be it an affordable indigenous wood, light or dark Oak or exotic hardwood.
A Space For Relaxing
With more emphasis being placed on dining or entertaining at home, you will want your dining room to be a place where you and your guests can relax and enjoy the evening. The dining room should be a place where you love to spend time and that is designed for day-to-day living as well as catering for fun and any special evenings with family and friends. After selecting the perfect dining table, next comes the process of selecting the seating.
I'm sure that many of you have, upon occasion, being in the situation of having to sit on uncomfortable chairs; the type of chairs that make you wiggle and squirm to try and find a comfortable position. That's not something you want your family or guests to experience when they come to your home. Finding comfortable seating to match your dining table is next on the list.
Luckily, times have changed. No longer do dining chairs have to match the style of the dining table and you can feel free to shop around for comfort rather than looks and style, although you still want to consider these as well.
Bench-style seating might take up less space, but it's not exactly designed for comfort.
When shopping for dining chairs, put yourself in the seat and see how it feels. You don't want to spend a fortune on solid wood bench-style seating that is so uncomfortable it puts people off. Try out different chairs to see how comfortable they are and imagine if you could sit in the chair for an hour or so, that will give you a good indication of the comfort level.
Before buying dining chairs for your table, take a seat and test it out for comfort.