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18th October, 2022

Dining Room Décor Tips to Entertain in Style

Dining Room Décor Tips to Entertain in Style

Entertaining from home does not just involve showcasing your excellent cooking skills and your favourite crockery, it also includes showcasing your wonderful home and one of its finest rooms. Here at Fine & Country, we understand the value of a well-thought-out dining room, which is why we have compiled a list of interior design tips to help you design the dining room of your dreams.

Find the perfect colour scheme

Whether you prefer dark and sumptuous or bright and airy colour palettes, tying your colours together and implementing some restraint towards deviation will create a balanced and harmonious space that looks sleek and modern – without appearing dull.

Choose a function for your dining room

If you are starting from scratch with your dining room, you should consider its main function first. It is a good idea to consider things like how many people you will want your table to sit, whether to double up as a home office space, a place to enjoy TV or if you want this space to be reserved for formal dining or if casual and everyday dining will be options.

Let these decisions dictate your furniture choices, as doing so will ensure that your dining room is used as often as you would like it to be.

Carefully choose your dining room furniture

The furniture will be the element that sets the style and tone of your dining room, so it’s important to choose wisely. Smaller rooms will benefit from exposed-leg and modular furniture to maximise the space, whereas large rooms can boast their space with tall and bulky furniture items.

Find the right layout

Change up the typical table in the centre layout and choose furniture placements that make sense to the room. If your dining room is small, accentuate its cosiness by placing the dining space in one corner. This will provide room to potentially add a secondary seating area or a bar cart to section up the room and maximise the space.

Add texture with a large area rug

Rugs are the perfect way to ground the dining table and soften up the look of the floor space. Consider the layout and scale of your furniture to help you decide on the right size. Ideally, there should be enough rug for all of your dining furniture to sit on top, but you should still leave some room for the flooring to be seen.

Add personal touches

Bringing your personal style into the space will make your dining room feel both unique and homely. Creating gallery walls using framed personal photographs or artwork you admire is the best way to personalize the space, without compromising on style or taste.

Zone your dining space

Dividing your dining room into different zones will expand the functionality of the room and make the most of the space available. You can also elongate the walls with tall furniture pieces and shelving units to make the room appear larger.

Factor storage into your design

A mix-up of furniture items will create discord in a space that should be as calm and inviting as possible. Eliminate the potential for clutter with display cabinets, hollowed-out benches and standing shelves. Built-in pieces are also a good way to achieve a clutter-free look.

Hang a feature light over the dining table

Decide on your lighting scheme early on so that you can decorate around it, allowing for functional downlighters and more decorative fittings. An oversized light suspended above the dining table will help delineate the space, while offering a focal point which trickles down to your dining table and its dressings.

Play with scale

A dining room is a good space to play with scale in interior design, particularly when it comes to mixing patterns in a room in different proportions. Scale can help pull an idea together when you play up the mismatch between big and small.

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