For many people, a dining room seems to be quite anachronistic for today’s people. Using the entire room for the sole purpose of eating may be such a waste of space. If you do decide to have a dedicated dining room, remember that it can easily serve an additional purpose such as home office. In this case, you may need storing items to hide papers and filing when you are entertaining.
Planning the layout of a dining room around a large table will compromise the rest of the room. However large the room is, a table of modest proportions that can be extended when necessary will give you greater flexibility, particularly if the room will be used for other purposes. If the room is just for occasional entertaining, you could have a simple folding table that can be stored when not in use.
When it comes to choosing window treatment for your dining room, the first consideration should be the style of the room — not any functional demands. For a clean, contemporary look simple blinds will do the trick. For a more glamorous style, elaborate curtains are still popular. For a contemporary feel, use a combination of an elaborate curtain treatment with a plain fabric, preferably one with a variety of texture such as velvet or heavy linen. The look can work extremely well, even in an otherwise contemporary scheme.
Dining Room Design Ideas
Dining Room Design Ideas
Practicality, particularly where children are concerned, is a prime consideration when choosing floor coverings. Even if you have carpets or natural flooring in the rest of the house, there is a convincing argument for a hardwood or painted floor in the dining area. Also, because much of the flooring will be covered by a table, it will be covered by a table; it will have less impact on the rest of the scheme than in any other room. If you choose a fitted floor covering, consider a dark colored rug under the table.
If you have a low ceiling, hanging an elaborate chandelier over a dining table might be a mistake. For a similarly decorative look, you could consider elaborate wall lights. Never overlook the need for overhead lights for use when cleaning or during any other activities requiring good general illumination.
For wall design, a paint finish or wallpaper with a slightly metallic sheen or texture will create depth and interest instead of matte flatness. Pictures also help to enhance any overall theme, but they should always be hung at the eye level of a seated person.