Whether you’ve taken the leap and gone for open plan living or still make use of the traditional dining room, there is something to be said for making the most of the room in which you eat – because one cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.
If you fancy yourself as the next Delia Smith or Jamie Oliver, or indeed you just want to entertain your friends around the table, then stop and think about the surroundings in which you are dining.
A kitchen table supper or indeed a meal in your dining room can be made more special with some simple changes to the interior.
Look first at your dining room if you have one, this place is often thought of just for special occasions. But make more use of it by creating an interior that is inviting and makes you want to spend more quality time together.
Use the walls as a canvas
Make your dining room or kitchen walls work harder with a bold colour or attention-grabbing print that shows of your personality. A personal picture printed on canvas can also inject a flavour of you without being too bold, but be sure to play with colours as this can be the most cost-effective way to make a big impact in no time at all.
Lights, camera, action…
Make sure to plan your lighting. Time spent now will pay dividends down the line. A dimmer switch on overhead lighting is a great way to ensure that you can quickly change the mood from bright and useful to intimate and indulgent. Think about using wall lights too to lessen the impact of overhead lights and of course go for full on hostess with the mostess with a dimmable chandelier and some candles to set the mood.
Make a statement with your chairs
You don’t have to change everything to make an impact, rather look to make a statement with chairs that show a bit more personality. Comfort is vital whether it is a dining chair or stool for your breakfast bar. Soft, upholstered dining chairs with supportive backs and padded seats are a fantastic finishing touch that invite guests to linger round the table and relax over dinner. Mixing styles and patterns as well as textures is a great way to add interest to a room.
Small details can make a big impact
A fresh tablecloth, a dramatic centerpiece or indeed even new crockery and cutlery can easily update your room with minimal fuss or stress. Think about using brass or copper cutlery for impact and play with textures on top of the table as well as on the walls for easy, quick updates. Also think about adding fresh flowers to the table or sideboard, as this is an easy way to make a room more inviting.
Creating the perfect ambience for meal times, both everyday and special occasions, needn’t be difficult but it does take time. The dining room doesn’t have to be a room just for special occasions and by creating an engaging and inviting room in which you, your family and guests can dine like kings and queens.