Getting the seats at the table
Carry forward the design style of your dining table to the seating. The solid look of armchairs is best suited to add formality to the head and foot of the table, while armless side chairs can easily sit alongside the table or be at its head. Parson chairs come with straight backs, are without arms and feature fully upholstered seats. These solid back chairs can be upholstered in a variety of ways using linen, leather or fabric or can be button tufted or patterned making them a versatile choice for your dining room. Leather gives the room a glamorous yet laid back look while metals lend a touch of cool elegance. Wooden chairs complement timeless traditional and old-fashioned rustic well. For a modern and contemporary look, decide on keyhole back chairs which have the centre, usually a square or rectangle shape, cut out. Aiming for a more traditional look? Explore oval-backed dining chairs or more traditional options of elaborately slat backed chairs coupled with curved legs found in Chippendale or Regency chairs. Slat backs can be Windsor in design, featuring fanned out vertical slats set in a half circle back mounted on spindly legs. Or they can be more Shaker in style with simple vertical slats. Ladder back chairs have horizontal slats that create an open look.
Dining tables that tell tales
The most critical component of dining room interior design is the dining table and chairs. A well-loved dining table around which families and friends assemble has many a tale to tell. With some thought, your dining table can be more than just a practical place to dine at. When selecting a dining table design, begin by considering the shape and size of your dining room. Then factor in the number of people in your family are likely to gather to eat. Round off your design choices by determining the right material and dining table style for you. Larger families can opt for the solidity of a rectangle table seating six to eight, especially if your dining room has the space. The width of your table can be tailored according to how narrow or wide your room is. If you have a smaller room and host fewer people, explore square, round and triangle shapes. With their aesthetically pleasing lines, these can lend a unique elegance to your room. Such shapes also work quite well when integrating eating spaces with the kitchen. If your dining table only occasionally seats large groups, add on table leaves can be a good choice for you. The dining table-top can go a long way in shaping the overall look and feel of your dining room. A wooden top brings traditional and classy functionality while a glass one can make even small spaces appear roomy and light. A stone top made of marble spells luxury and a metal table-top of industrial minimalism. You can further play table styles to determine the ideal one for your dining room. Choose richly detailed and carved tables for a traditional look. Clean lines, on the other hand, will give help you achieve a modern look. Experimenting with metal and wood can result in an industrial style.
Sideboards and buffets for storage and style
From dining tables and chairs, let’s turn our attention to other furniture in the dining room. If your room size allows it, consider additional surfaces for supplemental serving area, leaving your dining table relatively clutter free. Combine this with storage area to create side-boards or buffets that provide handy access to dishware and crockery. You can lay out serving dishes on the bar of the sideboard when you have guests over or use it as a beautiful display for lamps and flowers when not in use. Sideboards also have near limitless options in terms of designs. Explore styles in design, wood, lacquer, without or without hutches, open and closed shelves, doors that slide or open out, to arrive at the optimal fit for your dining room.
Colours that add taste and set the mood
One of the most critical components of your dining room interiors is the colour palette. If you want to create a deeply elegant and sophisticated style, opt for deeper colours on the walls. These can be dusky and rich tones of chocolate and cinnamon or almost jewel like hues of navy blue. Offset these with lighter colours like creams and ivory when choosing your woodwork and furnishings. For a soothing and restful space, chose light shades for your walls like beige and pastel. A small space can be visually brought to life when painted with similar light colours. Pale yellows coupled with white make for a sunny and warmly welcoming look. Colours like ivory and off-white will never go out of style. For a bolder statement choose a striking palette such as black and white. Curtains, blinds, dining linen, artwork on the walls, the surface and finish of your light fittings – all of these are a part of the canvas you can style with colours to your mood and liking.
Let there be light
To further create the right ambience in your dining room, work out a good lighting scheme. Install a chandelier directly over the table as a conversational piece or pick out an oversized pendant in keeping with the rest of the room. A linear set of pendant lights also work well over a rectangle shaped table. Use recessed light to shine the spotlight onto the table. If you have wall art to show off, some well positioned lighting can do wonders. Wall-sconces are another lighting fixture that add layers of light to a room. As do placing table lamps on the side-boards.
When the dining room plays dress up
Once you have the basics in place, round off the project by dressing the room up. Select draperies and table linen in keeping with the rest of the room. Pick an interesting conversation starter to adorn the walls. This can be one large mirror or a set of artfully placed mirrors or even a richly textured wall. Display art-work or prints that keep your personal preference. Family photographs, set of painted plates, bold wallpaper – these are all the décor elements that you can choose from to add a desired finishing touch.