By Lauren Keenan www.laurenkeenan.com.au
As an interiors stylist, clients often ask me how they should style their dining room. The reality is that very few of us have a formal dining room these days. For lots of people (especially those with open plan homes) the dining room is an extension of both the kitchen and living spaces – so it really needs to work in with the overall look of your home.
And there are a few key styling tricks you can use to create a dining room that functions well and looks fabulous.
Lighting is a really important design element in a dining space. It’s essential to have options. For example, you might want to keep things nice and bright for a weeknight family dinner, but then need something a little more moody for a dinner party. Having your downlights on a dimmer is a very easy fix that gives you lots of flexibility.
Hanging a pendant or two over your dining table is also a fun way to add ambience and you can also tie this in other pendant lighting used in your home. Remember to plan exactly where you want your dining table to ensure correct placement of the pendants. And as a general rule, the bottom of your pendant should be about 75cm above the table top.
Round. Rectangle. Oval. Which shape you choose for your dining table really depends on how much space you have and how you use it. Round tables are a lovely option for the family who loves to chat around the dinner table. Remember – a 120cm diameter seats four people and a 150cm diameter table should allow six guests. A larger round table does require a little more space so mark it out on your floor before buying to check for any access issues.
Rectangular tables are a firm favourite and are available in so many different sizes. If you intend to occasionally entertain larger groups then you could also go for an extension table for greater flexibility. A key thing to look at is the placement of the legs on the table. Simple legs that are closer to the outside corners will allow you to seat more people. Decorative legs closer to the centre of the table look great but can impact how many people you can seat.
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