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Dining room design ideas

Posted: 12/11/15 Dining room design ideas

Get ready for festive season meals whether your dining area is a separate room, or part of an open-plan or dual-purpose space with our expert guide to designing your dining room.

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Choose the right table

When you’re picking a new dining table, think about how many people you need to fit around it. To seat everyone in comfort, allow around 60cm of space per diner. It’s also vital to make sure guests can push their chairs out comfortably to stand up. This requires around 90cm between the edge of the table and the nearest wall or another piece of furniture (think sideboards and storage units: more on this below).

If space is limited, remember that a round table is easier to accommodate as there are no sharp corners that could get in the way when you’re moving round the room. It’ll also make squeezing in an extra (Christmas) diner easier because of its central pedestal.

Take a look at our Pedestal dining table (shown above), perfect for small rooms, in a bay window or as the centrepiece of a dining room.

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Pick stylish dining chairs

When it comes to teaming dining chairs with your table, look for a seat height of between 45 and 50cm to create a comfortable distance between diner and tabletop. Upholstered chairs boost comfort and can introduce a softer element together with colour and pattern to a dining room or kitchen-diner scheme. Alternatively, opt for an upholstered seat for comfort.

Want to give your dining area a touch of elegance? Going for ornate French-style chairs (shown top) can make it look special.

Here’s our Oak dining/kitchen table (above) with Bannister chairs, which can be upholstered in your choice of fabric from our collections, or by sending in your own.

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Keep cutlery, tableware and linens to hand

A long walk to the kitchen for all you need to set the table won’t be welcome when you’re serving Christmas dinner, or entertaining at any time of the year. Sideboards and storage units are also a must-have for the linens you use for the table for big occasions, candlesticks and centrepieces. The display space they offer on the top can be dressed up for the Christmas season, and will allow you to decoratively accessorise a dining room or area year round.

Check out our New Hampshire triple base cupboard (shown above) and for smaller spaces there’s a double version.

Boost the lighting

By their nature, dining areas are filled with hard, plain surfaces, so as well as considering upholstered dining chairs, look to lampshades to add a contrasting texture, as well as pattern and colour. Our lampshades can be upholstered in a fabric you send to us, or one from our huge collection. You can up the impact with the same or a contrasting fabric on the inside.

These are our Drum ceiling shades (shown above), which will turn a boring pendant into a scene stealer.

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Go for bespoke linens

Never mind the novelty paper napkins. For a beautiful setting this Christmas – and that’ll work equally well for the other 11 months of the year – have napkins made in your own favourite fabric (which you can supply for us to use, or select from our fabrics sourced from the top design houses). We can also tailor-make a round tablecloth for your table.

Shown above are our napkins in Luxe Linen 12. Discover all our fabric choices themed by colour to make finding the right one easy.

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