Those who have a dining room in their home will agree that there is nothing better than having friends and family over to share a meal in this room. However, having a dining room with old furniture covered in dust is not exactly a comfortable place to eat in. A simple clean up should suffice, and a fresh perspective toward this important area can maximize its attractiveness and comfort.
The Basics of a Dining Room
When it comes to a dining area, one should use it to its full potential and use it for its intended purpose. Dining room essentials will always include great dining room furniture such as a bold table that fits the room perfectly and, according to how many guests you plan on entertaining, enough chairs so everyone has a seat.
A cabinet or showcase to store all special china, glasses and cutlery can also be present in the dining room. Depending on the theme throughout your house, your dining room should encompass this design as well. If your home has been fashioned in a contemporary style, then the dining room should reflect that style choice. Depending on how your dining area is situated, it should either be an extension of your kitchen or living room.
It is important to make your dining room look beautiful, comfortable and inviting. This can be achieved in many ways and what will surprise most people is that it does not take an extravagant investment, only a creative mind. It also does not require an interior decorator to establish a warm eating area and if you are not overly creative (or simply do not feel like participating in the process), many ideas can be taken from décor magazines and books. The internet as well can yield many great ideas.
The Table as the Main Attraction
The most important piece of any dining room furniture is the dining table. This is the main attraction of the entire space and when selecting a table, you have to consider the following. The current trend for dining room tables is bold dark wooden, rectangular solid ones. It is not really a new design but still looks very stylish. You will find that no matter what type of chairs you pair with these, the table makes a statement on its own. This sort of dining room furniture might not be in your price range, but see it as an investment as it is very durable and will withstand many nights of dining. Because it is such an inviting piece, it also does not require much table settings and a tablecloth is not even necessary. All you need is a runner, some simple crockery and utensils and this table will support any meal.
Although dark wood creates coziness, selecting a lightwood is also very chic. Once again, depending on the theme of your home, the type of dining room furniture that you do choose should match the rest of your furniture. The great aspect of lightwood is that it creates more space in a room. This is of course an optical illusion but this style seems to open up a space more.
The trend in many modern homes is steel framed table with a glass tabletop. The transparency of this sort of table is very versatile and can adjust to any space.
Chairs that Charm
In most cases, when selecting a dining room table, you will probably get a set of dining chairs that belong to that specific table. However, more and more furniture stores are now allowing its customers to choose a table separate and introduce them to an array of chairs that one can choose from to suite the dining table. This gives one more options, which is great, meaning you end up with pieces you like, table and chairs, and not just having to be satisfied with the chairs because it came with your favorite table.
When choosing chairs, obviously, you are looking at comfort. Firm chairs that your guests will enjoy sitting on. If the chairs you like are hard and do not come with cushion seats, it is ok, you can always buy pillows to place on them.
Color is also important. Create a color scheme in your dining room and buy chairs that match your curtains as well as table adornments such as table cloths, runners, place mats and even crockery and candles. Alternatively, choose a simple neutral color such as beige, black or brown that will go with anything. Don’t forget to remove the dining room furniture plastic that it is delivered in as soon as it reaches your home. Nothing is worse for your guests than sliding off chairs during dinner or hearing constant squeaking sounds each time they move!
A dining room is an important area in any home. It is a place for entertaining and for family gatherings. Basic style choices and routine cleaning can help ensure that the next time you entertain; you guests will leave content after a fun and relaxing night, eager to visit again soon.