For many, the dining room is a central gathering place for the entire family. It is more than just a room for enjoying meals and entertaining guests. It is often the heart of the home. These design tips for your dining room can help you create a welcoming gathering place for friends and family.
The centerpiece of the room is the dining room table and the lighting fixture which hangs above. The two should have corresponding shapes and styles. Such as a traditional, oval or rectangular mahogany table would pair perfectly with a classic chandelier of cut-crystal teardrops. However, if a dining room is dominated by a modern table of an elemental blend of stainless steel and fine woods, a contemporary lighting fixture featuring metal shades or large, clear, glass globes would be ideal.
Also, think about ceiling height when making lighting decisions. Avoid creating an overcrowded feeling by selecting an illumination piece that is not much larger in circumference than the table’s centerpiece and can be mounted high enough above the table so as not to be within any diner’s line of sight, or even within their peripheral vision. Lighting fixtures should be “out of sight and out of mind” while dining. A lighting fixture in the dining room should only be noticed as you make your way into the dining room.
When selecting the shape of a dining room table, there is more to be considered than just personal preference. Will it complement the shape of the room? How many diners are to be accommodated? Once guests are seated, there should be ample room to comfortably walk around the table. When determining table width, thirty-six inches provides adequate room for formal place settings, serving dishes and decorative centerpiece.
To maximize seating potential, opt for a round table. And to facilitate dining ease, utilize a single Lazy Susan on a round table or multiple Lazy Susan’s on a rectangular table.
For more tips on how to design an impressive dining room that welcomes guests and inspires them to linger long after the meal is finished, please contact us. Our design consultants are ready to provide you with exceptional service.