6 Easy Tips for a Warm and Inviting Dining Room Design
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For having a good relationship with food, one should aim to dine in peace, serenity and complete comfort, while being mindful of the meal and having a positive attitude. This becomes nearly impossible in a dining room which is too uptight and formal for your liking. This is why we have come up with ideas to make the room where your whole family gathers to share a meal much more relaxed and inviting.
Create ambiance with colour
One of the ways to loosen up the atmosphere in your dining room and make it more relaxing is by going for a softer colour palette. Paint your walls in a light, or even pastel colour for an airy feel to the room. Colours like sage green, light blue, lavender or yellow give the room an appealing look. Even a single accent wall in these colours breaks the monotony of having all-white paint in the room. Have furniture of complementary, or even opposite tones for another dash of style.
Moreover, you can even try layering neutrals by having beige walls and wooden furniture – this will only enhance the organic atmosphere, especially if you place houseplants of varying shades of green all over your dining room. Add some gold details, like golden metal light fixtures, or picture frames and watch your dining room become a true oasis.
Consider your flooring
To avoid making the atmosphere too uptight and solemn, consider having lighter wood as your flooring. If you already have dark floors, combine it with light-coloured furniture. On the other hand, if done correctly, smaller dining rooms can look amazing even in darker hues. This can be achieved by matching various darker woods with black, dark green, grey, navy, etc. This works exceptionally well if your dining room gets little natural light. You can play with different light sources to achieve a cosy, intimate or even dramatic and atmospheric vibe.
Introduce natural light
Which brings us to our next tip – fill out your dining room with as much natural light as you can. A picture window, or a sliding glass door will instantly let sunshine into your home. Roll up your blinds, replace your heavy curtains with sheer ones, they disperse light so elegantly. Many homeowners use artificial light sources to illuminate their home, but consider the greenest alternative there is – sweet sunshine. It adds light and warmth to the room, as well as providing you with positive energy. If you have the misfortune of not having enough sunlight during the day, consider getting lights that imitate its effects, like LED lights.
Use table and chairs as accent-pieces
When talking about wooden furniture, nothing beats heavy rustic pieces, especially if the goal is to make the dining room more inviting. Think weather-finished, diamond-in-the-rough type of wooden furniture, similar to hand-made Amish dining chairs and tables. Unique, naturally made furniture pieces will surely fill your dining room with good energy, and become a stunning focal point that harmoniously ties the room together. Since no item is the same, and every piece is made from different wood, you will get slightly varying shades of brown that go so well together, yet are not too uniform and formal.
Add comfort with a couch
Additionally, if you have enough room, consider placing a couch on one side of your table, for an old-school comforting effect. This works especially well if you have lean, clean-lined furniture, since it adds textural contrast, which is very pleasing to the eye. It is also a great opportunity to add a pop of colour to your dining area. Your guests will be able to sit back and relax after a meal, without having to leave the living room.
An alternative would be squeezing in extra seating with a banquette, which has the similar effect to the sofa, but with a modern twist. The same also goes for window seats. If your windows are big enough, add a cosy seat to enjoy sunshine to the maximum, making it your next favourite reading place.
Decorate, decorate, decorate
If you picked a light colour scheme that consists of pales, whites, creams and light wood then you would benefit from a pop of colour. Décor such as paintings, vases, lamps, colourful China displayed in your dining hutch all do an amazing job in introducing an interesting, yet relaxing, colourful relief for your eyes. Such décor breaks the monotony and perfectly displays your family’s personality. Hang colourful paintings of green and blue scenery, or even DIY them!
Get your whole family painting abstract images, then frame them in beautiful stylish frames and make a gallery wall. Honestly, who could even tell the difference between high-end abstract art and your family’s scribbles, but you sure will always remember those moments together.
Having a dining room that serves your family just the way you want it is of utmost importance. This is a place where you gather over a meal and talk about your day, as well as a place where you invite people to dine with you. A dining room full of soft earth-toned colours, organic materials, and plenty of sunlight and house plants will ensure that your dining experience becomes a moment of tranquillity, peace and relaxation.