As I plan my table setting for our Christmas celebratory meal, I find myself musing about the significance of the dining room.
Let’s face it, for most of us, it is all too often, breakfast on the go, lunch at our desks and dinner on a tray in front of the TV. Meals, shared with family or close friends are, sadly, far too rare and should be treasured. Whether it is for Christmas, Thanksgiving or a Chinese reunion dinner or a a birthday celebration, it is often, times spent seated with loved ones around a dining table that form our most cherished memories. And, as the backdrop for so many special moments, the design of the dining room is key to fostering that perfect ambience. A well-designed dining room will stimulate and encourage lively conversation. It can embolden us and inspire us to be animated, even romantic. The dining room is an area of the home where the designer can afford to be bolder and explore a touch of drama in the design.
This is a perfect example of a dramatic dining room. Guests to this table will definitely feel special and glamorous. The dark silk wall-covering creates a moody, intimate vibe and the Chinoiserie panels add a romantic feeling. The high back dining chairs envelop their guests with comfort encouraging them to linger and enjoy the evening. Soft light bounces off the gold leaf ceiling casting a glow akin to candlelight, creating an intimate, romantic feeling.
The black and white lines of this dining room form a crisp backdrop for an evening of glamorous entertaining. The injection of chartreuse lifts and brightens the room, balancing the stark bold lines. The jubilant rug design brings a freshness to the scheme that invigorates the space, adding an energy to the elegance to create a perfect backdrop for an evening of sparkling conversation.
In open plan space, making the dining space feel intimate can pose quite a challenge. Dropping the ceiling to delineate can provide the solution.
Intimate spaces and fresh, contemporary ones don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In this modern dining space, the use of ombre on the chairs and pendant light arrangement invokes a sense of flickering candlelight creating a warm, intimate mood
So whatever your preferred dining room style, I hope it sets the scene for a wonderful celebratory meal. Enjoy this special time of year with your loved rooms.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!