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Dining room delights

Traditionally reception rooms had a purpose, a function; the kitchen was for cooking, the morning room for sewing and receiving tea, the drawing room for with-drawing, and the dining room for eating the evening meal. Nowadays dining rooms are often redundant with supper taken on one’s lap in front of the TV, or if the dining table is used it has often been shunted into the kitchen, or its privacy invaded to create an open plan living space.

If you are lucky enough to have a dining room, are you making the most of it and is it a usable room? Here are some style and design ideas that create usable and function spaces.

If you have a breakfast table in your kitchen keep your dining room formal and indulge in opulence. This dining room is classic and simple keeping the focus on the table settings; the dining table should be the focus of any dining room – don’t let the décor take over.

For a more relaxed contemporary feel silhouette traditional furniture and accent in primary colours for a twist!

The dining room is a great opportunity to experiment with colour and textures with paint, wallpapers and upholstery; to avoid the risk of a tacky mix ‘n’ match look, make sure you use good quality materials and if your mixing patterns and textures keep your colour palette monochromatic or very simple.

Chandeliers are a love of mine and personally if my budget would permit it, I would have a chandelier in every room of my house  but you can’t go wrong with a chandelier – or three – in a dining room.

All these inspiring photos are courtesy of our partner House to Home

If your dining room simply needs a new coat of paint of a total redesign, with fire place, wallpaper and lighting additions, post your job – for free – on RatedPeople.com. We will put you in contact with up to 3 local, quality tradesmen who will transform your underused dining room into a dinner party palace!


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