Winter and rain has definitely settled in and with the declining appeal to go out to dine, I thought it was time to put the spotlight on dining rooms at home. It’s not often the priority in a man space and it is commonly shuffled down the to-do list after living room and bedroom. Quite often, the dining table is a multitasking area – work desk, dumping ground….but for those occasions, especially in the colder months where staying at home to eat is a more cosy, dryer option to going out, I’ve gathered some inspiration of stylish dining rooms. Who knows, it may even encourage you to ‘get your host on’ and start entertaining….
Adding warmth and softness doesn’t just have to be done with fabric or leather dining chairs. This light pendant is a perfect example of thinking outside the square. It also zones the space, defining the dining area in open plan living.
If you’ve got some extra wall space, utilise it! Whether it be a book shelf, or wine storage, it not only adds a decorative element to the room, but is practical too.
One of my favourite lighting brands of all time, Roll & Hill, this beautiful pendant is the perfect addition to this sophisticated dining room. Paired with a dark furniture and balanced with the white cabinetry and marble of the hidden bar, this is definitely luxury dining.
Here is a perfect example of a combined kitchen/dining space. The neutral colour palette means the room and finishes work together as a whole. Again, the light defines the dining space and the black chairs blend beautifully with the black flooring. The round, glass top table is a clever way to add a dining setting that doesn’t dominate the room and take attention away from the other feature finishes of the gold light and marble splashback.
In another dark and sophisticated space, these upholstered leather chairs make me want to dine with wine for hours. A very masculine space, this dining room has been elegantly decorated to add some interest and personality. Not every single item in your home has to be practical. Sometimes those ‘just because it’s beautiful’ purchases make all the difference.
Clean, fresh, with a scandinavian feel. Not all man spaces have to be dark and moody. This interior by guru design practice, Hecker Guthrie just proves it. With a lighter neutral palette of soft greys, white and oak, this dining space within the open plan living is very inviting indeed.
This is one of my favourite dining room photographs of all time. Admittedly, the spectacular location and view has a large part to play, but focusing inside, it just goes to show that you can keep things simple but very effective. Dining tables don’t just have to be square, rectangular or round and this proves it. By teaming it with slimline chairs, you can also maximise the amount of people who can dine at your table. And the light pendant? Well that just speaks for itself. Stunning.
1. Proportion is the key here, so kit out your dining space with a table and chairs that fit comfortably in the floor space. You should be able to move around the table and get in and out of the chairs with ease.
2. Dining tables should have their own feature lighting (preferably on a dimmer). This especially comes into play when you entertain. Being able to set the mood creates a relaxed ambience for your dinner guests.
3. Sit on dining chairs before you buy them to make sure they are comfortable. While many chairs look great, they can also be so uncomfortable you don’t want to spend more than a few minutes on them. Upholstered chairs in fabric or leather are a lovely choice, especially if you have a lot of hard surfaces in the rest of your interior.