The dining room can be the heart of any family home.
Even if it’s only used for special occasions — or in some cases, barely at all — the dining room should be treated as more than “just a place to eat”. It’s a social space where the family can come together, whether it be to dine, talk about their day, or even to take part in a family game night!
The flexibility of a dining room allows you to tailor it perfectly to your needs. From formal dinners to a cosy alcove for drinks and nibbles, Dovetail have assembled our top tips to organising the perfect dining room layout.
Is your room mostly used for formal dining?
A large table with extendable leaves is the perfect choice. Should you need to entertain large crowds — such as for a family gathering — you can easily add leaves to reach your perfect size. And once the party is over? Simply remove the leaves for a smaller, more personal dining space.
Introduce a serving table to the room if you usually host large numbers of people. This way you can spread your dishes “buffet-style across the room”, so the table feels less cramped and more inviting.
A large, sturdy table is also the perfect companion for a study. Why not add some bookshelves to the room so it can act as a study outside of dining time? It could equally become a space to relax with the newspaper and a coffee.
Do you feel your dining room is too small to utilise?
Nonsense! You just need to follow these very simple (but very effective) tips. A round pedestal table with armless chairs will create the illusion of a larger space, while a monochromatic palette is also effective.
It’s important to keep the floor and walls clutter-free and minimal; if the space is filled with side tables, bookshelves and lamps, you are simply introducing more corners to wiggle around, and the room feels all the smaller for it.
But what about flooring?
Obviously, the more often you use your dining room, you will need a more hard-wearing flooring than if it only used for special occasions. Laminate flooring may be a cost-efficient choice, but it beautifully compliments any wooden furniture. It is also easy to clean and stain resistant, so is perfect for heavily frequented dining areas.
Alternatively, carpets can equally work as well in your dining room. They also add warmth and comfort (often missing due to the minimalist furniture) while a fresh, neutral colour choice can help to brighten the space.
Dovetail have a variety of dining furniture and flooring available from our showroom.
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