Dining rooms are a crucial part of every house. Whether it is a formal dining room or an informal eat-in kitchen for quick grubs, the dining room is a place where the family gets together and bonds over food, wine and laughter. This is reason enough to make sure that your dining room is well done up and comfortable so that meals can be enjoyed and everyone has a good time. If you are building a new house or are planning to remodel your existing dining room, there are some basic considerations that you ought to bear in mind.
You can have either a formal dining room or an informal one, or even a combination for both. Your choice of dining room depends on the following factors:
The number of occasions you hope to use the area for formal dinners
The size of your family and average number of guests you usually entertain over meals
The kind of food your serve, the number of courses etc. for formal dinners
After you have a clear idea of the above factors you can proceed to planning for the other aspects like,
- Size of the dining space
- Proximity to kitchen for convenience of serving meals
- Size and kind of furniture in addition to a dining set
- Lighting for formal as well as informal gatherings like dinner parties and kids birthday parties
- Clear spaces to allow storage cabinets to open fully, etc.
Though it is a good idea to plan and design on your own, hiring professional help is also immensely beneficial. For a well done up and attractive dining room, you can:
Install panels, wainscoting, and moldings on the walls to give a rich look to the area. You can also opt to give it a layered look.
Get a carpet in a rich tone. If you already have one, you can simply dye some other color into it or replace it with a new one.
Refurbish your existing furniture and add a piece or two for a new look and feel if you are renovating.
The shape of your dining table should fit in well into the dining room and also its shape should match the room. For example rectangular tables are best suited for rectangular rooms, square tables look great in square rooms. Round or oval tables also look good and blend well into all kinds of areas.
Create a focal point in the room. It could be some furniture or some artwork or a lamp, plants, flowers, just about anything that is visually appealing.
Choose the right sources of lights. Add fixtures to light up corners and particular areas within the room in addition to chandeliers or a main fixture. You can choose from silver, crystal, glass, etc. lights. Where you position your light sources are also crucial because you would want ample yet elegant lighting that is not too bright or too diffused.