Whether you’ve got an open plan kitchen-diner or a formal dining room, it;s natural to want to dine in style. We tend to pour all our energy into the kitchen, especially when we first move into a property, but there’s a lot to be said for having a great-looking, functional dining area. If your dining room is in need of an update, here are some family-friendly trends to try.
Simple, sociable dining
If you’ve got children, you probably don’t want to create an overly formal space, which will be used once in a blue moon. You want a simple, sociable space, where everyone can eat together and catch up on the day’s events. If you have a large family, round tables are a great idea. They offer something a little quirkier than a traditional square or rectangular table, and it’s easier to communicate with everyone at the same time. You don’t have to lean over to see people at the other end, and you can see everyone. If you’re a parent, it’s best to go for materials like solid wood, rather than glass. They’re more robust, and they’re likely to last longer. It’s always a good idea to add a tablecloth to make life easier. This way, you don’t have to worry about spillages or food stains. You can choose from plain round tablecloths or look for something a little jazzier. If you want to create a shabby chic vibe or a retro feel, think carefully about the chairs you buy. Diner-style seats work brilliantly for casual, vintage-style rooms while rustic wooden chairs are great for that country cottage vibe.
Scandinavian styles are an excellent choice for couples and families. Designs tend to be minimalist, which works for a hectic family lifestyle, and you can add accents and accessories to make your room unique. Scandi styles tend to favour neutral shades for walls and floors mixed with colour pops and greenery. Graphic prints and patterns like chevrons and stripes are very popular. You can incorporate them very easily with rugs, throws, and framed prints. If you do want to add a splash of colour, mix monochrome with dashes of bright yellow, grey or teal. To finish off the look, add a series of potted plants to your shelves or place a large plant in the corner of the room.
If you have a new home, it’s best to go for contemporary decor. Team a long white or wooden table with multi-coloured bucket-style chairs and add an industrial-style oversized pendant lamp. White walls work fantastically with splashes of red, yellow, green, and blue. If you have an informal dining space within the kitchen, you could also add cool touches like a chalkboard wall or a breakfast bar with tall stools for older kids.
If you’re keen to dine in style at home, why not treat your kitchen-diner or your dining room to a spring revamp? Hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration, and you’re ready to start planning your dining room makeover.