The dining area is a huge part of family life at home. Many families now opt for an open-space layout in their homes to allow a seamless connection between the dining, kitchen, and living areas. To keep up with this modern layout, check out these top tips for designing your dining area.
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Wood flooring is often the go-to for a more modern look. Also, adding a rug to your space can really define it and can be a highlight in the room, especially when you opt for a darker-themed furniture set. Laminated floors are an extremely durable and stylish alternative, especially in a home with children and pets.
The dining table itself
Of course, the central feature of a dining area is the dining table. Contemporary choices such as high gloss dining tables are an excellent way to complement other modern décor pieces in that space. Pick designs that are easy to clean and can add a dash of colour to the room in an understated way so that they don’t clash with other statement decorations such as your centrepiece or a statement rug.
Lighting sets the mood
Lighting is a vital aspect of interior design. In the dining area, you want a well-lit setting that is not too bright. This creates a comfortable atmosphere for your guests and family. Use pendant lights in an open space set up to help highlight the dining area as a separate zone. Also, invest in a dimmer switch to provide the option of warm, low-level light, which is excellent for evening entertainment. For the daytime, larger windows with views of your garden help to open up your space and let in more natural light.
Other decorative fixtures in your dining area should complement the main elements, such as the table. Hang up some art and place the perfect centrepiece for your table to tie everything together nicely. Don’t be overly loud with your choices, or else you risk unbalancing the ambience. Floral arrangements are a popular go-to as centrepieces and add charm to your dining area. Other great options are candles, figurines, and ceramics.
Bring in an element of contrast
Darker furniture will benefit from light-coloured walls, while light-coloured furniture will provide chic accents to a darker room. Decide which design features you want to use as the source of the most colour in the room and balance it out with other components accordingly. Richly coloured rugs, for instance, will pair wonderfully with neutral furniture, as will bold table runners or tablecloths.
A sophisticated way to spruce up your table settings is with gold or black flatware. These are ultra-modern alternatives to the usual silverware and are an elegant way to modernise your dining area.
Fresh and modern décor can be a brilliant way to get your family back to sharing meals at the table, especially if you find them gravitating towards the living room, kitchen, or even their bedrooms for meals. Enjoy eating at the table with your family and friends once more by following these tips for transforming your dining area into a modern dining hub.
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