Today’s post continues yesterday’s theme of using wooden furniture in your dining room, but today we look at using modern creams and pale teals as the colour scheme. These subtle tones are gentle on the eye and are ideal for dining rooms which need to be light and refreshing.
Once again we see the use of pattern on walls and teal curtains. To keep the subtly opt for the paler tones of teal, those which are verging on duck-egg will look stunning next to modern creams. Silver also works well with cream and teal. Full length curtains with a traditional damask or jacquard pattern are perfect choices. Have them full lined so that they hand correctly at your window or patio doors. The additional weight and style of fabric can change the dynamics of the room – changing it to a more formal area which is designed for fine dining.
For everyday use include family photographs displayed in small groups of a dresser or sideboard. You table setting can also be altered for different types of dining. Go for plain table cloths or use place-mats and a table runner for a more informal look. When guests are eating with you bring out the ‘special’ table linen, candelabra, best china and sparkling wine glasses.
The colour combinations are so adaptable they’ll suit all style of homes and can be changed to suit various interior design styles simply by changing the soft furnishings and table wares.
Today dining rooms have to be versatile and practical unless you have a large home the chances are that your dining room will double-up to become a home office during the week. The easiest way to make sure that your dining room keeps its identity be sure to move or store anything which doesn’t belong in the room. All to often dining rooms become dumping grounds for such things as ironing and an easy place to store things which don’t have an allocated space of their own.
Be ruthless and make sure your dining room is kept for its purpose, eating, whether it’s an evening meal with family and friends or a place to eat a relaxed and informal lunch. The days of taking the time to enjoy food and pleasant conversation has returned, so make sure your dining room has the look and style to accommodate the eating-in trend.