Dining room interior design ideas: neutral classics

A dining room is much more than the sum of its parts. Certainly, a dining room should include a dining room table and chairs, as well as table linens, lighting and other features, but the idea is to make everything harmonise into a unified whole. Your dining room should be a place which is casual enough to have a meal with your family or perhaps sit down with friends for a game of cards, yet also formal enough to entertain guests at a dinner party.

With a little bit of planning and the right décor, your dining room can be a versatile space which can go back and forth from casual to semi-formal with a few easy adjustments. The end result will be a room which is relaxing and that makes it easy to interact with others around the table. Read on for a few tips on putting together a classic neutral dining room décor which will make this room a place for all occasions.

Colour: Unfortunately, just because you like a particular colour, it doesn't mean that it will look good in your dining room. You may love, say, blaze orange, but it's probably not a good choice for your dining room unless the idea is to drive yourself (and everyone else at your table) to distraction. This doesn't mean that you're limited to white or off-white, however. A muted gold, burgundy or terracotta works well for the walls; and these colours can also be added as accents.

For instance, a wine-coloured tablecloth can add a little colour without overwhelming the room and destroying the neutral dining room décor you're going for. Calming colours which allow you and your guests to relax are the way to go. Soft furnishings and linen: It can be difficult to match the colours of your dining room linens to the walls and other elements – and actually, it's best to not even try.

Complimentary or contrasting colours often work better and provide a more visually interesting colour palette. You may also want to choose colours for curtains uk which compliment or contrast with the colour of your china or serving dishes – just keep these colours on the softer side to preserve a neutral décor which is easy to take from casual to formal as circumstances dictate. Larger rugs in complimentary colours will help to tie your colour scheme together.

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