Dining room interior design ideas: relaxed and informal

One thing that you may have noticed is that you feel much more relaxed and at ease in rooms which have just enough furniture and decorative items rather than being packed to the rafters. In fact, a space can seem much less warm and inviting when it's cluttered – and this is as true as dining rooms as it is of any other room in your home.

By choosing the right colour scheme and the right furnishings, you can make your dining room a comfortable, informal place to share meals, have important discussions and spend leisure time socializing with family and friends. Style is of course a matter of personal taste, but it's best to go with simple designs, whether you prefer classic or modern furniture. However, one thing that you might want to think about if you're redoing your dining room in a casual style is a circular, rather than rectangular, dining room table.

This provides more of an open feel to the room and invites interaction between everyone during meals, rather than having to shout at one another to be heard from opposite ends of a larger formal dining room table. Your dining room chairs should also be simple but even more importantly, comfortable; after all, you want to be able to relax and make mealtimes quality time with your household and guests. An informal dining room calls for soft lighting.

You probably don't need an ornate 20 bulb chandelier in your dining room anyway and something like this hardly sets a casual tone. Instead, opt for simple lighting solutions and dimmer switches so that you can have a warmer, more intimate mood for special occasions or make things a little brighter for family dinners. Informal accent colours for accessories will also help to achieve a relaxed look. Look for ready made curtains online which compliment your colour scheme and style of dining room – if you're stuck as to which colour or design to go for you can always use the interior design trick of using wooden blinds as the natural colours will blend with any colour scheme or décor.

Choose rugs direct from retailers in a shape the same as the table for continuity and balance. Everyone has a slightly different idea about what makes a dining room comfortable, but in general, it's best to stick with simple furniture and preserve as much open space in the room as you can. Simplifying your dining room using these interior design ideas can turn a rarely used room into the centre of family life in your home – and it's incredibly easy to do!

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