There’s nothing like the dining room when it comes to bringing people together. It’s the central hub of family meals, it can be your temporary office as you work from home. Your dining table is the place for getting together with friends over some classic cocktails, or spreading out to create a good home working environment, with books and snacks around.
So how do you decorate this multifunctional, people-focussed room? With it playing so many roles, it may seem a challenge at first, but we’ve pulled together our top tips to make sure you have everything you need to create that extra bit of ‘wow-factor’.
1. Comfort is key
Do you know why people dislike flying so much? It’s because plane seats are so uncomfortable; there’s nothing worse than sitting for long periods of time on a bad chair. Which is why finding the best dining room seating is key to creating a space you’ll love. A comfy chair goes a long way towards making people feel relaxed and at ease.
So, we’ve designed more than 200 styles of chairs to make sure you find your perfect comfort match. All about lumbar support? Try our Tulip or Lily chairs, which have a specially curved back for the maximum support. Love that ‘sink-in’ feeling? Our leather tub chair offers you padded luxury. You can always mix and match your chairs to find the perfect look with a table you love, too! That way you can easily create a comfortable and cosy space.
2. Embrace your colourful side
Colour is a simple way to add a bit of personality into a room, and your dining room is no exception! An easy way to design a comfortable space is to get inspired by the colours and patterns around your home and bring some of that into the room. What better place to inject some colour into a dining room than in the chair pads!
Our real leather chairs come in popular shades, like black, brown, and red, to make an impression. Our soft and touchable upholstery fabrics come in rich solid colours, as well as bold patterns like stripes and script prints. You can even mix and match your ideal combo of chair styles to make a look that’s all your own! Don’t forget to think about adding your colour pop with accessories. A beautiful peony bouquet will help bring out the complementary tones in our multi-coloured stripe lattice back chair, or a gingham tablecloth can tie in to farmhouse decor around your home.
3. Think about flexibility – extending dining tables & stools
Your dining room is a flexible space, moving from workspace, to family room, to an entertainment venue, sometimes all in one day! You should expect the same versatility from your dining room furniture too.
Some of our most popular tables are our extendable ones, for example. Our Dorset 3ft Table is the perfect example. Most of the time, it’s a compact piece, suitable for couples or small families, but can extend to sit up to 6 when required!
When it comes to seating, there are lots of ways to make your furniture work harder. We have a selection of great benches and stools, which allow you to pull up an extra seat whenever required. When not in use, our stools are perfect as an extra lamp table. We’ve even seen people use the benches to work double duty in their hallway, bringing them into the dining room when they want extra space to entertain! You can build your perfect flexible dining set with us.
4.Take advantage of the tools that are out there
Don’t think you have to go it alone when you’re trying to design your perfect dining room. There are lots of tools available to help you make your job easier. We love the Dulux Visualiser, which helps you pick the perfect paint colour for your room, and Houzz is a great source for decor inspiration, straight from the experts.
We have a great tool for you, too. Our Dining Set Builder allows you to create a customised look for your dining room so that you can exactly the look and function that you want. The builder works by letting you choose from any of our tables, from glass-topped to solid oak, extending to round, and selecting the exact number of chairs you need to get the exact look you want.
5. Saving so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff
Wave Back Rustic Solid Oak and Grey Plain Fabric Dining Chair and 3ft x 3ft Rustic Real Oak Extending Dining Table (Seats up to 6 people Extended)
There are lots of ways that you can add that special personal touch to your dining room. Maybe it’s a special piece of art for the wall, a colourful placemat set, or some stylish new tableware. Because we know that these little details matter, we’ve specially set up our Dining Set Builder to help you save hundreds of pounds to help you invest in those extra touches. When you know you are getting high-quality investment pieces like your dining set for a great price, there’s no need to sweat the small stuff in design.
Your dining room should be a place where you enjoy spending time. Thankfully, by creating a well-designed, multi-purpose space, it can help bring people together in your home for years to come!