Summer Dining Indoors

There’s no denying we’ve had a surprisingly fantastic summer. Warm weather, sunny skies and a lack of rain for many of us means we’ve probably had our fair share of dining outdoors this year. Of course, we need to remember that this is Britain and not the Algarve! August is often a time when we see a few more showers but there’s no reason we can’t take the joy of summer dining into our own homes when the weather decides to turn.

Provence table and farmhouse dining chairs

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So, if you are looking for some inspiration to bring that summer feeling indoors, you’ll love our post today. From simple styling to party prep, here are a few ways to bring alfresco style to your dining room.

Global Gathering

Oak round dining table and chairs

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Take inspiration from the continent with a simple design that’s anything but boring. Choose light and airy fabrics in soft colours and geometric-inspired patterns for your textiles for a global feel. Then, add in warm wood and hand-thrown ceramics in your serving pieces. Even a simple salad comes to life in this inviting setting.

Trending Tropicals

Brass cutlery and animal print plates

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Tropical patterns and motifs have been a huge trend this year so consider bringing some of that fun into your dining setting. We love the combination of bold patterned plates on simple cork mats with gold cutlery to add a dash of Palm Springs glamour. Finish your table with some exotic blooms for a real taste of the tropics.

Cottage Charm

Pastel dining area kitchen table

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For a simple every day look, consider the charm of cottage living with mismatched pastel painted chairs and simple blooms picked from the garden. We love the vintage style teapot which perfectly echoes the beauty and simplicity of this look as the centrepiece for the table. Sometimes, less is really more.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea set up at table

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You certainly don’t have to leave the house to create a beautiful afternoon tea in your own dining room. Start with a simple white tablecloth and fill small vases and teacups with pink and peach blooms for a feminine look that’s steeped in tradition. A few pretty bite-size desserts piled high on a tiered platter, a selection of mismatched vintage plates and teacups and a few glasses of Prosecco will finish this look perfectly.

Gilded Glamour

Gilded glamour

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If a luxe layered look is more your style, consider a bold tropical print tablecloth as the base for your table setting to set off gold-rimmed glasses, coordinating plates and gilded cutlery. Fill a large coloured glass vase with blooming branches for height and smaller vessels with greenery for a bold finish that’s big on summer style.

Elegant Garden Party

Floral dining table layout

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And finally, for a summer garden party feel inspired by the elegance of Ascot, consider a formal affair with glass chargers, linen napkins and stemmed glasses. The centrepiece is elegantly simple: Gather a collection of simple low-lying ceramic pot plants and fill with flowers, colour-blocking each with a single type of bloom and in a different hue for each. This creates a soft rainbow effect for additional wow-factor.

Are you looking for more tips to decorate your dining room this summer? Check out our post on 5 ways to create the perfect dining room here.