You may think of formal dining rooms as a thing of the past, with modern living centring around a kitchen-diner. But there is still a place for a separate dining room – the key is to create a special dining space for you and your guests.
What follows is a selection of dining rooms and other areas that we have designed, decorated and furnished.
Dining Room decoration
Knock-through kitchen diners can be quite expensive. It may be that you prefer to retain a separate dining room, but to decorate and furnish it with style.
For a more cosy environment, darker, warmer colours work well. Many standard British dining rooms are not particularly large, so remember that warmer colours will also make the space feel smaller.
For a contemporary atmosphere, make the most of any natural light.
Don’t be afraid to add colour to a dining room. Most of our designs have a neutral background but we punch through with jewel colours to lift the space. and add interest, whether through fabrics or art.
Dining room lighting
Perhaps the most important feature is dining room lighting. We incorporate flexible lighting on several circuits to create the desired mood. For a more intimate atmosphere, softened lighting might be your choice. Most of our lighting designs can be dimmed. Separately, we offer more general advice on home lighting.
Dining room tables and chairs
Dining rooms need to have space; you don’t want to feel squashed in whilst trying to enjoy your meal. Or squeeze in and out around an over-sized dresser. We plan dining rooms very carefully; our scale floorplans position all furniture making sure there is adequate circulatory space. The size of the dining table and space to slide the chairs in and out is very important. We’ve written separately on choosing a dining table.
Similarly, we design and position storage in the new arrangement with plenty of room to pass and open the cupboard doors.
music while you dine
On occasions you’ll want music to accompany your meal. Strains of Stravinsky with your stroganoff, or a rhapsody from Ravel with your ravioli. We’ve installed many multi-room music systems for our clients, which they control simply from their smartphone or tablet. We hide the equipment in an adjacent cabinet and even blend the speakers in with the wall.
Open Plan kitchen Diners
An open-plan kitchen diner has the obvious advantage that hosts can entertain guests while they cook. Children have more space to do homework while Mum and Dad are in the kitchen. In addition, the extra space, coupled with more natural light, is conducive to a healthy and happy home. The challenge for many British houses is that they were not built with this style living in mind. So we knock down walls and build extensions to create the space.
Most of our projects see us designing and delivering everything required to create open-plan kitchen diners.
What to do with a old dining room?
If a new kitchen diner means that you don’t need your old dining room, you’ll want to use it for something else. It is too easy for old dining rooms to become wasted space. In fact this is a great opportunity to give them new life. In the case below, we created a home office; in we turned it into a games room.
We’ve had a look at some of our dining rooms and the features that make them successful. Style Within has been creating interior designs and renovating homes for our clients for the past 12 years. You can read our clients’ generous testimonials and if you can feel we can help with your renovation in Bath or Bristol, please find out more about our interior design services.