6 Steps to designing your dream Dining Room

Dining rooms are so much more than their function these days. Creating a beautiful space to serve up daily meals and embrace your decorating style can be a fine balance. Today on the blog, we look at the 6 fundamentals to creating a beautiful and practical dining space where you and your family can gather to share a meal and so much more.
1) Table & Chairs; Size & Comfort.
Tables: Determine the right size table for your space, which isn't always dependant on how many people will use it daily. A small table in a large space will look misplaced. Consider shape too, while rectangle tables are more common, some spaces call for a round table. Timber tables are often a popular choice and for good reason. Quality materials will endure the test of time and timber is a great material to incorporate warmth into a home.
Our favourite timber tables are: Kensington, Henri and Grayson which feature a similar carved pedestal leg however suggest different decorating styles. Looking for a more formal look, try our Henri. If Hampton's style is what you're after, our Kensington will fit right at home. Or for a casual coastal style, you can't go past the beautiful Grayson Tables, available in both rectangle or round options.
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Chairs. Comfort is key here; there's nothing worse than a hard chair or too soft sinking seat. Dining chair comfort is a personal preference and it can take some time till you find the right fit. Whilst an upholstered chair will give you more comfort it isn't always practical for our lifestyles. Our Renee slipcover dining chair is a popular option for those who want practicality without compromising on style. Going for a farmhouse feel? Our Parsons dining chair is a winner, especially for young families. If you're after comfort, style and practicality consider our Hamptons chair in oak which is a big customer favourite. The padded seat offers comfort, while the timber frame is perfect for easy clean-ups. Our favourite go-to chairs for Hampton's style are Montauk, Kensington and Henry. A classic shape which looks elegant especially when paired with our Kensington dining table. Capri for a casual beachy vibe also looks great when mixed in with other white chairs. French Bistro chairs are versatile and comfortable. Incredibly family-friendly and look great both indoors and outdoors. 
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Get the look with our Collins dining chairs. 
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Get the look with Classic Farm House Table & Hamptons Chairs in Oak.
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2) Lighting. Lighting is an important aspect in any home and more so in open plan living spaces to help define a specific 'room'. We love to use pendants over a dining table for ambience and practicality. Our favourite pendant for a rectangle table is our Darlana Linear Pendant or for a round table, our go-to is the Morris Pendant. Consider scale and proportion when selecting the lighting for your dining room. You can find more information on this guide or shop our full lighting collection here.
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Pictured above: Darlana Linear Pendant.


3) Rug. I believe rugs are a must-have layer in creating a beautiful room. Just like curtains, they can finish a room in one fell swoop. Rugs not only define an area but bring much-needed texture, pattern and colour to space, and definitely worth the investment. There are so many beautiful rugs to choose from, but some of our favourites include, Temple (available in 3 colour-ways) for its pattern and texture,  Almeda for the colour and quality materials, which makes it easy to clean. We also love a simple yet classic sisal rug. This option works well for families with young kids or pets. Shop our favourite sisal and jute rugs here. Shop our full rug collection here
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4) Art. Art can really elevate a space and pull a room together. Being such a personal decorative element, our advice here would be to choose something that brings you joy. Florals or landscapes are neutral enough 'subjects' that add colour and create ambience. View our Art collection here.
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5) Storage. Storage by way of a buffet, sideboard or credenza can seem like a luxury item to have in a dining room especially when space is limited, but a sideboard serves double duty as an additional surface for a bar or buffet style dining when you're entertaining a crowd. Shop our collection of Sideboards here.


Above: Carson Sideboard 
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6) Centrepiece. Every table needs a beautiful centrepiece to complete your look.Fresh flowers or greenery are an easy and fooproof way to making your dining room  .centrepiece for your dining table something that you can use that for you every day darning and even arm have on display in the middle of the table when you don’t have a guests fresh flowers are always preferable however there are lots of other ways that you can arm have something looking beautiful all year-round and all season round one of our favourite go cheese is a beautiful organic planta are filled with arm some green moss which really just adds that touch of freshness to the space or you could even put a beautiful tray with a whole bunch of different candles at different heights and you can also use a glass hurricanes with candles in the middle
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