When designing a dining room, homeowners want to craft a unique space that reflects the personality of their family, while ensuring the area is practical and comfortable for hosting guests. Three elements can help people strike the ideal balance between style and functionality when designing a dining room.
Identify the Purpose of the Space
Before designing the dining room, it is essential to understand the function that it will serve. Will the area be used for formal dinner celebrations or casual gatherings of friends and family? How much seating is required? Should the space promote intimate conversations or lively group interaction?
The homeowner must first consider the practicalities of his or her design ideas. An elegant dining room that is easily congested or has poor lighting will need to be reworked. Here are some practical tips for design elements.
- When selecting lighting, avoid downlights, which cast dark shadows on people’s faces. This effect is especially noticeable when the lights are positioned directly over the seating.
- Use eye-level lighting to improve visibility and to highlight art or other accessories.
- Think about color psychology when choosing a color palette. Warm tones, such as reds and oranges, can make people hungry but can also create a sense of urgency that might not be suitable for an environment that is relaxed and conversational.
- When selecting design elements, consider if the intended goal of the decor is to generate conservation or to be subtle and subdued.
- Is the dining room near a noisy or distracting area of the home, such as a game room or living room? Consider installing a screen to separate the dining space from the rest of the house.
Invest in a Worthy Dining Room Table
Every space needs a centerpiece, and interior designer Tim Button recommends that the focal point be the dining room table. He says, “Make the table the center of attention so that your dinner companions are the main focus.” A prominent dining table will invite guests to take their seats and socialize with each other.
While homeowners have limited options with prefabricated or engineered wood tables, the customization opportunities are limitless when they choose a custom hardwood table. Hardwood furniture can be crafted according to the client’s individual tastes and exact specifications, and a custom piece will ensure that the scale and proportion of the design are in perfect harmony. Clients can choose from a wide range of woods, including maple, black walnut, white oak, cherry, or even reclaimed barn wood.
If legacy and craftsmanship are important to the family, they will be delighted by their hardwood dining table. The custom piece will last for generations and transcend the latest styles and trends.
Once the family has selected their heirloom-quality table, they will want to choose accessories, furnishings, and design elements that will complement and not compete with the dining table.
Explore the Design Possibilities
Barbara Eberlein, creative director at Philadelphia-based Eberlein Design, advises homeowners to be creative with their dining room design. “Don’t miss an opportunity to create interesting textures and surfaces in the major horizontal planes: the floor, the table, and the ceiling,” she says. “Because dining rooms usually have more hard surfaces and fewer fabric-covered ones, embellish these planes where one’s gaze naturally travels.”
On the subject of dining table selection, Eberlein adds, “Small round tables are optimal for conversation and flexibility in the number of guests. Long, narrow rectangular tables maximize the number of guests along the perimeter but create a very different conversation pattern. Consider the type of environment you’d like to create.”
Try experimenting with different design elements that will serve as conversation starters. These could include artwork of local scenery, wallpaper with an unusual pattern, or accessories that reflect the family’s heritage or interests. Families should feel free to put their mark on the overall design, creating a setting that uniquely reflects their lifestyle.
The personality of the homeowner can inspire a design. A family that is extroverted and outgoing may be drawn to bright colors and whimsical accessories, while more reserved and laid-back households may prefer muted tones and traditional furnishings. The color palette, artwork, or accessories in a dining area provide both homeowners and guests with an individualized dining experience.
The ideal dining room design will look different to different people, but above all, the dining room design should put the homeowners at ease. If the hosts feel at home, then the guests will too.
For more information about custom hardwood dining tables in Wake Forest, NC, visit the Duvall & Co. website at duvallco.com. Contact the Design Studio by phone at (919) 819-8377 or by email at [email protected]