Friday, February 17, 2012

Dine design ...

I am a dining room devotee! Hosts and hostesses take note: every time I see a warm, cozy space for dining, I crave an invitation to dinner.

Image by Elad Gonen and Zeev Beech.

There are few things on my 'favorites' list that give me as much pleasure as dining with family and friends. To share a meal in an intimate space with interesting conversation and comfortable surroundings is a delightful way to spend an evening.


Images above via Isabella and Max (left) and Roche Bobois (right).

Of course, great design elements add personality and charm to any room. And, in a dining area they can be conversation starters, too. We have photos from some of our travels in our dining room. They never fail to initiate guest comments about their favorite vacations. So, everyone is sharing warm memories and interesting experiences. Perfect dinner conversation!

Image via Get Green Home.

I think that the most important aspect of dining room decor may just be lighting. Nothing says elegance like a chandelier in the dining room. It should complement the aesthetic of the design, and today's lighting offerings run the gamut from traditional to modern.

Images above via Gaita Interiors (left) and Journal de la Maison (right).

I use our dimmer switch to set the mood at every gathering. But, other lighting sources like sconces and buffet lamps can create atmosphere as well. Pros say that dining rooms should be light and airy and make the most of natural light during the day, but evening is a different story.

Image via HGTV.

Just remember that in the evening, it's important to try to create a warm, mellow ambiance, so avoid harsh lighting from above. Add candles to the table to provide the most flattering light on guests.

Image via Desire to Inspire.

You must know I am a plate fiend, so tabletop decorating and place settings are art to me. But, artwork on the walls is also a great way to enhance a dining room, as is the placement of family heirlooms and antiques in the space.

Image of a Fredericksburg, Texas dining space via Country Living.

I really find the combo of mix-matched chairs and banquettes also an inviting and cozy addition. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your dining room, so much the better. I'd be jealous, actually!

Image via Elle Decor.

I am so smitten with dining spaces that can be multi-purposed when the room is not being used for entertaining. Dining rooms offer a perfect venue for much-needed library space and double as a great gallery for collections.

Now, I'll work on a little dust removal in my dining room before extending dinner invitations. We haven't used our dining room since New Year's eve! So much for a multi-purpose space.

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