5 Top Design Tips for Dining Rooms

Shuahra Rahman

by Shuahra Rahman

30/03/2023, in Design Hints and Tips | Sutton & Kingston Blog

As an architect, designing a dining room can be both exciting and challenging. A dining room is not just a space for eating, it is also a place for socializing, entertaining, and creating memories with family and friends.

Here are my 5 top dining room tips and ideas that provide inspiration for my clients:

1 Define the purpose of the room
The first step in designing a dining room is to define its purpose. Is it a formal dining room for special occasions, or an informal space for everyday meals? Will it be used for entertaining guests or as a family gathering place? Once the purpose is defined, it is easier to choose the right furniture, lighting, and decor to create the desired atmosphere.

2 Consider the size and shape of the room
The size and shape of the dining room will determine the type and size of furniture that can be used. A large rectangular table may be suitable for a spacious room, while a round table may be better for a smaller, more intimate space. The shape of the room can also be emphasised by choosing furniture and decor that complements its lines and angles.

3 Choose the right lighting
Lighting is an essential aspect of any dining room design. It sets the mood and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. A chandelier or pendant light can be a focal point in the room, while recessed lighting can provide ambient lighting. Consider using dimmer switches to adjust the lighting according to the occasion.

4 Add texture and colour
Texture and colour can add interest and depth to a dining room. Consider using a mix of materials such as wood, metal, and glass to create a layered look. Adding a rug, curtains, or artwork can also bring colour and texture to the room. Be sure to choose colours that complement the furniture and decor, as well as the overall style of the home.

5 Create a focal point
Creating a focal point in the dining room can add drama and interest to the space. Consider adding an architectural feature such as a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, or a window seat to create a cosy and inviting space. A statement piece of artwork, a decorative mirror, or a unique light fixture can all be used as focal points.

In conclusion, designing a dining room requires careful consideration of the room’s purpose, size, shape, lighting, texture, and colour. With these tips and ideas, I hope you are inspired to dream up a dining room that is both functional and beautiful, one that reflects your unique style and personality when your family and friends gather together to enjoy a meal!

In case you’re considering remodelling or expanding your home to include the dining area of your dreams, feel free to get in touch with me for a complimentary online initial consultation. Book a consultation.