Decorating a Dining Room


For this dining room scheme I've used a neutral palette with a little bit of rich red. Red is a lovely colour to use in the dining room because it stimulates the appetite. Rather than have a lot of red I've decided to use it as a an accent.

Starting with the wood floor, I've chosen a white-oiled oak with a very wide plank which produces a very elegant effect. It's very practical to have a wood or stone floor in the dining room because it's very easy to clean up spills. This is why I tend to avoid putting rugs under dining tables if I can put a nice floor underneath instead.

I've sourced an interesting wallpaper because a dining room is a really good room to use wallpaper, especially a textural type of wallpaper. It's very hardwearing and has a reflective quality which looks very attractive with low level lighting or candlelight.

So with this wallpaper I would choose a light, warm colour for the wall trim to tone in with the tones of the floor, kind of warm beige and gray tones.

For the curtains I've chosen a contemporary damask pattern. This is a lovely silk material that adds interest. Often, dining room windows are large so I like installing curtains down to the floor on them. As this is a silk be very careful to line it, silk will deteriorate if exposed to the sun over a long period. Using a lining will ensure they last a very long time. I also like to interline curtains in living rooms and dining rooms. That gives a bit more thickness and makes the curtains look very elegant.

I would possibly add a sheer in a light ivory colour which goes with everything on the walls and woodwork. I'd use a very elegant kind of sheer made from polyester which puts another layer between your silk curtains and the heat of the sun. It would huddle very nicely under the curtains adding another touch of elegance. To add an accent I would use a beautiful tieback which introduces the warm red colour I mentioned before.

For the dining chairs I've chosen a very sturdy fabric that has the same cold quality as the wallpaper, making it slightly reflective under light, a quality given by the silver thread running through it. To add interest to the dining chairs I would use a warm red velvet to pipe the edges of the chairs. This tones in with the tieback and pulls it all together, a finishing touch.

You don't always have to buy commercially produced trimmings. Rather take contrasting pieces of material or ribbon and use them as trims instead.

This is the way I approach dining room design. I like to bring in a bit of a reflective quality if I can because often the lighting is lower in the evening.

I also like to add some glamour and drama on dining room curtains by using patterned fabric. And finally, I like accent colours so I've brought in the deep red, an excellent colour for dining rooms, on beautiful tiebacks and on the edge of the dining chairs.

The result is an attractive dining room in a classic contemporary interior design style with the warm reds that stimulate the appetite.

You might consider picking up these tones in your living room so you have a continuity going through to the dining room.