A space for entertaining and for family gatherings, the dining room is a focal point of any home.
Here's our advice for choosing furniture, decor and accessories to make the very most of yours.
1. Choose a durable table
Your dining table will have to withstand daily use by the whole family, so choose a table which will last.
Different materials can be used to suit the décor of the room and your tastes - classic wooden tables are available in a range of finishes, while a glass or metal table will suit a modern scheme.
If you like the idea of trying a glass table, this black glass table from Harveys will add a touch of class to your scheme.
2. Sit down on quality
A dinner table is only as good as the chairs which go with it.
For a simple but elegant option, try the Aston cream dining chair from DFS.
3. Get set to be the host with the most
Set your table by choosing a colour palette for your place mats, napkins and crockery.
Nude shades will look great against a dark wood table, or try a monochrome scheme for a touch of drama.
4. The centre of attention
Centrepieces are easy and affordable to assemble, and can be a real star of the show.
Tapered white candles in an elegant candleholder is a timeless look, or create your own candle centrepiece in a jar by taking inspiration from this pin on Pinterest.
Alternatively, a bunch of fresh flowers is a classic centrepiece - just make sure they are trimmed short and displayed in a short vase so that they don't impede conversation with your guests.
5. In the frame
Adorn the walls of your dining room with framed photographs or a statement mirror.
Choose a statement canvas or frame, or add a personal touch to your dining room by having a favourite family photograph printed onto canvas (use an online service such as Snapfish).
To make the room feel as spacious as possible, add a print on one wall and a mirror on another.