Make the most of your dining room

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12 August 2016 | Interiors

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.

This 6ft by 3ft design from Oak Furniture Land is stylish, durable and big enough for the whole family, or try a round table such as this design from Furniture Village.

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.

For something a bit more decadent, try Next's Winchester buttoned design - you can personalise your choice of fabric and legs online - or this studded design from Very.

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.

John Lewis stocks a good range of place mats for both everyday and occassional use - follow their excellent guide to make sure you have everything you need to set the table

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.


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