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How to make a cosy dining room

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Just imagine—the roast is in the oven, the fire is crackling away and the table is set, ready for dinner. The doorbell rings, and its your friends, smiling faces, all impressed with the smell of your hours of slaving away in the kitchen.

This is more or less an example of the kind of evenings we love to enjoy; dinner with friends is almost a sacred ritual and in addition to good food, we must be able to relax and kick back in the environment we are in. So, today we want to talk to you about the dining room, and how to make it a cosy place for everyone.

Colours & materials

To help in the creation of a cosy dining room, you should use colours with depth, and warm materials or that you give a sense of intimacy. Despite the blue wall, all other elements are warm. The blue however, plays of gently against the other timber objects, making for a perfect contrast. Steering away from traditional kitchen materials, you can truly see the intimacy as mentioned earlier.

Where & how

Canton De Vaud, Switzerland:  Dining room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Canton De Vaud, Switzerland

Ardesia Design

It is important that you study carefully the available space in the dining room: there will be a transition zone, and places that may lack light. Even if you decide to create an open plan living room which combines the dining room, you need to play particular attention to where you place the furniture in order not to cut off or block off any spaces.

Eating & drinking

 Dining room by fotokasten GmbH
fotokasten GmbH


fotokasten GmbH

Obviously a large part of the dining room is made up by the dishes and glasses you have chosen. Normally families own more than one set: one for special occasions and one for everyday. Many do not miss the chance to customise their meals with glasses for every family member. Add a personal touch and some fun to your table with these cute named glasses!

Light & comfort

To add more ambience to the environment, do not forget lighting. For dinner, the right light will illuminate the banquet table and show off all your hard efforts in the kitchen. Remember that eating comfortably is very important. If you have chosen to give the house a minimal or Scandinavian feel, know that you can enrich the seats with cushions that will improve the comfort of chairs and benches.

Mix & match

You can also play with diversity and create a space that is anything but monotonous. Lately, t is very fashionable to put different chairs around the same table. This is a good idea to let your guests express their personalities… let them pick what chair they like best!

If you want to see more fun dining room ideas see ’Dining room ideas and Dining room furniture’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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