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Dining rooms with a difference

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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In theory, the dining room should be one of the easiest rooms to decorate. Realistically, at a minimum, the only items required to furnish this room are a table and chairs. The issue faced in recent years is that home owners are choosing to leave dining rooms out of their plans, instead sacrificing the space for bigger kitchens, bedrooms or living rooms. You cannot deny, however, that the table is the one object in the home that brings people together. It is used for a huge range of different emotions and situations, ranging from lamentation (funeral wakes and solemn discussions) to celebration (birthdays and parties). 

The history of the table dates back to the age of the Egyptians, where it was first used to showcase items of importance and value. Then, through Medieval times, the humble table turned into a vital centre piece of celebration and feasts. Historically furnished with a single chair with arms at either end and armless chairs to the side, the dining room table has progressed alongside trends and modern interpretations—quite possibly more so than any other piece of furniture. Today, instead of looking at the regular stock standard examples, we're going to take you on a tour of six elegant and unique types of dining rooms.

Sheer elegance

London NW8:  Dining room by kt-id

London NW8


A romantic setting for you and your partner, a group of guests, or even for one. No matter what the occasion is, a subtly lit environment with a warm ambience will always be a pleasure to dine and entertain in. In this example, opulent fabrics and plush accessories are used in conjunction to create a lavish and somewhat regal dining experience. The bronze vase on the table is balanced out perfectly by the hanging lamps; the two are almost inverted versions of one another.

Chocolate hues

Chocolate tones are very much in fashion again, and we are glad to see this resurgence. A long table is always a beautiful addition to a big room as it draws the eye outwards, making the room appear more spacious. In addition to this, chocolate brown is a colour which complements white, marble and floor boards wonderfully. In fact, it really brings out the best features of these materials. We love how this light filled room has been fitted out with elegant yet strikingly modern pieces of furniture and accessories. 


Modern Caribbean Villa:  Dining room by Wilkinson Beven Design
Wilkinson Beven Design

Modern Caribbean Villa

Wilkinson Beven Design

For some reason, home owners and decorators tend to stay away from cylindrical or rounded surfaces in favour of rectilinear forms. This is a sad notion, as round tables make it easier to communicate with other guests and eliminate any hierarchy. Made popular by the legend of King Arthur and his Knights, the round table tells us that no single person is more important than the other, and all should be valued equally. Aside from this sentiment, a round table becomes the feature element of a room, as it is generally placed in the centre. We love how this example blends in perfectly with the other square forms in the room to serve as an elegant place to share memories and moments with friends and family. 

Modern yet contemporary

Wicker chairs are usually associated with the outdoors, so it is nice to see the designers of this room trying something a little bit different. The wooden back of the chairs and the pale wicker material work perfectly with the colour scheme of the room, blending in wonderfully with the richly stained wooden floorboards and stark white walls. The shape is also unique—a rectangle with a lot of width to ensure that each person has plenty of elbow room and space to enjoy the meal that is about to be served! 

Earthy tones

Unlike in the other images, which show that the dining room is ordinarily cornered or partitioned off from the other rooms, this dining area is located in close proximity to the kitchen.This particular example shows us how formal and casual living can be merged successfully together. The table and chairs are a thing of beauty themselves, however, it is impossible to cast your eyes away from the contemporary set of hanging lights and beautiful full-length wall painting to the right. This example uses rich tones of brown and terracotta to create a space that is warm, earthy and peaceful. 

Eclectic charm

Often times, the dining room table becomes the feature element of the entire room. Nowadays, we are seeing tables that use single pieces of timber or drift wood to create these stunning examples of craftsmanship. Given that this unique table should be celebrated in its own right, it is only fitting that the chairs complement, but do not overtake. Blending in more so with the white walls, the table is able to stand out and amaze guests. No doubt, they will be running their hands along the bends, grooves and grain provided by such a individual piece fashioned by mother nature herself. 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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