The dining room is traditionally a place for conventions. We all know the rules of etiquette that govern our behaviour and table manners. Thus, the space of the dining room is very codified, from the position of the chairs around the table to the location of the buffet or sideboard. The culinary tradition has designed an immutable structure to accommodate the complex choreography that are our meals.
But in our contemporary era, where new celebrity chefs have traded their hat for a cap and a rock star attitude, we are forced to admit that all these rules of etiquette are a bit old-fashioned. Who wants to keep their back straight, hands on knees at a relaxed dinner with friends? The global trend is moving closer to a simple and uninhibited kitchen suggesting more casual behaviour at the table. And as our spaces are molded in our daily actions, so it is the same for modern dining rooms. Inspired by this new culinary philosophy, we want to present examples of attractive dining rooms that challenge and question our ways of eating. Some are more obvious, others more balanced, and we hope you will find a few good tips to make your next meal more comfortable and relaxed.
A simple but effective way to change the experience of having your friends over for dinner is to exchange the classic chairs around your dining table for a bench. This seemingly more humble alternative has distinct advantages. It will have an immediate impact on both your posture, which will certainly be more relaxed, and on your relationship to the other guests. The single seat in effect creates a strong sense of community that invites dialogue and sharing. In this example from the Roomservice Design Gallery, the rustic and raw look of the furniture and interior help to create a relaxed atmosphere while retaining a cosy charm.
Now that we have touched on the subject of furniture for our eating spaces, why not mention those things that influence the atmosphere of the dining room? The lamp hanging over the dining table has a determining impact on the atmosphere of a dinner. It adds a touch of personality and welcomes guests in its warm and pleasant halo. Also, to rejuvenate your dining room, set aside the crystal chandeliers and other extravagant creations that accumulate dust and require hours of maintenance and cleaning! Instead, try a simpler and more relaxed lighting, like these beautiful bulbs that simply hang over the table. This light fixture was designed by Italian Marco Stacchini and his team at msx2 Architettura. It demonstrates that simple solutions often provide a better outcome for contemporary décor. And, do not forget that the focus should be on what is on the table, and not what floats above!
To complete this list, we found this great example from interior designers Armory Brown LTD, which combines a variety of ideas presented in this article into a harmonious and consistent blend. While this is not as obvious as other projects, this room demonstrates a young and contemporary character. The juxtaposition of the kitchen and the dining room is handled gently
Ultimately, we can see how the contemporary trend is to open up and simplify the space of the dining room. A bit like a simple palate cleanser after a series of complex and convoluted course, this looks gives us a sense of pleasant freshness that makes us want to try it.