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How to decorate your dining room table

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The table is of course, the most important piece in the dining room. It is the central focus, and the one element that single handedly brings us all together. Whether or not it is located in a room on its own, or within a kitchen and living area, the way we choose to decorate our dining room table gives our guests many clues about who we are and our tastes. Some of us prefer a minimalist approach to a table setting, letting the wood grain or surface speak for itself. Others love the classic approach, dressing it up by adorning it with fresh fruit or flowers.

If you are protective of your dining room table, and worry it will scratch easily with everyday use, you can of course, use a table cloth or table settings to cover it. This acts as a protective layer, ensuring that your knifes, forks and plates wont damage the surface. This is particularly useful for casual dining room tables that sometimes double up as a midweek study or desk. Therefore, today on homify, we are going to show you some innovative ways to decorate your dining room table, using simple tricks and solutions to either dress up or dress down your eating space. 

Fresh ambience

In this image, you can see how a table cloth and freshly picked bunch of flowers, adds to the charming elegance of this beautiful space. With an already relaxed and classic ambience, these simple, yet delicate details boost the appeal of the dining room. There is something formal, yet timeless about this look. A white table cloth is forever synonymous with formal dining and expensive restaurants, so if you are looking to make your guests feel special and exclusive, this is a great and cost-effective way to start.

Racy red

What a fabulous and clever way to brighten up a table setting! Scientists and psychologists alike have tested the theory that red increases the human appetite. Therefore, interior designers and architects recommend that the kitchen or dining area is the best area to add either a subtle, or bold pop of red. As you can see here, the striped three-piece set, is complemented nicely by an alternating set of red and black napkins. Having a somewhat Casino Royale theme, your guests will feel both welcomed and excited as they pull up a chair for dinner!

Light up your life

So, what happens when there are no guests around? Do you continue to dress up your dining room table even when it is not in use? We love this idea as it means your table becomes yet another surface to add personality and decorations! This stunning candelabra will be a talking point during and after the meal. Set the mood for a mysterious candle lit dinner, or show off your modern design flair. Whatever your motive, this candle holder, with its interwoven base, will be the focal point of your dining room table every day of the week. 

Bowled over

 Dining room by Amaris Elements
Amaris Elements

Schale Kupfer

Amaris Elements

You cannot deny that there is something special about a bowl of fresh fruit on a table. If we look back through art history, Ancient Romans, Greeks and fictional deities alike, were very often pictured with a bowl of freshly picked fruit in their vicinity. Ok so, there may not be a cherub or exotic beauty hand feeding you, but the image of a bowl overflowing with fruit, is reminiscent of the harvest season. Once upon a time, when we had no means or use for purely decorative objects in our homes, we made up for this with the decorations that Mother Nature provided us—ruby red plums, crisp green apples and juicy purple grapes. This two-tone bowl is a great modern alternative to the original fruit bowl. Depending on your lifestyle, you can add faux or real produce to create whichever colours, theme or effect you like. 

Vintage finds

Dining - Cutlery:  Dining room by Lavish Shoestring
Lavish Shoestring


Lavish Shoestring

We've all been there; a weekend flea market has concluded with the purchase of a collection of mismatched, but unique specimens of cutlery. Whilst these pieces are of an undeniable quality, it is often difficult to come up with a way to use them. Far too beautiful to be stored, and far too precious for everyday use, we need to think of the perfect medium for these pieces. The answer to this dilemma, would be of course to use them during special occasions only. You can set the table in such a way that your eclectic finds take their place, and are an interesting and exciting feature for your guests. 

What is your go-to way to decorate a dining room table? We're keen to find out - let us know below! 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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