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Inspiring dining room designs

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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It appears that for a very long time, humans have had a long history of rituals and traditions associated with meal times.  Dining rooms began during the middle ages in the form of the great hall, where many members of the feudal kingdom would gather to eat.  In those days, the dining room was a loud, smoky hall filled with many, many people. Over times, as the family became a more important focus, dining rooms began to be private areas in the home, places to gather with family and friends. Over the years, fashion, table manners and furniture design have continued to evolve, often in different directions simultaneously , so that the contemporary dining room can take any of a number of looks. Today on homify, we look at some of these designs from our UK experts! If you need need some inspiration for your own dining room, look no further! 

A formal affair

Stephanie Coutas's projects:  Dining room by Stephanie Coutas
Stephanie Coutas

Stephanie Coutas's projects

Stephanie Coutas

Our first dining room borrows its style from a slightly earlier era when dining was very formal. Here, the gold moulding, impressive chandelier and richly upholstered seats, complete with armrests, combine to create and eating space that is truly luxurious. The designer has wisely chosen to forego the dark wood and deep colours that we usually associate with formal dining interiors, choosing instead to work with a palate of creamy whites and pinks. The result is a room that is formal but inviting, a dining room that ensures each meal will be a true event. 

Pink and purple

This dining room also embraces a pink colour scheme, this time adding a brilliant feature wall for a dining room that shines. The metallic tones of the wall reflect those of the three hanging lights and help to balance the darker purples of the drapes. This room is a good example of how you do not always need to have the most elaborate dining table to create a special dining room. With the right decor, a simple table and chairs will do. We love how the home owner has extended the colours of the room to the table setting to create an overall uniform look.

Dining in the kitchen

Headlands Cottage - Interior:  Kitchen by Barc Architects
Barc Architects

Headlands Cottage—Interior

Barc Architects

For a more relaxed look, you can also incorporate the dining room directly into the kitchen. This way, when guests are over, you are able to finish off the last few touches of the meal while everyone sits comfortably with a glass of wine. It also makes serving much easier, as your don't have to carry heavy dishes to another part of the house and the forgotten salt is only steps away!

Lovely lighting

If you are lucky enough to have a space this expansive for your dining room, you will need some accessories that the make the dining area really stand out in its large area. One way to do this is with lighting. These gorgeous hanging lights, installed at different heights, give off the impression almost of celestial bodies suspended above the table.  

Restaurant dining

The Ship Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex:  Hotels by The Silkroad Interior Design
The Silkroad Interior Design

The Ship Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

The Silkroad Interior Design

Although times have certainly changed since the days of shared medieval dining halls, we do often still eat in public dining areas: restaurants! This beautiful dining room is part of a hotel dining area. The stylish décor, however, would also look great in a home dining room. We love the mix of golden wood tones on the chairs, table and mirror with the lush green of the plant life. This is certainly somewhere we would love to eat!

A small area

If you live in an apartment or small house, or simply do not have a room that can be devoted entirely to dining, don't worry! As this photo shows, you can easily fit a stylish dining space into a small area. Here, the dining table has been placed behind the couch, where its dark wood contrasts with the light upholstery of the living areas. When working with an open plan like this, it can be useful to divide your colours, creating the illusion of seperate rooms. 

A stunning view

Riverside Villa:  Houses by GHK Architects
GHK Architects

Riverside Villa

GHK Architects

Since the dining room is one of the most important and frequently used areas of the home, why not place it somewhere with a great view?  This home has taken advantage of the stunning garden behind, and positioned the dining table looking out of the yard. What a wonderful place to eat breakfast!

What do you think of these dining rooms? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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