We pick four dining rooms with distinct styles to inspire you with ideas for your own
Somehow, all our happy memories involve food. It’s no wonder meal times are counted as the most important part of the day. Especially at dinner, when the entire family gathers around the table to exchange their day’s experiences. Even if you’re staying in another city, meal times provide the ideal pause in a hectic day.
The dining area deserves more love than we show it. Whether you have an entire room dedicated to it or a small area of your living room or even just a table with few chairs around it, we show you how you can enhance the space with a few simple tips and tricks. There are several ways you can play with colour, texture and accessories to give the dining area its own identity. For instance, mixed seating, eye catching centre pieces and unique wall accents can all contribute towards creating a differentiated area.
Browse through our gallery for four distinct ideas for your dining room
If you don’t have a dedicated dining space, carve out one by placing a table against a blank wall. Inject a dose of brightness with a vivid tablecloth. Fun elements such as quirky posters, wood and metal figurines and mini potted plants or succulents can go a long way when it comes to decorating, as seen in Daribha Lyndem and Adhiraj Singh’s rental home.
If you’re one for controlled and restrained décor choices, get inspired by Parul Sheth’s home which reflects a minimal style. A combination of different charcoal greys provides a contrasting backdrop to the white, wooden table and chairs. The look is completed by only two accessories – chunky pendant lights and fresh greens that provide the only burst of colour.
Live it large with a maximal décor scheme. In this style, all the elements need to work in tandem to not overpower each other. For instance, the white washed brick wall balances the architectural ceiling and flooring with bold patterns. Similarly, chairs with a plain upholstery help the two with giant floral patterns standout.
Sometimes, it’s the details that enhance the larger picture. In Preetha and Kartik Iyer’s Bengaluru apartment, the teakwood frame on the ceiling, bright blue dining table and chairs with mismatched upholstery come together to create a modern dining space. Having a simple centrepiece allows the table’s colour to shine in all its glory.
Co-founder of Mumbai based design studio MuseLAB, Jasem Pirani outlines the multiple uses of a dining room in a small apartment
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