Dining Room Flooring Guide
Consider your lifestyle when choosing dining room flooring. With young children, look for stain resistance and durability. Or choose luxury flooring to create a formal dining space. Here you’ll find great style tips on finding the perfect dining room designs.
Dining Room Flooring Guide
Dining Room Flooring Guide
Style tips for your dining room designs
Whether you are the king or queen of fancy dinner parties, or have a close-knit family eager to make the most of meal times, dining rooms are a pretty simple living space where you can really go to town on designs in order to make the most of what you've got. A good design can turn a simple dinner with friends into a sophisticated dinner party, or turn a spill-over room for kids' toys into a useful family space.
We've collected a few basic tips for you to bear in mind when you're making your dining design decisions. Don't forget that, as always, picking styles and designs are about your tastes and your needs. No one style tip is going to be definitive, but hopefully our simple advice will help you have a few extra ideas to help you to create the living space that you really want.
What do you use your dining room for?
Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes. Our modern lifestyles have completely changed the shapes and uses for dining areas: We all too regularly find ourselves eating on the sofa in front of the TV and, in some cases, dining rooms have become almost obsolete, turned into study spaces, storage rooms or, worse, nothing at all.
While you might not have a dedicated room for a dining room table, it doesn't mean there isn't a corner of your house or flat with the possibility of setting aside space for eating. Even if your "dining room" is just in a nook of your kitchen, you can still have a think about design in order to make the most of the space you have.
Our design tips can apply to separate rooms for formal dinner occasions, open plan living spaces incorporating multiple purposes, or even the corner of your kitchen; wherever you've managed to squeeze in a table.
Before you start picking colour schemes, flooring or furniture, you'll need to have a think about how you actually use your space.
Make the most out of your space with a good colour scheme
As with most rooms in your house, the choice of colour scheme is going to be contingent on the size of the space you have and the amount of light that gets in. The usual tips apply - smaller rooms benefit from lighter colours, larger rooms can feel more cosy with darker, richer colours. Badly lit rooms can feel dingy with dark colours, but then again, the right sort of lighting can get around that completely. Keep in mind the size, temperature and lightness of your room when picking your colours and you can't go far wrong.
There are a few colour tips that are particularly useful for dining rooms schemes. For one, a dining room is going to be a space that you specifically share with others, whether this is just your family, or whether you have guests over a lot to eat, the same rules apply: The main thing to bear in mind is that your tastes aren't necessarily going to be appreciated by all. That's why in a room like a dining room, it's a good idea to keep your colours fairly neutral. You would probably be quite surprised if you went to a dinner party in a shocking pink room! That's not to say that you can't go for bold colours though: Warm colours, like reds and yellows, are known to be good for the appetite, you just wouldn't want to overpower your guests!
Taking ideas from your favourite restaurants is a good idea too. A lot of modern restaurants will go for very simple colour schemes, so things don't feel too busy. Floors will often be darker in colour, walls and ceilings often lighter. Next time you're in a restaurant make a few mental notes about the space around you and have a think about the effect it gives to the room and maybe even your appetite!
Transform a room with your choice of lighting
The lighting in a dining room is very much down to where in the house it is. If you've had to squeeze your dining space into a kitchen or lounge you might not have many choices when it comes to lighting. You get lots of lovely natural light in a conservatory, but barely any at all squeezed into a small back room.
Regardless of where it is though, different occasions call for different lighting in a dining room. That's why a great tip for any room that you dine in is to get a dimmer switch for your light – this will give you the versatility to cater for all types of occasion.
If you are designing your room from scratch, you might have a chance to think about the positioning of your lights too. A good choice is to have your lighting right above the dining room table. Having a stylish lampshade hanging low over the table can be a classy way to draw the eye into the centre and your guests will certainly appreciate the style of good lighting like this, conjuring up images of trendy early-20th century restaurants. It can also be elegant to use dim feature-lighting around the walls; this is the sort of thing you'll see in restaurants a lot too.
Candles are also a stylish touch dining rooms (another another reason why it's handy to have a dimmer switch). While candles often don't provide enough light to illuminate the whole room well enough, they have the same effect to draw the attention into the table where the dinner itself is happening.
Nothing beats a bit of personality
Like all of the other rooms in your house, your dining room is yours to design. Ultimately you are the one who has to live with it and you should never let style guides like this stop you from making a space you really love.
Your personality can come out in the colour scheme, the layout, the furniture or just the choice of decorations in the room. In fact, as the dining room is almost a single function space, it's a great place to go crazy with the accessories. Pictures on walls look great in a dining room; they can complement a design or act as focal points. Similarly, pots, plates, glass cabinets or decorative furniture can really bring out the character of a room. This is especially important in a dining room where people need to feel relaxed as they eat; personality is what will make the design of your dining room really stand out.
One of the most important feature of a dining room is flooring: Make sure you check out our dining room flooring guide before making any of your big design decisions.
Style tips for your dining room designs - Darren Palmer