Your dining room is that special space where you break bread with friends and loved ones. Of course, it must provide functionality and comfort, but it’s just as important that is presents a welcoming appearance and a personal touch. Dining rooms come in all shapes, sizes, and decors, but the most important feature is the one that represents your family’s personality. Here are a few of the most popular designs to successfully combine those qualities:
Contemporary Dining Rooms: Modern dining rooms of the 21st century have many common elements: A rectangular table that’s typically dark in complexion with perhaps unusually-shaped, neutral colored chairs. This isn’t your grandmother’s dining room! The dining table often seats 6 or more people and is typically arranged near large windows or adjacent to a wall adorned with striking or colorful modern art. Custom Shutters are well suited for the windows in Contemporary dining areas.
Simple Dining Rooms: Often bathed in browns and golds, the simple approach may vary in shape, such as squares, circles, and small rectangles tables. 4 to 6 traditionally designed chairs are arranged around the tables, and set near large windows and/or walls with complimentary artwork.
Country Dining Rooms: Unlike their Simple and Contemporary cousins, Country dining rooms are less about tables and more about the surrounding decor. Tables and matching chairs of all shapes and sizes can fit this theme, but the more traditional and rustic the better! Surrounding decor will vary, but often includes China cabinets, paintings, and a more ostentatious design scheme than the others. Nearby windows tend to be an important part of the motif, adorned with colorfully solid or patterned curtains, to complete the room.
Eclectic Dining Rooms: An Eclectic dining room may look like madness on the surface, but rest assured, there is a method to the madness! Here, chairs may not match (in color or design), and the colors and shades that can be used are limitless. If done properly, this dining room will never seem cluttered and no color or object will ever feel out of place. To lend some continuity to the overall presentation, the dining tables and chairs are typically arranged near windows and various works of art.
Round Table Dining Rooms: Often centered and symmetrical, the round table can seat anywhere from 4 to 10+ people depending on the diameter of the table. One advantage is that you can have an odd number of chairs without ever looking “lopsided,” and best of all, you can combine elements from any of the other dining room styles to make the round centerpiece flourish!
As most of these designs rely on the placement and size of nearby windows, it’s important to control the amount of light that will illuminate your dining area — too much can be unpleasant and too little can ruin the natural ambiance that sunlight or moonlight can create. Larger windows work best with Plantation Shutters, which eliminate these concerns, and add a sleek aesthetic element to an already visually pleasing room. Contact Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation.