The dining room is at risk of becoming extinct in 21st century Britain. With so many of us taking to living life in the fast lane, it’s no surprise that we’re forgoing sitting down at the end of the day and really taking the time to enjoy our evening meal. Our dining rooms are becoming glorified box rooms with only a quick spruce at Christmas to look forward to, but it doesn’t have to be this way!
Whether you’re adding on an extension or you want to make the most out of an existing room, the dining room is an integral part of the home that deserves the care and attention given to every other hub of the house. When you put the time into creating a beautiful, relaxing space, you have the perfect place to slow down every now and then and enjoy great food in great company. So, how do you reclaim your dining room from the clutter and transform it into a sanctuary for fine dining?
First thing’s first, you have to roll up your sleeves and do some sorting. If your dining room door is closed for most of the year, it can come as some surprise when you finally see just how much clutter has accumulated. The first stages of transforming your dining space is the process of removing anything that doesn’t go hand in hand with enjoying a great meal, so if your space is filled with computers and exercise bikes, it’s time to find them a new home.
This is the perfect time to remove any items from your home that you simply don’t need, so make three piles when you’re organising, one for items you need in the dining room, one for items you intend to keep but want to store somewhere else, and one for things you can sell, throw or give away. This will set the foundation for the next stage of your dining room redesign…
The buzz word of modern interior design is minimalist and the key to achieving it is through clever and stylish storage. Now you know what you’re going to store, you have an idea of the kind of storage solutions you need. If you live a streamlined lifestyle with little clutter then you can get away with less, but if your dining room doubles as an office, there are bound to be items you want hidden when it comes to entertaining.
Built in storage is perfect for hiding a lot of items behind closed doors. You can fit them with any number of shelves and draws so you can keep your items well organised but out of sight. If you have fine china or are a fan of ornaments then a dresser allows you to display some of your more prized possessions while keeping other items hidden in cabinets underneath.
You’ve done it; you’ve cleared your space! Now the real fun can begin as it’s time to think about your dining room décor. It’s all a matter of personal taste and inspiration; you can go ornate with French inspired furnishings, cosy and traditional with natural woods, leathers and soft textures or chic and contemporary with bold colours, chromes and sleek designs.
With so many directions you can take, it’s a good idea to streamline your options by thinking about what your room is going to be used for most. If your New Year’s resolution is to dedicate more time to entertaining then your space should be more stylised and polished, but if it’s for everyday meals and the odd bit of work, you might want to tailor your style choices to be more comfortable, practical and easy to maintain.
The Finishing Touches
Once you’ve invested in creative storage and a fabulous table and chairs set, it’s time to accessorise. Place settings, a centrepiece, china, linen and lighting are what tie your room’s look together so don’t overlook them.
Make 2014 the year you cut out the clutter in your life and enhance your space the right way. Redesign your dining area and start making mealtime a priority with the help of fabulous home furnishings.
Resource: Furniture 4 Your Home