Today I’m going to address a room that most people just give a simple design aesthetic; the dining room. Firstly, and like I always advise, you want to ask yourself what is the intent for your room. Secondly, what layout and budget do you have to work with?
The first question seems pretty straightforward, but dig deeper and you’ll find it is a valid question. Do you only use the separate dining room for big holiday dinners? Do you entertain often? Is it for cozy, romantic nights in? Do you have three kids and dog looking for a piece of bread? Are you formal, casual, or want a room that can be both?
Another interesting thing to think about it in a self contained, separate dining room, you could try a color scheme you wouldn’t want to do in a large space. Color is an interesting thing to mention in regards to a room meant for eating; have you ever wondered why so many restaurants have red hues? High-end, or casual dining, red is very common. It’s because color effects mood. Many studies agree that red can increase hunger, and heighten emotions, etc. Orange is also considered a warm color that puts people in good moods. No wonder I liked Autumn when mom would pull out the harvest colors for the table.
Other choices that are believed to have effects on the mood that might work in a dining room, are whites. They make people think of calming, sterile environments. If you have quite dinners this might be a color choice for you. Want to calm down crazy kids? Blues are said to be relaxing colors. Brown tones make people feel at home. A fun page to check out is Color Psychology or use your favorite search engine to check out “hunger and color” or “color and moods” you might find it interesting.
My dining room redo is going to be festive with reds, browns, and hints of white. Hungry, homey, and clean and soothing. Why not! I’m keeping the neutral walls, a pale khaki color, but adding pops of color with rugs, wall art, & going with a decidedly retro feel.
I like dark wood personally, always have for dining. It seems classy, sturdy and homey. Whatever color you like, make sure the table is the proper dimensions for the space. Guest should have enough room to move their chairs out with ease. Try to leave a mostly three foot circumference if you can around the table.
This table works for my needs, solid wood, in my budget, matching chairs are available for 72.98 that are solid wood as well. I want a classy retro feel and I’ve got a rug that will give me just that. Black and red and amazing, it’s from the Candice Olsen line! Available in several sizes, this rug can me used in both masculine and feminine settings. It can blend into older looks, or tie in with dark modern wood tones. It’s perfect for the room.
I found some great accessories for my retro vibe at a local discount store, a martini set with red tones, a great old-timey clock. I’d love to have a server, but my room simply doesn’t have the space. If you do, check out the options that are varied in style and price points by clicking on the link above. Since I don’t we’re moving to the walls, a wall hutch meant for an office will be my martini center flanked by great art work and will be my replacement.
Art is an affordable way to add color, themes, and moods. For my retro martini vibe I’m doing reprints of mid 1900’s works that will work with the rug and dark woods I have. What ever color, or size room you have to work with you will find wall art here that will give your room that extra something.
I love these retro pieces, but you can find art in groups such as wine, coffee, New York City; the list goes on and on. How cool would some black and whites of the NYC be against a sleek white room?
Remember the dining room is a place for sharing, and enjoying the company of loved ones. Shouldn’t it get as much thought in its design as the living room or guest room? ‘Til next blog, happy dining!