The dining room is a central area in your home. It’s where the family comes together at meal times. It’s where we hang out and play games on a Sunday afternoon. The dining room is an integral space for coming together with friends and family. But styling a dining room is more than just a table and some chairs…
Ok yes, some of your dining room styling is all about the dining table. However, you need to choose the right dining table for your space, not just any old dining table. So what do you need to consider as you search for your perfect dining table?
You need roughly 60cm of room around the edge of the table per person, which means that if you have four people in the house, a rectangular dining table that is 120cm long will make sure that you can sit two chairs on either side, allowing all four of you to sit at the table comfortably. You can even fit six if your table is deep enough!
With that in mind, how many people are in your household? Just the two of you so you only need a small table? Think again. What if you have guests over? If you’re absolutely sure that your small household won’t grow and you won’t be hosting guests, then you can be confident in your choice to opt for a smaller table.
On the other hand, if you have a large family and you host a lot, you might be worried that you need a huge table. This isn’t necessarily true. What you want to consider is an extendable dining table. That way it’s just the right size for you and your family, but it’s easy to make room if friends pop around.
So you’ve decided how big your table needs to be but you’re not done yet! That’s right, now comes the big decision of shape. Typically, we think of rectangular dining tables, but more contemporary aesthetics favour softer shapes.
A round or oval dining table can be more versatile than a rectangular one. After all, if you have an odd number of household members, you’d have to just have an extra dining chair hanging around or have a gaping, empty space where a chair is missing if you have a square or rectangular shape, since these kinds of shapes typically boast symmetrical chair arrangements. Round shapes though, they can adapt to your needs without a second thought.
As you choose your dining chairs, what matters the most is that your bum is comfortable. What this means can vary from person to person.
An emerging look is that of dining armchairs. These chairs are perfect if you love to kick back and sink into a comfy seat at dinner time. They’re also great if you have a generous dining space. They’re not so great if your dining room is a touch more compact and you don’t want the entire room taken up by some large chairs that make getting around the table near impossible.
Consider if you want arms, how high you want them, how straight you want the back, how high you want the seat, and anything else that matters to you.
You also need to consider if you want bench seating. Dining benches are a less formal seating option, so they won’t work for all homes and households. They might work for you though, if you have little ones in the house. It can be hard to wrangle younger family members so a casual seat can be just what they need to sit down. Versatile benches also don’t limit you in how many people can sit on them at a time. A bench might seat two adults but three children which is a sense of adaptability that standard chairs won’t offer.
The final essentials in your dining space will be your tableware. (You can always style the space beautifully with flowers and the like, but those are just pretty extras.)
A coordinated dinner set with matching plates, bowls, and mugs will make your styling so much easier. There are a few distinct themes you can try out if you’re new to the dining room styling game there are a few rules you can follow. The most important of these is that you should try to keep colouring to a minimum unless you’re confident in your use of colour. Too much colour will distract from your wonderful meals.