Need some dining room ideas? This room is all about crowding a group of friends around the table with some delicious food, good wine and plenty of conversation. But creating the right atmosphere with some clever dining room design can help. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on the big decisions like dining room furniture or are in search of smaller dining room decorating ideas (like dining room wallpaper), we have all the inspiring pictures you need to ensure your stylish eaterie is the hot topic at the table.
A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch.
WALLS Paint, from left: ‘Plaster III’ and ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.
FLOOR Paint, ‘Plaster III’, £61 for 2.5 litres water-based eggshell, from Paint & Paper Library.
FURNITURE Seventeenth-century oak cupboard, 210 x 131 x 55.5cm, £12,500, from Hawker Antiques at Jamb. Nineteenth-century American maple chairs, 87 x 45 x 50cm, £1,895 for 6, from Giovanna Ticciati. Oak dining table, ‘Planks’, by Max Lamb, 72 x 250 x 90cm, £2,450, from Benchmark.
ACCESSORIES Thirties unglazed ceramic vases (on cupboard), by Fulham Pottery, 39 x 17cm diameter, £2,500 a pair, from Pruskin Gallery. Stoneware vase, £650, and vessel, £330; both by Iva Polachova, from The New Craftsmen. Seasonal floral arrangements, from £50, from Scarlet & Violet. Banana-fibre pendant light, ‘Anders’, 45 x 70cm diameter, £1,180, from Pinch. Terracotta serving dish with leather handles, by Silvia K, 50cm diameter, £300, from The New Craftsmen.
In the dining room of a Hampshire house designed by Fiona Shelburne, a set of Reed & Rackstraw chairs are covered in a French damask from Alton-Brooke.
‘We wanted to move away from the traditional dining-room look,’ explains Fiona, so here the curtains are in a festive Indian fabric called ‘Rossini’ by Colefax and Fowler, the colours of which are not dissimilar to those of the Italian allegorical paintings at each end of the room. Colchester Lister did all the paintwork in the house, and the walls are a pink-tinged mushroom colour that really glows at night.
‘The owners wanted broad, generous dining chairs, so we went to Reed & Rackstraw, which reproduces chairs from 200 designs going back to Queen Anne, and had the chairs covered in a modern French damask,’ says Fiona.
In the dining room of Ugbrooke Park, much of the eighteenth-century gilding on the cornicing and frieze has been conserved and restored. Inrestoring the eighteenth-century gilding as much as possible, they found a rather harsh aqua colour on the walls. Owner Clarissa reinterpreted it using a discreet Pierre Frey damask. The velvet on the walls makes a striking backdrop for Ugbrooke’s seventeenth-century Dutch paintings and the vases on the mantelpiece are first-edition Royal Worcester porcelain.
One change Robin Muir and Paul Lyon Maris made to their house in the South Downs shortly after moving in was to clad the dining room walls in timber. ‘We had always felt uneasy in the room,’ says Paul. ‘It was fine when it was full of candlelight and people, but cold during the day. So we had a local guy put up some of these vertically staggered floorboards and it transformed the place.’
The black balloon light bulb cages are from Urban Cottage Industries.