Summer is closing and the outdoor meals are less comfortable. Its time to look at the dining room again:
- Inviting – you want your guests to want to stay
- Dark colours are good — or dramatic wall paper in deep colours
- Space is meant to be romantic – rarely do we have “over lighted times” in the dining room
- The dark colours help to create an intimate and safe feeling – Like a hug!
- Bright colours say – Wake up – get out of the house –Great for a “breakfast nook’
- A very important aspect
- Ideal to have a drop pendant over the table that suits the furniture
- Chandelier if formal, drum shade if casual
- Surround the table with pot lights so that everything in the room is safe in terms of bathroom visits and service
- EVERYTHING ON A DIMMER
- These are very important – most important that they are comfortable
- People will sit for a long time if they are going to enjoy your company – the food isn’t the entire focus of a dinner party – it’s to visit
- Hard wood chairs are great for casual short meals – but good for a proctologist not for a dinner
- Bad chairs are right up there with turning the television on!
- Flexible in size
- If you have a table for 12 but only 4 to dinner – you don’t want to have them yell to get the pepper shaker
- Obviously if the table doesn’t expand, 4 can never be 6 or 8!
- Modern tables in glass are also expandable and great for smaller spaces as they don’t take up aesthetic space
- Traditional tables usually have leaves!
- Rectangles, or ovals are great in most rooms
- Squares and rounds are great to see but need to have a room that is suitable in size
- They should be 24 inches larger than your table to allow the chairs to sit fully on the carpet
- The half on half off is irritating as your chair wiggles or you lean back – the wine may assist!
Enjoy the meal!