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


  • 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!

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Canadian Home Trends' National Design Editor, Glen Peloso forged into the world of design 20 years ago after completing his Masters degree in Fine Art. As Principal of Grafus Design Co., he has worked in residential, hospitality and commercial spaces for clients in several countries and has successfully designed over 300 projects in that time. TV Celebrity Designer and Canadian Home Trends National Design Contributor, Glen is also recognized as a design expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and from his past work as a host/designer of the internationally popular television shows Foodnetwork/HGTV`s Restaurant Makeover, and W networks ‘Take this House and Sell it’, and “Slice Network” show, Renovate my Wardrobe.

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