Long lunches and din­ners spent around the din­ing ta­ble are the stuff happy mem­o­ries are made of.

Homes+ (Australia) - - INSPIRING CHOICES - Sarah Pick­ette Fea­tures Editor, Aus­tralian House & Gar­den

Whether you have a whole room you can ded­i­cate to din­ing or an area sec­tioned within an open-plan lay­out, the role of this space is the same: it should be prac­ti­cal enough to be used for ev­ery­day meals yet ver­sa­tile enough to be dressed up for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Meals in­evitably mean spills, espe­cially if chil­dren are at the ta­ble. So it makes sense to have ro­bust, stain-proof floor­ing in your din­ing area. Tim­ber floor­ing is an ex­cel­lent choice for this rea­son. If your bud­get won’t stretch to solid tim­ber, take a look at the en­gi­neered tim­bers on the mar­ket to­day. They’re of an out­stand­ing qual­ity and you can rest as­sured they will never go out of style. Lam­i­nates and lux­ury vinyls are an­other great op­tion for din­ing ar­eas. If you’ve not con­sid­ered these prod­ucts, it’s worth a spe­cial trip to the show­room to see and touch them. The lat­est re­leases take ad­van­tage of new print­ing and ad­he­sive tech­nolo­gies to de­liver floor­ing any­one would be proud to have in their din­ing room. Best of all, they’re durable and very af­ford­able. Con­sider bam­boo for your floor if you have a heavy din­ing ta­ble and chairs that are likely to scrape. Bam­boo boasts an ex­tremely high Janka rat­ing, which is a mea­sure of hard­ness (it out­ranks even iron­bark). You’d have a tough time scratch­ing a bam­boo floor. If you love the feel of car­pet un­der­foot go right ahead and use it in your din­ing room. A wool car­pet is nat­u­rally easy to clean, thanks to the lano­lin in its fi­bres. But for the ul­ti­mate ease of clean­ing it would be hard to go past a so­lu­tion dyed ny­lon, triexta or polypropy­lene car­pet, all of which of­fer un­beat­able stain re­sis­tance. A rug is very use­ful tool in an open­plan liv­ing area be­cause it al­lows you to de­lin­eate and de­fine the din­ing zone. Choose a rug that’s large enough to al­low chairs to be pulled right out with­out catch­ing the rug’s edges. A beau­ti­ful rug can be­come the foun­da­tion upon which your room’s dé­cor is built. Opt for a style that’s easy to clean and have fun with your se­lec­tion—your din­ing room is a space for spend­ing time with peo­ple you love, so let your per­son­al­ity shine through.

DINE IN STYLE Use the free viewa app to scan this page to see Sarah share more ways to cre­ate a taste­ful din­ing area.

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