SETTING THE SCENE IN THE DINING ROOM
Dining rooms have evolved in recent years and so too has the way we design them, says Joanna Pond of Creative Abode Design.
“It is all dependent on how it is going to be used,” Joanna says. “People forget that we’ve gone from separate dining rooms to open-plan communal spaces that are used all the time.”
So first off, the chairs need to be comfortable and the table has to be practical.
“If it will be in use all day, you want something durable, easily cleaned and forgiving rather than a glass table that shows up every mark,” she says. “A table that has a centrally located leg is also practical because you can squeeze more people around it. If there are legs on the outer rim, it takes up spaces where people could sit.”
She says round tables are good for smaller spaces and corners of the room and they have the ability to fit a lot more people around them.
The third big item in a dining room should be a console or buffet sideboard to provide storage.
“It can provide a really cool aesthetic feature as well,” Joanna says. “Sit a lamp on top for mood lighting and it’s great for extra serving space if you have a full table.
“Finishing off a dining room with a drinks trolley is really cool too — they’re coming back in a big way.”
A comfortable dining table and chairs from Globe West are anchored by a pair of pendant lights.