LET’S EAT IN

Whether you have a whole room ded­i­cated to din­ing or sim­ply a cor­ner in the kitchen, here’s how to up its wow fac­tor

South African Garden and Home - - Contents -

De­li­cious ideas for din­ing ar­eas

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TA­BLE

“A round din­ing ta­ble feels more so­cia­ble when en­ter­tain­ing,” says Candice Koller of CW In­te­ri­ors. She de­signed this ta­ble with a metal base and wooden top, and com­bined it with up­hol­stered chairs from Merge De­signs. In­stead of a server, an open metal shelf unit acts as a serv­ing sur­face.

USE A STATE­MENT TA­BLE

Add some punch to the room with a bold ta­ble. Keep chairs and other ac­ces­sories sleek and min­i­mal and let the ta­ble be the star. In this room, the heav­i­ness of the wood is bal­anced with light, white chairs, white-framed art­work and a white pen­dant light. Decor by Amy Mitchell of Stu­dio Mitchell.

ADD A FEA­TURE WALL

Clad the fo­cal wall with wall­pa­per or paint it char­coal or one of the jewel tones that are huge at the mo­ment. Marc Shot­land of Home Fab­rics, whose din­ing room is fea­tured here used De­sign­ers Guild Savine Graphite in a monochro­matic palette. “It em­pha­sises the ceil­ing height and mar­ries per­fectly with the fab­rics,” he says.

DINE IN THE KITCHEN

Kitchens are def­i­nitely the so­cial hubs of homes th­ese days, so in­stead of hav­ing a sep­a­rate din­ing room, cre­ate a din­ing space in your kitchen with an open-plan de­sign, as in this home de­signed by ar­chi­tect Bert Pe­pler. Here, the white ta­ble and slip­cov­ered chairs stand out against the dark kitchen is­land. A large open fire­place sur­rounded by mould­ings keeps the open space cosy.

MIX OLD AND NEW

Mix an­tiques with new pieces, as Tanja Bey­ers of Pro­furn Con­tracts did here. The cabi­net, made by Tanja’s grand­fa­ther, and the an­tique ta­ble were the start­ing points. The tra­di­tional chairs were up­dated with a striped fabric while mod­ern leather carvers and a strik­ing pen­dant light add con­tem­po­rary con­trast. An­other mod­ern el­e­ment, the mir­ror from Mavromac & Gatehouse, ref lects light into the room.

BE CRE­ATIVE WITH LIGHT­ING

Pen­dant lights are still huge and they’re avail­able in ev­ery style and colour you can think of. Nat­u­ral wo­ven shades are gor­geous, but mid-cen­tury chan­de­liers in gold and black are also big news at the mo­ment. In this din­ing area, a mod­ern ta­ble is topped with a tiered seashell fit­ting ap­pro­pri­ate to the coastal lo­ca­tion. Decor by Mandy Sayer of Sayer Projects.

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