Your ta­ble awaits

Our din­ing dreams are get­ting grander, and a ‘proper’ din­ing room is in­creas­ingly fea­tur­ing on home wish lists, as we re­dis­cover an ap­petite for lin­ger­ing over meals. We took a look at some of the lat­est din­ing sets.

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Al­most 60% of us pre­fer din­ing ar­eas to be a sep­a­rate room, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Anglian Home Im­prove­ments, and a han­ker­ing for more for­mal­ity ap­pears to be in tune with a gen­eral change in at­ti­tude to meal­times.

TV din­ners on the couch are fall­ing out of favour, re­cent re­search by Waitrose re­vealed, while 50% of par­ents are mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to gather the fam­ily to­gether for at least one meal a week.

“Sep­a­rate din­ing rooms fell out of favour at the turn of the 1990s, with hugely pop­u­lar TV ren­o­va­tion shows such as Chang­ing Rooms fo­cus­ing on open-plan multi-func­tional rooms, but as with all trends, it looks as though the mod­ern Bri­tish house­hold could be set for a sep­a­rate din­ing room re­vival,” says in­te­rior de­signer Julie Yar­wood.

“With in­creas­ingly busy life­styles, the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can be a wel­come break from ev­ery­day stress and a chance to re­con­nect with fam­ily mem­bers and friends.”

Post-re­ces­sion Bri­tain has also be­come more bud­get­con­scious, she be­lieves, and as a re­sult, the “big night in” trend is stronger than ever.

“It’s in­spired a din­ner party re­vival and those of­ten work best in a sep­a­rate din­ing room. We all wish to make more of din­ing, and a beau­ti­fully fur­nished space where we can fully en­joy the mo­ment, is be­com­ing an es­sen­tial,” she says.

If your din­ing area’s look­ing a bit dull, or your din­ing room rarely used, it’s time to re­vamp the space. No mat­ter what’s on the menu, this should be a space to suit ev­ery oc­ca­sion...

“Din­ing spa­ces are one of the hard­est work­ing zones in the home and have huge po­ten­tial when it comes to style. You can opt for so­phis­ti­cated glam­our, think gen­er­ous ta­bles and over­hang­ing pen­dant light­ing in a com­bined kitchen/din­ing area which will make the eat­ing area a stun­ning fo­cal point,” says Kate Tans­ley, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Mul­tiy­ork.

“Bench seat­ing has come a long way from the school­room and can take up less space than in­di­vid­ual chairs and looks more mod­ern. Just add cush­ions for com­fort!”

Left, Wil­more ex­tend­ing din­ing ta­ble, £699; bench, £299; orb pen­dant light, £129, all avail­able from Marks & Spencer

Plank din­ing ta­ble, £525 and but­ton back up­hol­stered chair, £182, the­o­r­chard­home­

Copenhagen ex­tend­ing din­ing ta­ble and six chairs, £1,709, Mul­tiy­ork

Manon grey din­ing ta­ble, £850 and Yas­mina din­ing chair, re­duced to £112.50, www.sweet­peaand­wil­

Catalina din­ing col­lec­tion, ta­ble and six white chairs, £1,699, www.housin­gu­nits.

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