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.
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, theorchardhomeandgifts.com
Copenhagen extending dining table and six chairs, £1,709, Multiyork
Manon grey dining table, £850 and Yasmina dining chair, reduced to £112.50, www.sweetpeaandwillow.com
Catalina dining collection, table and six white chairs, £1,699, www.housingunits. co.uk