Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

One of life’s great plea­sures is din­ing in style, and there are sev­eral el­e­ments that make for cre­at­ing a great din­ing room. The choice of table will de­ter­mine much of the din­ing space. But there are many fac­tors that come into play when it’s time to choos­ing the right din­ing table.

The size, shape and style of the din­ing space will nat­u­rally in­flu­ence what table you choose. But don’t feel like you have to play it safe. While rec­tan­gu­lar ta­bles are the most pop­u­lar, round and oval ta­bles are in­creas­ingly stylish and can work well in most room shapes. There’s also the in­ti­macy a round table pro­vides, es­pe­cially com­pared to long ta­bles that can cre­ate too much space when there are only a few peo­ple.

When it comes to chairs, don’t feel like they all need to match, nor do they need to co-or­di­nate with the table. A rus­tic tim­ber table can look great with con­tem­po­rary de­signer chairs. Equally, a con­tem­po­rary table can look fab­u­lous with rus­tic tim­ber chairs.

When choos­ing a rug for your din­ing space, en­sure the rug cov­ers the en­tire area un­der your table with at least 60cm spare on each side. The choice of ma­te­rial is im­por­tant be­cause ac­ci­dents will hap­pen, so choose a dark colour and a rug with a short pile that is easy to clean.

Fi­nally, light­ing will set the tone at the din­ing table more than any other el­e­ment. Pen­dant lights are ex­tremely pop­u­lar as they are both prac­ti­cal and stylish. If you can, choose light­ing that you can con­trol with a dim­mer. Set­ting and clean­ing a din­ing table re­quires prac­ti­cal light, but when din­ing a lower light set­ting is ideal.

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