In­ti­mate spa­ces and fresh, con­tem­po­rary de­signs don’t have to be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. Nikki Hunt, prin­ci­pal of De­sign In­ter­ven­tion, dis­cusses the el­e­ments that can make your din­ing room both chic and cosy

Singapore Tatler Homes - - STYLE -

Let’s face it—most of us oft en have break­fast on the go, lunch at our desks and take din­ner on a tray in front of the TV. So meals that we share with fam­ily and friends should be trea­sured. Whether it is for Christ­mas, a re­union din­ner or a birth­day celebration, it is oft en the times spent seated with loved ones around a din­ing ta­ble that form our most cher­ished mem­o­ries. As the set­ting for so many spe­cial mo­ments, the de­sign of the din­ing room is key to an op­ti­mal so­cial en­vi­ron­ment. The din­ing room is an area of the home where the de­signer can af­ford to be bolder and ex­plore a touch of drama. A well-de­signed din­ing room has the power to af­fect our mood, by in­fus­ing the space with an at­mos­phere that can in­flu­ence the way we feel—to em­bolden, in­spire us to be­come more an­i­mated, and to en­cour­age lively con­ver­sa­tion.


Many of our clients con­sider the din­ing ta­ble as a ma­jor in­vest­ment piece but quite frankly, it’s of­ten hid­den be­hind a ring of chairs. It’s the rear of the chairs that be­come the dom­i­nant fea­ture of a din­ing space. Luck­ily, adding de­tail or pat­tern on your up­hol­stered seats is easy to achieve and can have a greater im­pact on the room then splash­ing out on a de­signer ta­ble. Hig h-back din­ing chairs will also en­velop your guests with com­fort, en­cour­ag­ing them to linger and en­joy the evening. Your choice of colours, pat­terns and tex­tures mat­ter. A dark silk wall­cov­er­ing can cre­ate a moody, in­ti­mate vibe, while the in­jec­tion of bold colours like char­treuse green can lift and brighten a room. Black and white lines on the walls can form a crisp back­drop for an evening of glam­orous en­ter­tain­ing. And a ju­bi­lant rug de­sign can bring a fresh­ness to an el­e­gant scheme while adding en­ergy to the space, to cre­ate a per­fect back­drop for an evening of sparkling con­ver­sa­tion.


An­other de­sign el­e­ment that is of­ten over­looked is the im­por­tance of well­con­sid­ered light­ing. Light­ing can be the most pow­er­ful tool we have to af­fect our mood. Us­ing mul­ti­ple lay­ers of light on dif­fer­ent switches or sim­ply putting the key light fix­ture on a dim­mer, al­lows the hosts to fi­nesse what­ever mood they wish. A pen­dant light ar­range­ment can also in­voke a sense of flick­er­ing can­dle­light to cre­ate a warm and in­ti­mate mood. Of­ten, it is the lit­tle things and de­tails that makes guests feel spe­cial. A pretty bou­quet of fresh flow­ers, or beau­ti­fully co­or­di­nated ta­ble set­tings will show that thought has gone into pre­par­ing this feast and will make your guests feel wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated.

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