This is the second in a 3-part series on the "Hearts of the Home" concept and its connection to holistic and wellness-driven interior design. In the first installment, I shared tips on purposefully designing your living room. Now, let's explore the dining room, another space that serves as a gathering point for family and friends, and plays a crucial role in creating memorable experiences.
Like the living room, it's essential to assess the function and purpose of a dining room. Unlike the living room, however, the first question to answer is: Do you need a formal dining room? While your home likely comes with a dedicated dining room, that doesn’t mean you have to use it as such. Here are the two questions I work through with my clients on this matter:
There’s absolutely no right or wrong answer to these questions. In fact, working through these questions will create confidence in your decision. If you’ve decided that you need a dining room, being clear on the purpose, considering the design schematic, and deciding on the right furnishings and accessories come next. Let’s chat through these in detail.
Understanding how you plan to use the space will inform your interior design choices. Will it be used for daily meals or formal occasions? If you’re using it on a daily basis, you’ll want to select durable materials and furnishings. For formal occasions, you’ll want to include luxury design elements and showpieces, such as custom furniture pieces, china cabinets, and fine art.
Incorporating color and texture is an effective way to personalize your dining room. Wall color can create a backdrop for your furnishings, while wallpaper and wall treatments add visual interest and depth. Textiles and fabrics, such as curtains, table linens, and upholstery, can introduce pattern and texture to the space.
One of the most critical aspects of a dining room is the furniture, particularly the dining table. Consider the size and shape of the table, as well as the material, to ensure it fits your needs and style. Chairs and seating arrangements should be comfortable and accommodate the number of people you typically host. Additional furniture pieces, such as sideboards and buffets, can add storage and display space while enhancing the overall design.
Lighting is another essential element in the dining room. A combination of ambient and accent lighting can create a welcoming atmosphere and ensure that the space is well-lit for various activities. Ambient lighting, such as a chandelier or pendant lights, sets the overall mood. Accent lighting, such as wall sconces or floor lamps, can highlight artwork and architectural features and illuminate specific areas like a buffet table.
To bring your dining room to life, consider personalizing it with art and decor that reflect your tastes and interests. This not only adds character but also allows you to create a space that supports your holistic wellness.
Now, let's look at a case study of a moody, yet neutral dining room with midcentury flair.
For this space, we envisioned a space for intimate, sophisticated, and memorable gatherings. We achieved this by using black walls to create a moody atmosphere and incorporating wallpaper for added visual interest. To tie the space together, we selected midcentury modern furniture from Four Hands that complemented the room's aesthetic and provided timeless appeal. The accessories, including wall sconces and art, leather seating bench, and tabletop statues, finish off the space. Incorporating all of the dining room design tips above, this space is perfect for those at-home date nights, or with close friends sharing a bottle of wine after a delicious chef-cooked meal.
In conclusion, designing a dining room that reflects your personal style and supports your holistic wellness involves understanding its purpose, choosing the right furniture and lighting, and incorporating color, texture, and personal touches. Stay tuned for the final installment in our "Hearts of the Home" series, where I'll put all of our findings together with a client project the studio recently completed.
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