Dining rooms might not seem like the most exciting space to design. They’re pretty basic, right? Just a table and some chairs. Or are they? Open-concept floor plans may seem like they’ve been around forever, but it wasn’t too long ago that many large, new homes were built with closed, sectioned off spaces to create as many rooms as possible. And now, although we’ve knocked down the walls and connected these spaces, it seems like there is still a question of how to style them.
The dining room is one of the most apparent areas of change in this space. Once created for formal, every-so-often events, they are now becoming places of gathering for the everyday. Whether or not your dining room is connected to your living and kitchen space, chances are you’ve had questions about how to style it when you’re not eating there. I mean look at the way this open concept flows so well in these homes.
Honestly the kitchen area is my favorite place in the house, especially the dining room table. Its where everyone can gather in one place. All of our Ventura homes have a dining area placed so you can get as much light into the space as possible. It is so bright, happy and is somewhere that I would love having family dinners or just generally just hanging out in. The dining area is an inviting room with amazing light, and one that makes me happy.
Everyday isn’t a gala, save the crazy centerpieces or floral arrangements for a party. When you are seated at the table you don’t want to have to try and peer around a centerpiece to see who you are sitting across from.
There was a time when many of us had a dining room with an imposing wood table, matching chairs and matching buffet. But today’s aesthetic is less rigid and more relaxed. All that dark “matchy” furniture is overwhelming and looks dated. So how can you create a dining room that is special, fresh and never boring? One great way is to focus on your chairs.
Matching sets can still be beautiful, but today they are lighter, less contrived and use innovative materials. If you opt for a matching set, consider decorating your dining room more casually so that the effect is softened. Or choose a style that is less formal. Choose a set of 4 complemented by a set of 2. You can use find a set of 2 with different fabric or more substantial weight to place at either end of the table. I mean just look at the way the design team styled this dinning table.
That’s all from me today! There are so many possibilities about how to style your dining area. I have only barely scratched the surface! Here at Ventura we are keeping up with the latest trends so make sure you keep up with us on social media to see what we are up to.