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Classic dining rooms

Regardless of whether you live in a period or contemporary home, you can't go wrong with classic design and in a dining room this can be enhanced with dramatic colour schemes, opulent textiles and elegant tableware.

A statement table and chairs is the obvious place to start, so whether you choose a striking dark wood antique, a traditional country farmhouse feel or a pretty Scandi-inspired design, you can then build your chosen classic dining room scheme around it.

Don't shy away from dark colours or bold patterned wallpaper in a dining room as it gives you a great opportunity to be a little braver and create a dramatic backdrop that is an ideal talking point. Opulent fabrics, such as silk and velvet, on curtains and upholstery adds a decadent feel to any dining occasion and can be updated seasonally to change the mood of the room in an instant.

Lighting is a key element too, so make the most of natural light where you can, framing a window or French doors with floor length curtains, which can also add a warming feel in the colder months. A decorative chandelier or statement pendant lights directly above the table create a wonderful focal point, but add a selection of candles and lamps to create a relaxing ambience for evening entertaining.

Then it's just down to those all important finishing touches — beautiful crisp white table linen for a touch of luxury, your best china to ensure your guests feel spoilt, and polished cutlery and shimmering glassware that will reflect the candlelight and enhance the atmosphere. A well-dressed table can make an instant good impression, so it's worth co-ordinating the tableware with the design and style of the room. Then all that's left to do is keep the wine and conversation flowing!

Georgian style
A large dining space is given a classic Georgian look with antique mahogany furniture set against rich blue paint. Long floral curtains in earthy tones hang over French doors to create warmth and intimacy during cold winter months.

George III chairs and George IV mahogany table
Oliver Charles Antiques   
Lee Jofa

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Photograph by Mark Bolton