Elegant dining rooms - 10 of the best
An elegant dining room is the perfect place to entertain in style, setting the scene for convivial dining in luxurious surroundings with elaborate finishing touches. So, take a look at our 10 of the best schemes for inspiration in your home.
The room itself is very important, so if you are lucky enough to have grand proportions, large windows or authentic period features such as an original fireplace make the most of them and build the scheme around them, enhancing the natural character of the room.
The dining table and chairs are also very important, so choose carefully, making sure they do not dominate the room, but at the same time make a focal point. A dark wood table and chairs will add a traditional period feel to the room, but to stop it from being too overwhelming introduce pops of colour with cushions, table linen and accessories. Lighter wood or painted finishes can still add a classic touch, creating a shabby chic or French-inspired feel, which can be enhanced with soft textiles or linen to create an air of faded grandeur.
Add a statement light fitting such as a crystal chandelier or decorative pendant above the table to draw attention to the middle of the room and continue the elegant feel. Silver or glass candelabras also make a wonderful centrepiece on the table adding to the sense of grandeur. Continue this theme with silver cutlery, crystal glassware and delicate china, adding elegant finishing touches to the table setting and leaving you ready to be the perfect host.
The neutral backdrop of this formal dining room is lifted by the large open doors that make eating in this bright extension feel like dining alfresco. The impressive light, hung low above the table, makes sure the dining space is centre of attention.
Photograph by Robert Sanderson