It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, when you want to invite people over to your home for dinner, you will kick yourself if you don’t have a place for everyone to eat. A sofa dinner is nice every now and then when it’s just you and a night in your comfy socks, but what makes a good meal is a place to sit and eat without being hunched over, without being uncomfortable and where you can practice the table manners you learned as a kid. Creating an inviting dining space isn’t just about your potential guests, either, it’s about you. You need to feel comfortable and happy with the dining space in your home, and with these five tips, that’s exactly what you get!
Table It. The focus in your dining room should be the table. It should be a large, impressive table, even if you don’t have a large and impressive family living in your home to match. You could click here and check out some of the nicest, sturdiest tables and chairs on sale right now. You could also assess the space that you have and choose the shape and the size of your table based on that. If you need a big table but you don’t have the immediate space, think about a table with leaves like this one!
Create Conversation. Dinner conversation is possibly the best conversation anyone could have, because you sit around together and create a sense of community. Chairs should be spaced enough for enough elbow room for everyone and circular tables give the best opportunity for everyone to have a discussion.
Stylish Storage. You need a cabinet for your dishes – both everyday dishes and your holiday dishes. You can also have storage that has enough room for silverware and candlesticks. It should be stylish enough to match the décor and colour scheme that you’ve chosen for your dining room. You can’t be all that comfortable in a space that is cluttered and untidy, so your storage should avoid this.
Good Lighting. From lamps in the corners of the room to an imposing fixture right over the dining table, lighting should be good. No one wants to eat in the dark and seeing what you’re eating, and drinking is often helpful and it’s nice to be able to look at your guests and know who you’re talking to.
Comfort Is Important. It doesn’t matter whether you have wooden chairs or not, you need to get cushions and chair covers. Supportive chairs are important, so make sure that you choose cushions that you can store while being beautiful.
Your dining room should be functional as well as impressive. Above all else, it should be comfortable and should be somewhere that you actually want to eat your meals, whether you are hosting guests or not. A dining room that is well presented is a good asset to have in a home, so start working on yours and don’t leave it behind.