While a lot of eating and drinking often goes on in the kitchen and lounge room, there is still *something* about sitting down to a meal in a dining room. Once reserved just for formal entertaining and family meals, the dining room of today can be used for casual meals, for work or study and weekend entertaining. Today’s dining rooms are either open plan living and kitchen areas or separated into their own space/room.

Whatever the floorplan of your home there are four key elements when it comes to your dining area – lighting, table, chairs and décor.

Choosing the right dining table

To make your dining room look good, you need to select the right dining table Sydney, not only does your table anchor the room; it’s the place where we connect with family and friends and eat our meals. So, how do you choose the right table?

The movement and the comfort of your guests is the key, so allow a gap of 90cm between table edges and walls – or – other furniture. If you are considering adding a rug under your table allow 90cm larger around the table so chair legs can move without getting caught up.

If you want to be able to accommodate a lot of guests without sacrificing your floor space an extension table is perfect, you can accommodate more guests without losing your daily space. The Aladino sliding extension table is a perfect choice, available in glass or wood veneer tops with metal frames.

Choosing dining room chairs

Chairs go *hand in hand* with your table and should not only suit the table and space but be comfortable as well. Quality chairs will last a long time, so it’s important to choose correctly. As with dining tables in Sydney you are spoilt for choice when it comes to seating, popular ranges include – Annie Soft with a metal base and padded seating available in a range of colours to suit any room, or the very elegant Calligaris Rosemary chair with it’s high back, lumbar cushion and solid ash wood legs, super comfy and available in a range of finishes and colours.

Dining Room Lighting

Lighting can transform a room, but it can be hard to know where to start, avoid poorly proportioned suspension lighting, single suspension lighting or off-centre suspension lighting over a large table. Opt instead for a timeless classic dome light.

Dining Room decorating ideas

Your table is the focal point and should be both functional and inviting. Candles add a touch of warmth and also add to your dining experience. A table runner will help protect your table without hiding its natural beauty. When choosing dinner plates and glasses stick with two colour tones. Off-white and white are timeless, but olive is also making a comeback to the table.