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How To Decorate A Dining Room

How To Decorate A Dining Room

Stimulate your appetite and strike up pleasant conversations while you dine with this lovely dining room design scheme.

Hi, I'm Adrienne Chinn. I'm an interior designer based in London, England. Today, I'm going to talk to you about an aspect of interior design.

Today, we're going to look at the dining room scheme. Now, what I've done is I've used a very nice neutral palette for a dining room and I quite ended up with a little bit of rich red. Red is a lovely colour to use in the dining room because it stimulates the appetite.

So, rather than paint the walls red and have a lot of red, I've decided to use it as a bit of an accent. What I've done is now I've started with a wood floor which is this white-oiled oak, very wide plank, so it is a very elegant type of floor. A lot of people like to have wood floors on the downstairs area so I've started with this.

It's also very practical to have a wood or stone or something like that in the dining room because it's very easy to clean up. Just bear in mind that if you have a rug under a dining table, you may have food or drinks spilled on it so you may end up having heavy cleaning bills. I tend to avoid putting rugs under dining tables if I can put a nice floor underneath instead.

Now, what I've done here is I've started off with an interesting wallpaper. Dining rooms are really good room to put wallpaper in and this is a very interesting textural type of wallpaper. It's very hardwearing, it is called mosaic and it's from Sofanee, and what it does, it has a reflective quality to it so if you had low level lighting or a bit of candlelight, it would have a very nice bit of reflection going on there without it being metallic or anything.

So, it would be quite elegant, I think. Now, I would start with that as the wallpaper and I would choose a very light kind of warm colour for the wall trim, and this tones very well with the tones in your floor, kind of warm beige-y tones and the gray tones. Now, I would look at what I'm going to do with the curtains and here I've decided to do a contemporary damask pattern.

This is a lovely silk and it adds some interest. Often, dining windows are large so I quite like putting curtains off to the floor on them. This is a silk so you have to be very careful to line it because silk will deteriorate when the sun hits it.

But that's not a problem at all if you do that, then they'll last a very long time. I also like to interline my curtains in living rooms and dining rooms. That gives them a little bit more thickness and makes them look very elegant.

Now, I would possibly decide to put a sheer. Now, this is a sheer. It's again a light ivory colour which goes with everything here on your walls or your woodwork and it's a very elegant kind of sheer.

It's polyester and again that helps add another layer between your silk curtains and the heat of the sun. When you fold it all up, it would huddle very nicely under your curtains so I think that would look very elegant. And then to add an accent, I would use this beautiful tieback which introduces this warm red colour which I was talking about before.

Now for the chairs, I've chosen this very sturdy fabric, and again, it has that same cold quality that the wallpaper has which is that it's slightly reflective under light. It has a silver thread in it and I think that that would look very nice on dining chairs, and then to add a little bit of interest to the chair so it's not all too gray, I would take this very nice warm red velvet and I would just pipe the edges of the chairs so it ends up, think, just very thin little piping strip around the edges of the chairs like that which just adds a little accent touch which ties in with your very nice tieback that you've got there and it pulls it all together, I think. It's a finishing touch.

When you're doing trims, you don't always have to buy the trims that are for sale. This one is very nice. I would use this potentially on the edge of the curtain but another way of looking at trims is to take contrasting pieces of material or ribbon or different things and using t