In recent years, the concept of “dining” in the home has consisted of grabbing a plate of food to eat at a kitchen island or on a couch or chair in front of a screen. Even when a home has a separate formal dining room, the table is commonly used for homework or for something we now know a lot about, working from home.
However, according to the Washington Post, designers are indicating that dining trends are reverting back to the traditional dinner table. Designers say that their clients are getting tired of eating meals in the “great room,” an informal, open space that often accommodates casual eating and lounging. Some of their clients are annoyed with noisy, busy restaurants and want to do more entertaining at home.
What we’re experiencing is a dining renaissance, and we couldn’t be happier for more opportunities to showcase fabulous tablescapes, complete with taper candles, of course.
3 ways to decorate a dining room table
If you’re ready to reclaim your dining room, be sure to follow these three tips from designers on how to decorate a dining room table:
1) Supplement lighting
New York designer Katie Ridder says she advises clients who are renovating or redecorating a dining room to add down-lights around the chandelier. Ridder says, “It’s nice to have light pointing down on the table as well as chandelier light and candlelight.”
Her favorite source for dining room table candles? Creative Candles, where she stocks up on 24-inch tapers in Paris gray and chocolate.
2) Mix it up
There’s no need to be so matchy-matchy anymore. Designer Erica Burns suggests opting for a different style for the host chairs at both ends of the table to make a statement. Also, instead of the usual chandelier hanging over the center of the table, try two pendants.
3) Go for drama
A dining room is a great place to do something more dramatic. Washington designer says, “If a client said, “I want glazed turquoise walls,” I’d say we probably should not do that in a room you’re in all the time. If you want to be wild or crazy, a dining room or powder room is a good place to do it.”
Lots of memorable moments take place in the dining room, yet it’s a space that’s often at the bottom of the list for refreshing or redecorating. It’s time to take back the dining room and make it fun and useful again - and complete with taper candles, of course!
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