A dining room is all about gathering a group of your favourite people around the table to share some delicious food, good wine and plenty of conversation. Make sure your stylish décor is the hot topic at the table by taking inspiration from our round up of dining rooms from our Original Habitat series.
Known for his bold, statement-making artworks, Anthony Burrill stays true to his design aesthetic with his minimal yet striking dining room décor. Nothing quite grabs the attention like primary red, but rather than drowning the room with saturated colour, Anthony uses flashes of it to punctuate an otherwise neutral colour palette. A graphic apple print and contrasting red table legs work together to create a cool, stylish atmosphere that ticks all the boxes for modern-day living.
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Alice proves that you don’t need a huge area to create an inviting dining space. Light and airy, her kitchen-come-dining-room is flooded with light from 4 huge sash windows, making it the perfect spot for a gathering. It’s such a nice space to spend time, in fact, that Alice uses it for all aspects of her day to day life including “drinking tea, working, chatting and eating!” The white dining area is brightened further with colourful accessories – the greenery and copper accessories are unmissable here, shining out against the neutral colour palette. With a contemporary industrial feel, Alice’s YEOMAN table is perfect for the informal supper club evenings she hosts with best friend and business partner, Laura Jackson.
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On the more classic end of the design spectrum, the focal point of Donna’s dining room is a large rustic wooden table. The location of many a social occasion, Donna says “the table has many great memories around it. Thank God tables can’t talk.” We wish it could! Every piece of the room serves a stylish purpose without taking away from the other, from the monochrome Marilyn print to the statement vase on the table. A pendant placed above the dining table draws the eye to the centre of the room, marking out the dining space, as well as providing a warming glow when the sun goes down.
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Henry’s home perfectly reflects his quirky and colourful design style. He likes to use a plain backdrop to let the colour and print really stand out. In his dining room he achieves this through a conversation-starting gallery wall and multi-coloured bench, as well as a mid-century inspired cabinet to showcase vibrant decorative accessories and personal possessions. Perfect for party-loving Henry, a round table is the most sociable option, while the glass top opens up the room making it ideal for small dining areas.
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In her water cabin, Fiona Burrage proves that you don’t need to go for bold colours to make a statement. Keeping true to her style and design, she says “I have an incredibly busy brain so I like what surrounds me visually to be neutral and pared back. I’m definitely inspired by Japanese interiors as well as Scandinavian.” And we couldn’t agree more. From our Etta oak table and matching Oregan chairs to the natural light shining in through the windows and bouncing off the white walls, it’s the perfect room to enjoy many social gatherings and family dinners.
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Nik & Jon Daughty
Taking inspiration from their gallery space DED, Nik & Jon Daughtry have created “low maintenance homes with the use of untreated raw materials and a definite love of the mid-century”. In their open plan space, the twins have proved that everything doesn’t have to match to look good. They’ve paired together natural tones with white brick walls and low lighting to create an ambient space.
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Combining her kitchen and dining room together to save on space, Hannah has created a space that full of bright, bold colours. She says ” I am definitely drawn to pastels, my kitchen is a beautiful pale pink that goes with everything (especially red). I then bring in more adventurous colours, art, prints and objects.” Nothing grabs your attention more than the copper table and lights against her pale pink background, which creates a stylish room that’s waiting to host the perfect dinner parry in style.
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Obsessed with chairs and ceramics, Catherine’s home showcases her love for vibrant materials and concrete walls. In her dining room, her space is defined by multi-coloured chairs and wooden benches stacked with colourful cushions with comfort, whilst low ceilings add to the rooms minimalist vibe.
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In Lorraine’s home, the dining room is the heart of the home and where all good gatherings and meals take place. “I love our open plan kitchen and lounge where we all gather as a sixsome. And my kitchen table, made by my brother in law Luke McHardy, I love the fact someone we’re related to it and that all the family gathers around Uncle Luke’s every Sunday night.” She’s paired her table with our colourful Jerry’s chairs, perfect for impromptu guests and pilled are Regency cushions high on the bench for added comfort. Spotlights and a starry feature wall are the perfect accompaniment to create a relaxing ambience during dinner time.
Inside Rosie’s open plan home, you’ll notice she’s a sucker for a house plant, “we don’t have a garden so I definitely like to bring the outdoors in”, she says. With natural light flooding in from the ceiling and mirrors placed cleverly to accentuate the space, her kitchen and dining room space is great for swooning over home cooked dinners with family and friends.
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Feeling inspired? As you can see, whatever the space and budget you have to play with, clever dining room design can help you create the atmosphere that’s right for you. What are you waiting for?SHOP DINING ROOM FURNITURE »