For Mediterranean culture, the act of eating is so important that it requires its own space. We show you the styles that are trending and ideas so that the dining room adapts to your way of life.
We can do without a movie dressing room or a dreamy boudoir. But we all need a place to put the plate and eat leisurely. The dining room concept, although it does not exist as an independent room within the house, is a functional need, as well as a decorative one. Hence, the usual question “where do I put the dining room?”, perhaps should be replaced by “what do I do when I eat?” Starting from our lifestyle will be a success.
For example, a couple who often watch television may not need a dining room in the strict sense of the word. A coffee table with a lift-up top will allow them to eat on the sofa, have more space for the living area and, incidentally, see the screen from the front, without either of them having to turn their heads. Nothing to do with those who once a week invite friends to dinner at home. In that case, the dining room requires a separate table. The round ones facilitate circulation around, for those moments when you wander from one side to another before sitting down.
Vertical brush strokes
Among the effects achieved by paper, those that, with geometric motifs, modify the perception of space stand out. The stripes of the Tamaris collection, by Camengo, convey the feeling that the wall grows and, therefore, the dining room seems taller.
Brushstrokes add a casual touch to the elegant gray and white color scheme. Paper (€72.20/roll).
One glance is enough to understand that “dark colors are visually heavier”. The brown rug and chairs become a solid base that supports the bright and lighter white table and lamps.
From Ikea: Esbjörn chairs (€89 each); Stockholm rug (€179); Brujusta table (€199) and Jära lamp (€6.99).
Alone or accompanied
This Car Möebel table is ideal for a single. With the folded envelope, it is attached to the wall as if it were a console to eat alone. But when guests come, it turns into a circular table. In 77 x 55-110 x 110 cm (€339).
Each chair in this dining room is a different color, but by coordinating with the furniture, it is harmonious. The blue matches the sideboard; the white one, with the table; the black one with the striped border of the wall and the red one, with the lamp.
De La Oca: Sangermain chairs (€98 each); Finland table, in 120 x 76 x 74 cm (€278); Lunch sideboard (€1,545) and lamp (€99).
A rainbow of chairs
Do you know why this dining room is cheerful and dynamic? The interior designers from Gunni & Trentino Contract, Cristina de Vicente and Sandra Fernández, chose chairs of the same model but in a different colour. We saw them in the Barquillo 12 space, by Oikos, in the last edition of Casa Decor Madrid.
Those old kitchen tables, with a wooden structure and a zinc top, are back in fashion. The paint with an aged effect evokes the passage of time.
The stools, without backrests, allow a better appreciation of the design of the table; from the firm Nordal, in 151 x 91 x 77 cm.
A bold combination
What does a rustic table have to do with industrial chairs and a retro stool? In appearance, nothing. However, the white color unifies the entire dining room and integrates the showcase.
The chandelier sets the note of elegance. Colette table (from €489), Cross chairs (€132) and Callaway metal chairs (€129); stool (€84); showcase (€1,022) and lamp (€85). From the Goose.
A delicate combination of tears and crystal flowers. The Campiña Chic lamp will add poise to a rustic dining room without losing its essence (€125 at La Oca).
My growing table
An ideal option to invite friends. This table only measures 120 cm in diameter, but it includes two extendable tops that extend it up to 240 cm (€899 at Car Möbel).
Attached to the kitchen
In order to make the living area more spacious, the dining room of this house was located in the passage from the kitchen to the living room, with the table attached to the wall. Vilmar table and chairs (€29.99 each), from Ikea.
A corner for two
Where space decreases, ingenuity increases. Houses are not always the right size to organize a large dining room. But in all of them there is an area where you can place an XS table and a couple of chairs.
In this case they were located in the passage between the hall and the living room. The table, measuring 75 x 75 x 75 cm, does not impede circulation, and as it is located next to the window, it receives extra natural lighting that enhances its decorative importance (€329 at www.car-moebel.de ).
Between bouquets of flowers
It is like living in a garden safe from inclement weather. But beware! The very striking motifs recharge the space. Paper only one wall and combine it with matching paint. Shabby Chic model paper, from Pip Studio.
If the board is small
Get an auxiliary piece of furniture that offers you an extra surface on which to place the bread, water or fruit bowl. Look for a light design: keep in mind that you should bring it closer to the table at each meal and remove it when you finish so that it does not block the way.
This table includes a tray; in 66 x 45 x 76 cm (€149 at www.car-moebel.de).
What do you dress the table with?
The tablecloth is the usual option. But if you want to achieve a modern atmosphere, turn to singles. The plain white ones are a safe option, as they coordinate with both patterned and monochrome tableware.
This Rivièra Maison signature set includes two placemats, a pair of pink napkins and butterfly napkin rings (€34.94).
Wicker seat chairs are a classic in country house dining rooms. The difference lies in the large wooden table: if it had been left in a natural finish, it would enhance the rustic style, but painting it white gives the dining room a more sophisticated air.
Table, from Meridiana. The chairs were purchased from a basket shop.
A cozy British flair
The decoration of the dining room goes beyond the furniture. The walls that surround it are basic when it comes to achieving a specific atmosphere in the environment. The wallpapers achieve striking effects.
The Porcelain model plates make us feel that we are at home, protected and comfortable (173 €/ 6 m at www.estherandmartin.com ).
What finish do you prefer?
The painted aluminum of the Walker chair, by House Doctor (€213).
My wooden chair
In oak of the Shangai armchair (€125 at El Corte Inglés).
My sculptural design
Cross-shaped legs stylize the Spartan table, by Moycor; in mindi wood, it measures 160 x 90 x 78 cm (€471).
A small still life
With pieces of your glassware it can be as decorative as a vase. Primavera model glass (€27.20) and bottle of wine (€118), from the firm Vista Alegre.