Filipinos are known for its traditions and family oriented values that are learned from home.
These values are molded during family bonding times, Sunday masses,
and even during dinner. Dinnertime is the conventional part of the
day where all the members of the family gather together and share how
their day went; thus, a dining room plays an important role in
every Filipino home.
Dining rooms are where
family and friends come together to relax, unwind, and indulge in
delicious food. Your dining room can be used in a multitude of ways
and the space remains a great addition to a house – however big or
small your dining room may be. Here are a few tips to consider when
designing the ideal dining room for your home.
1. What makes the
perfect dining room?
Before getting down to the
finer details such as furniture style and wall color, it’s
essential to plan your dining room for its purpose before you
personalize it. For ease of access for both you and your guests, your
dining room should be easily reached from both your living room and kitchen.
Another good starting
point is to think about the number of people you are likely to
entertain at any one time. You might not be able to change the room
size, but there are ways of adapting the space to cater for the
number of guests, such as using extendable tables and fold up chairs.
Other than family meals
and fabulous dinner parties, think about how else to make the most of
your dining room. Do you need a small desk area tucked in the corner,
or perhaps a comfy chair for curling up with a good book? Dining
rooms can be truly multi-functional spaces for the whole family to
enjoy, so think about what your household needs really are before
embarking on your decorating project.
2. Dining room décor
This is where you can
really showcase your style and taste. A traditional Filipino dining
room never misses out the combination of dark wood and intricate
doilies or woven table mats. Filipinos also love the idea of a
fiesta-like meal, which is why most homeowners own a rotating glass
dining table for the convenience of each member to choose whatever
food they want. In addition, a painting of the “Last Supper” is
mostly seen being hung in the dining area.
For those lucky enough to
have a large dining room, a traditional theme of bold colors and rich
patterns is a great way to add a sense of grandeur to your walls.
However, it can be easy to get carried away and while a dramatic
dining room can look great, you don’t want to overwhelm your
guests. For this reason, it can be best to stick to a few standout
elements, such as wallpaper, curtains, tablecloths and chair covers
to add your personal style to your dining room.
If you’re striving to
achieve a calm and modern dining environment, intricate
patterns in neutral shades won’t go a miss. Replace traditional
dark walls with patterned wallpaper or uplifting colors in neutral
shades. Contemporary bookcases and floor to ceiling shelving can look
great when stacked with books and quirky objects.
Once the walls are sorted,
other elements, such as curtains and chair upholstery, can be chosen
to coordinate with whatever your décor choice. For bold walls in
dark colors, it’s often safe to keep accessories, such as
tableware, more neutral. But when you have a neutral color scheme,
you can be bolder with the details.
3. Choosing the right
dining room table
As the centerpiece of your
dining room, it’s important to get your dining room table absolutely right. As
previously mentioned, extendable tables are a great way of preventing
a table from looking sparse when catering for smaller parties, and it
can also provide more space for those days when you have to squeeze
in a few extra people. If you’re really short of space, you can
even stow it away between meals.
There are a variety of
shapes to choose from too. Long, rectangular tables can create the
deception of a larger dining room, while round tables are generally
4. Making use of a
small space for your dining room
Small dining rooms don’t
have to be small in ideas. Whether your table and chairs are crammed
into the tiniest of rooms, or are just stealing a corner from another
space in the house, there are lots of things you can do to make
mealtimes a pleasure.
If you have a large family
or a continuous stream of guests visiting, then a small, circular
table may not be an option for you. Instead, invest in a slender
table that will fit neatly into a narrow space, such as a
or even a hallway.
When space is tight, opt
for extra comfort with a banquette. Blend it into the rest of the
room by choosing furniture and colors that chime with the surrounding
décor. Not only do banquettes offer a more casual, laid-back style
of dining, but they’re also a great space-saver, requiring less
room than chairs and offering valuable storage under the seats.
Re-create the laid-back vibe with heaps of cushions and accessories,
all tailored to fit your scheme.
5. Storage ideas for
your dining area
Dining room storage is
really important to keep the room tidy and clutter-free – and it
gives you room to store excess kitchen equipment. Few of us have the
luxury of a separate dining room these days. For most of us, a dining
table is part of an open
plan living room or is the centre
of all the action in a kitchen; which means we need to be canny about
where we store all the bits and bobs we need to make mealtimes
If you have the space,
consider incorporating a larder-style cupboard into your dining room
scheme. Storage on this mighty scale means there shouldn’t be
anything left cluttering up your dining room. Use a tonal color
palette that is in keeping with the rest of the scheme to provide
balance. Alternatively, opt for a glass-fronted display unit. Use the
visible shelves for decorative accessories and conceal practical
pieces in the drawers below or elsewhere.
Freestanding furniture can
provide a more individual solution than costly bespoke built-in
storage systems. A sideboard is a great place to store plates,
cutlery and glasses out of sight, especially when it is as stylish as
this one. If you’re on a tight budget, look out for a second-hand
one you can paint or, if you aren’t, splurge on a standout design.