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.
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.
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.
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 more inclusive.
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 kitchen-diner, conservatory 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.
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 possible.
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.