These understated dining spaces let the food do all the talking.
Keep your dining room calm with these Scandi-inspired schemes. These rustic and restful rooms prove that plain doesn’t have to be boring. Keep colours cool, then add texture through industrial pendant lighting, midcentury chairs, rustic dining tables and muted tiled or wooden floors. Not only do neutral colours open up small spaces, but the effect can be calming as well. Compliment your colour scheme with beautiful over-table lighting on a dimmer switch, to help create a cosy mood in the evenings.
The owners of this light and airy dining space have turned traditional tongue-and-groove on its head – or rather, its side – and have laid planks horizontally to mirror the ceiling, creating a more spacious feel.
Get the look: The Dauphine dining chairs, approx £210 each, are by Flamant. The Caribou cantilever metal frame chair, £1,854, left; and Sable Italian leather chairs, £1,464, centre and right, are by Ochre. Try Fired Earth for similar pale wood flooring, from £94.94 per sq m.
Use a band of paint to add interest to a room, introduce a splash of colour or highlight a particularly interesting detail. The area above a picture rail, architrave or high shelf lends itself to this idea. Painting a wide band of colour around a room acts to break up expanses of wall, introduces a new colour without being overbearing and creates cohesion around the space.
Get the look: Calamine Pink estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball, £39.50 for 2.5l, is used to frame a collection of ceramics. The reclaimed wood table was made by DT-69 – expect to pay from £1,500 for similar. The wall light and console table are vintage finds – try Newark or Ardingly Antiques Fairs for similar. This is Jonathan Adler’s Frida vase, £295.
A modern brass pendant draws the eye up and adds necessary height and dimension to this grand room. Bare windows and clean lines in the modern furniture create a minimalist vibe.
Get the look: This is the Strut table by Blu Dot. The Saarinen Executive chairs by Knoll are upholstered in lace linen by Rebecca Atwood. The photograph is by Jeff Barnett-Winsby. This is the Sorenthia pendant by Studio Dunn.
The scroll of brown paper is a blank canvas for daily doodles, a ‘Quote of The Day’ and shopping lists. The two post-it artworks by Katie Lips are the only pops of colour, and don’t distract from the otherwise monochrome space.
Get the look: Capture inspiration on a brown paper roll from New Zealand brand George & Willy. This is a Loop Stand table by Hay. The white House chairs are from John Lewis. These are the Piña chair by Jaime Hayón for Magis, left, and the Carbon chair by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders for Moooi right. The paintings created using Post-it notes are by Katie Lips.
Avoid a tangle of table and chair legs by building seating nooks into corners or window bays. That way, you can streamline your look as well as factor in storage beneath. Top off with custom upholstery for a luxe brasserie vibe – button-back, butter-soft leather or velvet for louche glamour, or linen for Scandi simplicity. Whichever you choose, it’ll be the hottest seat in the house.
Get the look: This banquette was designed by Christophe Clement at The Ugly Room. For similar designs, try C&S Interiors, from £1,000. Pendant lighting is used to define the seating area as a ‘zone’ – these are Lee Broom’s Crystal bulbs and pendants, £199 each. The cabinet is by British Standard by Plain English.