For dining rooms with understated elegance, look no further...
Functional, family dining rooms don’t have to be rough-and-ready workaday spaces. Striking that fine balance between neutral dining spaces, super modern dining extensions, and glamorous, statement dining rooms, these elegant spaces prove that your eating space can be both laid-back and luxe. Hang a striking pendant for added drama, choose upholstered dining chairs or eye-catching wallpaper for instant colour, pattern and texture, add a classic Saarinen Tulip Table or Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair for a timeless look, and go big with a stylish home bar area or striking wine display for a Friday feeling all week long. These gorgeous dining spaces will make you want to entertain every night of the week.
This dining area has a pared-back colour scheme of off-white and warm wood tones, while natural wood textures and a gallery of art work add visual interest.
Get the look: The oval dining table was a gift. The antique dining chairs came from Conjeaud & Chappey. The artworks are primarily portraits collected over the years. The black ink picture in the centre is by Kiki Smith.
A wall of plates creates impact in this dining area.
Get the look: The plates are from Toast. This is the Hague chandelier by Abigail Ahern. The table was made bespoke, with legs from Wicked Hairpins. The dining chairs are from eBay. The Sex Pistols artwork is by Jamie Reid at Isis Gallery. The rug is from CarpetVista.
A gallery wall of vintage paintings pairs perfectly with the paint shade. It’s colour coding, but with the end result feeling fluid and flowing rather than too obvious.
Get the look: The dining table is by DT-69. The Ant dining chairs are by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. The glass pendant shades are vintage finds. The wall lights are by Terre d’Hautaniboul. The flooring is from Timbered.
The chairs were from the restaurant Sketch in Mayfair and the owners were lucky to get them in a sale, when they were redesigning the space. The dining table is made from 300-year-old teak from Burma.
Get the look: Dining table, Wood’n Design. Chairs, from a restaurant. Rug, Designer’s Guild.
Gentle curves are subtly repeated in this formal dining zone to take the edge off the architectural grandeur.
Get the look: This is the Revesby D Ended table by Russell Pinch for The Conran Shop. These are Beetle dining chairs by GamFratesi for Gubi. The painting is by Hannah Franklin.
An industrial-style dining table by Roche Bobois and dining chairs by Kai Kristiansen and Eames contrast with the traditional painting and a pop of bright turquoise in the tall table lamp. Spotlights keep the space from looking cluttered.
Get the look: This is the Syntaxe dining table by Roche Bobois. The black chairs are Kai Kristiansen’s Model 42 for Schou Andersen Møbelfabrik, available at 1stdibs.com. The Eames DSW chair for Vitra is available at Heal’s. The cabinet is vintage Heal’s – find a similar design at The Modern Marketplace. The painting is by Richard E Miller.
Rather than kit the house out from scratch, existing pieces were modified so that they work in their new surroundings.
Get the look: The chairs are upholstered with Romo fabrics and, on the seat back, a Tissus d’Hélène design. The table was found in a local antiques shop. The rug was brought back from India. The curtains are made in Hedgehog linen-mix in Duck Egg Brown by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon.
With the original stone fireplace making an impressive central feature and the new glazed study to its rear, this airily spacious zone is the hub of the apartment. The bamboo lights above the table (itself made from recycled floorboards) are clad in gauzy drapery, highlighting the height and lofty proportions.
Get the look: The highback dining chair is the J110 by Poul M Volther, teamed with the J77 by Forke Pålsson and the J104 by Jørgen Bækmark, all for Hay. The pendants are by Marta Castellano.
The show-stopping feature in here is a floor-to-ceiling mural from Tres Tintas. The brave, show-stopping mural dramatically spans the dining room wall from top to toe, and arrived as five huge panels.
Get the look: The mural is from Tres Tintas in Barcelona. This is the 85 Lamps pendant by Droog. The table and bench are by Timothy Oulton. The chair is by Tom Dixon, covered in fabric from Roche Bobois.
A huge window lets light flood into the dining room, allowing the statement wallpaper to create interest rather than overwhelm the space.
Get the look: The Snakeskin Damask wallpaper in Black is by Timorous Beasties. The Tulip table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, as are the Executive chairs. The chandelier is from Georgian Antiques. This is the Mondel rug, designed by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs.
This dining room's interior is all soft edges and sinuous curves thanks to the liberal application of plaster. The enormous polished-plaster dining/work table weighs over a tonne, but can be moved with ease as it’s fitted with aviation casters. The dentist’s chair by the window was sourced from an antiques dealer in Wiltshire.
Get the look: The multipurpose table was designed bespoke and enlisted the help of Ciprian Zama, of Atelier Zama, for its creation. The pincushion boudoir chair is upholstered in a deep-dyed black silk dupion by Designers Guild. The large photographs were taken by the home owner in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico and converted into 2.8m lenticular prints by Jake Purches of Base 2 Studio. The Seventies American chinoiserie chests are from Paul Smith’s Mayfair furniture shop.