The Formal Dining Room Is Alive and Well

While many homeowners in recent years have chosen great rooms with informal dining areas, the formal dining room is alive and well. It is still an ideal fit for those who love to entertain friends and family with fine food and wine in an intimate setting. Here ae a few tips to make your dining room uniquely beautiful and functional:

  •  Manage your budget by choosing one high-impact element for the space. Your space may call for graphic wallpaper, herringbone floors or a dramatic chandelier to create the look and the mood you want. You may also create that impact with furniture -  a custom-made table or even well-chosen mismatched chairs.
  • Warmth and intimacy are the benchmarks of the fine dining experience so lighting is crucial. Windows that bring an abundance of light for a lively brunch can also be framed in silk taffeta draperies ushering in the sparkling lights from your pergola for a magical dinner party. Dimmable lights can make a big difference and are easy to install. If you’re making some structural changes, consider a double-sided fireplace to separate your living and dining rooms. Your guests will not only enjoy the flickering lights from the fireplace but also the feeling of warmth and coziness that a fireplace delivers.
  • A highly functional dining room depends upon the type of gatherings to be hosted there. If you and your guests enjoy sampling and drinking fine wines you may want to install a transparent, temperature-controlled wine wall. It is not only a storage solution but it is also a dramatic design element. More typically, comfortable serving space is what makes the room more functional so look for a buffet or console that provides the space you need but with a unique style, from vintage to iconic modern.