If your dining room is used only for holidays because it seems too formal, cold, and uninviting, you are losing an important part of your home. Cozy may not be a term commonly used when describing a dining room, but many people these days want to dine in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. A few simple changes can create a warm, cozy space fit for holiday entertaining as well as everyday meals.
One way to make your dining room seem welcoming is to add some wood elements. Dining room tables and chairs are traditionally made of wood, and for good reason. Wood is a gorgeous material that bestows a pleasantly warm look to both modern and traditional interior design and décor.
Stylish, practical, and appealing, this natural material’s durability and beauty make it easy to use in any type of interior design. Solid wood pieces add quality to home décor while creating a special atmosphere of relaxing luxury and ultimate comfort. However, there are many stylish ways to add the warmth of wood that also keep your space from feeling overly formal and intimidating.
Of course, wood is a traditional element for dining room chairs, and for good reason. The play of natural wood tones and earthy colors in a bright, white dining room keep it from seeming too cold and impersonal. Mixing cool white with warm wood tones makes the space look fresh and bright. A natural fiber area rug will keep the palette neutral, or you can go bold with a pop of color or geometric pattern on the floor.
You can also use wooden chairs to lighten up a dark room. Light creates warmth and a dark room with no light can seem gloomy and forbidding, not really the feel you want for your dining room. If the walls and ceiling of your dining room are dark, wood chairs with cream upholstered seats will help keep the mood warm and friendly.
An eclectic dining space with many diverse elements that sometimes seem to vie for the viewers’ attention can be warmed up by the addition of some matching wood chairs. When there is so much going in a space, some simple design elements will give the eye a chance to rest. The various patterns, textures, and colors need to balanced to make the look cohesive.
Another way to go is to play with styles by mixing and matching contrasting elements. Traditional wood chairs work well with a chic pendant lamp and playful pictures on the walls. Or you can mix and match styles of chairs or materials. For instance, try mixing metal, industrial style chairs with some wood chairs. This combination of hard and soft elements give the space a casual, lived-in look.
Industrial style is not always popular in dining rooms, since a warmer look is generally preferred. However, if the rest of your home is industrial, mixing metal and wood elements in the dining room will help the room blend with the rest of your home.
Once you’ve chosen your table and chairs, the accessories will add the finishing touches. You can increase the drama by hanging long curtains in a rich color such as deep purple or burgundy, or you can keep it neutral with cream-on-cream or gray-on-gray drapes and area rug.
Whether you use your dining room once in a while for entertaining, or every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the key to good design is balance. For instance, if you decide to hang a large and opulent chandelier, keep the table and dining room chairs simple. There is a danger of all that crystal making the room feel too cold, so a wood table and chairs will make it feel warm. But bottom line is, if it feels like home to you, your design has succeeded.