Dining room design is very different in every house; this is mainly due to the fact that some houses have a separate dining area, whilst others may have a kitchen-diner or lining room/dining room combination. Which layout you have in your home will affect the décor of your dining area.
Having a separate dining room enables you to be creative with the décor whilst maintaining the flow of your home design. Many different themes can be realised in a stand-alone dining room, some of the most popular being country, modern and vintage looks.
A country look will involve having a large chunky wooden table as the centrepiece; think remote farmhouse. To achieve a country look, the walls and decorations need to be peppered with ditsy floral patterns or gingham checks and pastel colours. Wood is a big feature of this style, therefore the addition of a welsh dressers or distressed looking sideboard will finish the look nicely.
If you are looking for an older style, then think long dark-wood dining tables and ornate chairs. Edwardian dining rooms are popular in larger houses, and are characterised by the sense of grandeur and opulence they create. To create the traditional Edwardian look, team wooden flooring with a large patterned rug on which the dining set sits. An imposing fireplace with a wooden surround and matching cabinets adds to the illusion of grandeur.
In complete contrast to this, modern design dining rooms are minimalistic in nature and focus on simplicity and clean lines. Black and white colour schemes feature heavily in modern dining room design as they create a clean base from which you can add colour if desired, or keep it minimalistic. Much of the design in these types of dining rooms revolves around squares and rectangles; most dining room tables are therefore rectangular in shape, rather than circular. In terms of colour, anything goes really; there is a heavy reliance on black and white bases, but adding colour is definitely something that can be experimented with. Try adding brightly coloured chairs to an otherwise monochrome room; this will add interest and vibrancy.
These are popular in smaller homes and is usually an extension of the kitchen where space for a table and chairs is created. This means that the table and chairs will need to match the theme of the kitchen; it would look very odd if you had a modern kitchen with an Edwardian dining set.
Living Room/Dining Room Combinations
Again, these are popular in smaller residences or homes which have been made open plan. The table and chairs much match the living room décor and look natural in the room. Be careful not to over-estimate the size of the room as this could lead to your large dining room being impractical and looking out-of-place.