Our tips & advice on decorating dining rooms

Read our blog post for our advice on dining rooms - everything you need to know.

Our tips & advice on decorating dining rooms

With every square foot of a property costing a premium and lifestyles becoming less and less formal, the dining room is often the first room to be sacrificed...

Today the dining room is, generally, a luxury found only in top-end homes because it needs to come as well as, rather than instead of, a good-sized kitchen/breakfast room. In reality, there are many good reasons to separate cooking and eating areas, not least to prevent cooking smells, steam and the noise of crashing pots permeating the living area. But dining rooms are generally used only in the evenings, or on special occasions, so a separate dining room is certainly a luxury.

In terms of design, this is one room where you can afford to get a little carried away. Dining rooms should be cosy spaces, and are often painted in warm, dark shades of red or green. They are used mostly in the evenings, so light is less important - therefore, a dark, north-facing room is ideal. Personally I'd always pop in a serving hatch through to the kitchen if you possibly can, even though many people feel they are a 1970s joke. Once you've had one, you'll never want to live without it. Acoustics are a crucial factor in an area where people are chatting and socialising, so you really need fabrics and soft furnishings - curtains, carpets, even wallpaper - to absorb the noise. Although they are becoming extinct, you may want to consider smokers and fit extraction, if you don't want to send people out into the cold.