Decadent, delicious… dining spaces

22 May 2014

Dining room, dining space or just a dining table? Many of us don’t have the first, and even if we do have a dedicated dining room, we will often have a secondary, more casual table or kitchen island to eat at.

Whatever your approach, given our love affair with food, the dining table as a place to gather and eat is very much a feature fixture in our homes. And can be made more special with interesting Resene paint colours. 

Because the dining table is more often out in the open, as part of a full living space that includes a sitting area and the kitchen, there are a few ways to tackle it in decorating terms.

·      Treat the table as another piece of living room furniture and the area in which it sits as an extension of your overall  scheme;

·      Or you can define it by, for example, hanging a pendant light low over the table, or by placing a rug underneath.

·      Or one of the most successful ways is to add drama with paint or wallpaper, particularly if the dining area is against a wall, or in a corner. A feature wall will visually frame the table and chairs, and create a sense of occasion. It may pay to start your overall living area scheme with the feature wall  or paper, given it will be the strongest element in the space. A feature wall is also the ideal place to hang an oversized mirror or artwork or arrange a collection of art, gallery style.

Top tip: Check out the latest Resene Walltrends III wallpaper book at your local Resene ColorShop for some stunning wallpapers that are perfect for use as a feature wall. There’s a huge diversity of patterns from faux stone and bookcase designs through to overblown stylised florals, traditional motifs and graphic city-scapes.

A separate space

If you are blessed with a more formal dining space that is either an extension of the living room or a room on its own, the world’s your oyster in terms of colour and decoration.

If you want to create a sense of occasion, choose a dramatic colour and/or a strong theme (Parisian glam, 80s bling, old world decadence). A classic colour for dining spaces, given its anecdotal evidence to enhance the appetite, is red. There are many types of red in the Resene collection, from soft from pink-reds like Resene Geronimo, orange-reds like Resene Afterburner, and deep reds like Resene Claret.

The style of your dining furniture may well inspire your colour choices – country-style oak might go with soft sage greens, retro Scandivanian-style pieces with soft teal or orange, an architectural trestle-style table with mid grey or black, dark timbers with red or gold.  

Will the table be dressed, with a cloth or place mats, for dining? Consider what your colour choice will look like with a fully decorated table, and when it’s mostly naked.

Talking of tables

Talking of tables, if you are buying a new one, put lots of thought into not only what it looks like, but its size – do you use it for all family meals, do you entertain a lot, and what will fit comfortably in the space? Also, the style (and comfort) of the chairs – if you’re spending long sociable evenings with family and friends, you don’t want bits of you to go numb. Consider ease of access to crockery, platters, wine glasses etc – will these be stored in the kitchen, or do you need a sideboard or buffet table to keep some of these? Add a bit of old-world glam with a deco-style drinks trolley.

Remember the floor…

Flooring is important in a dining space - do you need a practical, easy-clean surface like timber for kids who misjudge their motor-skills (check out the Resene Colorwood range for some great stain options)? Or is a rug or carpet okay? If you have a glass-topped table, the floor becomes an important visual element as you dine. 

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

Ditching drab dining spaces

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Walls in Resene Celeste give a soft golden glow to this French-style dining room. 

pictures Photograph Rossi Gannon. Walls in Resene Celeste.

Retro orange tones

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Resene Roasted Orange from the Resene Metallic and Special Effects range gives a soft pumpkin glow to this retro dining space, designed by Debra Yearsley.

Appetite enhancing

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Resene Raspberry is a classic colour for a traditional red dining room. Red is supposed to increase appetite and stimulate conversation. 

Clean and classic

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Classic clean-lined furniture including reproduction Eames chairs are set against a free-standing fin wall painted in Resene Tana, a green-edged stone grey from the Resene Whites & Neutral collection. This design is by Trinity Interior Design and the artwork is by Hope Gibbons and made from old beehive timbers.  

Is black best?

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There’s nothing quite as dramatic as a black dining room. This room was already quite dark so the owners went all out, and chose Resene Black. 

Space saver

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In a smaller home or apartment, setting the table up against the wall for everyday use is a good space-saver. The table is anchored in its space here with the artwork. Get this look with a wall in Resene Wedgewood. 

pictures Photograph from www.apartmenttherapy.com

Off the wall

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Take wallpaper literally off the wall… and use it as a table-runner instead. With the huge range of Resene wallpapers available, you can change out the look of your table easily. Or keep a roll in the cupboard and use the paper as a disposable tablecloth. This one featured in Habitat magazine a few issues ago. 

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