Dining in Style for the Holidays

If you’re planning to host a dinner for family or friends this Thanksgiving, now is the time to take a hard look at your dining room and address any design issues. A well-designed dining room combines elegance with comfort, creating a welcoming space where you can focus on good food and conversation. Take a look at some of the elements of a stunning dining room, as well as some style inspiration from our residential interior design portfolio.

Boston interior design dining room

Have a focal point– Whether traditional or contemporary, a great dining room usually has clean lines and simple styling that allow the food on the table to take center stage. However, you should have one element in the room that makes a statement, making the space feel like a destination. In this understated dining room, the tall mirror leaning against the wall adds a definite air of casual elegance.

Boston interior designer contemporary dining room

Capture the “farm-to-table” feel– A simple wooden table can add a bit of rustic charm to a contemporary dining room. Whether you go with metal, glass, or wood, a simple style will help keep the focus on the meal.

Boston contemporary interiors dining room

Avoid overly formal chairs– Heavily upholstered or high-backed chairs can seem a little too “knights of the round table,” so unless you’re going for a medieval vibe, stick to simpler shapes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, either! These retro school chairs add a pop of fun shape and color into an otherwise fairly traditional dining room.

What are your pet peeves or design dilemmas when it comes to decorating your dining room? If you need some help perfecting your space before the holidays, contact our Boston interior design firm.

 photos via Ana Donohue Interiors