Whether you’ve chosen (as your first step towards a casual dining room) to make your dining space part on an open-plan room, or the table where every meal takes place in a separate part of the house, the ideas don’t end there. Setting the tone for your dining room also has a lot to do with the styling of your table.
Ideas for making a more casual dining room statement start with leaving the table undressed. It’s the first lesson in how to make a formal dining room feel less formal. When the table isn’t set, it makes the dining area feel like an open invitation to sit down and relax. Compare that to when it’s set for an occasion, and it feels as though you can’t sit down unless it’s when food is served – or about to be. Keep the placemats and the crockery at bay, concentrating instead on a floral centrepiece or a decorative bowl placed in the middle.
But if the dining room is in an open-plan, convivial environment and you prefer to keep the table laid, dress it back down by choosing chairs that mirror the relaxed furniture in the room. This will help the dining room to feel more casual, because if the dining chairs are upholstered in a similar material to that of your sofa or footstool, there’s an underlying message saying, come sit down and relax.
On the topic of dining chairs, they play a huge part in defining the character of your dining room. The more laidback the shape and style of your chair (or bench), the less formal your dining room will appear. Compare the contemporary scooped dining chairs in the bright white Greg Natale dining room pictured, or the Eames DSW-inspired chairs in his other dining corner scheme with the more formal silhouettes in the LuxDeco dining room further on in the article. The difference in their aesthetic completely changes the dynamic of the room.