I’m a dedicated foodie, so I’ve always loved the idea of long, lazy Mediterranean-style lunches with family and friends, and I used to try to recreate that ambiance when I styled my properties.
The dining area is the hub of the home for most families and couples. In Australia, we spend more time in the kitchen than any other area of the property, and more so when it extends into a family room.
But styling this important area of the home has adapted to the change to our lifestyles since I first started property styling.
Whereas in the past, we used to lay a full dinner service to show off the dining table, formal dining rooms are now being sacrificed to more functional areas such as the home office or rumpus room.
Style your dining room to reflect the lifestyle your buyers want to emulate
Since traditional dinner parties started to give way to more informal get-togethers, we are using less fussy, more natural and sustainable resources for decorating.
Classic properties are still dressed more formally, but the emphasis in modern homes is to bring the outside in, usually with a liberal use of greenery and careful selection of decorator pieces.
Check out my tips below for ways to get your dining table just right:
1. Use natural materials – Bring the outside in. Nature provides a wonderful sense of tranquility and relaxation, and it is economical as well. Use a tray as your centrepiece to showcase a selection of fresh flowers, pots, plants, fruit, coastal bric a brac, a bowl of forest pods, or the latest trend, a string of mud clay beads.
2. Don’t overdress your table – Styling your property is not the opportunity to dress it in the sort of floral extravaganza you see on the top table at a wedding. Clean lines show off your space, and one large vase of fresh flowers may be adequate. If you’re unsure about colour, stick with white flowers – lilies, hydrangeas, or a handful of gum leaves – to provide a more contemporary vibe.
Don’t use styling your dining table as an opportunity to dress it in the sort of floral extravaganza you see on wedding top tables
3. The size of your centre piece should correlate with the size of your dining table – Don’t be afraid to use larger pieces of deco. Trust me, those pieces will give your property the wow factor!
4. Grouping – A small group of decorator items of different heights and texture works really well.
5. Go potty! – Pots are on trend at the moment and two pots – a large one with a smaller version by its side – may be all you need. Similarly, a couple of lanterns work really well on outdoor tables.
6. It’s a NO to runners and table cloths – Unless you are hiding damage or an ugly, outdated dining table, please resist the temptation to cover up your dining table!
What inspiring ideas have you come up with for your dining table?