How to Design A Luxurious Dining Room For Guests

September 5th, 2023

The dining room is more than just a space for enjoying meals; it's a sanctuary where your family gathers, friends connect, and conversations flow. To create a cozy and inviting dining room, pay attention to the design and furniture choices. This blog post will delve into dining room design, exploring various elements such as furniture, layout, colour schemes, and textures. By incorporating these tips and ideas, you can transform your dining room into a warm and inviting haven that will make every meal a memorable experience. 

1. Furniture Selections:

The right furniture sets the tone for your dining room and plays a vital role in creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

Dining Tables

Discover the importance of selecting the right dining table size, shape, and material to suit your space and style. 

  1. Today, there are many options for table shapes. Round or oval tables work well in smaller spaces, as they promote better flow and conversation; rectangular tables are ideal for larger dining rooms and can accommodate more guests; and extendable tables offer you flexibility for hosting larger gatherings when needed but conserving space otherwise. Our Showroom features all of these options to showcase how each differentiates from one another. 
  2. Dining tables can be made from various materials, each offering distinct qualities. Wood provides a classic and durable option with different finishes to match your décor.  Wood also hides smudges and spills and has-. Glass tables offer a modern and airy feel, ideal for smaller spaces and are also easy to clean. Ceramic tables, known for their durability and versatility, come in various colours and finishes. The choice of material depends on your style and the ambiance you want to create in your dining room. Stop by the Cottswood showroom and explore materials such as wood, glass, ceramic or Stone (insert picture of Dinec ceramic table). 

Ceramic Faux Marble Dinec Dining Table


Dining chairs come in a range of styles, from traditional to modern, each offering its own blend of comfort and aesthetics.  While your table can be the statement piece of your dining room or your entire home, your dining chairs are the most important choice for a long-lasting, comfortable dining experience.  Consider materials, construction, pitch and depth when making selections.

  1. Traditional dining chairs often feature intricate details and elegant upholstery, giving your dining room a sense of sophistication. These chairs typically prioritize comfort with plush cushioning and supportive backs. 
  2. Modern dining chairs emphasize sleek lines and minimalist designs, adding a contemporary touch to your space. They often prioritize ergonomics and functionality, with mixed materials that are easy to clean and maintain. 

Storage Solutions:

Sideboards, buffets, or display cabinets are essential for keeping your dining room organized and clutter-free. These furniture pieces not only provide ample storage space for dishes, glassware, and other dining essentials but also serve as stylish additions to your dining room decor. 

  1. Sideboards and buffets typically feature drawers and cabinets, allowing you to store and organize your dining items neatly. 
  2. Display cabinets, on the other hand, offer the opportunity to showcase your favourite china, glassware, or decorative pieces behind glass doors or on open shelves. 

2. Layout and Space Planning:

The layout and space planning of your dining room can greatly influence its coziness and inviting nature.

Flow and Accessibility

An effective room plan for your dining room focuses on flow and accessibility. Consider the layout to ensure comfortable movement and easy access to and around the dining table. Arrange furniture to allow clear pathways and convenient proximity to the kitchen. Prioritizing flow and accessibility creates a functional and user-friendly dining space.

3. Colours, Textures, and Accessories:

Colours, textures, and accessories play a crucial role in creating a warm and inviting dining room ambiance. Here, we will explore how to incorporate these elements effectively

Colour Schemes

The impact of colour on the mood and atmosphere of your dining room is significant. Warm neutrals, such as beige or cream, create a calming and inviting environment, perfect for fostering relaxation and conversation. Earthy tones, like shades of brown or green, bring a sense of warmth and connection to nature, evoking a cozy and comforting atmosphere. Alternatively, bold accent walls in vibrant colours like deep red or navy blue can add a touch of drama and create a focal point, making the dining room feel energetic and lively. By carefully selecting the colour palette for your dining room, you can create a space that reflects your desired ambiance, whether it's a serene and tranquil atmosphere with warm neutrals, a cozy and inviting environment with earthy tones, or a vibrant and energetic space with bold accent walls.


Textures and Fabrics:

Textures and fabrics in your dining room add depth and warmth. Incorporating woven baskets, natural fibers, or textured wall coverings create visual interest. Plush upholstery, soft curtains, or decorative pillows introduce comfort. Layering different textures and fabrics enhances richness. Mixing smooth leather chairs with a textured rug or adding a velvet table runner elevates the ambiance. By utilizing textures and fabrics, your dining room becomes a cozy and inviting space for meals and gatherings. 


Accessories are crucial in adding personality and charm to your dining room. Lighting fixtures, such as tabletop or floor lamps, provide illumination and serve as stylish focal points. Artwork on the walls can inject colour and visual interest, reflecting your taste and style. Decorative accents, such as vases, candles, or centrepieces, add a touch of elegance and create a welcoming atmosphere. By carefully selecting and incorporating these accessories, you can infuse your dining room with your unique personality and create a space that exudes charm and character. 

Furnishing your dining room appropriately is about more than merely selecting a table and chairs. Be careful and intentional when curating this (and all rooms) in your home. Our showroom is filled with inspiration and all the styles and pieces mentioned in this blog, and as always, assistance from our designers is complimentary to help you make the best selections. During our custom order anniversary event, you can also save 30% off all custom furniture and in-stock models until September 30th, and the time is now to place an order to have your beautiful new dining room ready in time for the holiday season. So, get ready to create a space where cherished memories are made and loved ones gather to share laughter, stories, and delicious meals; visit us in-store today to start building the dining room of your dreams.

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