The dining style takes its cues heavily from individual lifestyles and it will do well to adhere and enhance the same. However, elements like the kind of dwelling and the space provided, influence the creation of unique styles.
The entry to the kitchen, bedrooms and staircase is all through the dining room. In such a case, the only way to anchor the look of the room is to have a commanding dining table, more in the sense of visuals rather than size. For the space to look free-flowing, try out a glass-topped table resting on a unique base, like a wood or glass sculpture. Instead of high-backed chairs that may make the space look constricted, try out plush, upholstered ottomans.
Dining room dimensions
The dimensions for a Dining room depends on the number of persons to be seated and the manner in which the dining table and buffet/sideboard/ crockery cabinet are arranged
The sizes for a comfortable dining room as per the number are as follows (w - width; l - length):
Four persons - 8’0”w by 11’6” l
Six persons - 10’0” w by 13’6” l or 12’0” w by 10’0” l
Ten persons - 11’0” w by 15’0” l or 13’0” w by 13’0” l
Location and shape
Depending on the space available, the shape of the dining table can be rectangular, square or round. East, South or West facing areas of the house are ideal for the dining room. The dining area can also be an independent room or a continuation of the kitchen.
Best Position of the dining table and chairs (as per vaastu) The master of the house should sit on the South, South-West or West-facing chairs so that he sits facing the East. The other family members should sit facing the East, West or North.
It is ideal if the door to the dining room is placed in a corner and the door leading out of the dining room to other spaces is placed directly opposite in the other corner of the room. This enables the dining table and other furniture to be placed in the remaining portion of the room.
Windows should be big enough to allow light to the dining room.
Colour the dining room
Considering the dining room to be an area of cheer and good health (since that’s where you will be eating), the walls of the dining hall can be in shades of light blue, yellow, saffron or light green colour. Shades of pink or orange will also do. However, while choosing the colour, keep the furniture and the colour scheme of the room in general in mind.
Portraits and paintings of nature will make the atmosphere in the dining room happy. A flower pot or a single stemmed flower in a vase at the centre of the table will add some charm to the room.
The flooring can make or break your décor, but check out dark hardwood floors or bamboo flooring. Accent them with oriental rugs or bamboo mats for an authentic look.
A soft lamp at the corner of the room will also add a warm glow to the room.