Dining with style

Dining with style

Creating the perfect dining setting involves a combination of aesthetics, functionality, and attention to detail. Inspired by the Sovereign Hills Display Village, here are some tips to help you create an inviting and appealing dining atmosphere at your place.

Choose a theme or style

Decide on a theme or style that reflects your personal taste and complements the overall design of your home. Whether it's modern, traditional, rustic, or eclectic, having a cohesive style, will create a harmonious look.

Select the right furniture

Invest in a dining table and chairs that suit the size of your dining space and the number of people you typically host. The furniture should be comfortable and proportionate to the room, like the setting in McDonald Jones Homes' Massena display.

Consider lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood. A pendant light or chandelier above the dining table can be a focal point, while additional ambient lighting and accent lights contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere, just like this dining setting in Adenbrook Homes' Penn E display.

Table linens and centrepieces

Use tablecloths, placemats, or table runners to add texture and colour. Consider seasonal or themed centrepieces like flowers, candles, or decorative bowls. Keep it low enough to allow for easy conversation.

Dinnerware and glassware

Invest in quality dinnerware and glassware that complements your style. Coordinated sets or mix-and-match pieces can add visual interest. Make sure you have enough for the number of guests you anticipate.

Flatware and utensils

Place flatware in an organised manner on either side of the plate, with the forks on the left and knives and spoons on the right. Specialty utensils can be placed as needed for specific meals.

Napkins and napkin rings

Fold or roll napkins neatly and use napkin rings for an extra touch of elegance. Consider using cloth napkins for a more formal setting, as seen in the Perry Homes Sirocco display home.

Personalised touches

Add personal touches like name cards or small favours at each place setting for special occasions. This adds a thoughtful and personalised element to the dining experience.

Create a comfortable seating arrangement

Arrange seating to encourage conversation. Avoid placing chairs too close together or too far apart. This example in McDonald Jones Homes' Miami display is perfect. Ensure there is enough space for guests to move comfortably.

Background music

Consider playing soft background music to enhance the dining experience. Choose a genre or playlist that suits the occasion and the preferences of your guests.

Aroma and ambiance

Consider the scent in the room. Avoid overpowering fragrances, but you may use subtle scents like fresh flowers or scented candles to enhance the overall ambiance.

Keep it tidy

Before guests arrive, ensure the dining area is clean and clutter-free. A well-organised and tidy space contributes to a more inviting atmosphere. You can find this dining setting in Pycon's contemporary Waratah display.

Remember, the perfect dining setting is one that reflects your personal style and makes your guests feel comfortable and welcome. You can adapt these tips to fit your own preferences and the specific occasion.

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