Wallpaper is very fashionable at the moment and it is especially nice in the dining room. Why? Well, wallpaper adds a warmth through its design and texture, it helps to make a room feel cosy, lived in, more luxurious and creates the perfect ambeince for lingering over a meal, having an extra long chat over coffee after your meal, for creating the room that you want to spend time in.
How do you ensure that the wallpaper you choose is right for your dining room? How do you ensure it won't overwhelm the room? What do you do if you don't have a room for dining but a small area in an open place space or in the kitchen? Follow our tips for ideas on how to achieve that perfect space.
If your dining area is in a large open place space or at one end of the kitchen, then you need to create a zone for dining, rather than it looking like it is a table and chairs in the middle of a larger area. You can achieve this zone by wallpapering an area of the wall beside your dining table. You can do this in two ways - you can create a large panel by marking out an area approximately the width of the table and chairs and using architrave or wooden mouldings to create a large rectangle and simply wallpaper within it. The panelling will give it a nice finish. Alternatively, use wallpaper panels. Wallpaper panels are individual strips of wallpaper that have their own individual story or design within each one - they can be used singly or in multiples and you can mix and match wallpaper panels for your own individual design.
If the dining room is small, a busy or large scale wallpaper design might be overwhelming. Wallpaper a feature wall in your chosen wallpaper and keep the other details simple and plain so they aren't all fighting for attention. Let the wallpaper be the feature and ensure your dining table accessories are in plain or co-ordinating colours. If there are alcoves within the room, you could wallpaper each of the alcoves.
Wallpapering the whole room is the piécé de resistance and can look magnificent as well as ensuring it is creating that comfortable convivial atmosphere for dining. Choose a wallpaper that has a small design or is light in colour. Yukari Sweeney's Manor House
wallpaper is an example that is perfect for dining rooms as the design incorporates chandeliers and candleabras, yet it is understated enough not to overwhelm a room.
If you have never used wallpaper before, the dining area is a lovely zone to start in.
Lorna is the owner of the Online Home, Gift and Interiors store Garrendenny Lane at http://www.garrendennylane.com
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