14 Dining Room Décor Tips to Steal From Restaurants
Great restaurants exist to deliver an experience for all senses. Beyond the mouthwatering dishes, every aspect of the design, décor, ambiance, and sounds must coexist to create a one-of-a-kind universe that will plunge diners into a world that makes time stand still, if only for a few hours.
The dining rooms in our homes should essentially serve the same function—as a place to gather and linger in great company. While our generation doesn’t necessarily have the intrinsic entertaining gene of our grandmothers, our foodie tendencies can be of great service when it comes to decorating for dinner parties. Keep scrolling to read what we learned from restaurant design and how you can apply it to your own dining rooms.
The more cozy and comfortable your dining room is, the more your guests will be comfortable, and want to linger. Opt for plush seating, moody tones, and dim lighting to create an intimate atmosphere.
Moby’s, an East Hampton eatery focusing on fresh local produce including seafood from the nearby Montauk fishermen, boasts a décor that’s unmistakably nautical. Rope-wrapped beams, navy director’s chairs, and beach photography all complement the surroundings and locally focused menu.
Have an impressive wine collection? Find an innovative way of displaying it. Even better, create an intimate dining room in your wine cellar. Granted, this might fall in the dream home category for most, but if you have it, flaunt it.
Courtesy of Hotel Vernet
Symmetry and repetition are the driving forces behind many great designs, like this Hotel Vernet dining room. Use repetition with chairs and place settings but also with art, mirrors, or multiple sconces. You can even opt for two or three pendants instead of one big chandelier to elongate the space.
All spaces can be made to feel larger than they truly are, and mirrors play a large role in achieving this. Used together with the power of repetition, your dining room can become an optical illusion of endless space that’s quite breathtaking like Café Boulud in Toronto.
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