You have sized up your space, pondered paint and all-oak finishes, and deliberated on chairs versus benches.
Your dining table and seating, the room’s centrepiece, are sorted, but the story does not end there.
From storage and tableware to lighting designs and decorative details, leading interior design house Neptune are taking a look at some of the other touches that can help to make your dining room feel just so.
Eating and entertaining aside, it is likely that your dining room will also be used for storage and display.
A dresser, with its open shelves, glazed doors, drawers and cupboards to choose from might be the best option.
Neptune’s Chichester and Suffolk designs can fit homes of most sizes, while their freestanding Chawton cabinetry has a pull out surface for serving and wine storage among many of its useful options.
Equally, if you have more than just bottles and curios to store and you prefer to keep things tidy behind concealed doors, sideboards are endlessly versatile and can be dressed on top as simply as you like.
After choosing the rest of your dining room furniture, chances are you will turn your thoughts next to what will top your table.
Neptune’s crockery collection has been designed for easy mixing and matching, meaning you can layer it with your existing pieces, or build a new set comprising one or more styles.
Whatever style you opt for, by layering your pieces you will create a table with interest and practicality that is ready for the everyday and special occasions alike.
A group of pendants hung over the table will provide light in welcome pools, or you may favour one larger statement-making fixture.
Whichever you choose, just make sure the bulbs are dimmable so you can drop the brightness down when entertaining.
Wall lights will add a second layer of light, whether it is a gentle wash you are looking for, or directional, adjustable beams.
With your fundamentals covered, you can consider the other ways you might like to dress your space.
Table linen and place settings can be a good starting point.
Neptune’s collection of tablecloths and runners are made from soft, relaxed linen, and while either style can elevate your table beyond the everyday, a runner will create a slightly more informal look.
Combine with washed linen napkins and rattan rings, quilted or handwoven placemats and coasters for a naturally-textured, layered look.
Finally, flowers and natural touches through the space can help to put the finishing touch on a considered, elevated dining room.