DINING ROOMS

June 24, 2014 / Homes

Discover the art of eating in with these sophisticated dining zones

  • A mix of raw and white-painted wood creates an airy aesthetic in this Melbourne home. The double doors within the open-plan living-dining space can be closed off as desired for a more intimate feel<span>Photography: Armelle Habib  Styling: Heather Nette King</span>

    A mix of raw and white-painted wood creates an airy aesthetic in this Melbourne home. The double doors within the open-plan living-dining space can be closed off as desired for a more intimate feelPhotography: Armelle Habib Styling: Heather Nette King

  • A large mirror helps to reflect natural light, bouncing it around the room to create an airy ambience<span>Photography: Anna Kern  Styling Eva Lindh/House of Pictures</span>

    A large mirror helps to reflect natural light, bouncing it around the room to create an airy ambiencePhotography: Anna Kern Styling Eva Lindh/House of Pictures

  • Statement lighting can help create a central feature in an open-plan space. This is the ‘Mass’ chandelier by Norm for &Tradition (andtradition.com)<span>Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen</span>

    Statement lighting can help create a central feature in an open-plan space. This is the ‘Mass’ chandelier by Norm for &Tradition (andtradition.com)Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

  • Designers often use suspended lighting in groups of three to highlight a key aspect of a room – here, it’s this colossal 1960s teak Danish dining table. These eye-catching copper lights are by Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net)<span>Photography: Jean-Marc Wullschleger/Living Agency</span>

    Designers often use suspended lighting in groups of three to highlight a key aspect of a room – here, it’s this colossal 1960s teak Danish dining table. These eye-catching copper lights are by Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net)Photography: Jean-Marc Wullschleger/Living Agency

  • The three-dimensional panelled walls of this dining room – owned by Italian fashion designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua – conceal storage, allowing this ‘Tulip’ table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll (knoll.com) to take centre stage. The chairs are vintage and the chandelier is made from Murano glass<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside  Styling: Francesca Davoli</span>

    The three-dimensional panelled walls of this dining room – owned by Italian fashion designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua – conceal storage, allowing this ‘Tulip’ table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll (knoll.com) to take centre stage. The chairs are vintage and the chandelier is made from Murano glassPhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside Styling: Francesca Davoli

  • The owners of this Lake Como house made this table from an old door, which they coated in green resin. Reclaimed chairs and pendant lights add an industrial feel<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi  Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside</span>

    The owners of this Lake Como house made this table from an old door, which they coated in green resin. Reclaimed chairs and pendant lights add an industrial feelPhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside

  • This marble-and-black cedar table is the focal point of an open-plan space that’s designed for living and entertaining. The table is from the Gilles & Boissier collection (gillesetboissier.com)<span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    This marble-and-black cedar table is the focal point of an open-plan space that’s designed for living and entertaining. The table is from the Gilles & Boissier collection (gillesetboissier.com)Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • In this Bristol house, Eames ‘DSW’ chairs are paired with a reclaimed 1930s table in its original green paint<span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    In this Bristol house, Eames ‘DSW’ chairs are paired with a reclaimed 1930s table in its original green paintPhotography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • The original tiled floors and rustic features of this traditional villa in the heart of Barcelona are enlivened by fabric in a bold print – the homeowner’s own botanical design – that has been draped casually over the dining table<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside  Styling: Francesca Davoli</span>

    The original tiled floors and rustic features of this traditional villa in the heart of Barcelona are enlivened by fabric in a bold print – the homeowner’s own botanical design – that has been draped casually over the dining tablePhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside Styling: Francesca Davoli

  • Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass open out onto the garden, bringing in plenty of natural light and allowing guests to enjoy the views as they dine<span>Photography: Serge Anton/Living Inside</span>

    Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass open out onto the garden, bringing in plenty of natural light and allowing guests to enjoy the views as they dinePhotography: Serge Anton/Living Inside

  • This simple grey scheme is offset by accents of petrol blue – a great way of updating vintage furniture<span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    This simple grey scheme is offset by accents of petrol blue – a great way of updating vintage furniturePhotography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • Crystal chandeliers create glamour – in this Italian home, clusters of lights hang above the dining table like glinting jewels. The quirky table is the homeowner’s own bespoke design and the 1930s cement tiles are original to the house<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi  Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside

    Crystal chandeliers create glamour – in this Italian home, clusters of lights hang above the dining table like glinting jewels. The quirky table is the homeowner’s own bespoke design and the 1930s cement tiles are original to the housePhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside

  • Mismatched vintage chairs from Secondalinea (secondalinea.it) surround an old walnut table dressed in hand-woven hemp fabric in this Italian farmhouse. The island and worktops are polished pigmented concrete<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi  Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside</span>

    Mismatched vintage chairs from Secondalinea (secondalinea.it) surround an old walnut table dressed in hand-woven hemp fabric in this Italian farmhouse. The island and worktops are polished pigmented concretePhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside

  • This eye-catching chequered tile floor creates a rustic French feel in this Parisian kitchen. For similar rustic tables and chairs, try Lombok (lombok.co.uk)<span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    This eye-catching chequered tile floor creates a rustic French feel in this Parisian kitchen. For similar rustic tables and chairs, try Lombok (lombok.co.uk)Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • This whitewashed scheme, defined by glossy concrete floors, creates an airy aesthetic. The wooden table is by Nordal and the chairs are treasured vintage Thonet pieces (the ‘210 R’ chair is available from The Conran Shop; conranshop.co.uk)<span>Photography: Peter Kragballe  Styling: Camilla Tange Peylecke</span>

    This whitewashed scheme, defined by glossy concrete floors, creates an airy aesthetic. The wooden table is by Nordal and the chairs are treasured vintage Thonet pieces (the ‘210 R’ chair is available from The Conran Shop; conranshop.co.uk)Photography: Peter Kragballe Styling: Camilla Tange Peylecke