As the warmer weather approaches we all like to escape from our winter layers and start to entertain more. Many homes these days do not have the luxury of a designated dining room but this shouldn’t stop you from catching up with friends. Today we are looking at some ways to allow you to entertain in style whatever the size of your home.
A circular dining table is the most sociable shape for your home and it ensures no-one feels left out over dinner. I really love this Peggy table as it is very simple and can easily be dressed up or down depending on your entertaining style. The simple style allows you to be more adventurous with the style of the chairs as shown here, or you could choose an upholstered chair to bring some warmth (and comfort!) to your home.
If space is limited it is often a good idea to make your dining table double up. I like to use the surface to arrange my collection of interiors books – it then becomes a horizontal bookcase. The Pacific oak dining table is a good choice if you want a multi functional table. The beautiful wood provides a great background for dinner but it could also be used as a display surface, or as a desk if you work from home.
Bench seating is a great choice if you occasionally need extra seating but don’t want to make it a permanent feature of your home. The bench can sit in another place in your home, maybe the hallway, and be used when guests visit. mydeco.com supplier Another Country collaborated with Monocle magazine to create the wonderfully proportioned Monocle bench. Manufactured in Ash and on a limited edition of 100 the bench could easily sit an extra four people around your dining table.
If space in your home is really limited do not feel downhearted. You can liven up any dinner party with vibrant accessories – for example, Kartell produce the fabulous Dune tray in a great selection of colours. Serving drinks and nibbles to friends on these trays would create a real statement. The colours available include yellow, fuschia, red and orange – or you can keep it simple with the clear option.
Whatever the size of your home remember that you always have room to entertain. Just remember to select the right furniture for the proportions of your room – and then start sending out your invitations!
After starting his own interiors consultancy business in 2004, Andrew Dunning created and filled a blog with useful and practical advice on how to transform your home into something truly stylish. His how-to and room of the week posts are a must-read. Take a look here - apdinteriors-blog.com. You can follow Andrew on twitter @andrewdunning. Read more posts by Andrew.