Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are no strangers to flawless style. Their property portfolio is one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen, and this time, it’s the timeless dining space that focused our design attention.
Dining areas should have a special atmosphere, whether for relaxed lunches or elegant dinner parties. For this reason, it’s worth paying extra special attention to current dining room trends to help set the scene for delightful fine dining.
In order for a dining room to maintain its status, it must not only work hard, but also look beautiful – and this requires careful coordination, especially when it comes to choosing a stunning color scheme and furniture for the dining room. Investing in classic interior design trends, similar to those of Ellen and Portia, will ensure that your dining room continues to impress year after year.
This is why designers, decorators and color experts alike love decorating in green and using wooden furniture; Two decorating ideas that continue to stick.
1. Dark green
Dark botanical colors work with most shades to create rooms that are harmonious and easy to live in. Dark green is generally considered a soothing and relaxing color. Being the color that represents nature, it is the color that makes us feel good and positive.
“The poet and philosopher Goethe used to describe green as a beneficial color, a good color to be around,” explains Francesca Wiesel, founder of Francesca Paints. ‘Often used in gentlemen’s clubs and traditional libraries, dark green goes well with wood and is a color that stimulates concentration and deep thought. Dark green is the perfect color for a dining room, because it is bold and calm at the same time.’
Francesca adds that when choosing color combinations for rooms, look to nature for inspiration. We love pairing dark green with other neutrals, like taupe, beige, sand, and stone, for a timeless quality that lasts season after season.
“I use a lot of dark green because it’s very eye-catching,” says interior designer Sarah Vanreinen. ‘I also love decorating in dark heritage green. I don’t think space is a barrier to boldness – don’t be afraid to use strong colors even in the smallest spaces and use them on all four walls. The effect is dramatic and the green works well with many other great colors too.’
2. Wooden furniture
Another way to plan and design a space that will transcend all current trends is to decorate with wood. Wood, a material found in nature, is a great way to add character, texture and lots of warmth.
The importance of sustainability will see many consumers moving away from fast furniture and investing in designs that can stand the test of time, and the use of wooden furniture will be at the forefront of innovations to come.
Whether old or new, pale or dark, the warm, tactile nature of wood is guaranteed to enhance any home – not to mention the fact that wood gets better with age. The natural beauty of wood, combined with its strength and flexibility, makes it ideal for all types of furniture. It makes the perfect material when considering ceiling ideas for your fifth wall as well.
Shop for modified dining room furniture
In recent years, there have been many new and interesting techniques that have revitalized wood furniture and made this ancient staple a modern-day favorite. If wood dining room furniture is high on your list, be sure to invest in a few of our favorite looks from the edit below.
Willie Dining Table by Leanne Ford