Fed up with classic mahogany and teak in your dining room and looking for modern decor ideas? Here is a good starting point.
Functional art or modern furniture?
1900 generated a group of designers who began to detach themselves from the bulky traditional wooden furniture, towards styles more suitable for smaller urban living spaces.
These modern (and post-modern) designers used lighter structures to create bold and functional designs that incorporated eccentric elements from Art Deco to Pop.
Minimal and thoughtful are the keywords of the style. To put your dining room together, you will have to embrace simplicity.
What is the modern look?
The rich embroidered fabrics and intricate carved motifs that accompany traditional furniture are finished. Modernism requires smooth surfaces, clean cuts and geometric designs.
Natural textures and plain themes must merge together to create a vibrant and relaxing atmosphere.
The designs are flexible and multifunctional so you can easily fold or enclose the pieces into each other. A popular example is the dining table with attached folding leaves.
These small structures can be opened to accommodate larger groups for special occasions. Another great example is the loaded beverage cart and the food cart hidden inside a portion of the cupboard.
Which materials are best?
Dark polished wood is a formal material that gives a classic touch while unpolished light woods are more cheerful and have a more contemporary look.
Modern homes feature multiple alternative materials such as stainless steel, chrome, plastic, glass and molded plywood. As for the fabrics for seat covers and upholstery, you can’t go wrong with leather, silk, organic hemp or pure cotton.
The modern aspect is also global. Borrows freely from Asian and African motifs and themes.
Double-textured pieces often combine exotic materials for a fresh look. In line with ecological trends, a fusion of sustainable materials such as wicker, jute, stone, cane or bamboo with modern materials such as glass and steel or even traditional wood also creates a unique style.
How many furniture is too much?
A modern dining room shouldn’t have too much furniture. There must be no mess. You can take a ready-made set or select individual pieces with a common flowing theme, but choose only the bases. Invest in a small selection of elegant and sensitive pieces that blend well together.
A dining table set, a sideboard, two matching porcelain cabinets and a single serving trolley with a cooking plate are more than enough for a medium sized dining room.
The dining room is a special part of the house. This is where everyone meets for meals and for socializing. The whole family and occasionally friends come together to share, laugh, eat and celebrate each other’s existence. The atmosphere you create in this room will give many happy memories.
So make it a special atmosphere that brings your insignia of warmth and comfort.
by Amy White