When it comes to decorating dining rooms the sky is really the limit, but here are a few mathematical formulas and general rules that will help to ensure your decorating success.
•Install light fixtures 30 to 42inches above the tabletop.
•Make sure they are in proportion to the room.
•To determine the best light fixture size, measure the width and length of the room. Add the dimensions together. The sum equals the diameter (in inches) of the lighting fixture you need. Note: When in doubt it is always better to buy a fixture that is larger rather than smaller than your needs.
•Most dining-rooms require an 8' wide rug.
•Allow a boarder of between 18" to 36" (Boarder size will depend on size of room & size of table).
•Allow a 24" pass between table and edge of rug so chairs can be fully pulled back and still remain on rug. (In other words take your table dimensions and add 4' to its width and its length and that is the recommended minimum rug size.)
•Patterned rugs are a wise choice for dining rooms as they do not show spots, crumbs and usage as much as plain rugs.
•Typically the dining room is a seldom used room and can take a stronger colour than you might care to use else where in the home.
•Food colours are often the best colour chooses, i.e. reds, greens yellows, oranges etc. The psychological link makes the colour appealing and actually aids the body in digestion.
•Warm colours can stimulate conversation but to much makes it difficult to relax and linger after a meal. If you like to linger with quests long after the meal try toning those warm colours down Cranberry is easier to live with than fire engine red and cream easier than bright yellow.
•The eclectic look is currently popular. Meaning everything does not have to match exactly. Contemporary is being mixed with traditional, painted surfaces being combined with wood. Go with what you love.
•Chair height should be 18"to 20".
•Table height should be 28" to 30"
•Recommended table width Min. of 30" and a max. of 48".
•Allow 24" of leg room from floor to bottom of table rail.
•Allow a min. of 12" clearance around table legs and the such.
•Allow 24" elbow room between diners. (Follow this seating guide to help you determine the size of table you need to buy).
• 36" X 60" (seats 6)
• 36" X 72" (seats 6-8)
• 36" X 84" (seats 6-8)
• 48" X 96" (seats 8-10)
• 48" X 132" (seats 12)
• 38" sq. (seats 4)
• 60" sq. (seats 8)
• 36" d. (seats 2)
• 40" d. (seats 4)
• 56" d. (seats 8)
Over all suggestions:
•Decide on a plan before you begin purchasing furniture or repainting. A great way to decide what you like is to begin collecting photos of dining rooms you like. Put them all together in a scrap book. You will begin to see a common theme or trend in your tastes.
•Once you have decided on your style , whether it be contemporary, traditional or eclectic next decide on a theme. Are you aiming for an informal tropical look or a more sophisticated and formal look. Knowing this will help you to determine the colour and textures you will need for the room.
•Above all have fun and turn your space into a room that you love and enjoy being in.