Image via - Clover and Thorne
How does one achieve that perfect dining space, learning a thing or two from seeing how the professionals do it, will definitely help you create that perfect space. Personally I like dining to be casual and relaxed, an area where everyone can enjoy good food, friendship and laughter as this is what dining should be about. It would be shallow to say that it is all down to the surroundings as that's far from the truth, however a beautiful dining space definitely helps to create a more memorable occasion.
Above: Circular tables are fantastic space savers, especially if you buy one that extends when you need to cater for more people. The contrasting top of this table (either marble or metal) against the rustic wooden base, is perfect for a coastal look - Design by Singleton Interiors
Above: A little more formal but still space saving - By Simply Home Decorating
Above: Ship-lap walls give a relaxed look, however the decorative rug adds more formality. Covered chairs still retain their popularity and look better in a larger space - Image via Markalunas Architecture Group
Above and below: This dining room from Randell Design Group is exactly the look I plan for the beach house. The two rattan chairs at either end soften the industrial style chairs. It is all about mixing up materials but keeping to similar tones to achieve a look like this
Above: You can see the rest of this beautiful home in a previous post....here
Above and Below, two different dining spaces by Outrageous interiors.
Above: You can't get more relaxed than a dining space adjacent to the kitchen. Many dining spaces are located in open plan living/kitchen areas and work wonderfully unless you don't like your guests seeing your kitchen mess. However, most new homes now have large butlers pantry's where all the kitchen prep work can be done and the dishes out of sight - Image via Markay Johnson Construction
Above: Long and narrow can work well in a similar shaped space - Photography by Elad Gonen
Above: If you love the rustic look but want to make it a little more formal, incorporate a patterned rug and upholstered chairs. These chairs have nail head detail which make them more formal - Design, Kerrisdale Design Inc
Above: The formality of a crystal chandelier softens the heavy look of a rustic table, making this dining space seem a little less formal than its surroundings. Mixing up furniture, chairs and lighting can help create a relaxed look even in a grand space. - By AMI Designs
I hope you have enjoyed these dining spaces and feel inspired to update your dining room or create a totally new space. If you need help with this and need a professional, I have provided links back to the designers of the rooms.