All too often, the dining space is the most neglected area in the modern family home. Luckily, it’s coming back into fashion …
Often adopting the role of a surrogate laundry room or home office, as the length of time between dinner parties draws wider and wider, the dining space is easy to forget about – especially thanks to the super-fast pace of modern living.
With many of us opting to eat on the go, and family members’ busy schedules commonly conflicting, the once habitual family sit-down meal has become something of an anomaly. The design potential of the dining space lost some traction for a time, but now we are seeing something of a backlash against the mantra of multitasking. And, as more and more people try to build a more mindful approach into their everyday life – including how and where they eat – the dining room is coming back into its own.
As a rule, I like my diet as maximal as possible, but I have been entirely drawn in by the minimal dining trend over the last few months. Interior design magazines and blogs have been showcasing a fresh take on dining room décor that is stripped back and unembellished, with black, white and neutral palettes adding gravitas. Many designers are simultaneously introducing a natural feel to the look with summer-appropriate coastal elements.
Like what you’re reading? Click through the gallery above in fullscreen mode for inspiration –and start turning your own dining room from neglected into delectable.