Dining Room Trends For 2013

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Dining rooms are funny old places – most of the time they sit around unused and unloved because we tend to see eating at the dining table as a weirdly formal experience. Why is it that most people would rather sit and eat their meals in the kitchen or in front of the TV when they have a lovely dining room to enjoy? Could it be because they haven’t bothered to make the space their own by creating an inviting atmosphere?

If you’re guilty of neglecting your dining room, read on for some interior design tips to help inspire you to make the most out of this space. Here are my top dining room interiors trends for 2013…


Natural Textures

The big design expos including Maison & Objet and Milan Design Week featured many rustic, organic textures in tableware and interiors, so opt for these natural finishes in your dining room this season. Strip back heavily varnished wood and complement the rustic look by adorning your table with fresh flowers and foliage in glass bottles and jars.

Burlap table linens or styles featuring botanical prints will dress up your rough and ready dining furniture for special occasions.  An industrial style recycled bottle chandelier will also provide a thoroughly modern twist to complement this natural look.


Antique Brass

Antique brass is currently the de rigueur metal amongst designers this season, with Tom Dixon’s eclectic tableware collection incorporating this warm metallic hue beautifully.  Brass and copper give off a subtle gleam rather than the dazzling bling effect you get with gold and silver finishes. Investing in some brass or copper candle sticks for your dining table will bring a touch of modern elegance to your meals.

To complement the brass and copper look, try some colourful Aztec inspired printed ceramics to add a pop of colour. Here is a DIY tutorial for making your own tribal print mug with marker pens!

Dining room by Jenn Durfey

Image by Jenn Durfey


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are apparently discussing monochrome as a theme for their new baby’s nursery. Follow Kanye’s lead in your dining room and dare to unleash your dark side by painting it black. You can opt for a half-and-half black and white scheme like this or go for monochrome stripes on just one wall.

If black paint isn’t your thing then you can still achieve the monochrome look by contrasting a black dining table with white chairs, or vice versa. The look is surprisingly eye-catching and classic!  Dress your table with a striped runner and slate table settings to finish the look.

The Great Gatsby

With the eagerly awaited Baz Lurhmann film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the roaring twenties theme is a huge trend in the interior design sphere at the moment. To achieve this look, team Art Deco inspired wallpaper with oval dining furniture and dress the space with luxury fabrics like silk and satin.

Mirrored console tables and glass service trolleys with crystal decanters will convey the gin-soaked decadence of the decade. Top this look off by installing a glamorous Art Deco inspired chandelier and put on some jazz records, for a party atmosphere that will rival one of Gatsby’s gatherings.

What other interior design trends are you loving this season? Tell us about them in the comments below.

Estelle Page is an interior designer and blogger who’s in love with the current trend for all things 1920’s!

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