Elaine Lu, co-founder and managing director of award- winning Hong Kong inter-disciplinary interior design practice Lim + Lu, advises using a reclaimed wood dining table with sleek contemporary dining chairs to create a contrast between raw and refined. Alternatively, you can opt for banquette seats instead of dining chairs to create a lounge-like dining space.
To create an informal dining room where people can relax when not eating, use banquette seats as these can be more effective than chairs when it comes to creating a cozier and more laid-back vibe,” she says, adding that a beautiful statement chandelier or pendants above the dining table are a great way to add a sense of drama to the space.
According to Johnny Li, principal and managing director of AB Concept, it’s important to think not just about trends, but also about one’s personal lifestyle and aesthetic preferences when designing a dining room.“As one of the most important social spaces in a residence, the dining room should evoke a memorable experience for both the owner and their guests,” says Li, who encourages his clients to think about a look and layout that makes them feel at ease. It's important that the dining room reflects the owner’s personality and way of life. Remember, there are no strict rules. Add elements that you genuinely love and remove anything that no longer resonates with you.
Your dining room should reflect your personal tastes and preferences. Incorporate art, fabrics, and materials that make you feel comfortable and inspired. The space will naturally evolve as you live in it.