This week we have been exploring how to make spaces at home a little more rustic, in this blog, we are looking at the dining space and easy ways to bring in some rustic warmth ready for the coming cooler months. The dining area is one of those spaces that will be used for quick midweek dinners as well as more formal occasions - so it is good to remember this when choosing how to decorate and furnish this space. Remember to take into account who will usually be dining at the table - a rustic wood dining table is a great family choice as it will already have stunning natural marks and undulations on it....which will help to disguise any additional ones made during day to day use! Being solid wood, a reclaimed dining table is also much easier to repair by furniture technicians.
The dining room
There is a huge array of rustic furniture available these days giving you plenty of scope to create a basic rustic dining room or to elevate your room to an eclectic blend of rustic and modern - a rustic dining table crafted from reclaimed wood would look great in either.
To keep it simple opt for a minimalist style table and wooden dining bench and if you want to blend rustic and modern you can pair this very same table with a plush velvet bench, velvet chairs or more modern faux leather dining chairs.
Adding a rustic sideboard allows you to bring in another element of cosy rustic to really reinforce the theme.... this also gives you ample storage opportunities for your serving dishes and table linen.... saving your room from getting cluttered and unruly!
A 'faded look' rug under the dining table and chairs will bring in extra rustic warmth and will anchor it in the room - it will also help to zone the area - this would also work in a combined dining and living space.
A fire place is not just for the living room - if you have a fireplace in your dining space then make the most of it - you can also add wood cladding for extra warmth and make the most of any exposed brick, stone or beams.
Dining area in the kitchen
If your dining space is within your kitchen then you just as many opportunities to bring in some cosy rustic elements. Rustic and farmhouse just belong together, so if you are lucky enough to have a farm-style house then you can go to town and bring in a butchers block instead of larger a rustic sideboard - a kitchen dresser is a classic piece of farmhouse furniture offering ample of storage and usually open shelving at the top to show off your more decorative crockery.
A breakfast bar or bar table is another feature in the kitchen that you can give a touch of rustic . The Dorset kitchen stools with backs look great at a breakfast bar - hang pendant lighting above the breakfast bar produced from a natural material like rattan or wicker.