Throughout history, dinner has been the main meal of the day, a time for the family to come together and converse, share thoughts and laughter, and to simply enjoy a meal together. As technology progressed, our lives became faster, and meal preparation did not have to be the time consuming chore it once was. Busier lives and the invention of television and other technologies meant conversation was not the only form of entertainment of an evening, and the age old tradition of sharing dinner in the dining room slowly (and sadly) became less common. The dinner table was always there, but was now being used as a place for homework, or for parents to do some after hours work on the laptop. Sounds familiar, right?
Luckily, we are now seeing a shift back towards the ancient tradition of eating at the dinner table; families once again choosing conversation over t.v, coming together in the dining room each night to enjoy a home cooked meal, and share one another's company. This shift back to eating meals together at home has meant the dining room is again now a room as important as any other, and here at homify we think this is a great thing! So without further ado, here are some of our best dining rooms, from some of our best Indian experts, to inspire you and your family to share your meals together once again.
Many homes are designed with an open plan in mind, meaning the dining and living areas are combined in one with the kitchen. This allows for interaction between the whole household at all times. A perfect space for entertaining a larger number of guests, allowing for a more relaxed atmosphere as people are more able to interact in a space that includes couches, as they will (hopefully!) not be glued to their chairs. We love this home designed by New Delhi architects Studio An-V-Thot. The open plan design allows for maximum airflow for Delhi's subtropical climate, ideal for those balmy nights.
What an elegant property to come home to! This residence designed by Zero9 Architects oozes sophistication; the perfect space for family time or for a small group of guests. The mood lighting in the ceiling, matched with the tasteful black furnishings, as well as the mirrors offers a relaxed feel, perfect for winding down. Note the dining chairs have no back, an inconspicuous detail deliberately added to subconsciously encourage those dining to lean in towards the table, encouraging conversation.
Another great example of open plan dining, decorated in a completely different motif. A modern white theme is the staple here, complete with the all white dining dinner set, and stark white walls and ceiling. The open plan and presence of clean whites, as well as the curvy shaped ceiling with soft lighting, almost reminds us of dining in a soft cloud, sure to induce positive thinking and a happy dining experience.
Every detail of this room has been thoughtfully planned out, designed by Five One Interio from Kanpur. The aesthetics of this room grab us, with carefully planned lighting and colour scheme allowing this dining room to pop! Shelf lighting and bright down lights ensure the every sparkling detail in the chairs and wall decal can be seen. Black glass is synonymous with sophistication, and this room is a prime example. At a quick glance the floor may seem not too dissimilar to any other polished floor , but look a little closer and you will notice the glass cabinet directly beneath the table, which displays glass crystals and coloured stones. This is a unique design feature is sure to grab the attention of guests as they sit down to dine; a real focal point of this home.
A very different approach to the home above, but with a visual effect just as great, is this inner city Mumbai duplex apartment designed by The Ashleys. Natural materials, neutral timber tones, simplicity, and highlighting local craftsmanship, were all key design features for this minimalist residence. Allowing the beauty of timber, and simple yet carefully planned out geometric lines to take centre stage, the sharp square lines in the furniture, ceiling and bespoke staircase look inviting and homely. No need for extravagance in this room, we feel this room is a great place with no distractions to allow for conversation to flow. This allows families to reconnect, far away from t.v. and computer games.