A Contemporary Homeowner’s Guide to the 21st Century Dining Room
How many iconic movie scenes can you think of that happen at the dining room table? There are too many to name! Perhaps you thought of that famous scene in American Beauty where the dysfunctional family is on full display, or the absurd quarreling and ketchup noises of John C. Reiley and Will Ferrel in Step Brothers. The list goes on. The point is, a lot happens at the dinner table.
The dining room is a gathering place for families. It’s where we sit and make connections through conversation. For the 21st century homeowner, the dining room is a place of endless decorative possibilities that sets the tone to the rest of the house. From an architectural and home designer’s perspective, the dining room has seen a fair share of makeovers. Let’s take a look!
The Classic Dining Room
It’s sometimes referred to in the industry as the Queen Victoria dining room: long decorative wooden table with matching china cabinet, curving winged chair backs, flowered-pattern fabric, ornate buffet with drawer space and more. Some of what makes that classic dining room set up includes:
- Thick wooden dining table
- China cabinet
- Dining room hutch
- Hardwood floors
- Venetian blinds
The 21st Century Dining Room
Like everything in the 21st century, this variation on the dining room has endless possibilities and it is a mixture of past and present. Your dining room table today can be anything from a minimalist metal table to a thick wooden table with a rustic look. If you’re looking to bring your old school and bland dining room to a modern and classy convivial space, here are a few tips:
Let there be light.
So much of contemporary architecture and design is based on enhancing nature or bringing out natural qualities. Ambiance is key for a good dining experience and lifting your atmosphere with light can make the room that much more appealing and welcoming.
Play with shapes.
Today’s dining room tables have an incredible range of creativity. There is room for custom dining room furniture that is circular, square, oval, or any shape under the sun. The shape of the table is usually dictated, however, by the scale and shape of the room. The current trend involves mixing and matching styles and shapes.
The art of mismatching.
A modern dining room interior can have coordinating pieces that complement each other but are not necessarily uniform. Contemporary designers go for the beautiful but unexpected look: finding harmony invariance. That’s what makes the modern dining room refreshing and exciting.
It’s important to note that a little class never gets old and even if you want to bring your dining room to the 21st century, you don’t have to get rid of the classic china cabinet or grandmother’s table.
Inhabit the 21st Century With Summus Homes
They say hindsight is 2020. Well, why not use 2020 as the year of foresight and begin envisioning your perfect home. We can help you find it. How you decorate it, is up to you. The 21st century is a time of great possibilities! Here at Summus Realty, we live and breathe homes, and we help El Pasoans search for the home of their dreams. Call us today and find out how we can help you get started buying or selling your home.