By Charlette Cordier. Dining Room. Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 22:55:17 PM.
Dining rooms have been around for a long time. Medieval dining would have been in vast halls, which were cold, draughty and probably very noisy. Dining room furniture was basic, solid and functional. Huge open fires, stone floor and very little comfort would have been other features of medieval dining. Gradually there was a shift away from the large dining halls to smaller more compact and no doubt cosier parlours. Initially the room would have been next to the great hall, but grew in popularity as somewhere to dine.
During ancient times, people generally ate in the kitchen sitting on the floor. It was more convenient to serve the food near the kitchen. When there were parties, people ate in the living hall. The dining room was often on an entirely different floor level. Historically, it is furnished with a large dining table and chairs. The most common table shape is rectangular with two armed end chairs and an even number of unarmed side chairs along the long sides.
Many people are tempted to design their dining room in a formal way where everything is perfectly matched, looking like they are living among Better Homes and Garden magazine pages. This style may please some, but for others, creative energies are better delighted using a Southwestern theme decor. A southwest style dining room lends warmth and says ”welcome.” An important idea to keep in mind when developing such a dining room, is to bring in a casual, comfortable, and imperfect feel. While shopping for items for a Southwest dining room, places like flea markets and second hand stores can be a great source for finding just the right distressed piece.
In many homes the dining room transforms into a social gathering room as the love of good cooked food brings friends and family together. Yet not every dining room and especially formal dining rooms convey that feeling of ease and comfort that adds so much conversation to the family meal. Having the right dining room furniture is only half the recipe for a great get-together space. The meal really comes together with the right furniture arrangement.
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