When designing a dining room in dramatic style, the primary idea is to make a great impression. Using drama in your decorating theme allows you to use bold colors, and rich textures and patterns. Whether you prefer a sleek and contemporary look, or the glamor and history of the dated look, both can be achieved with a dramatic dining room decorating theme. Creating a great visual effect is what matters most when decorating in a dramatic style. Even if your dining room is small, it can still be decorated dramatically, and you can even help emphasize that cozy, intimate atmosphere.
To create the dramatic look in your dining room, use color on the walls to establish a particular mood. If you’d like an airy and romantic feel for example, use pale shades with gilding or shiny metal accents. For a more sumptuous feel try saturating the room with warm colors such as reds or earth tones. Using stone and rich dark shades of wood will help pull in the walls.
Vibrant colors such as a deep purples blues and greens will create a rich and luxurious mood as well.
Decorate the dining room floor in a way that complements the primary theme you’re creating. Try using stone slabs, faux effects, or even black and white tiles to complement the dramatic design you’re creating.
Keep in mind that lighting helps capture the mood of your room. When decorating in a dramatic style, try using special effects with your lights. Chandeliers, picture lights, and even an imposing light positioned over the table all allow you to create subtle changes and looks. You may want to consider installing a dimmer switch for adjusting the mood as desired, and candles can be an excellent addition as well.
Tips And Ideas For Creating The Style:
To create a rich sumptuous look with your walls, use vibrant contrasting color paint effects, or even murals, bold plain colors, and ornate moldings.
For your windows use formal full length draperies with dramatic or classic styles. Try curtains with swags, extravagant tie backs, and sumptuous cord ties. Choose fabrics which are richly colored and textured such as silk, satin, or even velvet.
The flooring in a dramatic style dining room should also be luxurious and bold. For example you could try a velvet wall to wall carpet. Other very effective decorating touches include stone, marble, or area rugs with exotic patterns.
Furniture choices should be ornate and elaborate for a period look, and glass and black for a more modern style. The dining room table could be heavy polished wood with a pedestal or decorative legs and feet for example, and the chairs could have vibrant colors, textures, and designs for the seat fabrics.
When selecting lighting for a dramatic dining room design, there are a wide variety of choices. Ornate and elegant chandeliers are a favorite, and you could go with a modern crystal chandelier or select one which has a combination of metal and crystal for a more rustic or period look. Consider adding wall pocket lights or even picture lights for a more dramatic directional lighting design on the walls.
When decorating your dining room in a dramatic style, the dining room table should be your room’s focal point. All of the patterns, colors, fabric textures, and decorating accessories should compliment that table and cause it to be the center of attention when you walk into the room. Be sure to arrange the furniture in your dining room so the table is most attractive and noticeable, then arrange all of your supporting design features around that.
Remember too that your window treatments are meant to be the “feather in your cap”. In other words, they top off and complete the overall room design. So be generous here with drapery shapes, colors, and textures. Choose curtains and swags with rich texture such as velvet or satin, or use ornate embellishments such as braids, fringe, and tassels.
Alternatively you could choose curtains and draperies which create a more sophisticated and restrained elegant look.
Since a dramatic style dining room theme can be a bit larger than life, feel free to let your creativity flow when adding your accents, accessories, and embellishments. Pay attention to details to ensure nothing loses impact when surrounded by all the other elements in your room. Be indulgent with your table centerpieces too, since these crown the jewel of your room. Try fruits, flowers, candles, and carved or crystal bowls. Be sure to arrange centerpiece items in staggered heights for the greatest impact too.
©2008, Kathy Burns-Millyard