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Shelves-2Dining room style and design can range from using the most traditional of oak tables, high backed chairs and candelabras, to the contemporary feel of glass and cool metallic touches teamed with a minimalist colour palette. There are countless options for how a dining room can look and feel, so it is important to begin by deciding on the intended use of the room; intimate dining for a couple or large dinner parties?

Deciding on a feel

The feel of the room will be dictated by the chosen style, so getting this right is essential. If the room will be used chiefly for entertaining, the style can be more formal, incorporating modern touches to traditional pieces of furniture or working around a theme or centrepiece. Personal taste will feature largely in these first decisions but once it has been decided what sort of feel the room should have, and what it will chiefly be used for, ideas will start to take shape.dining_table

Taking inspiration from interior design blogs and magazines can throw up ideas for the next stage by suggesting how to fulfil the requirements of the room. If the room is taking on a relaxed, country feel, soft pine furniture and warm wooden display cabinets can look perfect against traditional china and floral vintage touches. A more formal dining room may call for a darker wood, such as mahogany, and more luxurious classic soft furnishings, such as upholstered chairs and floor length tieback curtains.

Ideas for decoration

Finding an appropriate main paint colour is the all-important starting point, and whether this colour is natural or more striking is an important initial decision. Many dining rooms do incorporate feature walls in striking reds or dark blues; however, opting for a darker paint colour calls for simpler plain pieces of furniture, and it can make the room appear smaller. Going for one main focus of the room, whether it is a wall hanging, a table or a centrepiece, means that other decorative touches can complement this feature. This will provide a balanced and tasteful colour scheme.

Furniture requirements

Most importantly, the room needs functional furniture that will allow the room to beXanadu_range_hero_639x348 used to fulfil its main purpose. Investing in a folding dining table could be worthwhile if space is limited, but if the room will need to accommodate large parties of visitors from time to time it will benefit from extending dining tables, as these allow for flexibility when accommodating large or small parties. Storage for tableware is important and furniture with storage space should be incorporated into the design to meet this requirement.

The final touches

Dining room accessories are the finishing touches in making a room individual and unique. The accessories will provide the final flourishes of style and tie the different aspects of the room together, so finding pieces that complement colour and furniture choices is important. Once the accessories are in place, the perfect dining room will be complete and ready to entertain guests and family members alike.

Aimee Claire – Aimee is an enthusiastic, well-educated freelance writer with a passion for Interior Design. She is fascinated at how different patterns, textures and lighting can completely change the look and atmosphere of a room. One day she will run her own Interior Design company, but for now is happy experimenting with new designs in her own house.

Think of a stylish nation and the French spring to mind almost immediately. With their cutting edge haute couture fashion, brilliant sculptors and painters, world-class film industry, elegant châteaux and fabulous gastronomy, the French really have style in abundance. They seem to have a skill for creating things of great beauty with very little effort – how do they do that?

The Eiffel Tower, ParisTake their interior design style, for example. The French like to do things in extremes, whether it’s the super-bling of the Palace of Versailles, a rustic Limousin farmhouse, elegant parquet-floored Parisian apartment or gilt-edged Baroque country house grandeur, it’s guaranteed to look fabulous.

To achieve a home that twinkles with Gallic charm there are a number of different routes to take. Depending on personal style, this could involve heading off in a rustic French farmyard direction with milk churns in the kitchen, gingham curtains and simple wooden French furniture, such as dressers and armoires, to create a truly continental accent.

If grand interiors are required, then put together an elegant boudoir featuring ornately carved commodes (chest of drawers), large gilt framed mirrors, glittering chandeliers and a sumptuous chaise longue from which to relax and admire the view. The French are famous for being good in the bedroom, and this is certainly the case when it comes to the furniture! There can be fewer more French experiences than falling asleep in the soft, opulence of a mahogany sleigh bed; adding this particular item of furniture to a room instantly translates it into fluent French. Visitors to France should head for Brocantes, flea markets and Depot Ventes, all good hunting grounds for authentic furniture.

Suite_ImperialeUpholstery and linens are taken very seriously across the channel. To get a French twist into fabrics, choose distinctive motifs such as fleur de lis and chintzy fabrics that catch the sunlight. Simple ticking, stripes and linens work well in more relaxed schemes, or for an injection of French formality try out one of the many Toile de Jouy designs, typically French and oozing style. These famous pastoral textile designs are mostly blues, reds and blacks on an ivory background. The designs have become so popular it is possible to acquire lampshades and wallpapers in the same range, to create a unified look.

French_shuttersNow introducing a little French flair into the British home has long been a popular pastime. We have welcomed with open arms the chairs with their elegantly turned legs, the gigantic rustic dressers, the light and airy colour schemes and the antiques of the Louis Phillipe and Henri II periods. The naïve Provençal peasant furniture or the ornate dark woods of the Breton styles have all become familiar sights in British homes. Another inspired French invention that has really caught on over here is shutters, such as the type supplied by www.thecaliforniacompany.co.uk. Shutters are used to keep out the hot midday sun, to retain privacy and to insulate against heat loss at night. With a huge range of styles available, shutters offer an elegant alternative to curtains or blinds and lend an unmistakably French flavour to any room.

With careful selection of some key furniture and design elements, it is possible to create a French inspired oasis within the home. Why not embark on a love affair with all things French – who knows where it could lead?

Aimee Claire – Aimee is an enthusiastic, well-educated freelance writer with a passion for Interior Design. She is fascinated at how different patterns, textures and lighting can completely change the look and atmosphere of a room. One day she will run her own Interior Design company, but for now is happy experimenting with new designs in her own house.

ZACK TARIS single vase or candle-holder

Whether single vase or candle holder, as a stylish living accessory TARIS always cuts a fine figure. Made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel, the article can be combined with two differently coloured plastic tops.taris

The available colour combinations are:
stainless steel accessory with tops in grey and red or stainless steel accessory with tops in green and blue

The successful combination of an unusual yet always functional design and high-quality finishing typical of the ZACK design label inevitably lead to products with a definite must-have factor.

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ZACK ACCOLO coat rack

The exquisitely finished coat rack is made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel. The practical living accessory impresses with its typical, exclusive ZACK material finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance and helps keep clothes arranged neatly and attractively.
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The clear-cut shapes and the consistently timeless, clear-cut design language through which the ZACK articles fit harmoniously into a wide variety of furnishing worlds are the outstanding characteristics of the ZACK living accessories.

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Also available in six and eight hook lengths.

ZACK LINEA towel hook

Exclusive towel hook made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel for wall mounting. The practical bathroom accessory impresses with its typical, exclusive ZACK finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance.
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The clear forms and the consistently timeless, clear-cut design language through which the LINEA articles fit harmoniously into a wide variety of bathroom worlds are the outstanding characteristics of this modern bathroom series.

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ZACK LINEA double towel rail

The exquisitely finished towel rail is made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel. The practical bathroom accessory impresses with its typical, exclusive ZACK finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance.
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The clear forms and the consistently timeless, clear-cut design language through which the LINEA articles fit harmoniously into a wide variety of bathroom worlds are the outstanding characteristics of this modern bathroom series.

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ZACK LINEA glass door hook

The ZACK design brand presents the exclusive glass door hook made of high-gloss 18/10 stainless steel as a flexible bathroom accessory.
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The exquisitely finished design article can be hung easily over glass doors and panels up to 10 mm thick, its groove providing a firm grip for a towel or bathrobe.

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ZACK SCALA towel stand

The exquisitely finished towel stand is made of high-gloss 18/10 stainless steel. The practical bathroom accessory impresses with its typical, exclusive ZACK finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance.
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The clear forms and the consistently timeless, clear-cut design language through which the SCALA articles fit harmoniously into a wide variety of bathroom worlds are the outstanding characteristics of this modern bathroom series.

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The exquisitely finished shower basket is made of high-gloss 18/10 stainless steel. The bathroom accessory impresses with its typical, exclusive ZACK finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance.
The clear forms and the consistently timeless, clear-cut design language through which the SCALA articles fit harmoniously into a wide variety of bathroom worlds are the outstanding characteristics of this modern bathroom series.
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When it comes to the wall mounting of the SCALA articles you can choose between traditional drill fitting and modern adhesive fitting using the special adhesive ZackMount.
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ZackMount is ideally suited for stable wall mounting without drill holes on almost all load-bearing, rough and smooth surfaces both indoors and outdoors. ZackMount can be removed from all surfaces without leaving any traces.

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ZACK VITOR fruit bowl

The gently rounded VITOR fruit bowl shaped out of mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel takes pride of place on any table or sideboard.
The bowl created by the ZACK design label has a tremendous, self-contained presence, its distinctive cut-outs creating a rich play of colours with the fruits it contains.

VITOR is the exclusive way of presenting fruit.
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