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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.

ZACK VITOR bread basket

The gently rounded VITOR bread basket shaped out of mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel occupies pride of place on any dining table.
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 bread it contains.
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Brighten your table and order it now at Proleno

ZACK MEL honey pot

Exclusive honey pot in the distinctive style of the ZACK design label. This article is distinguished by its straight lines and clear geometry combined with a contrasting mixture of materials.
The honey pot itself consists of transparent plastic with bordering made of black plastic in a matt surface finish.
The honey dipper is made of black, slightly pebbled plastic and brushed satin stainless steel.

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Available to buy now at proleno.com

PIANO is the name of the new, two-tier cake & fruit stand from the ZACK design label.
zack stainless steel cake fruit and pastry stand
With clear lines and a pure design vocabulary, the decorative home accessory impresses with its high-quality workmanship and an exclusive, brushed surface polish in a hairline finish.

Made out of superior 18/10 stainless steel, the cake stand integrates itself into virtually any home environment with its discreet aesthetics. Four small rubber feet on the bottom of the stand ensure stability, while preventing possible scratching of the surface beneath.

Available now from Proleno, on the web at www.proleno.com, on the phone on 0207 965 7199

Metier Atelier is renowned for its stylish & unusual bathroom and kitchen accessories. Today we focus on on their kitchen products, their teatime range in particular.

Metier Teapot

Teapot with Warmer


The Metier Atelier Teapot with Warmer. With tea making such a comeback this brand new design in teapots from the Metier Atelier Well series is welcomed with open arms! Designed by Momou and a gold award winner for product innovation design this teapot is art at teatime!

Apart from its stunning good looks it is also equipped with its own warmer so that your tea remains hot in the pot!

Metier Creamer

Cream/Milk Jug


To complement it the range also includes the Metier Atelier Cream or Milk Jug. Lovely isn’t it? This cream or milk jug also designed by Momou, is simply a must-have item if you are purchasing other items from the range. With the same aesthetics as the teapot and sugar bowl Momou has created a small piece of teatime art.
Metier Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl


Finally we have the matching Sugar Bowl. This sugar bowl complete with lid, is superb, working well as a standalone item or even better when purchased in conjunction with the other items in the Well collection.

Afternoon tea anyone?

Available now from Proleno, on the web at www.proleno.com, on the phone on 0207 965 7199

The Linus salt and pepper cruet set from Zack is fabulous and a definite talking point at any dinner table.

Linus Cruet Set

Zack Linus Cruet Set


Sitting on its stand, the sleek pencil-like look is artistic to say the least and as it is manufactured in high quality brushed stainless steel it adds weight, both physically and figuratively, as it shouts out to be looked at, admired and of course used!

It’s also gift boxed so if you are looking for something a little different for that upcoming birthday then look no further.

Available now from Proleno, on the web at www.proleno.com, on the phone on 0207 965 7199

Smaller kitchens, galley kitchens, bachelor pads and bedsits, they all generally suffer from lack of space. The Sopra Stackable Salt & Pepper Shakers from Zack may not solve all the home’s space problems but they go some way to freeing up a bit of table or worktop space without compromising on style and design.

Zack Sopra Stackable Salt & Pepper Shakers

Zack Sopra Stackable Salt & Pepper Shakers


Manufactured from brushed 18/10 stainless steel they are elegant, contemporary and ooze European style.

Available now from Proleno, on the web at www.proleno.com, on the phone on 0207 965 7199

Danish designed and highly contemporary, the Sting Jug from Herstal brings a simple and elegant feel to any table.

Use for water, wine, juices, whatever you choose!

Herstal Sting Jug

Herstal Sting Jug


Made from top quality stainless steel and standing high at 25.0cms it’s bound to bring admiring comments and when not in use it’s simply too attractive to store in a cupboard so it becomes kitchen art that will look great as a display piece.

Available now from Proleno, on the web at www.proleno.com, on the phone on 0207 965 7199

Teatime no longer needs to be boring with Mooch’s funky metallic coloured teapots, cups and saucers.

Mooch Teapot

Mooch Teapot


Super shiny and metallic, these brand new teapots come in a fabulous range of colours. A contemporary and funky addition to a traditional British teatime or when not in use, they are perfect for brightening up a table.
Mooch Teacup

Mooch Teacup


Available in purple, pink, lime green, silver and turquoise; these are so gorgeous you’ll be hard pressed to pick a favourite. Each colour comes as a teapot, tea cup and saucer and mug and adds a modern spin on a traditional cuppa.

Available from Mooch.

Designer Francisca Prieto has created a stunning new addition to her range of contemporary accessories: The Bodoni Ornament Placemat and Coaster Set.

The Bodoni Ornament Placemat and Coaster Set

The Bodoni Ornament Placemat and Coaster Set


This exquisite set of concentric circles comprises a placemat, coaster and smaller coaster, so you can use as one unit or scatter separately onto your table. Interested in typography, Francisca experimented with ornaments of the font Bodoni to create the delicate designs. The graphics have been screen-printed onto the enamel and by firing the piece at 830oC the design becomes embedded. The result is a surface that is incredibly hardwearing, with exceptional colour stability.

Ideal for interior and exterior settings or perfect as a heat resistant protector for your table, they are a great gift idea for anyone passionate about unique, exclusive and decorative design classics.