When was the last time you ate out – while sitting comfortably in your own home?
Whether you’re entertaining lavishly or just sharing a pizza, creating the perfect dining space can turn a simple meal in into something special.
In fact, one of my favourite dining looks at the moment can take you right across the Atlantic to that home of eclectic urban chic, Brooklyn Heights. Here, artists and designers have taken abandoned warehouse spaces and turned them into some of the most striking homes in the world.
And OK, we don’t all have a huge boho loft to enjoy, but we can still re-create the atmosphere and aesthetic that makes this look so magnificent.
The right materials mean a lot in this quirky collection – and they’re mostly natural. Look for distressed woods in particular, in both flooring and furniture; for instance, the Savannah table teams up with three chairs and a comfortable bench seat to create a great sociable eating arrangement.
A perfect complement to the Savannah table is the matching china cabinet – a real contemporary twist on a timeless display idea.
An alternative for the perfect centrepiece would be the Vega dining table and bench, with their elegant flared cast iron legs, inspired by some of the best mid-20th century designs. The Vega is crafted in solid hardwood – love those organic shapes…
Getting the Brooklyn Heights look right means paying a lot of attention to texture, which all of the pieces mentioned share. It wouldn’t be a loft look without exposed brickwork, of course, but chopping back plasterwork can be a time-consuming job – a clever alternative is a paper such as Fine Decor’s Distinctive Brick (Ilovewallpaper.co.uk)
You can echo the warm hues of brickwork in terracotta-style accessories – I’ve chosen the Tarrac Bowls because of their strong pattern. The Red Giant Ombre vase is also perfect in its setting, adding a subtle sheen to a generally matt-finish décor.
This is definitely the room setting for a gorgeous rug, the more ethnic-looking the better – complement the overall ambience with distressed leather, gleaming copper and kelim cushions but remember to keep the overall feel uncluttered.
Loft spaces are often flooded with natural light thanks to their large industrial-style windows, and you can recreate that with a careful choice of lighting no matter how big or small your room.
Ceiling lights such as the Fly Pendant in white create pools of illumination, differentiating areas of your room for different purposes, while a well-placed floor lamp such as the Atlas Tripod with its arty legs can make the most of an overlooked corner.
This is an unfussy look that is particularly welcoming thanks to its warm colour palette and touchy-feely textures. A look, in other words, that will make your guests feel at home – who could ask for more from their dining room.
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