January 30, 2013
Dining rooms and cozy don't always go together. Many homes prefer to make their dining spaces austere, or at the very most comfortable. Too cozy and your dining space will turn into a coffee house, after all! But sometimes a little extra hominess is just what a dining room needs. Not every meal should be an aristocratic affair, after all - and besides, cozy can be chic as anything else! If you're looking to up the comfort quotient in your space, consider these tips, starting with hardwood flooring.
When it comes to the comforts and pleasures of home, there's little more soothing than hardwood flooring. Although we don't realize it all the time, flooring makes up an enormous portion of a space's aesthetic. It may not take up as much space as the walls, but everything from the ambient noise of footsteps to the look and feel of hardwood underfoot plays an important role. And of course, there's the natural warmth of wood grain. Anderson Floors has always understood this, through more than half a century of design and craftsmanship. And it shows in the Hermosa Plank collection. These engineered boards include a palette of soft pastels befitting a vast spectrum of home decor styles - ideal for your dining room.
Hardwood in general is an inviting and warm design choice, so it's worth bringing out these touches in other parts of your decor. If you have exposed wood beams in your ceiling, show them off as best you can. In fact, a variety of rustic touches are a great idea and even a few industrial styles, like exposed brick, could add cozy chic to your room design.
The phrase "hearth and home" is practically synonymous with the word "cozy," and when a blaze is crackling in the fireplace, it's not hard to see why. Warming, pleasant, with an ambience that's festive and soothing at once, a dining room fireplace is a must-have feature.
Whether you're complimenting the fireplace or making up for your space's lack of one, candles are an excellent option for the table, mantel, sideboard and entire dining room in general. Turn down the lights, dig into the meal, relax and enjoy the natural comfort of friends and family around the table, since the real key to a cozier dining room is good company.