If your dining room hosts just as many family meals as it does dinner parties, you’ll want to make sure the colour scheme you choose works just as well for casual settings as it does for formal. A neutral palette accented with one bright colour, such as a feature wall painted deep purple or rich teal, is an easy way to create a feeling of comfort and elegance in equal measure.

Flexibility is key when designing a dining room that works for all occasions. Deck out your ‘day’ dining room with accessories that can be easily moved and stored at a moment’s notice. When evening sets in, simply pack away the family fun and replace with more grown-up accessories. For an instant colour hit, decorate the table with hand-painted glassware or get creative and paint the inside of a wooden tray in a warm, vivid shade. Complete the look with a few single flower buds in glass jars and light some candles to add a sophisticated ambiance.

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