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Dining Room Delights for 2021

With only a month and a half into the year, here are the latest dining room trends.

Home interiors became a priority for many in 2020, notably for the dining room where gaining more space, organization and lighting will dominate the design process. Brands like Molteni and Boffi are introducing dining tables situated in a vast space complimented by a clutter-free linear kitchen. The trend of creating a clean and pure environment has increased in popularity as dining rooms are being equipped with air-purifiers from brands like Miele, with green plants and herbs incorporated into tables by those like Heatherwick Studios.

More Space, Less Clutter

From dining rooms enclosed in a separate area, an open-layout that intersects with the kitchen will be preferred by many households this year. Working at home has been a challenge for many and dining rooms that offer space beside the kitchen is much more functional as the dining table can be used not just for eating, but also for working.

Molteni’s Ratio kitchen and dining room collection designed by Vincent Van Duysen offers a seamless intersection of both dining and kitchen areas that showcases a space that is highlighted by natural light coming in from the glass door panels situated beside the dining table. Boffi’s kitchen and dining system called Combine designed by Pierro Lissoni also reflects the same open-dining concept made more sophisticated with smart technology embedded in the modular system of a kitchen that intersects the dining table (see featured image).

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Color Theme

More positive vibes at home is much needed this year and this can be achieved by injecting some bright and modern colors in the dining room. Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating has been heralded as this year’s official colors and in the latest press release by The Pantone Color Institute, executive director Leatrice Eisman shared:

“The union of enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.”

These trending colors can be introduced in the dining rooms by painting the walls that surround the dining table and placing large format rugs with the same colors. Ariadna Papucciu, press officer of Portuguese rug brand Rug’Society, shared to us that their latest rug called Valencia comes in both trending colors and can be situated in the dining room and give a positive summer ambiance. Papucciu shared to ArchiExpo e-Magazine:

“The Valencia rug speaks for itself: inspired by summer trips to Valencia, this product truly reflects the city in its vibrant colors and warm feel. Hand-woven in wool and botanical silk, Valencia will make any space feel like it’s summer thanks to the wave of silky colors that bring both comfort and excitement.”

An Air-filtered Atmosphere

Another important and beneficial trend this year is the introduction of air-filtering systems or HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in enclosed dining rooms. What the year 2020 has taught everyone is to be more hygienic and the dining room is one of the areas that gets a lot of the cleaning makeover with new products introduced in the market like the sleekly designed Miele’s AirControl air purifier, which captures harmful airborne particles.

Incorporating Nature and Greenery

Plants, terrariums and potted herbs have been making their way not only in the kitchen but also on dining tables where moss and grass centerpieces can now be found and hanging plants and even indoor trees are seen planted in the corners and spaces in the dining room. Plant species like weeping fig, flamingo lily or bamboo palm are ideal in dining spaces with big spaces and they also serve a dual purpose of purifying the air, creating a biophilic dining space.

Heatherwick Studio recently collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Benchmark Furniture and the Design Museum and created a table from sustainable wood and incorporated plants that sit on top of maple wood table legs that are connected to the glass tabletop. The table, highlighted with growing plants can be used as a dining table or as a console table that can complement the dining room.

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