The formal entertaining trend is less about a traditional, stuffy dining room, fine china and polishing silverware, and more about creating a setting where friends feel at-home lingering over craft beverages and a well-prepared, artisan meal.
Think bold, rich colours paired with light textures and tones, comfortable seating, surfaces for help-yourself food and drinks stations and a statement decor piece like a high-polish chandelier or a broad patterned rug.
TIP: If your room isn’t large enough for a grand dining table, add a sofa or upholstered bench (with added storage underneath) so that the table can be pushed to one side, freeing up space for mingling.
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