Dining Room. Monday , February 05th , 2018 - 08:49:48 AM
The new essentials. 'We don't need complete dinner services any more,' says Wedgwood design and creative consultant Francesca Amfitheatrof. 'Attitudes have changed and we can be adventurous with a less formal mix-and-match approach.' Instead, it's all about customising your crockery, so compile your ultimate wish list before investing in some good-quality basics. Space and storage limitations make today's kitchen essentials work harder and, as a result, you're more likely to need flexible items and dishes that can double up. Don't waste your funds on cups and saucers just because tradition dictates if you know you won't use them. On the other hand, if you're a coffee lover, proper espresso cups will be a good investment if they make your morning shot that much more enjoyable. Above all, it's essential to think about your particular needs and cooking style when choosing crockery.
Form v Function. Wine writer and expert Nick Alabaster suggests you never buy a flared glass but stick to the usual tulip shape. The design of a tapering tulip glass focuses the wine's aromas and concentrates them for the nose. In a flared glass they are lost. It's also important never to fill the glass more than a third full - this is usually the widest part of the rim. Stem or Tumbler. The stem of a glass is simply there for you to hold so the wine can be served at the correct temperature and not altered by your own body heat. Naturally, if you're not drinking a fine Chablis, a beaker-style glass can be just as pleasurable.
Refurbish. One of the biggest secrets of budget dining room design is to use what you already have! Begin your design project by thinking about what it is that you want from your space, and how your existing furniture differs from your design. If your existing furniture is still sturdy, there are lots you can do to improve or alter the aesthetic appeal. The solution could be as simple as a coat of paint in a fun new color, or replacing the top or your old table with a new one in a more contemporary shape. Buff out old scratches, and give aging wood a new coat of polyurethane or furniture wax.
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