Cottesloe ResidenceContemporary Dining Room, Geelong
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29. Location: Geelong, Victoria Designer: Altereco Design Features: A modern take on coastal style.Tell usWhich shower do you love the most? Tell us in the Comments and don’t forget to save your favourite photos, like this story and join the conversation.MoreDid you miss last week’s Best of the Week? Catch up here with Best of the Week: 30 Kitchens That are Ahead of the Curve
6. Reference other features in the houseThe recessed shelving in this room visually breaks up a plain white wall and adds depth to the space. The shelves are also a nice way to tie the room together, as they reference the wood used in the rest of the house. This works with other materials, too. Why not paper or paint the back of a niche with the same wallpaper or paint used elsewhere?
1. Select a dining table made of sturdy stuffIf you want a table to last through years of dinner party wear and tear, choose a timber table made from an Australian hardwood, such as blackbutt, spotted gum or jarrah. European hardwood species include mahogany, walnut, maple and oak, and common Asian varieties, teak and ironwood, are also great options. Tables made from engineered or composite woods, which include plywoods and MDF, are durable and economical, but are never as strong as a hardwood.
Once you have decided how many seats you need to accommodate to showcase your home, choose a dining table that fits the shape of the room well. Consider whether you need a long, narrow table (as seen here) or whether a different shape would work better. Just make sure that there is plenty of space around the table so that the room looks ‘effortlessly spacious’ and your buyers can easily walk around all sides.TIP: Experiment with the position of the dining chairs too, as this can also significantly impact the perception of space in the room. For a six-seater setting, sometimes three chairs down either side of the table works well; and other times the room will look larger if you re-position the chairs so that there are two chairs down either side and one on either end.