Designing your dining room begins with the basics. Who will be using the room, and how large is the space? If you need to maximize the amount of people seated at one time, then go for benches along the walls (or consider a fold down table in very small spaces). Think about colour as well. A dining room needs to be inviting, relaxing, and as delicious to look at and spend time in as the food being served. Bold, rich colours can work well, but lighter, more subdued tones are equally suitable, depending on the mood to be created. Try to make the dining room accessible as well. Dishes need to be brought in and taken out, while guests will need to move around. The ideal design will be a seductive blend of comfort and style.