Seven ways to make the most of your dining room

Dining rooms are fast becoming the forgotten room in houses across the country. The area that was once reserved for your Sunday best is now an enigma, a puzzle begging a solution. So how best to use this space?

Here are our top tips on how to make the most of it:

  1. Size matters

Filling a small room with a table that dominates the space won’t help. Make sure each piece of furniture is to scale to allow diners to eat comfortably and easily.

  1. Use fabrics

Dining rooms are often defined by a landscape of hard surfaces but adding in some fabrics to give softer punctuation can really help. Blinds on the windows are a popular choice and a rug under the table helps pull the room together.

  1. Make it multi purpose

If you add uses to the room other than eating and drinking you’re more likely to spend time in there. If there’s space, add in some arm chairs and a sofa so it can double as a cosy room in the winter or a place to spend family time away from the TV and computer games.

  1. Dress for the occasion

While place mats, cutlery and crockery are all essential to eating a meal they help set the mood too. They’re also easy to change for the occasion or when you fancy a refresh.

  1. Get the blood flowing

Some psychologists claim the colour directly effects our mood. Red, for example, is supposed to trigger blood to flow around the body and prep our stomachs for food.

However, don’t overdo it with the colour. Just a couple of feature pieces, such as an individual wall or some of the artwork.

  1. Illuminate your guests

A pendant lighting is a great choice. It’s a feature piece in itself by day and when night falls it comes in to its own throwing light across the walls and ceiling.

  1. Style is passing, class is permanent

An age old saying but a true one. The table is likely to be the single biggest expense in your dining rooms so consider it an investment. Buy something that you are comfortable with and you are going to keep for years to come.

How to keep your home warm this winter!

454971487For those of you who have been unlucky (or lucky) enough to have been hit by the snow these past few weeks, you may be in desperate need of keeping out the cold. We have come up with 10 top tips that will help keep you and your Peter Ward Home warm!

1. Put up curtains

A set of heavy curtains can block out drafts of air. You don’t have to have them shut all the time as the sun shining through the window will warm up the room.

2. Close and seal all doors 

A closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the cold outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss. So if you are one for leaving doors open around the house, try closing them and see how the rooms will become warmer. You may also want to check around the door frame and under the door. Maybe invest in a door sweep or just simply place a towel there to block any draft.

3. Put down a rug 

If you have laminate or tiled flooring, try covering it with a rugs. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor so when you walk across it your feet will generally feel warmer.

4. Cook

A spot of cooking is a good way to not only warm up your stomach but your Kitchen too. The oven will help to dry the air and heat the room.

5. Drink warm liquids

A nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate will really raise your core temperature. What better way to relax and stay warm!

6. Electric blanket

An electric blanket can keep you very warm and comfortable in the night and it is more economical that an inefficient and expensive old wall heater.

7. Hot water bottle 

A hot water bottle is the ideal winter accessory to snuggle on the sofa and is at a very affordable price.

8. Dress warmly

A onesie or fluffy dressing gown may come in very handy during the winter time. Dressing in layers with warm socks and slippers combined with a hot drink, will not only give you a great amount of warmth but is the perfect way to wind down after a long working day.

9. Exercise

Moving around produces body heat so there is more to staying active than great health benefits.The more active you are, the better your blood circulation will be. This means that warm blood gets to your fingers and toes, keeping them warm.

10. Light candles

Candles not only look and smell nice but are a cheap way to keep your home all toasty this winter.