Meals in your rustic dining room are meant to be enjoyed slowly and completely. Whether it's bacon and eggs in the morning, or pasta and Pinot Noir at night, meals should be savored. It's the luxury of living the country life. Having a well appointed dining room makes long, leisurely meals an even greater pleasure.
No rustic dining room is complete without interesting dinnerware and rustic flatware. Check out our collection of rustic dinnerware.
You will most likely want a wood table - but having said that, there is a wide range of woods and styles to choose from. You may want a table with leaves so you can extend your table when you have many guests. Or you may prefer a long solid table that makes a grand statement.
Our son made our table of cedar and he designed it to seat 10 because we often have extended family and friends at our lodge. It has a center trestle and posts so that no one bangs their knees on table legs. My mother calls it the "refectory table."
You may want a log table, or you may have something a bit more elegant in mind. Check out this selection of rustic dining tables.
Here's a fabulous DIY project to create your own custom etched glasses for your rustic dining room! Linda Peterson creates an etched moose design on a set of drinking glasses to give it a lodge theme. Perfect for rustic decor. Linda Peterson is the host of Linda Peterson Live a Live TV show celebrating home, crafts and the outdoors.
Mix and match
Rustic dining room sets don’t have to be the traditional matching table and chairs - you can combine one set of rustic chairs with another rustic table, and still have a great combination. Or, you may choose to have an assortment of chairs. You may choose benches, or another option is wicker.
Our dining room chairs are a hearty dark resin wicker. It doesn't matter what our grandchildren do...we just wipe them off and if necessary, wash the cushions.
Choose hardwood, ceramic tile or slate flooring, or the less expensive version - tile or hardwood look laminate. Laminate is durable and easy to clean and has my vote.
A braided rug under a dining room table gives added warmth to the room - and the multi-color patterns won't show spills easily but if you have small children, or if you are just sloppy, avoid the rug in the dining room altogether!
Candles are always a wonderful mood setter but be very careful if you are far from fire hydrants and fire fighters. If that's the case you may choose to avoid using candles.