How to Design a Tea Room

Written by julia bodeeb
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A tea room is a soothing spot to find respite with a hot pot of tea. The room will typically have one or more table and chairs. A china cabinet is also needed to store tea pots and tea cups and possibly a tea serving cart. The tea room should have natural sunlight and be large enough to hold a group of people for afternoon tea.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Table and chairs
  • China cabinet
  • Tea serving cart
  • Wooden benches
  • Flower boxes
  • Couch

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  1. 1

    Choose a room that is large enough to hold tables to seat the number of people who might be there for afternoon tea. Know what kind and size of tables will be used in the room before picking the room to ensure it will be adequate.

  2. 2

    Choose a room with adequate natural lighting. A tea room should have a cheery feel and enough natural light that daytime tea gatherings will not require the use of artificial lighting.

  3. 3

    Find a china cabinet that is the proper style and size for the tea room. You will use this cabinet to store teapots and teacups. Place the china cabinet so it is not in the way of the tables or walkways. You should be able to open the china cabinet when needed without disturbing people in the room.

  4. 4

    Place a tea cart with several shelves in an area near the tables. This cart will be used to serve tea as well as pastries, scones and sandwiches.

  5. 5

    Pick paint colours for the walls that match the tone of the tea room. Pastel colours convey serenity, while bold, vivid colours work if your tea room is designed to be energising.

  6. 6

    Add a couch for guests to relax on before or after tea is served. A comfortable chair or two is also a nice addition.

  7. 7

    Find wooden benches to place in front of windows to hold flower boxes in bloom with geraniums, pansies, hyacinths or petunias.

  8. 8

    Hang art that captures the tone of the tea room. Use either boldly coloured abstract art for a dramatic room or soothing scenes of nature or flowers for a serene tea room.

  9. 9

    Pick curtains for the tea room. A traditional tea room might use lacy, sheer or floral print curtains. A modern tea room may have curtains in bold colours or a dramatic fabric like silk.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a sketch of the design of the tea room before choosing a room or buying furniture. Shop thrift shops for decor items for the tea shop.

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