The dining room should be a place for your family and friends to gather–a special room where you can discuss the day’s events over a tasty meal, celebrate birthdays and holidays with extended family and other houseguests, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two by candlelight. If your dining room isn’t getting used like it ought to be, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and give it a wall to wall makeover. A new look might be just what it needs to get noticed–and with the help of these dining room décor tips, you’ll know what you need to do to achieve it.
Get Creative with Paint
Repaint your dining room in a different color to freshen it up and give it some new life. If your dining room is on the small side, avoid choosing dark colors that will make it appear even smaller. If you don’t want to paint the room in one solid color, select two or three colors of paint and try your hand at a simple design like stripes. Painter’s tape can help you get just the look you’re after–apply it before you begin painting so that your design turns out crisp and clean.
Update Window Treatments
If the windows in your dining room are currently sporting heavy drapes–get rid of them and replace them with blinds and lightweight, airy curtains. Blinds will allow you to adjust the natural lighting in the room, and with them you can monitor your privacy as well. Soft, sheer curtains will make the room feel more welcoming and friendly–and depending on the occasion you can sweep them back or simply leave them down. If your dining room is painted in neutral colors, don’t be afraid to go bold when selecting a color for your curtains. A bright color or interesting print will add some nice contrast to the room.
Use Lights to Set the Mood
In a dining room, the right lighting can really help set the mood. Consider switching out your old lights in favor of something new. If you have a high ceiling, an intricate chandelier will really add a touch of class to your dining room. For a lower ceiling, a drop pendant light fixture with a dimmer will work nicely. Wall sconces placed around the room can add a soft glow to the room, the perfect ambience for an intimate dinner party or a romantic evening dinner.
Incorporate Unique Accents
Accent your dining room by hanging some unique paintings or photographs on the walls–pieces that will really make a statement. If the room is large enough, you can even place a slender table or two against the wall and use them to display some interesting sculptures, houseplants, or framed photographs. On the center of the dining room table, place a simple centerpiece like a vase of fresh flowers or a pretty bowl filled with fruit. Make sure the centerpiece isn’t too tall–you don’t want your guests to have to move it in order to see one another.
Show Off a Collection
The dining room is the perfect place to showcase a collection of decorative or antique plates, dishes, or china–so dig them out of their hiding places and put them on display. A collection of plates can be hung on the walls or displayed beautifully on slender shelves. If you have a large collection of dishes or china–try a hutch, curio cabinet, or table to show off your pieces.
Add an Area Rug
Regardless of whether you have carpet, tile, or wood floors in your dining room, it’s always a good idea to place an area rug underneath your dining room table. An area rug not only protects the floor from food, drink, scuffs, and scratches–it adds color and contrast to the room as well. When selecting an area rug for your dining room, be sure to choose one that’s larger than your table. Guests should be able to slide chairs away from the table without going over the edge of the rug. Also, instead of buying a rug that’s exactly the same color as your walls, curtains, and furnishings, choose one with an accent color or a pattern to mix things up.
Change the Furnishings
Evaluate the furnishings in your dining room and decide if they’re a good fit or not. If they aren’t, consider buying some different ones. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a nice set of dining room furniture–you can find some great deals on dining room furniture at flea markets, consignment shops, and discount stores if you’re really looking. If the dining room furniture you currently have fits nicely in the space, you can still change it up by repainting it, refinishing it, or distressing it to give it a different look. If your dining room is large enough, bring in some new furnishings such as a cushioned window seat to place in front of a large window or some accent tables to display lamps, plants, and other decorative items.
If you want to bring your family back together at meal time, a dining room makeover is sure to do the trick. Whether you choose to redecorate the entire room or just make a few minor changes–the improvements will undoubtedly make your dining room a more pleasant place to be.
Guest post from Bailey Harris.
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