If you are in the market to decorate a brand new dining room or just rearrange what you have, then here are a few tips to consider when planning your dining room. You want your dining room to fit your living style and your design style. Here is how to decorate a dining room from dining room furniture to wall decor.
Decor Ideas For Dining Rooms
Some people have a formal dining room and a more relaxed eating nook while others have only one dining room. Whichever the case, the dining room is an important area of your home where you come together with friends and family to create memories. However, formal dining rooms do tend to be fancier. This is the first consideration in planing your dining room, to decide exactly how it will be used and how often to you can begin to focus your efforts around it being multi-functional and family oriented or more of a show fancy showcase where you have business dinners.
Chose an Appropriate Size Dining Table
You need to consider the size of the room where the dining table will be placed. You want the dining table to be large enough to entertain several guests and yet not so large that you feel crammed into the room. I favor dining tables with fold out leaves to help maximize space and coziness for everyday life and to seat extras comfortably when needed. Dining tables should always be the main focus of the dining room but you may want to leave room for a buffet or china cabinet as well. Make sure you have your room measurements when you start shopping.
Consider How The Dining Table Shape Fits With The Dining Room
Sometimes one shape dining room table seems obvious to you but when you really think about it and consider the possibilities for dining tables shapes there may be several ways to arrange it. For example, square rooms often work best with a circular table and rectangular rooms often work best with a rectangular table or an oval table. But if you consider that you may want to have a buffet and a china cabinet in your rectangular shaped room, you may need to consider a square or circular table. Draw out some options to scale to get a feel for which layout you like best.
Chose a Dining Set That Reflects Your Design Style
Dining Sets are a great choice because you know they will match perfectly and you don’t have to worry about the colors or the styles not matching up. You also know the fit of the chairs around the table will be perfect so it does make shopping a lot easier! Another thing to consider is that you want your dining room table style to flow with the rest of your household design. It may feel a bit disjointed if you pick a super modern table but have very traditional living room furniture in the next room. You may want to keep a theme of the same color furniture wood going throughout the house to help tie it all together as well.
Some dining sets may consist of a table and chairs. Others may have a matching buffet and/or china hutch. Deciding which pieces you need may help you select the right dining set for you.
Dining Room Accessories
Dining Room Lighting
Don’t forget to update the lighting in the dining room so that it matches your design style and the light falls where you want it to. The dining room lighting is most commonly a chandelier whether it is a more modern one or a traditional one. Having lighting that hangs down over the table helps establish the dining area as the center focal point of the room. A statement lighting piece can really add to the overall decor of the dining room.
Dining Room Wall Decor
If you have a small or closed off dining room, you may want to add a large mirror to make it seem more spacious. I suggest going simple and clean with your wall decor in the dining room. A large canvas painting or print is a lovely option. Selecting one large piece of wall art per wall helps keep things focused on the dinner conversation rather than distracted looking at 50 family photos.
Dining Room Table Decor
The best dining room table decor is your centerpiece. At times it may be a simple vase of flowers. At other times, you may want a large holiday display. Dining room table placemats can be changed out seasonally to give a fresh new look to the dining room.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for how to decorate a dining room. What dining room sets tend to appeal to you the most? I’d love to see photos of how your dining room decor turns out! Share at #familyfocusblog!