Whether formal or informal, big or small, the dining room is more than just a place to dine. Work, homework, study and conversation often take place in this room. It should be welcoming and calming. If your dining area looks a bit drab these days, try some of the following tips to perk up this room.
When in doubt—paint! Nothing transforms a room like a fresh coat of paint. When choosing colors for a dining room, choose relaxing shades like soft blues, beiges and greens. If you like warmer colors, keep them muted. Bright reds and oranges will subconsciously make your eat faster and eat more. Save these colors for accents instead.
2. Dress Up Your Chairs
Turn plain old dining chairs into something special with slipcovers. Brocades and jacquard fabrics lend an air of elegance. If you’re looking for something a little more causal try cotton florals or gingham for a country look.
3. Add a Sideboard
A sideboard can serve as extra storage in the dining room. It will help you keep the table clear and clutter free. As a bonus you can use the top for a mini bar to display wines. Consider putting liquors in pretty cut glass decanters.
4. Add a Chandelier
If you don’t have a chandelier above your dining table, add one. Not only is it functional, it’s a great focal point. Drape some beads or flowers and let them hang from the chandelier for a fun touch.
5. Update Table Linens
You can easily perk up your dining room just by changing your table linens. Pick up a new tablecloth, placemats and napkins. Dress up your table with some whimsical beaded napkin rings or bold metal ones.
6. Change Your Tabletop
Have an old scratched and worn tabletop? Don’t get rid of table, just change the top. Put a new marble or butcher block top right over the old one. Or decorate the old tabletop with pictures to make a collage. Get a piece of glass or Plexiglas cut to fit and viola—instant table art.
7. Add Mirrors
Mirrors in the dining room add elegance and make the room seem bigger. If you follow Feng Shui, adding mirrors in the dining room doubles your food, thus doubling your abundance and fortune.
8. Mix and Match
Who says things have to match? Be eclectic. Make your dining room interesting and fun. Mix and match chairs, linens, plates and silverware, colors and patterns.
9. Include Mood Lighting
Install a dimmer switch in the dining room to expand your lighting options. You can instantly change the look of the room with just the flip of a switch.
10. Add a Centerpiece
Adding a centerpiece is a quick and easy way to perk up the dining room. A floral arrangement, topiary or even a crystal bowl filled with fruit can brighten up the area.