Formal dining rooms can quickly become monotonous and out of date. With most of us eating most of our meals at the kitchen table, it’s easy to miss this room when it’s time for a renovation. The typical dining room consists of all the basics – table and chairs, a buffet, decor and other furniture, if space permits. But beyond the basics, every dining room requires an update every now and then. Here are five upgrades to help you create a room that looks great and is also functional.
- Update your wall color
Would you like to change the feeling of space? Color is the easiest and cheapest way to change the look of a room. If you paint the walls a color you love, your dining room will have more personality and the space will look more contracted. Bold colors like this beautiful monochromatic palette will draw your attention and make a beautiful statement in your dining room. On the other hand, a neutral color can add a sophisticated beauty to the room. Whether you love clean, light whites or deep, dark grays, a neutral wall color is timeless and provides the perfect background for creative accents and decorations.
Dining rooms can blend in, serve as transitions or have their own personality. You don’t want your color to dictate your color palette. You want your design to dictate your color palette and your color to complement the design. Not sure what will work? Visit your local hardware store to get some patterns in different shades and finishes.
- Change or add mirrors and wall art
The wall decoration and the artwork bring color, warmth, texture and style to your dining room. Mirrors reflect light and make the room appear larger. If you have a window in the dining room, place the mirror on the opposite or adjacent wall to the window so that it reflects the light and the view from the window. Adding a large mirror over the buffet cabinet will make your space feel larger and add a special touch to traditional pieces of furniture, especially if you choose a transitional style mirror.
Is the art in the room old or outdated? Changing art is easy and doesn’t always have to be expensive. You can swap the art with an existing piece from another room or create your own art with prints. Adding a large format piece of art like the one shown here in the eclectic dining room or creating a gallery wall from prints is another nice way to add a fresh new look. When it comes to art for the walls, choose something that speaks to you, be it family photos, architectural sketches, or an original painting.
- Exchange window treatments
Updating your window treatments is a quick way to give a dated dining room a new look. Amidst all the hard furniture that fills this space, it’s wonderful to have some fabric and add a touch of softness. Avoid window treatments with printing unless you are willing to replace them frequently as printed curtains can quickly go out of style.
White or ivory-colored curtains are timeless and give a beautiful neutral layer to a dining room. If you are looking for a lighter and airier feel, you can soften your room with linen or see-through curtain panels to enjoy the natural light. If you have blinds, you may want to give the room softness with curtains, or if you want a more contemporary, minimalist look, you may want to completely remove all window treatments.
- Invest in statement furniture
The central piece in every dining room is the table. It occupies a prominent place and sets the tone for the entire room. Before deciding to upgrade this statement piece, think about not just the style and size, but what mood and setting you want to create. A great table is the hardworking center of your dining room, and it’s worth getting this piece right. If you want to entertain your dining room frequently, choose a table that can withstand wear – solid wood is a great option. Choose furniture based on how you use your space. In the dining room shown here, for example, a round pedestal table makes optimal use of the compact space, but additional leaves mean that it offers space for 10 to 12 people. Some dining tables have self-storage leaves, which can be another great space-saving solution.
If you’re not ready to jump for a brand new table or set, it can be a good intermediate step to just switch chairs at each end of the table. Deliberately confusing a set is a great way to personalize your dining room. Gone are the days of the Matchy-Matchy food sets. Find a table you love and then surround it with free chair pairings such as artful design details and soft cushions.
- Add a surface carpet
A beautifully designed rug is the perfect way to anchor a room, and the room feels connected and connected. It gives the parquet floors warmth. A unique or bold carpet (along with your table) can serve as the focus. If you don’t have a pattern on the wall, the dining room is a great place to add a patterned carpet, as the rest of the room tends to remain neutral. When choosing a solid carpet for your dining room, try to find one with a little texture or a very minimal pattern that resembles the texture.
While the size of the rug will largely depend on your dining set, the rug should be large enough to fit on a table and chairs when not in use. Ideally, the rug should have at least 24 inches of extra space on all sides of the table.
Updating your dining room, whether you start with small changes or a major overhaul, will transform your dining experience. By simply adding color, pattern, texture and statement pieces, your dining room can become new again. Whether your style is formal or family-friendly, use these design updates and decorating ideas to update your dining room