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Mar 16 2012

Transform Your Dining Room from Boring to Beautiful

Decorating a dining room so that it is appealing and original can be a challenge.  You know the basics; a dining room table and chairs, perhaps a buffet or hutch.  How can you add personality to your dining room and make it appealing regardless of whether the look you are after is elegant, sleek or traditional?  The tips below will help you design a dining room that is comfortable, relaxing and gets noticed.

Consider your furnishings first

It’s essential that you take your furniture in to account when decorating your dining room.

If the look you are after requires new furnishings, consider your budget.  It is difficult, if not impossible, to create a country or Tuscan look if you have a contemporary dining room set.

Traditional furniture offers you the most flexibility in decorating as you can dress it up or down to suit your needs.  If you have yet to purchase dining room furniture, carefully consider the theme you intend to use before buying.

Walls, windows and other elements to consider

When decorating a dining room, consider the style you want to achieve.  For example, an elegant or formal dining room often looks beautiful when rich, deep colors and heavy window treatments are used.

If you prefer a cottage chic or country look, window treatments are light and breezy.  Use neutral and lighter colors on walls, floors and other decor.

An elegant chandelier adds a dramatic touch to a formal dining room.  If you prefer a more casual look, consider shopping for lighting fixtures and even a country or cottage styled lamp for the buffet.

When decorating the walls, consider the larger picture.  A light colored paint works well for cottage or country appeal, while deeper shades of burgundy or apricot are perfect for an elegant or formal dining room.  Also consider a chair rail or wainscoting for added depth.

Accessories complete the look

No room looks complete without the right accessories.

In an elegant dining room, a large portrait or dramatic mirror placed above the buffet is the perfect touch.  If the look you want to achieve is modern, a dramatic piece of abstract or geometric art adds color and impact.

In the country or traditional dining room, shelves displaying crockery, candles, plants and even family photos are a nice touch.

The right centerpiece for the dining room table is a must!  In a modern theme, consider a sculptural center piece designed using twisted branches; the country look calls for an old pitcher filled with colorful wildflowers.

If you desire additional color and pattern for the floor, consider a large area rug that fits under the table; make sure that edges will not interfere with moving chairs in or out.

Decorating a dining room is not as hard as it may seem, especially when you consider the furniture first.  Put these tips and ideas to work in your dining room, and transform it from ordinary to extraordinary.

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May 11 2011

Dining Room Decorating Ideas – Easy and Affordable Ideas for Transforming Your Dining Room

The dining room is an area where family meals and conversation are enjoyed; when friends visit, this may be the area where you chat or play cards.  You know that your home should be a reflection of your own personal tastes, but you are fresh out of ideas.  The tips below will help you decorate a dining room that is beautiful, original and most of all, affordable.

Wainscoting

This is a project that you can handle by yourself, in just a few hours time.  Wainscoting adds depth and character to a room; depending on the type of wood, paint colors and pattern you use, the room may have a completely modern look or you can create old-world charm.

Staining will give your wainscoting a deep, rich look.  You can also weather it by using different techniques to give your wainscoting a worn, antique look or you may want to paint it a bright color for a more modern appearance.

Painting

Paint – the good old stand-by for everything.  It’s no wonder that paint is the most popular way to give a room an entirely new look; today, you can do anything with paint, from “weathering” furniture to painting cabinets.  Always remember that light colors expand, while dark colors make the room look smaller.

Don’t be afraid to use bright, bold colors on walls.  Mellow reds, warm oranges and soft yellows create warm, inviting rooms that are relaxing and friendly; if you don’t like the result, it’s easy to change!

Lighting

All too often, home owners just stick a light bulb in a lighting fixture and think no more about it.  Light gives a room its glow; it creates a warm, welcoming ambiance.  The dining room is where you enjoy relaxing dinners with the family, a romantic dinner with your spouse – or you may use it to work on the household budget, in which case you will need bright light.

Recessed or “canned” lighting in the ceiling is a good option for a dining room, since you can often use dimmer switches that allow you to control the brightness.  Also consider a low-wattage lamp for the buffet, or an elegant chandelier hung directly over the center of the table.  Lighting is especially important in the dining room.

Eye-catching centerpieces

No dining room is complete without an attention-grabbing centerpiece!  Your dining room table can be the focus of the room; depending on your style tastes, you can create your own centerpiece with things you may already have.

Love a simple country look?  Pull out an old cracked pitcher and fill it with wildflowers.  Set it on top of a long runner that spans the length of the table, preferably made of gingham or another fabric that offers country appeal.

A square wicker basket filled with a round pillar candle surrounded by fruit, nuts, pinecones and other things from nature makes a beautiful centerpiece as well.

These ideas are easy to incorporate in your own dining room, and can dramatically change its appearance.  If your dining room is getting a bit drab and you’re ready for a change, use these simple tips – or come up with a few of your own to make the look even more personal!

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May 05 2011

Choosing the Right Dining Room Table for Your Decorating Tastes

The dining room is one of the most functional and used rooms in your home.  Your family gathers together to eat their evening meal and talk about the events of the day.  Other times, you may use the dining room to enjoy coffee or tea while you chat on the phone, or your kids may use it to do their homework.  No matter what it is used for, you want your dining room to be as beautiful as possible.

What material do you want in a dining room table?

Today, there are many styles of dining room furniture to choose from, whether you’re looking for something with old-world charm, a traditional look, or dining room furniture that is totally modern.  Wood, metal, wrought iron and glass are some of the materials available, and all are appropriate in their own setting.

Wooden tables are usually the least costly, while glass and metal tables cost a bit more.  Wood never goes out of style while metal tables offer a sleek, chic appeal that is perfect for those with modern or contemporary decorating tastes.

What size table suits your family and your dining room best?

The size of your dining room often dictates what size dining room table you will use.  If your dining room is very small, you may want to use a very small oval table with only two chairs and then have your children sit on barstools at the bar to eat or to complete their homework.  You might also consider a larger table with drop-sides so that you can expand it if needed.

Those with a very large dining room may desire a formal table designed to seat 8 to 10 people.  When crafted of wood, these tables are absolutely gorgeous, and perfect as a focal point for the room.  Cherry wood, mahogany and oak are popular woods for these elegant dining room sets.

Most people use an average size dining room table that seats 6 people; these can be found in any style you desire.

How to choose the material that best suits your decorating tastes

Before you purchase new dining room furniture, decide what decor theme you will use in your dining room.  Do you prefer an old-style country look, something a bit on the regal side, traditional or cutting-edge modern?

For those who love country, western or primitive decorating, a light pine or oak dining room table is beautiful.  Natural wood includes all of the knots and blemishes adding to the comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

If you prefer an elegant or formal feel, think cherry or mahogany.  Darker colors add richness to the room; including elements of brass and gold make the room gleam, and further enhance the depth of the wood.

Those who prefer an ultra-modern appearance may want a sleek metal dining room table, or a glass table top that sets upon a marble pedestal.  No matter what your decorating preferences, there is a dining room set that will be perfect for all the purposes you have in mind – and of course for making the room as appealing as possible!

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Oct 05 2010

Choosing the Perfect Dining Room Table

Many people make the mistake of choosing a dining room table based solely on looks.  Of course, you want your home to be beautiful and appealing, but many families use the dining room table for things other than dining!  You want to base your decision on other concerns, such as budget and coordination with other décor.  This article offers tips and ideas for choosing a dining room table that will not only look attractive, but serve its purpose in other ways as well.

Consider these questions before you start shopping

 

Do you need a table that expands several feet in order to accommodate someone disabled or numerous guests?

What will the table be used for, other than dining?  If you intend to do arts and crafts or use the table for activities that may cause scratches, you want to choose a table that has a durable top.

What size does the table need to be in order to fit the scale of the room?  You don’t want a giant formal dining table in a very small dining room, nor do you want a small one in a very large dining area.

Is your budget tight, or can you spend whatever you want on a dining room table?  Money is a concern to many, so determine what your limit is before you start shopping.

Shapes, sizes and usability

 

Unless you have a formal dining room that no one will ever use, avoid buying a dining room table that looks too expensive or fancy to touch.  Guests will feel uncomfortable sitting around a table that they are afraid to touch for fear of leaving smudges!

Decide what shape and style of table you want.  Are you looking for round shapes, oblong or square?  What style will suit your dining room and kitchen?  If your living room and dining room areas flow together, you will want the style to flow easily into the décor in the living room as well.  If you have a small kitchen/dining area, choose a small dining room table so as not to overload the space.  An open, spacious country kitchen looks wonderful with a chunky wood table flanked by mismatched wooden chairs or even picnic benches.

Dining room tables used for multiple purposes

 

If your kitchen is very small with limited counter space, you may often find yourself preparing foods at the dining room table.  Chopping and dicing can do a real number on the finish!  In this case, you want a surface that is tough and can easily be cleaned.

Children often do homework at the dining room table, and families get together to play cards or other games on occasion.  If your table will be used for these activities, make sure it has a hardy surface that will stand up to a good deal of abuse.  Some surfaces are extremely delicate, and so much as a glass of water sitting for a few minutes will leave a mark.

Before you make a considerable investment in your dining room, think of all that your family uses the dining room table for.  Think about the current style of your kitchen and dining room, and whether you need lots of space for family and guests or just a small, cozy table.  Now when you are ready to shop, all of the questions in your mind will be answered and your selection will be much easier!

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Dec 29 2009

4 Inexpensive Decorating Ideas for a Dining Room

One common misconception is that a homeowner has to spend a lot of money on the dining room in order to make it look good. This is absolutely not true. You’d be surprised how many budget-friendly ways there are to decorate your dining room and have it look very stylish and put together. Here are some inexpensive decorating ideas for your dining room to help get you started.

Decorate with Your China
Rather than keeping your beautiful set of china stored away, put it on display for all to see. This is a great way to use something you already own to decorate your dining room. Your china will look great displayed in an armoire or china cabinet. Or if you like, place it on a shelf on the wall.

You might also hang the plates on the wall in a decorative pattern, if this is an old china set that you don’t use anymore. You might also use your china settings to set your oak dining table in order to give it more of a finished look.

Make the Window Treatments
There are plenty of different ways (that don’t require you to be a seamstress) that you can make your own inexpensive window treatments. You can add a stylish touch to otherwise boring blinds or drapes by simply taking a long silk scarf and draping it over the curtain rod. You might also use placemats and tablecloths for your window treatments. This way, they’ll match the same design that’s on your table.

Use Nature to Decorate the Dining Room
Look to your own backyard in spring, summer, and fall, to find décor items for your dining room straight from nature. Try filling up a large wicker basket with all sorts of natural items such as flowers, stones, leaves, fruits, and twigs. Arrange the items attractively and then place the basket on the dining room table to create a seasonal centerpiece. By creating a seasonal basket, you can change up the look of your dining room with each season and stay well within your budget.

Make Your Own Artwork
If you are creative, you might choose to save money on your dining room décor by creating your own artwork. After all, the most expensive décor items in the house are probably pieces of art. When you create your own art pieces, you can really save a substantial amount of money.

Even if you’re not very creative of can’t draw or paint, you can still create some sort of art piece to hang on your wall. One option is to purchase some fabric that matches the style of your dining room and a few inexpensive plain photo frames or blank canvases. All you have to do is pull the fabric tightly over the frame or canvas and staple it in place on the back. Then, voila! You now have a decorative fabric piece to hang on the wall. For a great backdrop for the dining room, hang a couple of these in different sizes and fabric patterns to create a collage.

You don’t need to establish a large budget in order to decorate your dining room. Simply take the time to look around your home and find items that you can recycle in the room’s décor. You can really get creative and use your sense of style to come up with unique ways to decorate. Then your dining room will reflect your personality and look like you spent a lot of money on it, even when you didn’t spend a dime.

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Nov 12 2009

4 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Dining Room Table on a Budget

Dining Table DecorationsDecorating your dining table is much simpler than it might seem. Some people spend thousands of dollars just on decorating their dining furniture. But it may not even take a hundred dollars to get that beautifully decorated dining room table you’ve always dreamed of. You can look around and see what you already have.  Then with a little creativity, you can come up with a great-looking dining room table on a budget.

Keep Placemats or a Tablecloth on the Table
You can instantly bring style to your dining sets by adding placemats or a tablecloth. Tablecloths and placemats can be quite expensive, but fortunately, there are plenty of less-expensive options available at department or discount stores. If you have a sewing machine, you can really save some money by making your own out of inexpensive fabric.

Remember, the fabric you choose is going to set the style for the table. For a clean and simple look, choose a plan-colored fabric. But if you plan on only having placemats or the tablecloth on the table, then you might want to go with something with patterns or designs.

Utilize the China You Already Have
If you have a good set of china, consider displaying it on your dining room table, rather than simply storing it away in a kitchen cabinet or hutch. This is a great way to add some interest to the table. It doesn’t matter whether you plan on using the china any time soon or not, as you are only displaying it for décor reasons. For those of you who already have a good set of china, you don’t have to pay any money for a new setting to put on display.

Look to Nature for Décor Pieces
What’s great about nature is that it provides us with so many different decorating options that are free. When you’re outdoors, it’s easy to come up with some really beautiful and unique dining room table centerpiece ideas.

  • Creating a pretty centerpiece can be as simple as a vase of freshly picked flowers—and they smell nice too.
  • A bowl filled with pinecones and dried flowers can really get your dining table ready for the fall season.
  • If you have an apple tree or know someone who does, you can place some apples in a bowl for a centerpiece.
  • Lemons and limes in a bowl also make a great centerpiece.
  • Try placing a simple potted plant on the table for a clean, fresh look.

Use Candles to Decorate Your Dining Room Table
With candles on your dining room table, you can not only add a romantic ambiance to the room, but you will give your table greater interest and style. There are plenty of inexpensive candles available that can be placed in a row or a circle in the center of the table. You might also consider a candelabra for the centerpiece. For another centerpiece idea, add a glass bowl filled with water to the table and fill it with floating candles. These days, there are so many different candles available that you will easily be able to find something that not only looks great but fits your unique decorating style.

There’s no need to spend a lot of time or expense decorating your dining room table. With any of these great dining room table decorating ideas, you can stick to your budget while creating a stylish and unique table for your home.

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Oct 07 2009

5 Style Tips for Decorating Your Dining Room

Greene & Greene DiningDoes your dining room seem dull and boring to you? If so, then perhaps it’s time to decorate it with more style. Besides buying new dining furniture there are many ways to liven up your dining room, making it more stylish and put together. Following are some great style tips that can be used in any dining room.

1. Add an area rug to pull together the colors of the room
The area rug should be large enough to fit under the table and chairs when the chairs are pulled out. Don’t get too big a rug, though. Some flooring should show between the area rug and the walls. When measuring for an area rug, measure the length and width of the table and then add another four feet in all directions. If you’re looking for a whole new look in your dining room, then find a rug that fits that style and redecorate the rest of the room around it.

2. Add a centerpiece to your dining room table
A flower arrangement is a simple and effective way to add color to any dining room. Try decorative candles to bring some light into the room. A glass bowl or vase with fruit will add more of an earthy touch. Centerpieces provide a great venue for you to get really creative. Centerpieces can be changed frequently, depending on the season or just the mood you’re in.

3. Add some style to the room with a piece of artwork or a set of shelves
Look around your dining room—do you have anything on the walls? A bigger piece of artwork can be a great way to create a focal point for the room. Or perhaps consider adding two or three pieces to the walls that will tie the room together. Another great option is to hang one or two shelves on a wall. Then you can put pictures, candles, or other décor items there to add some decoration to the room.

4. Set the dining room table for a finished look
By setting out a nice set of china along with placemats or an elegant tablecloth, you are adding a finished look to your dining room. This will help the room to appear more welcoming, rather than cold and uninviting, to guests. By changing the place settings according to the different seasons and holidays, in addition to your main setting, you ensure that you’ll never grow tired of what your dining room looks like.

5. Incorporate some style with a new light fixture
Lighting can certainly add some style to a dining room. You might go with a chandelier, which always looks great above a wood dining table, or some tall standing lamps in the corners. The chandelier should go with the style of the rest of the room. Chandeliers can be adjusted to the perfect height that will give the room the right amount of light.

There are so many more ways to add more style to your dining room. Just remember to be creative and envision what your ideal dining room would look like. Then get to work and make it happen!

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