Tired of your old dining room? If it’s time for a dining room redo, there’s a lot you can do on a budget. The dining room is where family comes together to share holidays and quality time. It’s where you entertain your friends and celebrate big occasions. The furniture and decorations in your dining room should facilitate your big events.
What’s involved in a dining room redo? Your imagination is the limit, but if you’re going to redo your dining room, there are a few main points you can change: the dining table, lighting, and accents.
How big should your dining table be? If you love hosting big family dinners for the holidays, keep in mind that families grow. You need a dining table that will be able to accommodate new partners and children, so don’t be afraid to invest in more seats than you need right now. You will be constrained by the size of your dining room. You can either go for a circular or rectangular dining table. If you opt for a circular table, keep in mind that once you reach a 6-foot diameter, conversation becomes difficult across the table. A 6-foot table diameter seats 8-9 people. To be comfortably seated, each person at the table needs about 24 x 15 inches.
Don’t neglect the lighting when you’re designing your dining room. Some low-lighting on the table itself is a great element to add when you’re having a holiday meal. Candles or a lantern as part of the centerpiece will go a long way. The dining room is also a great spot for a chandelier to provide lighting. A single chandelier on its own should be supplemented with other types of lighting, though. You want to be able to control the lighting and add accent lighting. Track lighting will help you highlight architectural elements of the dining room and add another dimension. That will keep the dining room from feeling flat.
The chandelier is going to be the star of the show. Contemporary chandeliers come in a wide range of styles for you to choose from.
You can add color to your dining room with a bright table cloth, brightly-colored chairs, or a seasonal centerpiece. With fall already here, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to play with seasonal decorations. Traditional fall colours like red, yellow, and orange will add a lot of pop to your dining room. Orange mums, as well as pumpkins and other gourds can liven up your dining room with minimal effort.
If you’ve been to a trendy restaurant lately, you know that industrial décor is still in fashion. Industrial accents such as Edison bulbs, iron work in your centerpiece, metallic chairs, and the dining table itself will bring that trend-setting vibe into your dining room. If you have exposed brick walls, you can’t go wrong with some industrial accents.
Your dining room is the heart and soul of your home. By incorporating these suggestions for a dining room redo, you’ll make it a welcoming place for your family and friends.