Decorating the dining room can be one of the more daunting tasks as a homeowner, as it is often a room that serves two distinct functions in a family’s life. The first, and the one that people think about most often is that of a room made for family dinners and holiday get together.
This means picking furniture and a décor that will look grand at its best, which can be dressed up to impress for the most festive holidays but which can still provide a comfortable environment where people can be themselves as they eat weekly dinners and holiday meals.
The second use is that of a spillover room – the large central table of a dining room is perfect for big projects and school work, so the dining room can often double as a hobby room, a project area and much more.
Take a look at the rest of your house, and keep the other rooms in mind when you are deciding on the dining room basics you want to start with.
There are usually two main pieces of furniture in any dining room that will set the over-all tone and feel of the room. The most important has to be the dining room table.
The next is usually a hutch or a buffet – these are utilitarian pieces of furniture but they can also be some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture you will buy for your home. Think about the style you are developing in the rest of the house. While an entertainment room may be filled with sleek lines and metal and black, that often falls a bit short when you are looking at the main pieces of furniture for your dining room.
Ultra-modern and sleek can be striking, but often they are simply not seen as comfortable, and the dining room should invite people to stay around the dinner table to talk long after the meal is over.
Wood excels at this – the warm golden tones of a wood table and buffet can take a room in many directions, from rustic Western comfort to old world class and charm, and the right pieces can reference a more modernistic approach while still bringing the warmth of wood into this important room.
After you decide on a style, be sure to measure your room and decide how large the table and buffet or hutch can be. Furniture that is to big is just as bad as the prime pieces in your living room being to small for the room. Actually set out chairs or other objects where the ends and sides of your dining room table will be – this will give you an idea of how the table will look.
Keep these measurements in mind when you start shopping!
Smaller furnishings, including corner tables, artwork and the lighting will be your next decision. One excellent way to display a variety of collectibles, figurines and artwork is setting up one wall as a set of book case shelves, and these are easily repurposed to reflect the seasonal or holiday decorations you want to make!
Take your time planning, and keep in mind that as much as you want this room and its furniture to impress, you also want it to be an important gathering room for family and friends – comfortable, warm and inviting should never be far from your thoughts when you are starting to think about redecorating your dining room.