Out of all of the rooms in the house, the dining room often poses the biggest dilemma in decorating. Being that it is usually a very functional room, with not a lot of furniture – other than the obvious table and chairs, it makes it harder to decorate. One of the major problems is the fear of overdoing an otherwise simple space, and another major concern is over decorating a room that you are using on a regular basis – for example table decorations may look great but if you have to move them every night when you serve dinner it is not very practical. To help, we’ve come up with a few simple things you can use in a dining room to make it your own.

  • Create an accent wall. Take this concept further than just the paint color. Bring in some bold decorative pieces that define your style. Whether it’s a piece of artwork that you love, an oversized clock, a big mirror, or wooden lettering, go with something bold. You can also make an accent by adding some floating shelfs – display some plates or glasses, small plants, or even something as simple as candles.
  • Add a decorative sideboard. A sideboard is a small piece of furniture that is put against the wall and generally used to store plates and glasses. It is reminiscent of the hutches that a lot people use to have in their dining rooms, but a much simpler, smaller piece. The great part of adding a sideboard is that you can use the top of it to decorate the same as you would your table – but without having to clear it off in time for dinner! Adding seasonal décor, plants, and colorful accents will instantly dress up the space.
  • Use an area rug. Using an area rug in the dining room in an easy way to bring a softer element into the room. You can go as bold or subtle as you like, but keep in mind that it is one of the few fabrics you have in the room, so you can allow yourself to go with more pattern than you might in another room.
  • Window treatments. Again, this is a great room to go bold with fabrics. You can bring in patterns that are easy to change out with panels, or you can find something you love to commit to in more permanent window treatments like roman or pleated shades.

Happy decorating!