By: Karen E
When it comes to bringing romantic dÃ©cor into your home, don’t always assume that means redecorating your bedroom.Â The style can be brought into any room in your house.Â One room that I enjoy decorating in such a style is my dining room. Â Being a room that I am either dining in with my family or friends, it is a room where I want my guests to feel welcomed and comfortable.
When I decided to redecorate my dining, I already had a good set of basic furniture to start with. I love my dark mahogany set, so that was not an element I was willing to part with.Â (Had I wanted to start over, I probably would have gone with a dining set that was a distressed painted white finish).Â What I did instead, was get white table linens that I could use as table cloths, or just as runners (depending on the occasion).Â Â This immediately softened the look of the table, and the whole room.Â I also replaced my chocolate brown draperies with simple almond color sheers, with a matching swag over the top.Â It gave the windows a far more dramatic look, and let a lot more of the light filter into the fabric.
The next step took a little searching, but was definitely worth it.Â I stopped at numerous estate sales, and vintage shops before I came across a set of dishes that would go perfectly with my vision.Â They were a simple white set, but they have the texture of lace.Â The matching serving ware they came with had a pattern along the top that also looked like lace.Â Using those instead of my square black dishes (from my contemporary phase), really brought the look together.Â I also added some simple silver candle stick holders, and a few glass vases around the room that I keep filled with white or peach flowers.
The finishing touch on my project was changing out the light fixture.Â I had put it off, thinking it would be a much bigger project, but it turned out with some help from the internet I was able to find an inexpensive chandelier and instructions on how to change it myself! (Although I do suggest an electrician if you are at all nervous about doing it yourself).Â With that finishing touch I had completely changed the room.Â (And I had a dinner party that week just to show off the changes!)