Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Design tips for a dining room

Whenit comes to decorating a dining room, most homeowners just buy a dining room set that fits their space. After laying out the dining table and chairs, it can be difficult to imagine what else there is to add to the room's design. Get some tips...

Don’t be afraid to go for a dramatic look. Choose warm and vivid colors for your dining room.

Dramatic design

Don’t be afraid to go for a dramatic look. Choose warm and vivid colors. Employ prints and patterns. Whether these are used in your dining chair upholstery or accent wall art, vibrant colors and bold prints create a dramatic statement that is sure to impress.

Scale and proportion

Another way to create drama is through the elements of scale and proportion. Use an oversized lamp or a massive driftwood dining table. The surprising twist in furniture and fixture size can become an interesting feature and conversation starter.

Banquet seats

Banquet seats are commonly seen in restaurants, but who says you can’t incorporate these in your home? Banquet seats are built-in against a wall or partition and are usually fully upholstered for comfort.

Mismatched chairs

For a whimsical style update, try using mismatched chairs in your dining room setup. Getting the right mix of different chairs is key to achieving a well put together but vibrant style. For a more reigned in look, try using the same finish for the different chairs you've picked out. You may also limit your pick to two or three styles, so it doesn't get too overwhelming. 

Bench seat

In lieu of dining chairs, how about you use a bench seat instead? This twist in seating furniture can create a more relaxed feel and is great for entertaining large parties, as more people can squeeze into the bench. For better comfort, choose an upholstered bench. For a smaller table, a two-seater loveseat will do the trick.

Luxurious textures

Add a hint of luxury by using opulent textures for furniture upholstery. Velvet and silk have a luxurious hand and look beautiful as well.

Accent piece

Appoint a central accent piece in the room. This will create focus and visual anchor. This can be a vibrant painting on the wall or a nifty pendant light overhead. Play up your main accent piece with other complementary décor in the room.


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