Winter is the perfect time to strip all the extras out of your dining room and add only the necessary back in. It’s amazing how much a dining room can collect, especially after Christmas! I like to take everything out of my dining room but the rug, furniture, chandelier, and art on the wall. I clean and scrub it from ceiling to floor and then I start decorating with a very edited eye. It feels wonderful to let the beauty of my dining room shine! Here are some helpful tips for creating a stunning winter dining room!
Here’s how I make my winter dining room sparkle!
REMOVE EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE RUG, FURNISHINGS, WALL ART AND WINDOW TREATMENTS
I love to do a deep cleaning after Christmas. It feels good to strip down all the embellishments and get down to the bones of this room. I washed the walls and all the wainscoting. Cleaned the mirror, and glass on the art. Dusted the shutters and all the frames in the room.
Then I vacuumed the chairs and shook and punched up the down pillows.
I dusted the buffet and lamp as well as the lamp shade.
If you have a buffet in your dining room take out all the contents (You can put them in dish pans). Clean out the inside and clean and polish the outside of the hutch
Wash the windows and all woodwork. Vacuum last!
EDIT EDIT EDIT
This is especially important in the winter. Winter is the time to strip a room down and keep things sparse but warm feeling. Dining rooms can tend to look cluttered, especially those containing a hutch. Be very discerning about what you put back into your room! Keep decorating simple. Only use what adds grace and beauty to your room!
USE SOMETHING ORGANIC
In my area, winter is cold and windy and often snowy. So it’s important to have flowers or a plant or something living in each room!
I grouped 3 Phalaenopsis orchids together in a big gray chippy urn and used them as a centerpiece. I found these white spotted orchids for $5.00 a pot. So I made a dramatic centerpiece for $15.00!
I would much rather have one WOW factor item as a centerpiece than a smaller grouping.
Twigs, moss balls and even faux plants will work. Organics add life to a room.
I’m all for sparkle in the winter. Silver, glass, and mirrors are just some examples of how to brighten up dark winter days and nights!
I love love love mercury glass and winter is the perfect time to show off some of my collection! In the evening when the candles are lit they reflect in the concrete dining room table.
ADD PILLOWS AND A THROW
Pillows and throws look amazing in a dining room! Make sure to give them a try this winter.
Instead of a throw, I chose to drape a Mongolian sheep skin. I love it’s soft fluffy look!
Now is the time to work on your dining room and make it something simple and stunning and filled with life and sparkle this winter!
Do you have a tip about decorating your dining room in winter? We would love to hear!
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