Dining rooms! You love them, you hate them, you use them… or not! But if you have a formal dining room in your home chances are you are not using it as much as you should. And maybe it’s just a little outdated or tired. Or maybe it just needs a little bit of change! Today’s dining rooms can be very formal or very relaxed and laid back. But one thing they are not is boring! And when you have a great dining room with easy care fabrics and other surfaces you will want to use them more! Am I striking a chord with you? Let’s talk about ways to update… and use… your dining room!
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Today on our podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we are having a lively discussion about Dining Rooms. What we need and don’t and how to update them too! Also, could there be a better use for a dining room space! I think you will love this episode!
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Now let’s look at updating our dining rooms.
Today’s thinking when it comes to a “formal dining room” is to use it and not let it sit like a museum display. And that might mean changing things out and updating what we have so it can be used and we don’t have to worry about things getting stained or food laden!
No problem, we will address ways you can update a dining room to make it user friendly!
UPDATE YOUR TABLE
Do you worry about people spilling things on your table? I think we all do. But when we use things they risk looking like they have been used. I say, use them but take care of them. A little wear makes things look lived in!
If your table is decades old and you are itching for something new… get a new one and sell your old!!!! Tables these days can be quite reasonable and durable. Even a vintage table that comes with nicks and dinks can be beautiful if you love the wood!
Think about painting your table or at least the base. Nothing will update your dining room like a new looking table in it!
UPCYCLE YOUR CHAIRS
New chairs also are a very easy way to update a dining room. But before you replace the one’s you have think about upcycling them. Paint them, slipcover them, reupholster them! Mix and match them with other chairs or benches! The key to an updated look is to break up anything that is too matchy-matchy. Starting with your chairs is the best way to mix things up in your dining room!
A cluttered, collection filled dining room looks dated. Go for a fresher look by getting rid of “stuff”! If you have more than one hutch or sideboard or buffet in your room free up the space and keep only one! If you have a small dining room go without a hutch or any big piece. Try adding a sleek bar cart instead.
I get so many emails asking where do I put my dishes etc. Great question! Do you really need to display your wedding china? Or can you store it away somewhere to use on special occasions? An updated dining room is free from lots of clutter, even if it is dishes you love! My wedding china is stacked neatly in the buffet. And instead of a hutch top I opted for a pretty mirror over my buffet. Can you imagine how different my dining room would look with all my dishes displayed in a hutch? It would make it look cluttered!
Keep all papers, art projects etc out of sight. Clean everything up if you are using your dining room table as a work table. Store papers, pens, and laptops in lidded baskets in a corner.
GET AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG
I used to have a very expensive oriental rug under my dining room table and before that I had wall to wall carpeting. They both got ruined because of spills. We must expect spills in a dining room. It just doesn’t make sense to have costly rugs under our tables unless we don’t want to use our dining rooms. Right?
I now have an indoor/outdoor rug in my dining room and I could not be happier! Nothing stains it! And if there is a stubborn spill I can take it outside and hose it down! And even better than that, it looks like a million bucks and was very inexpensive! It makes me want to use the dining room because I’m not worried about spills!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simple is the key to a dining room. The basics plus a couple cozy extras! Nothing more needed! ‘Nuff said!
SWITCH OUT A HUTCH
A hutch is a big, big piece. They were a necessity ages ago when storage was not built into a home. But today, we have so much for space to stash things like dishes!
If you love your hutch then keep it. I’m all about keeping what you love!
But if you are ready for a change, take the plunge. If you need extra room for dishes you can add open shelves for a new look!
ADD A MIRROR
A mirror reflects light and can make a room look larger! It’s a great way to add some sparkle to a dining room.
CHOOSE LARGE ACCENTS
Go big and put away small accents. Bigger pieces look chic and make a great statement. Less is best for sure! Assess your dining room and take out most of the tchotchkes in it!
Try a lighter wall color. You will be amazed how updated simple paint can make a dining room. For some reason, dining rooms tend to be dark. Maybe to hide spills etc!
And update your chandy! You can find chandelier’s for a great price these days! If you don’t want to replace it, try spray painting it another metal.
CHOOSE SIMPLE CURTAINS
Heavy drapery really date a room! Let the light shine in! Hang straight drapes high on the wall and let them beautifully puddle on the floor. Go for simple designs and colors that compliment your room.
A fabulous look for a dining room is a rattan blind and straight curtain combo. So pretty!
Even the smallest changes can freshen up a room. Pick one thing that would make a difference in your dining room and then do it!
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