Winter is the perfect time to spruce up your dining room with some easy, stylish updates. See how you can transform your dining room by adding new textiles like curtains or an upholstered settee and a few accessories to make your home warm and cozy.
Winter is the best time to make some much-needed and positive changes in our decor. I recently made a couple of changes to our dining room that brought a little more color and life into this small area.
Join me in the dining room. It’s late afternoon, and the winter sun is steaming in through the sunroom windows, creating long shadows and filling our dining area with winter’s light. I love this time of day and season in this room! I hope you enjoy the images of our winter dining room just before I ran out of light!
It seems when I change one thing in our home, it starts a snowball of ideas and changes. Apparently, snowballs are appropriate for winter and decorating! I’ve been thinking about some changes I want to make in our home. Especially in our more public living spaces. I’ve wanted to add a little more color and interest. I’ve been braver about wanting to add more decor to our home.
I think the most obvious change to our dining room is the new curtains. For the winter, and maybe beyond, I added brown and white buffalo check curtains to the large window in the dining area. These curtains were in our master bedroom, and I thought I might try them in the dining area for a while.
They immediately made a big difference and livened up the space. I would usually suggest that curtains play a supporting role in a room and not be the star, but our dining area is small and the curtains changed its look.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the brown and white buffalo check curtains.
You might have noticed that I replaced one of the chairs in the dining area with a settee. I LOVE the look of mismatched dining chairs and the use of a banquette or settee in place of a chair around the table.
When I hung the curtains, there was nothing in the room to tie the curtain color to the room as a whole.
Then it dawned on me that the settee in our master bedroom would work in the dining room. The settee came from Soft Surroundings about a decade ago. Sorry, it is no longer in stock.
I arranged the settee so it would face into the living room. This also placed it right in front of the curtains. Although the settee has French styling, I love to mix decorating style styles in our home, and the upholstery is so unique and not very French. And it is very comfortable. Perfect for me and one of my little grandchildren,
Adding the settee became a big decorating win/win/win.
The settee worked in three ways. First, it created a fresh color palette for the dining room along with the curtains. Second, adding a seating element that was different from the other chairs added lots of interest to the room. And third, it helped create the new look I’m working on for our home’s overall style.
Creating A Centerpiece For A Winter Dining Room Table
One of my favorite ways to decorate is to create vignettes, arrangements, and centerpieces. They enhance any flat surface, creating interest and a mini focal point. Here’s how I created this easy, pretty centerpiece for our dining room table.
Use A Runner
I’ve used the same loosely woven burlap runner 365 days of the year. It works with everything I put on top of it and my dining room as a whole. However, it is getting a bit worse for wear. So, I’m looking for another runner just like it. You don’t change some things when they work so well.
A runner is a very easy way to add a layer of texture and depth to a table.
I am an orchid lover. Did you know that orchids are the most common flower in the world? I love orchids any time of the year, but especially in the winter. The blooms last for a week, so I treat them as long-lasting cut flowers. They can rebloom, and I’ve had good luck with them, but I can find blooming orchids so inexpensively I often pitch them when all the flowers are gone.
I found these big Phalaenopsis orchids in nice pots, so I picked up a few to decorate the living room and dining room. My initial idea was to plant them en masse, as I most often do after Christmas, but I decided to keep them in their individual pots.
Look for a post about caring for Orchids before the end of the month.
The Mirrored Tray
A tray is a nice way to add more presence to a dining room centerpiece. For winter, it’s nice to use a metallic or reflective tray. It get’s dark eary and if you use candles or lanterns a tray with shiny surfaces will reflect some of that beautiful soft light.
I put the pots of orchids on a mirrored tray I often bring up from the basement this time of year. This tray also has wires on the back to hang as a mirror. The mirror tray sparkles when the sun streams through our dining room window. So pretty when it’s wintery outside.
I found these candlesticks at HomeGoods over a decade ago. They have been unused for years, but I could not get rid of them because someday I might use them. Thank goodness I did not give them away. I love the color and complexities of tortoise shells. The blown glass candlesticks show off those beautiful colors.
I’m such a fan of battery-operated candles. I set the times and forget about lighting or blowing them out. They are safe and add a lovely, warm glow to my dining room.
Candles and lanterns are quintessential winter decor. They add a warmth and coziness that nothing else can replicate.
When I decorated for Christmas, we took down our beloved antique shutters and hung brass pillar sconces. I love their warm look! Right now they are on sale and free shipping! They also come in ORB.
Sconces are a stylish way to add a layer of light and interest to a room.
More Change Coming Soon
Once I start changing things, there are always more changes to come. Here are some things we are working on right now.
- Finding a new chandelier. I’m thinking about one with lampshades.
- A new table runner, however I want to find one as close as I can to the one I have right now.
- Large footed planter for spring arrangements.
- Brown and white transferware dishes, platters, and lids for the walls.
Winter is the best time for planning, decorating, and changing things in your home. I hope this has inspired you!
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