Need some help getting your dining room ready for the holidays?
The dining room is room for all occasions. We gather here for Thanksgiving turkey, birthday cake, Sunday brunch with the family, and Friday wine nights with the girls. Sometimes the dining room becomes a make-shift office or craft room, a place for wrapping gifts or doing homework. It’s a room with a 101 uses, many of which center around three constants: good conversation, loved ones, and a lot of delicious food. So, rather than creating an untouchable showcase room, a dining room should be warm, inviting, and above all… flexible.
Whether its a party of 20 or a party of 2, we have the tips and tricks you need to make your dining room an attractive, functional space for any and all occasions.
7 Simple Rules for Decorating the Dining Room
To avoid blocking anyone’s view, the lowest portion should hang no lower than 27 to 30 inches above the tabletop. See our full blog on chandeliers here.
Rugs not only add a warm, attractive element to the dining room, they also buffer sound so that you can hear dinner conversation better. To keep the chair legs on the rug at all times, a rug should be at least 2 feet larger than the table on every side and a five- to six-inch perimeter should be left around the rug’s edge.
This is where you come to eat, so you should have enough space to do that comfortably. To accomplish this, the table should be large enough for each guest to claim a 24-inch-wide expanse. Position your table at the center of the room at least 3 feet from the wall or another piece of furniture. This gives people enough room to sit and stand comfortably.
Elbow room is essential. As stated in the rule above, guests should have at least 2 feet of table surface for each chair. For example, a 10-foot-long table can have five chairs across and two at each end to seat 12 people. Chair seats should be 18 to 19 inches from the floor and have at least a two foot passageway between the wall and the backs of the chair when it is pulled out. If this is just about all the space you’re left with, don’t fret. A dining room is meant to be cozy and intimate. For added comfort, opt for padded, upholstered seat backs.
5. Statement Pieces
Statement pieces add drama to a dining room. For an antique touch try a wine-barrel-stave chandelier and a 19th-century clock. You can also try a bold wall color and fabric to energize the room, using dark wood and light art to create balance. A small touch of pattern on the window treatments or upholstery could be just the “pop” you need to brighten up your space. Or give your room a completely new look with a bold graphic-patterned wallpaper. A statement piece is your opportunity to add your own unique stamp of personality. Go as bold or as mellow as you see fit.
To create a more functional dining room, and get the most out of your space, you are going to want to create storage. Built-in shelves can provide much-needed storage for entertaining utensils, seasonal decor, and even wine bottles. Look into the costs of constructing a buffet tailored to the room’s proportions. By custom building a buffet you can get the specifics just right and select everything from the wood finish to the drawer handles.
Take advantage of natural light, if you have it, by placing a dining table in front of soaring windows. If you don’t have this luxury, create a focal point by installing an unusual light fixture instead of a chandelier. Odd shapes and geometric designs add a modern look to the room, capturing the light and the imagination of your guests.