Want to upgrade the look, feel and function of your dining space? You’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our guide for creating the dining room of your dreams layer by layer, from floor to ceiling.
Think of your rug as the anchor for your space, both in color and in size. You can make it your statement piece by choosing a show-stopping pattern, or let it blend into the background to create a subtle cohesiveness. You can even take the practical, easy-to-clean route by utilizing an indoor/outdoor rug that’s just as stylish. Just make sure to size your rug 24 to 30 inches wider and longer than your table so chairs will still fit when pulled out to seat your guests.
The most obvious focal point in your dining room can oftentimes be the hardest to decide on – the table and chairs. From round to rectangular, counter-height and more, the options are endless, but keep in mind how your space flows for the best result. If you plan to mix and match chairs, the rule of thumb for choosing the best seat height is to subtract 12 inches from the table height. Opting for a table with a hidden leaf and keeping some extra chairs on hand is also a smart move so you’re always prepared for more guests.
What else could you possibly need in a dining room? Well, a server or server with a hutch is an excellent addition for style and function. Store table linens and extra silverware below and display sentimental items or place other accents on top. You can even use the space as an extended serving surface for food so there’s more room at the table. If a server and hutch isn’t your style, but you need more space, use open pantry shelving for a more open-concept appearance.
Whether you follow the mantra “less is more” or “the more, the merrier,” accents should add to the design and function of a space, not detract. Size floral arrangements appropriately by noting the height of any hanging light fixtures and the ability to see across to guests. Likewise, arrange place settings, decorations and candles with the dual-purpose intention of wowing guests and allowing plenty of room to dine. Choose subtle wall art and accents for other furniture that suit every occasion, or rotate different pieces to reflect the season.
Lighting is an integral part of creating the most appealing ambiance in a dining area. Low lighting physically changes the mood of a room and encourages a more social dining experience where guests can eat slower, enjoy their food longer and converse more comfortably. A great way to achieve this effect is to use floor lamps, table lamps placed on a server, or candles of varying heights on the table. If you have built-in lighting, a chandelier or a pendant fixture above your table, try using a dimmer switch to find the right balance to fit your desired mood.