Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Dining rooms are typically the space in the house where families come together to eat, laugh, share stories and entertain. Many people find decorating a space that is so multi-functional to be a bit of a challenge. However, no matter the current state or size of the room, achieving a dining space that is stylish and inviting is within your reach. 

To help take the challenge out of creating a dining room both you and your family love, t
oday I'm sharing 7 simple but impactful things you'll need to transform your dining room into a functional, comfortable and stylish dining space.

1. Comfortable Seating

Using a host/hostess chairs at the table is a great way to add personality and character to your dining space. 

If you've already purchased a table and matching chairs set for your dining room, add contrasting seating at each end of the table for a distinctively stylish look. The upholstered wingback host and hostess chairs I used in this eclectic dinning room replaces the original wood chairs that came with the set and are just as comfortable as they are stylish.

The custom decorative pillow, in a complimenting pattern that incorporates the colors used throughout the space, adds the finishing touch to this fiery hued chair.

NOTE: A Host/Hostess chair can also be same style chair as the other chairs at the table. However, if the chairs are all the same style, the chairs at the head of the table should be of a different color or fabric.

2. A Statement Chandelier

A beautiful chandelier can be the focal point of a well designed dining room.  Chandeliers are no longer just for traditional spaces. A chandelier over the dining time is like adding that final piece of jewelry to an amazing outfit.  A chandelier is often the piece de resistance - sparkling above guests, casting brilliant illuminating light on the space, and serving as a conversation starter as guests marvel at it's uniqueness.

If you prefer more a more traditional design aesthetic, choose a chandelier style that matches the architectural style of your home. However, if you're feeling adventurous, hang a a chandelier that contrasts the style of the room. Whatever you chose, look for a chandelier with a silhouette that makes a statement. 

Make sure the chandelier is centered over the table. The bottom of the chandelier should hang anywhere between 30 and 36 inches above the table, allowing guests enough space to enjoy conversation with someone seated across the table from them. 



Remember art is subjective. That being said, a grouping of your favorite baskets or framed theater tickets from a special night out can all work as art. 

Use art or mirrors to bring life to bare walls.  Hanging a mirror is a great use of wall space as mirrors reflect light and depending on the mirror's size, can even make your dining room appear larger.  Hang one large piece or group smaller pieces together (as I did here with the 2 antiqued sunbust mirrors) to take up more visual space on the wall.

4. Eye-catching Details

What separates good design from great design are the thoughtful touches and interesting details.  Nailhead trim on upholstery, crown molding, drapery trim, simple or elaborate centerpieces show that the designer has carefully considered all the areas of the space.

5. Additional Seating & Entertaining Space Options

Although my client's dining table has a commanding presence and enough space to seat her family, she also entertains guests often. So we added an additional seating area near the window for overflow guests to enjoy the party too.  The console serves as a great landing space for drinks and  h'orderves.

6. A Thoughtful Layout 

I find that conversations tend to flow alot easier when everyone has enough comfortable "personal" space at the table. Ideally, you want to make sure that there is at least 36 inches between the table and the walls to allow the chairs to easily slide out from the table.  There should also be about 24 inches between chairs to prevent bumping elbows and to allow people to slide chairs in and out without hitting anything.

7. Paint

Of course, the easiest way to make a big impact in a space is by adding or updating the wall color with paint.  Paint is cost effective and has the ability to completely change the look of a space.

You can create an intimate dining experience by choosing a warm color, liven things up with a bold and vibrant hue, create a calming feel with beige or refresh the look of your space with a new coat of bright white paint. The options are endless and the choice is yours!

So as you can see, proper color, lighting, and furniture placement are key to creating a stylish and functional space.  Were you surprised to learn how important considering these factors during the design process is?  Need more advice on how to get started in your own space? Contact me and book your consultation today.

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