Ideas for Decorating a Dining Room

Dining rooms come to life when family and friends gather around the table and discuss the day's events as they share a great meal. You might have a formal dining room in your home that you only use on holidays or a breakfast nook where you eat every morning--or both. Decorate a dining room with an eye to making it both usable and beautiful.

Paint Colors
The color of paint in a dining room can help stimulate or oppress appetite. Warm colors such as orange, red and yellow are thought to be more appetizing. Blue is generally a soothing, restful color. Blue may not be an appropriate dining room color simply because there are very few blue foods, so it doesn't have an association with eating. Think of the color of the interior of your favorite restaurant when you choose paint colors. If you want a chic or bold dining room try a gray, brown or black paint, which will make a big impact for a small price.

Dining Room Furniture
Dining rooms may be short on space, especially in apartments and condos. You may just have a breakfast nook or part of a living room to use as a dining area. If you only have room for furniture in your dining room, give it high style. Look for furniture that will last for years to come but also conveys a theme. A formal Queen Anne dining set will give your room an air of elegance. Look for a sturdy oak table with painted legs if you want a country eating area. If you need dining room furniture on a budget invest in a staple gun and upholstery fabric to give new life to old chairs. Paint will transform a used dining room table. You can also place a vintage tablecloth over it to disguise flaws. Benches provide ample seating while lending a casual air to the room. If you have a large dining room and a big table you may be able to place a small settee on one side of the dining table for a coffee house vibe that provides comfortable seating.

A buffet can be formal, informal or retro. Buffets can house china and act as a serving area.

Dining Room Accessories
Dining room accessories should be both useful and beautiful. For a quick dining room makeover, place shades with a funky feather or beaded trim on the chandelier. Lamps on the buffet provide mood lighting in the dining room. Put patterned plates on the top of formal chargers for a nontraditional element. Bright plates on the wall showcase your china while they give a French Country feeling to the room. You can leave place settings on the table during the day for added sparkle or transition into table decoration or a centerpiece when the dining room is not in use.

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