You don’t need to wait for the holidays to spruce up your dining area with intricate table settings. More people are eating at home than ever before, and the kitchen is the most-used room in the house. Food brings everyone together, and sitting around the dinner table with your family or friends can help to alleviate stress, build connections, and put a cap on a long day.
So, your dining area should be a reflection of who you are and what works for your family. Thankfully, there are things you can do to your dining room to give it a complete upgrade without having to go over your budget.
With that in mind, let’s look at three tricks you can use to turn your dining room into something special, no matter the time of year.
Go beyond white walls
A splash of colour or texture in a dining room can make a big difference. Warm, neutral tones can bring a sense of calm to the space, inviting people to stay there longer and enjoy themselves while encouraging conversation.
Even painting one wall or adding a large piece of colourful artwork can be more inviting than stark, white walls. Think about which colours speak to you the most and which ones would work well in your dining area, and don’t be afraid to go bold!
Define the room with a rug
Rugs aren’t just for adding comfort to your home. Rugs can often used to tie a room together, and the dining room should be no exception. Slipping a large area rug beneath your dining room table can add interest and colour to the room, especially if you have hardwood or tile flooring.
Think of a large rug as an accent to the table itself. It brings the flow of your dining room all the way down to the floor, so it can often leave people with a “less is more” feel. Don’t be afraid to use a unique pattern, especially if the room doesn’t have much additional decorating. Personally, I love the look of boho or aztec rugs to add a touch of zen to an area. But you can go for whatever style you want! Have fun and play around with different textures, colours and patterns.
Set the table
Again, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make your table look great! You can add a special feeling to it every day with something like a luxurious Richard Haworth tablecloth, or chargers at each seat for your family or guests to set their plates on when it’s time to eat.
Having floral arrangements on the table can really bring the dining room to life, too! If you use plants in any other room in your house, you already know how much they can do to make a room feel lively and vibrant. By mixing greenery with pops of colour, or even something more rustic and vintage with flowers, your dining room can easily be transformed into something new.
No matter how big or small, and no matter your budget, you can make your dining room a true expression of your personality and sense of style with just a few simple changes. Don’t be afraid to get creative. This room is meant to bring people together, so it’s important to feel comfortable as you sit down to enjoy a meal and chat.