Ways to improve your dining room
The dining room is such a special room in your home. It serves as a space where meals are shared as a family. Over time it creates wonderful memories of bonding for all the members of the household.
The way in which you decorate your dining room can supplement the positive energy during meal times. It will also make it a pleasure for you to entertain friends and guests in your dining room.
In modern apartments today the dining area is either a separate room entirely or it may be an extension of your living room space.
Make your dining table the center of attention
The dining table should be the main highlight of your dining room or area though you may have other furniture for storage. Investing in a table made of good wood with minimal embellishments will make your dining room inviting and contemporary. Keeping the table simple rather than highly decorative helps make the area look neater as there are many other elements other than just the table in the room. Otherwise the area will begin to look very crowded.
Find a table that is of a size that is apt for your room. Your dining table should allow ample space for movement around it. It is recommended that you have a dining table to wall allowance of about four feet.
A rectangular table always makes your room look modern and stylish. It should be your first choice.
For smaller spaces you can opt for a small round pedestal table as it fits into spaces and does not have sharp edges. Remember that a large round table will make reaching for items on the table difficult.
A dining room that is brightly (but not harshly) lit, preferably by natural light through the day and good lighting in the night will lift the mood of your dining room immensely.
Keep the dining area clutter free
Do have storage in the dining area where plates, cutlery, condiments and other items can be store. Otherwise with no other option these things are left on the table, making an otherwise beautiful dining area appear to be a mess.
Decorate your room
An inexpensive way to bring in zest to your simple but classy dining table is to buy nice tablecloth, tablemats and napkins. A centerpiece like a vase of fresh flowers can add a touch of luxury to your room.
Hang some beautiful paintings or prints of nature to give the room a lift.
Bring in separation when living and dining room are one
If your dining area is an extension of the living area then create some separation between the two. To separate or divide space you can use a room divider. Room dividers with a simple finish are ideal. If they are wooden make sure the finish is the same as other woodwork in the room or compliments it. Room dividers also offer privacy for family members who are having a meal.
To visually separate the two spaces you could use a different wall colour for at least one wall in the dining area. Choose a fresh, light, pastel colour for your dining area rather than heavy dark colours like maroon, or dark green.
Another way is to have a difference in flooring of the two areas. For example have parquet flooring for the dining area and tiles for the living area. Or simply use a rug in the one of the two spaces.
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