11 things to do once you have a REAL dining room
how to furnish and style your dining room.
Published Feb 18, 2016 6:00 AM
dress the walls
No space is complete without art on the walls – or at least a fresh coat of paint! Deck bare walls with pieces in complementary hues or styles to further elevate the decor of the room while providing the dining area with a vibrant focal point.
invest in table and chairs
A “real” dining room means a chance to (finally!) invest in that dining table you’ve been coveting. Statement seating with a modern edge, obviously included. These are arguably the building blocks of the room and often the pieces that will inspire the rest of the room’s decor to follow in suit.
complement flatware with linens
As charming as a mismatched set of silverware may be, a “grown-up” dining room means it’s finally time for a complete set, preferably in a monochrome scheme.
Invest in fine table linens including tablecloths, napkins, placemats – essentials for dinner parties – formal or otherwise!
buy something for the floors
A cozy landing pad under the dining table not only inspires comfort, it also provides a much-needed element of texture to the room.
plan out window
Whether it be shades, curtains, or a combination of both, proper window treatments are essential to the finish of a room.
elevate the tabletop
A dinner party wouldn’t be complete without a streamlined set of plates, serving bowls, or proper stemware (read: not water glasses). Invest in a complete set or mix and match to your heart’s content.
use a credenza
That 100-piece dish set has to live somewhere, right? When kitchen cupboards are no longer a viable storage solution, a sideboard or credenza becomes a must.
get a bar cart
Gone are the days of storing spirits above the refrigerator. Reserve a spot in the dining room for a bar cart to keep a bevy of entertaining essentials easily at hand.
find a statement piece
over-sized plants, or sheepskins casually draped across each and every seat. When it comes to accent pieces for the dining room, we’re all for something that truly lends a dynamic component to the aesthetic of the space.
A small handful of decorative accents can take the decor of a room to a much better place. Whether it be vintage candleholders or modern vessels for tabletop florals, these unique elements are what give a room its character.
light the room
Lighting certainly makes the room, and a dining room chandelier should go without saying. Often an afterthought, lighting gives the opportunity for a truly wow-worthy element in the room.