Published on February 18, 2016

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Photography by PINTEREST

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.

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Photography by ROB KENNON ARCHITECTS

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.

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Photography by & FOR LOVE

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!

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Photography by CATHERINE LAZURE-GUINARD

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.

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Photography by H2 DESIGN/ MYDOMAINE

plan out window

treatments

Whether it be shades, curtains, or a combination of both, proper window treatments are essential to the finish of a room.

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Photography by THE DESIGN CHASER

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.

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Photography by DOMAINE HOME

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.

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Photography by DUST JACKET

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.

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Photography by THE DESIGN CHASER

find a statement piece

A gallery wall 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.

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Photography by BETH KIRBY

centerpiece staples

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.

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Photography by EMMAS BLOG

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.

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