By Anna Kocharian

Published on July 18, 2016

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written by ANNA KOCHARIAN

The dining room is where it all happens. Family dinners, friendly gatherings, so it’s important to establish a comfortable arrangement that doesn’t compromise on style. From the basics of the furnishings to the decorative accents that complete the look, there are plenty of methods to elevate a dining room into your home’s focal point. But a few specific ways to make it domino

a storied table

Whether it’s sourced from reclaimed wood, or from the latest collection of an up-and-coming designer, what would a dining room be without a statement-making table? While finding one big enough to cater to your entertaining needs is key, it’s also important to bring in a table that complements your style and space.

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statement lighting

Every dining table deserves an equally wow-worthy lighting solution, stylishly displayed directly above. Opt for a pair of pendants or an entire row of hanging bulbs to complement a lengthy table, or a single large one for the smaller alternative.

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… and then some more lighting

Aside from the chandelier or pendant above the dining table, bring in additional sources of lighting in the form of table or floor lamps.

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wall art

Deck the walls with vibrant art that speaks to the aesthetic of the space as well as that of those who live there.

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a playfully patterned rug

Install a cozy landing pad beneath the dining table to create a designated area for the setup. This can be crucial for open layout spaces where the kitchen, living room, and dining room occupy the same general space. Be mindful of the material of the rug as wine spills may be a likely occurrence!

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proper window treatments

Whether the dining room comes outfitted with a single window or an entire wall of them, it’s important to outfit them with proper window treatments. Though we must admit, for the oversized contemporary variety of windows, leaving them untouched is perfectly acceptable.

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walls with color

Unless you’re going for the whole whitewashed aesthetic, we’d strongly suggest a bold wall paint or wallpaper to dress the dining room. Never underestimate the power of paint!

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something green

Bright greenery in the form of organic plants or indoor trees lends a touch of warmth to a contemporary space. Aside from instilling a bold dynamic to the decor of a dining room, plants provide a much-needed pop of unexpected color.

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a bar cart

Think of it as the ultimate entertaining must-have. Regardless if takes up an entire corner of the dining room or if can fit on a modest tray atop the credenza, designate a spot for spirits and other bar essentials.

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chairs worth coveting

With all the options for dining chairs, finding the best one for your space can be quite the difficult feat. We know. From the more traditional and cohesive look to the eclectic and daring, it’s no secret that the right dining chair makes the room.

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sheepskin accent

What else would you pair the dining table bench with?

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