Dining Room

13 Small Dining Room Decorating Ideas For Small Space

Sometimes to decorate a small dining room can be a real challenge. A dining area in a small or dual-purpose room requires creativity and ingenuity in space planning. You can make it seem larger while still preserving its charm by choosing adaptable furniture like foldable chairs, simple accessories like ivory linens, and storage like under-the-table shelves, which all balance practicality with good looks. A layout planned for flexibility is essential. Choose furniture for displaying everyday wares. A simple table or bookcase can serve just as well as a cabinet, provided it has clean lines.


Dining Room Decorating Ideas

You would like the dining area to appear as spacious as you possibly can so in many instances, removing a leaf in the table and leaving fewer chairs around the table than included the dining set. The area looks more spacious having a smaller table and four chairs. Setting the table is one of the enjoyable rituals of entertaining – even in a small dining room. For starters, use high-quality basics: a fine linen tablecloth and a nice balance in the hand. Once you have the basics, it’s the inspired finishing touch – the fold of a napkin, a hand-stamped place card, an antique napkin ring – that provides the real fun. Let clever details set the mood.

Reduce clutter. The dining room shouldn’t be a place to stack the mail, school papers, and other general clutter. A small room will look even smaller with unwanted clutter so try to make this a priority. Take stock. Before you start decorating, take everything out of the buffet and armorer. This is the time to go through all of the china and crystal and decide what to keep, what to give away, and what to sell. Chances are there are many items (think wedding gifts) that you have never used and probably won’t ever use. Keep only the things that you truly love and want to use or display. Nobody said it’s easy to decorate a small dining room after all.


Lighting and How It Helps To Decorate a Small Dining Room

Keep the paint light. Dark colors tend to make space appear smaller so if you love dark, rich colors in the dining room (I do!), try to go one shade lighter on the paint wheel and add white trim to the bottom of the walls. The trim adds a custom look and brightens it up a bit. Use mirrors. Mirrors have a tendency to make a room look larger so definitely incorporate them into your decor. You could have custom mirrors added to the trim work or create a whole wall of mirrors. To decorate a small dining room well takes a great vision and consistency.

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