If you have a dining room, think about whether you’re currently underutilising the space. Many people only use their dining rooms for special occasions or large family gatherings, and for the majority of the time it becomes a place where dust collects. Whether you’re interested in making your dining room a multipurpose space or simply keeping it for times when you’re entertaining, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your dining room and keep it looking fresh and stylish.
Get the Rustic Look
If you’re interested in achieving that ‘country living’ look in your dining room, why not introduce a signature piece of reclaimed furniture? Rustic style is all about incorporating natural tones and textures into your home, and a recycled or repurposed item of furniture is a great way to do this. You can buy reclaimed, eco-friendly pieces from a variety of retailers including Trade Furniture. Compliment them with natural shades of paint, wallpaper and upholstery. You can also bring some of the natural world inside, with bowls of shells or pebbles, pieces of driftwood and freshly cut flowers.
Every room should have a focal point that draws the viewer’s eye on entry. In the dining room, this can be a particularly special piece of artwork. Highlight a painting or tapestry by downplaying all the other colours around it. Muted, neutral tones will invoke a gallery-like feel to the room and allow a brightly coloured artwork to take centre stage.
Mix and Match
Don’t hesitate to mix and match textures, styles and patterns in your dining room. Rooms that remind the viewer of a furniture showroom are often lacking in personality and can seem very clinical. A combination of antique furniture and newer pieces can look very effective, and your personal taste will have a chance to shine through. A mixture of different upholstery fabrics and textures in chairs, sofas and curtains can really add a sense of depth to the room, particularly if a variety of patterns and block colours are used.
Make the Space Multi-task
As long as you have a variety of smart storage options, your dining room can have several different uses. Those with young children can transform it into a playroom during the day, and pack toys and games away into boxes when the evening comes. If you take work home with you, the dining room can also double as a home office. There are plenty of attractive alternatives to filing cabinets that you can use for books and papers and still have the room as a space for eating and entertaining.