Throughout my years in the interior design world, I have learned a number of techniques and small dining room ideas that can make any size space appear grand and stylish. If you are working with a more limited square footage, you must simply make calculated design decisions that deliver that maximum amount of style in the fewest (or smallest) pieces. One of the easiest ways to do this is through dining room table decor pieces because they are displayed on a unit that is must already be incorporated in the space. Pieces that play double duty like this are great for small rooms because they kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. The dining table is utilized for entertaining (and obviously eating) but is also a great medium to bring some artistic flair and pops of color to the space.
I am constantly on the look out for cool dining room decor ideas because that is the one room in our house that I am not sure what to do with. I really like how this designer created a very simple yet elegant look without a lot of art and knick knacks like most homes I see. Instead, they utilized dining room paint colors to make most of the bolder design statements in the space. I love the subtle beige wall color contrasting against the rich stained wood of the trim, windows and floor. I think this is a great way to liven up a space without adding too many distracting elements.
So many homeowners tend to forget about dining room decor because it is one of those spaces that is rarely used. Maybe with some fun updated styles, we can make this room the most popular in the home. The first area that clients seem to struggle with is selecting appropriate dining room colors. My advice is to always look to the color palette of the adjoining rooms (such as a kitchen or den) for inspiration. For example, this home has a beautiful white kitchen with pops of sunny yellow accent colors. For this reason, I decided to use a stunning golden shade for the walls and crisp white on the existing paneling and trim. Because this is not a high traffic room, you can also have run with dining room wall decor.
Rather than using a white color for the trim, we selected a darker taupe than the walls. Not only did the technique add an unexpected design twist, but it is very reminiscent of colonial home paint techniques. This brings in the traditional elements that the homeowner requested and perfectly contrasts the boldly modern dining room paintings that we chose. Another key decision was the dining set. In order to mix the two styles, we selected a very contemporary looking table with sharp straight lines. Then, to soften the look, I chose these beautiful classic upholstered chairs with a bit more curvy design. The final touch to this stunning room was the dining table decor.
We are updating the entire first floor of our home and are stumped on what to do with our contemporary dining room design. Throughout the rest of the house we have an eclectic mix of traditional elements with modern touches. I would like to bring that same feeling to our new dining room ideas. Currently we have a cool grey color palette, hardwood plank flooring, and a large dining set from restoration hardware. There are coordinating draperies but I am not in love with them. I think it would be fun to liven up the space by adding some accent shades to our dining room colors. I have always been partial to the combination of grey and navy blue so I think that is the direction we should go.
We recently finished decorating this gorgeous traditional dining room and absolutely love how it turned out. It is not often that you find a room like this with stunning floor to ceiling windows and French doors. We knew that we wanted this to be the focal point of the design. For this reason, our first step was narrowing down dining room curtain ideas that would provide great style but that would not take away from the views outside. I think that these plush jacquard drapes with a very neutral pattern were the perfect choice. Once we had decided on that element, the rest of the decor just flowed. The addition of this contemporary style area rug, added another layer to the decor and really softened the space.