Savvy decorating ideas for both traditional and open-concept dining spaces.
1. Choose differing but complementary head dining chairs to add instant character.
2. Anchor your space with an area rug (preferably low-pile for easy vacuuming) that’s large enough to comfortably fit the table and chairs. This wool rug was purchased from West Elm.
3. A corner dining nook with an upholstered bench is a fantastic opportunity play with color and pattern. Plus, it accommodates more dinner guests.
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4. Statement lighting, such as these seagrass pendants from Serena & Lily, helps to define a dining area in an open-concept space.
5. If you’re hesitant to slap color on the walls, bring it in through fabrics, artwork and accessories.
6. Create a focal point in your dining space with a piece of oversized art, like this calming ocean print from The Art and Framing Company.
7. Use a large indoor plant or tree to fill up an empty, awkward corner. This faux fiddle leaf fig is from World Market.
8. Pair dark and dramatic walls with a white painted ceiling to reflect more light into the room.
9. If your furnishings are fairly neutral, use patterned wallpaper to amp up the visual interest. This “Chenonceau” fabric wallpaper is by Schumacher.
10. Custom window treatments are an investment, but will make your dining room look luxe and pulled-together.
11. Encourage the conversation to flow with a round dining table where everyone faces one another. With a square or rectangular table, it becomes more challenging to interact.