BY On Jan 05, 2019 Dining Room
It’s no small task to create a dining space that feels special enough to use for formal occasions while still being functional enough to be part of an everyday routine. But with a little thought and planning, it can be done. Use these dining room ideas as inspiration for how you want to design the space in your home, and you’ll end up with just the right mix of comfort and elegance.
Using two or more light or track lighting in your dining room will not only create a beautiful visual effect over the table, but also ensure that light spreads evenly throughout the room (as opposed to casting light from a single source). This look also functions particularly well when paired with recessed lighting to illuminate the corners. When purchasing lighting for your dining room, choose two or three matching fixtures that can be spaced evenly over the length of the table. Look for fixtures that come equipped (or can be used) with dimmers so that you can set a sense of ambiance, whether you’re hosting a romantic dinner or just finishing up homework.
If there’s one room in your home dedicated to showing off your love of art, make it your dining room. A standout creative work will bring energy to the space, while the slower pace of most special-occasion meals will ensure that your prized piece gets the admiration it deserves.Aside from displaying what you love, it’s important to consider size when choosing what will adorn the walls in your dining room. You want to create a sense of balanced visual weight within the space, so focus on bigger pieces — or a collection of several smaller ones for a gallery wall — that will fill the wall opposite the table.
Odds are you’ll want to establish the dining table as the focal point of the room. It can feel empty with the table alone, however, so add a rug for color and texture. Make sure it is at least 24 inches wider than the table on each side to allow room for the chairs to easily slide out without going over the edge of the rug. In addition to grounding the space, having a rug in the dining room will infuse it with a sense of warmth and comfort, especially if you have wood flooring. The extra padding also will make guests more comfortable, and the rug can act as a stain barrier in the event of accidental spills.
It’s not easy to design a space that feels fit for a celebration, yet is still functional for day-to-day living. After all, there’s no sense in having a room in your home that rarely gets used, right?
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