By Roch Esther. Dining Room. Published at Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 - 02:24:24 AM.
A mirror is a small room's best friend. It opens up space like nothing else and reflects light. Use strategically placed mirrors on the wall. Using more than one might be an even better idea. Simple window treatments help keep fussiness away. Ornate swags and valances could be distracting and too overpowering in any small space. Simple panels can do the job nicely. If you need more privacy, layer with blinds.
Many homes today are not outfitted with a designated space for formal dining—but if you love hosting dinners, then don't let this stop you. With the right pieces in place, your great room can turn formal in a flash. A table with leaves is a must—when you're not hosting, you'll need it to take up minimal space. Likewise, your other furniture should be able to flex when not in use. A sofa table can provide serving space, and consider a pair of accent chairs for seating.
Don't forget candles for those special occasions. Whatever source you choose for lighting, make sure it has a dimmer switch, so that you can adjust the amount of light you need. One rule of thumb for hanging chandeliers: there should be at least 34" inches of clearance space between the chandelier and the table. If it is a wider chandelier, make sure that people won't bump their heads when getting up or sitting down.
Now that you have figured out the best way to use your dining room according to your needs and the amount of room you have, decorating it should be easy. It is about functionality and your personal preferences. If you have a small space, see more about furnishing a small dining room here. For a large dining room, you may want to visually divide the large area into smaller ones with the help of rugs and screens. You can also buy furniture that is larger in scale. Heavy drapes, and paint color may also help. The idea is not to make the place seem small, but cozy and inviting.
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