Guest Post Jason Phillips
The dining room is where you entertain guests for special dinner parties. It's also where your family gathers for major meals and holiday feasts. Though the dining room does not typically get as much use as the kitchen, you want it to look attractive for your guests and special occasions. Here are some tips to help you decorate your dining room on a budget, so that you have a stylish setting for those elegant meals.
If your dining room has windows that bring in natural light, you are in luck. The daylight streaming in can make any space seem larger, brighter, and airier. Use simple window coverings so that you allow the daylight to come in, while preserving privacy when you need it. One good idea is interior shutters. These are inexpensive and easy to install, and you can find them made of a composite material that never needs painting. The look is clean and crisp, and if you have dentil molding around the edge of the ceiling, it will go together perfectly.
Hang A Large Mirror
Buy a large mirror with an attractive frame, and hang it on a wall of your dining room. Not only is it a decorative element itself, but it can also help your room to seem larger, by expanding the visual sense of space. A mirror can reflect natural light, brightening the room, or reflect the dancing flames of candles at night.
There’s nothing wrong with playing with different styles, as long as you don’t create an unpleasant amalgam. If you’re the modern type o homeowner, placing a traditional rug right in the middle or the room or buying a vintage table cloth will make your dining area seem more interesting for family and friends.
Match The Cabinets
Get a corner cabinet made from unfinished wood, or buy a vintage piece from a flea market or thrift store. Put this in a corner of your dining room, and paint it the same color as the walls. This will give it the look of an original built-in cabinet, for a fraction of the price. Use the shelves to display attractive glassware or serving pieces.
Soften The Space With Linens
Linens are a convenient way of redecorating a room. Use cotton materials and make sure the patterns are in tone with the rest of your space. You can always add a pop of color if the space is too dark or too boring. Go for deep yellow linens for the sofa, and create some balance with flower pots in the same nuance. This idea will convert your gloomy dining area into the most pleasant environment.
Decorating a dining room on a budget can be challenging. First, you should settle on a budget; next, you must get your priorities straight. Do you want to invest in dining furniture or buy accessories to beautify your space? It’s always a good idea to plan ahead rather then get into the redecorating and realize you don’t have enough money for elaborate modifications.
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Paint The Ceiling
Most people stick with a white ceiling, but there is no reason that you have to. Adding color here can give your dining room a brighter feel, or a touch of the dramatic. If you choose a pale yellow, lavender, or grayish blue for the ceiling, it tends to draw the eye up, and open the space without seeming brash. If you are ready for something bolder, some dining rooms achieve a memorable look with a red or metallic gold ceiling.
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Create A Chair Rail
This architectural feature gives a room a traditional feel, and a sense of the elegance of times gone by. You can easily add this touch to your dining room, without costing very much at all. Just get a narrow stick-on molding from a home improvement store. Install this around the walls of the room at an appropriate height. You can use white molding on a colored wall, but for a more decorative look, get paint in two different shades of the same color. Paint the bottom portion below the chair rail in the darker shade, and use the lighter shade for the top portion of the wall.
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