As Thanksgiving and the following holiday season are upon us, it is the perfect time to take a step back and consider dining room design ideas. For many years, the dining table in a home has served as a significant piece of furniture, creating a welcoming space for families to gather.
Often considered to be the center of a home, the dining room serves many purposes. Not only does it act as a place for daily meals with immediate family, but a place to do homework, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or have serious discussions. As our day to day life continues to pick up the pace, often times family dinners can go by the wayside and the dining room can be neglected; until now.
Not only are dining room traditionally an important room for family gatherings, but they are important to the resale value of a home. According to real estate expert Barbara Corcoran, after the kitchen, the dining room is one of the most important rooms to keep in mind when looking to sell your home. This makes considering ideas for your dining room design all the more important. Don’t let this easy chance at increasing your home’s value.
When it comes to design ideas for your dining room space, the obvious and correct choice is to start with the dining room table. First, start by choosing a table that fits your family and entertaining needs and numbers. Select a piece that will work with the space, but also serves as a workable space for people to have a conversation. Don’t overwhelm a space with a table that is too big. This can make the room look even smaller and make it difficult to maneuver around the table. Consider a table with leaves to expand for extra dining space for special occasions.
When considering the size of your space and how to maximize the look of the space, don’t overlook the chairs you choose to go along with your table. Contemplate utilizing chairs with lower backs to create the allusion of a longer, larger table. Design experts say that chairs with higher backs can make a dining table look shorter.
Once you have chosen the perfect dining table for the room and your entertainment needs, look at an area rug for under the table to protect hard surfaced flooring and support the focal point of the room.
When the staple pieces such as the table, rug, sideboard or china cabinet have been chosen, take a look at the lighting options for your space. Consider alternative lighting sources like dimmer switch overhead lights or a statement chandelier. Complement the main lighting feature with matching lamps on the side table or cabinets in order to provide additional lighting when necessary.
Follow these simple design ideas to create the perfect, welcoming dining room space for your family and friends this holiday season.