Is your dining room in need of renovations? Whether you’re bringing an old dining room into the 21st century or simply adding the final touches to your new home, it’s always fun to redesign and redecorate your dining room.
Decorating your dining room is a process that mixes practicality and style. From the colour you paint your walls and ceiling down to your choice of glasses and plates, all of the choices you make for your dining room can have a big impact.
To help you decorate your dining room, we’ve put together a list of 10 simple interior design and decoration tips. From improving natural light flow to adding an effortless touch of style to your home, read on for plenty of decorating inspiration.
ADD COLOUR WITH A TWO-TONE DESIGN
Two-tone colour schemes are a favourite in kitchens and bedrooms, but they’re far too rarely seen in the dining room. Using a two-tone colour scheme can give your dining room a colourful look that most dining rooms lack.
Using a two-tone colour scheme lets you enjoy the best of both worlds – a simple, conservative look in the dining room itself, with a dash of colour as a visual accent for extra style.
In dining rooms with light furniture and lots of natural light, choose light colours like baby blue or yellow. In darker dining rooms, particularly those with wooden flooring, don’t be a afraid to choose a dark, bold and powerful colour.
ADD A MIRROR TO INCREASE NATURAL LIGHT
Is your dining room a little bit too dark? Many dining rooms, particularly those in older homes built during the first half of the 20th century, have dark dining rooms that receive little natural light during the evening.
Increase the amount of natural light that flows through your dining room by adding a mirror. A mid-sized mirror can look just like an extra window and give your dining room a lighter and more comfortable atmosphere.
Not only does a mirror make your dining room feel lighter – it also creates the visual illusion of extra space. If your home’s dining room is small and cosy, adding a mirror can make it feel significantly bigger.
GO FOR AN INDUSTRIAL OR ULTRA-MODERN LOOK
Do you want to modernise your dining room? Going for an industrial look – with lots of brushed metal, steel dining chairs and more – is a great way to make your dining room stand out from the crowd.
Don’t like the industrial look? Create an ultra-modern dining room with sharp lines, high-contrast colour schemes (make sure you use plenty of black and white) and an elegant glass dining table.
FRAME YOUR DINING ROOM USING FURNITURE
Furniture can be more than just functional. When used correctly, dining room items like cabinets and sideboards can be used to “frame” the centre of your dining room and give it a balanced look.
Create several different spaces within your dining room by positioning furniture for maximum use. Place your liquor cabinet and sideboard nearby for a stunning bar in your home, or your display cabinet behind the table for a symmetrical look.
ADD STYLISH SLIPCOVERS TO YOUR DINING CHAIRS
Do your dining room chairs need a style update? If your dining chairs have fabric upholstery, adding customised slipcovers is a great way to make them stand out from the crowd and set your dining room apart.
For the ultimate look, add your personal initials or family name to each slipcover and enjoy the ultimate in style and elegance. Light and stylish slipcovers add new light to dark dining rooms and really make your furniture stand out.
COMPLEMENT A DARK ROOM WITH NEUTRAL COLOURS
While it isn’t always easy to increase the amount of light in a dark dining room, it’s surprisingly simple to make the most of what you’ve got. Neutral colours like white and cream can brighten up your dark dining room and make it more comfortable.
Avoid using dark, powerful wall colours in your dark dining room unless they also have a light colour for balance. Rich, neutral colours like cream and light brown are often the perfect complements for a dining room without much natural light.
SHOWCASE YOUR DISH COLLECTION OR LIQUOR CABINET
Here’s a great way to add some style to your dining room: showcase your favourite dishes or liquor cabinet’s contents. Beautiful dishes, tea sets and other delicates are often all it takes to give your dining room a special, unforgettable look.
If you’ve got an impressive liquor cabinet, turn its contents into a design feature of your dining room. Whisky bottles and wine racks are both great visual elements to include in your modern dining room.
ADD RECESSED LIGHTING FIXTURES TO THE CEILING
Recessed lighting fixtures can make your dark dining room feel more spacious and comfortable. As they absorb a lot of light, they also increase the amount of ambient light in your dining room, making visibility a lot better.
For maximum lighting benefits, use wood panelled lighting fixtures in a warm and natural colour – light brown or walnut are great choices. It’s best to select a colour that’s slightly lighter than your flooring – too dark and you’ll lose the light benefits.
CREATE CONTRAST USING BLACK AND WHITE FURNITURE
If you’re going for an ultra-modern look, it’s important that your dining room has a high-contrast colour scheme. Black and white furniture – for example,a black table on white tiled flooring – is instrumental in creating the ultra-modern style.
Choose a high-contrast colour scheme and complement it with sharp, angular and impressive furniture. The ultra-modern look isn’t suitable for every home, but it’s very impressive when done right.
DECORATE WITH BEAUTIFUL GLASSES AND DISHES
It takes surprisingly little to transform your dining room, at least from a visual and design-related perspective. Sometimes, all you need to breathe new life into your old dining room is a new set of glasses, dishes and cutlery.
If your dining room is starting to look a little bit dated, don’t just refresh it with new furniture. Remember that you’ll spend more time looking at your dishes and cutlery during a meal than the walls or ceiling, and that they could be worth updating first. If a complete refresh is overdue then our dining collections offer the latest styles for modern homes.