Make the Most Out of Your Dining Room With These Tips
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Published by TOP4 Team
Dining room can be an afterthought in new houses where casual living space gets precedence. If it’s worth having one, it should be a practical size. Here are some dining room renovation tips.
Make it big enough.
A dining room should be big enough for guests to sit comfortably at the table with space to move behind the chairs. For serving and storage, plan for a sideboard, credenza or chiffonier. Make allowance for the chairs to be out from the table, not neatly tucked underneath.
Create a room with a view.
Dining room is often used at night, so give yours a “wow” factor with views to a landscaped garden or courtyard. Floodlight special features such as statutes and you’ll be able to bring the outside in.
If full-length dining room windows overlook the side of the house and the only view is the fence, plant something special. Install a fountain – wall models are easily mounted – or a small waterfall. The tinkle of running water will be a pleasant backdrop to your dinner chat. Plant the garden beds with vibrant colour to draw the eye or go for a low-key tranquil Japanese garden with stone lanterns and ornaments, a water feature, grasses and gravel.
Dim the lights.
Install a dimmer switch so the lights can be lowered for instant atmosphere. Muted lighting makes a moodier meal than a bright bulb blazing overhead. But don’t overdo it. Most of us like to see what we’re eating.
Candles placed strategically on a table will also add a warm glow. Put several down the middle of the table or a small one by each place setting. Squat candles floating in shallow bowls of water can also look effective. Keep candles away from the eyeline.
Mirror the view.
A wall of mirrors will make your dining room seem twice the size and reflect any candlelight on the table. So too will a mirror over the fireplace or sideboard. Put a mirror tile or two down the centre of the table and stand bowls of flower or candles on them. You’ll get double the effect from your floral efforts and the candle light will reflect prettily in them.
Add a conservatory.
A small room can be enlarged by adding a conservatory-style glass roof and walls. Guests will love eating under the stars. Investigate blinds for the windows for sun protection and insulation -- there are some clever roof blinds available for covering ceiling and skylights.
Do table tricks.
It you can’t buy new dining table and chairs, slip new covers over them and you’ll have your guests’ eyes popping with the glamour of it all. Slip covers vary enormously in price, so keep an eye out for specials. You can also buy two laminated tables and push them together for special occasions. When you’re not eating, you can use them for sewing or studying.
As you renovate your dining room, seek help from the well-trusted renovation professionals.