Invigorate Your Dining Room: Five Easy Options

Invigorate Your Dining Room: Five Easy Options
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    Has your dining room lost its luster?

    Is your family more likely to eat in the kitchen or the family room than in the dining room?

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The dining room has lost much of its appeal over the past few generations as families are more likely to eat on the run and are less likely to sit down for a meal together. But, part of the reason can be placed squarely on the dining room’s design, a room that may need a makeover if it is ever to attract your family.

1. Recover the chairs. Old chairs can get new life by putting new covers on them. You might also consider slip covers if a more formal look does the trick. Experiment with patterns and don’t afraid to go bold. A splash of color here, a dabble with a design there can make all the difference.

2. Add in accessories. Maybe your dining room lacks visual appeal, a sure way to keep the family out. Instead of displaying your dishes in the china cabinet, reorganize it to include one row dedicated to showcasing a vacation-themed look with knick knacks and photographs. Raise the sentimental factor by dressing up the buffet or side table the same way. Change your displays to emphasize the season, much as you do with the fireplace mantle or center hall display table.

3. Change the lighting. An overbearing chandelier can keep the family away, acting as a dreaded Sword of Damocles over the dining room table. Choose a more inviting light and consider repainting the walls and replacing the heavy drapes with sheer curtains to bring in much natural light. Lighting changes can dramatically change the mood of a dark dining room from somber to cheery, by adding a touch of glamor.

4. Enhance the floor. An old rug, dark carpeting or floors that have not been polished or stained in some time may need some tender loving care. While TLC is an option, you also might consider layering an area rug underneath the table. An area rug can offer a beautiful contrast to the flooring, bring in warmth to the room and provide comfort. Look for a rug that extends out as much as two feet around the table, to allow for the movement of chairs when pushed away from the table.

5. Tear down the wall. Perhaps the best approach to a dining room update is to tear down a wall. Yes, literally. Some dining rooms are simply too confining and no brightening up of the walls or the changing of lighting alone will be enough. What can help is to tear down a wall separating the dining room from the kitchen or the living room, to create an open and more hospitable floor plan. As long as a supporting wall is not involved, you can transform your dining from blah to stunning.

A New Look

You can get a new look for your dining room in as quickly as a few hours. Begin with one change and then add subsequent updates as desired. Ask your family to provide feedback, gauging what changes would invite the most interest.

See Also — 7 Affordable Dining Room Updates

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".