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8 Ways to Update Your Old Dining Room

Castlery   |   Apr 19, 2023

The dining room is an important space in any home. It's where you gather with family and friends to share meals, celebrate special occasions, and create memories. But after years of seeing the same dining room sets, sideboards, and walls, your dining room may start to feel boring and in need of an update.

If you're looking for inspiration to refresh your dining room decor, here are some ways to get started!

Refresh with paint

A fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look and feel of your dining room. Choose a colour that complements your furniture and creates the ambiance you want to achieve.

For example, if you want a cosy and intimate feel, consider warm tones like beige or brown. If you want a fresh and modern look, go for cooler shades like grey, blue, or green.

You can also give your dining tables and chairs a fresh coat of paint to update your dining room. Make sure to choose a paint that’s suitable for furniture, especially if you have a solid wood dining table. Also, make sure to clean or sand the surfaces of your tables and chairs thoroughly so the paint adheres properly.

Once the paint is dry, you can finish with a protective coat to help prevent scratches and stains. A clear varnish can provide a durable and water-resistant finish, which is particularly important for a wooden dining table.

Recommended read: How to Protect Your Wooden Dining Table

Purchase a new dining room set

If you have the budget for it, or simply don’t fancy getting your hands dirty with DIY, you could purchase a new dining table and chairs.

A wooden dining table with matching gray fabric upholstered chairs. The Lily Dining Table Set is designed by one of Castlery’s designers, James Harrison.

Entirely replacing your old or outdated dining table and chairs can be a great way to give your dining room a refresh. Choose a table that matches your interior design and consider the materials and finishes that will work best for your lifestyle.

For example, if you have young children, a table with a durable surface like laminate or metal may be a better option compared to a delicate glass table. Wooden tables are also the preferred option if you believe in Feng Shui practices for the dining room.

Switch up the dining chairs

If you already have a dining room set and want an easy fix, a good way would be to simply switch up the dining chairs. There are so many options to choose from, including upholstered chairs, wooden chairs, metal chairs, and more.

Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles and materials in your dining room decor to create a unique and eclectic look that reflects your personality. You could pair a rustic wooden table with sleek metal chairs, or combine vintage and modern elements for a look that's all your own.

A marble dining table and cane chairs are centered on an oval jute rug. The Kelsey Marble Dining Table in a white wash creates a nice contrast when paired with the white cane seats of the Austen Chair. Also pictured, the Marc Oval Jute Rug.

Add a rug

Rugs are great additions to any room because they have the ability to define an area and elevate the space.

Adding a rug to your dining room can certainly add some warmth and texture. Choose a size that fits your table and chairs as well as complements your existing decor.

A jute runner is placed in the dining room. The Lilou Jute Runner adds warmth and elevates @hausofcruze’s dining room. Also pictured, the Kelsey Marble Dining Table with Austen Chair Set.

For example, if you have a large dining room, a larger rug can create a cosy and intimate feel. If you have a smaller space, a small rug can still add some style without overwhelming the room.

Create a gallery wall

A gallery wall can be a great way to add some personality to your dining room and make it more vibrant. Choose artwork or photographs that reflect your style and complement your decor, and arrange them in a way that creates a cohesive look. Consider using frames in different sizes and finishes to create differing textures.

Add some lighting

Statement lights can be a great way to add some drama and style to your dining room without having to switch up too many things. Choose a fixture that matches the scale of your space and complements your decor.

For example, if your dining room has a high ceiling, you can consider installing a grand chandelier that makes a statement. If you have a smaller space, a pendant light or a cluster of spotlights can create a similar effect.

Also, if you’re going with the previous suggestion of creating a gallery wall, you can also have spotlights shine on the wall to make it stand out more.

In addition to a statement light fixture, consider adding other sources of lighting, such as sconces or table lamps. This can create a warm and inviting ambiance that's perfect for entertaining. Choose lighting that complements your decor and provides the right amount of light for your needs.

Hang new curtains

If your dining room has windows, adding curtains can soften the space and add some texture. Choose a fabric that complements your decor and provides the amount of privacy you need.

If you have a lot of natural light, sheer curtains can create a light and airy feel. If you want more privacy, blackout or dark curtains can do the trick.

Add plants

A plant in a woven basket is placed behind a matching wooden dining table set. Placing a plant in the dining room helps add some natural elements to the space. Pictured: Seb Dining Table Set with a Bench.

Plants can bring some life and colour to your dining room, and it’s one of the simplest suggestions on this list! Choose plants that thrive in low-light environments and complement your decor. For example, snake plants, pothos, and monsteras are all great options that are easy to care for and would look great in a dining room.

Updating your old dining room decor can be a fun and rewarding project. Use these 8 ideas to get started, and don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and materials. With a little creativity and effort, you can transform your dining room into a stylish and inviting space that you'll love spending time in.