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Dining Room Decorating Tips For Your First Home

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

Decorating the dining area, which holds so much importance, can be both an exciting and daunting task - especially if it’s your first home. The right decor can transform this space into a captivating and inviting space that reflects your personality and sets the stage for memorable moments.

In this article, we share various tips and ideas to decorate your dining room to create a beautiful and functional space.

8 ways to decorate your dining room

Choose the right dining table

Your dining table is the heart of the dining room. It’s important to find the right dining table that not only fits the room’s size but also complements your design aesthetic.

The table should comfortably fit in the room without making it feel cramped. Think about the shape of your dining table as well - square or rectangular tables are suitable for long and narrow rooms, while round or oval dining tables work well in square or smaller spaces.

A round dining table with a glass tabletop

For intimate dinners or cozy dining nooks, Theo Round Dining Table with Joshua Chairs is a great fit. Picture credits: @lemonleafhomeinteriors

If you often have gatherings or are preparing for the holidays, extendable dining tables are a great choice. They can be extended to accommodate guests and collapsed into a compact table for daily use.

Recommended read: 8 Key Dining Table Measurements You Should Know About

Don’t forget about the dining chairs

The dining chairs are just as important as the dining table in creating an inviting ambiance and a comfortable dining space. Pair your dining table with chairs that not only provide comfort but also enhance the room's overall look.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly option for a hassle-free clean-up, opt for chairs with performance fabric upholstery. They are designed to be stain and spill-resistant, allowing you to clean up the mess without it making any lasting damage.

A marble dining table and 8 performance bouclé dining chairs.

@maisonmiracle creates an elegant dining space with the spill-resistant Simone Performance Bouclé Chair.

Decide if you want chairs with armrests, wooden dining chairs, or if you want your chairs to match your dining table. All these can affect the look and aesthetic of your dining space, so choose chairs that suit your preferences.

Lighting matters

Lighting can make or break the dining room's ambiance. Chandeliers or a cluster of pendant lights are popular options as they hang from the ceiling and act as a focal point.

An extendable wooden dining table with a pendant lamp hanging above.

The Dillon Extendable Dining Table and Austen Chairs in White Wash.

Wall sconces or table lamps can add a touch of elegance and coziness to the dining space - and they don’t take up valuable floor space!

Decide and stick to a color scheme

The color scheme sets the tone for the dining area, defines the room's atmosphere, and ties the decor together. That’s why selecting the right color scheme is so important.

For a rustic and modern farmhouse dining room, go with earthy colors like beige, taupe, or olive greens. These neutral tones create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, and if coupled with a wooden dining table, can create an unmistakable modern farmhouse look.

A wooden dining table with 6 black chairs.

The Miles Dining Table gives off a farmhouse look with its white-washed lacquer. Picture credits: @vacayrentaldesign

If you’re going for a classic timeless look, colors like black, white, and gray can create a high-contrast space that exudes a modern and elegant vibe.

No matter what color scheme you decide to go for, stick to it and replicate it around the space in furniture and decor for a cohesive look.

Showcase a sideboard or buffet cabinet

A stunning sideboard or buffet cabinet in your dining room is not only a practical storage solution but also an opportunity to add a touch of elegance and style to the space.

The sideboard can serve as a makeshift wine bar, coffee station, or self-serving station during meals and gatherings. It also provides a space to store dinnerware, silverware, and linens; or simply a place to to display decorative items, such as vases, artwork, family photos, or collectibles.

A sideboard with a mirror and decor placed next to a dining table

The Lily Sideboard has adjustable shelves for ample storage space in the dining area.

Elevate the space with wall decor

Adorning your dining room walls with beautiful artwork or stylish mirrors brings a touch of personality and artistic flair. Choose pieces that resonate with you, evoking emotions or telling a story.

According to dining room feng shui principles, strategically placing a mirror that faces the dining table reflects the food and ‘doubles the meal’ - which means you’re doubling your abundance.

A wooden dining table and matching wooden bench surrounded by greenery.

The Vincent Dining Table in Oak.

Choose artwork that evokes the appetite, such as paintings of food or in brighter colors.

Add greenery

Bring the beauty of nature into your dining room with indoor plants or fresh flowers. They add vibrance, color, and freshness to the space.

A wooden dining table and matching wooden bench surrounded by greenery.

@homedeco strategically places the Seb Extendable Dining Table and Seb Dining Benches by the window with lots of greenery.

Choose indoor plants that thrive in the conditions of your dining room. Some low-maintenance options include pothos, snake plants, succulents, and peace lilies. Tall floor plants can make a statement in a corner, while smaller potted plants can adorn a sideboard, windowsill, or dining table.

If you have a small dining area, opt for hanging plants or macrame plant hangers to add a unique decorative element to the room without taking up much floor space.

Define the space with a rug

To anchor your dining area and create a sense of cohesion, consider placing a rug under your dining table.

A black dining table set atop a brown rug.

@358socialclub delineates the Sloane Dining Set with a brown rug.

A well-chosen rug adds warmth, texture, and visual interest, pulling the entire room together. Opt for a rug that is soft underfoot and complements your overall style. From luxurious wool rugs to natural fiber options, the right rug can transform your dining room into a comfortable and visually appealing space.

Your dining room is a place of connection, where loved ones gather to share meals and create cherished memories. By implementing these creative decorating ideas, you can transform your dining room into a space that is not only functional but also a reflection of your personal style and a source of pride. So, get inspired, start decorating, and watch your dining room become a space you'll love for years to come.

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