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Dining Room Decorating Ideas

Are you searching for dining room decorating ideas to spruce up a boring room? Do you need new dining room furniture but don't know what shape or size of dining room table works best for your space? Whether you need dining room decor for large or small spaces you'll find lots of great tips and inspiration, so read on!

Your dining room decor is a reflection of your personal style as well as the style of your home. Finding the right furniture for your space can be a challenge sometimes, but I urge you not to rush this decision.

Our lives are so busy today that we rarely get the time to just “BE” in our homes. Sometimes, it’s months or years later that we start to notice the little things that could make our room interior design, and our lives, function better.

glamorous

Glamorous dining room decorating ideas: Metallic wall paper and ceiling paint, velvet upholstery and metallic sheers, while the crystal chandelier and antique mirror up the sparkle factor. Here's a few more wall decorating ideas.

Dining Room Decorating Ideas For Large Spaces

If you're looking for Tuscan dining room decorating ideas, here's a great example. The warm glow of the fireplace, the use of wrought iron, massive beams, faux paint techniques, plus the style of the dining room chairs and rug, all work beautifully together.

Tuscan style round table with upholstered chairs in front of a fireplace. A beautiful rug provides color and absorbs sounds in this great room, while a massive wrought iron chandelier hangs above

With the popularity of great rooms, soaring ceilings and open floor plans, we see a need for much larger furniture and dining room light fixtures that are the right scale for the space.

Dining room light fixtures can can make your room seem dated or out of kilter unless they're properly sized for the scale of the room. A small chandelier with a 16' long chain hung right above the table would seem out of proportion in this dining room.

Notice how this chandelier is hung quite a bit above the table and fits the scale of the room perfectly?

If you have super high ceilings, you're much better off hanging a very large chandelier and not worrying about getting it so close to the table. Use recessed ceiling lights or wall sconces for additional light/ambiance.

dark oak dining room set with twisty legs, in two story great room

This oak dining room table is substantial, weighing in at over three hundred pounds, plus it expands from 84 inches to 120 inches (Mountainside collection, made by Lane for Eddie Bauer).

Chocolate brown leather chairs have a twisted leg design, lending an English country charm.

Buying a table with leaves can make more seating when entertaining, but what do you do with the extra chairs when not in use? Why not try grouping a pair of chairs in front of a fireplace, in your foyer, or as additional seating in a living room, bedroom, or study?

modern dining room chairs

Modern dining room decor from a Manhatten pre-war building that was staged for sale. Notice how they left out area rugs? That's to show off the beautifully refinished hardwood floors in a herring bone pattern, plus it helps the room look more spacious. If this was combination living/dining room, adding area rugs would have helped define each space from the other.

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