Create an Elegant Dining Area

January 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

The right table and seating will steal the show

A well-designed formal dining room makes a big impression on guests at any special occasion. Making your dining area elegant and inviting is simple if you know what to look for when shopping for furniture and accessories. As you plan the setup of your room, keep these elements in mind.

Make Furniture the Focus

The table and the seating that surrounds it are the focal point of every dining room. After all, the table is where family and guests gather to enjoy special meals and spend time together. Wood furniture is an excellent choice because of its timeless look and the many designs available. Choose sleek pieces with finishes that complement the color and style of your dining room. Dark finishes make an especially bold statement and add a sense of depth to the space.

Add Artful Accents

Bare walls will make your dining area feel stark and empty, so be sure to invest in some eye-catching artwork. This can be in the form of art prints set in simple wooden or metal frames, or something a bit different such as wrought-iron wall sculptures. You can also create a theme by adding hanging plants or putting up simple shelves to display accents such as seashells or decorative dishes. A stylish buffet can make a statement as well, especially if you choose one with glass-fronted doors to show off all of your best dinnerware. Pull the look together with sheer curtains and colorful valances that let light in while adding sophisticated style.

Consider the Lighting

Assess the natural lighting that comes into your dining area before choosing supplemental fixtures. For elegant dining rooms, you can’t go wrong with a chandelier hanging right over the table. Today’s ceiling fixtures come in styles that range from classic to contemporary. Go with sparkling metal and glass for a traditional look that casts a brilliant glow. If your style is more modern and chic, consider a fixture that incorporates materials such as wrought iron along with multiple shades arranged in a tiered design. Remember, too, that having candles set out on the table never goes out of style.

Incorporate Table Settings

Make sure that the settings you choose for your special meals harmonize with the decor of your dining room. Table runners, placemats, dishes and glassware should all complement each other. Keep things modest with solid colors, traditional silverware and stemmed glasses. Choose simple serving dishes and let the food itself become part of the design.

When you’re ready to start your dining room remodel, give Cardi’s a call or check out our website for furniture and accessories. Our MA and RI area furniture stores provide everything you need to create the elegant, inviting setup you’ve always wanted.


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