Don’t you think dining rooms are underrated? Nowadays, when people are always in a rush and rarely have time to share a meal with loved ones, it becomes important to have a dining room: it can either become the “extra space” that no one pays attention to; or the cosiest corner of the home where the family gathers.
The social aspect of great dining rooms is incredible: you sit and eat; and you forget the outside world and the problems. All you really care about is food and family.
This is exactly why it is important to make small dining areas beautiful and attractive. It’s time to convert the cold room used for special occasions into a cozy family area. and to create an obvious stylish connection to the other rooms in your home.
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Our little decorating ideas for the dining area may seem immodest to those of you who don’t have a separate dining room. Fair enough to create a room within a room sounds like a luxurious solution. What could be the approximate value of a small and normal room that is easy to construct? and even easier to decorate?
Another potential downside is size, as your limited space will likely leave you wondering whether it is really worth investing in a new space. Still, there are many tactics that can really make the room look bigger. Also, if you manage to decorate it flashily, size doesn’t matter. Just stay creative; and follow our ideas for small dining rooms:
Think about the scaling
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The reason we start with scaling is that this is the most important factor that you will deal with: small dining rooms should come with parts that are scaled to the size of your space.
Beat the acoustics
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Decorating small dining rooms has another challenging aspect: the acoustics. If the rooms are small and the walls are plain, it is very likely that our conversations will echo and reverberate. Strange food atmosphere, don’t you think?
Still, the acoustics are not invincible, and there is one way to “soften” them: many fabrics; Wallpaper instead of wall paint; thick tablecloths; practical carpets; and soft pillows for the chair. Believe it or not, fabrics absorb sound; and they give your dining room an extremely good look.
Don’t play with colors
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Start humble and add just three colors. The best palette to ensure comfort and space is a neutral one. Plus, you can always make the place more interesting with complementary details in contrasting colors.
Still, don’t go so far as to create a non-exciting environment. If you think your dining room is lacking attention, forget about neutrality and go for a bold scheme. Ultimately, a few colors are unlikely to create a visual mess.
Maximize the homely effect with lights
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First, let in as much natural light as possible. Large single-pane windows are the perfect means of accomplishing this. Also, avoid heavy curtains and dark window frames. If you think the windows are not sharp enough, surround them with thick curtains (e.g. a yellow curtain will go perfectly with vinyl frames and will amplify the light coming from outside).
The lack of large windows can be compensated for by artificial lights that provide enough light but are not too bright at the same time. For example, we recommend cute chandeliers or ceiling lights, the effect of which should not be diminished with upward lighting. So if you are using low lights this is all you need.
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Separate dining rooms are usually very small, so we need to use every aspect of the space. For example, we could try to draw attention to the ceiling and make the room seem larger than it actually is. Large windows and vertically stripped patterns likely create this effect, as do white walls and slightly lower furniture.
Furniture for small dining areas
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Again, don’t overdo it! Only use parts that are suitable and functional, and not trendy innovations that you like. As already explained, the focus is on functionality. and you shouldn’t sacrifice it for modern appearances.
Use small or medium-sized pieces first to make the room look spacious and airy. Slim and low furniture is very powerful to make a place look stylish and sophisticated.
Instead of slim tables, you can also use extendable models that are suitable for both the family and guests. In terms of shape, we recommend rounded tables as they take up less space. and they can take in more people.
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If you prefer an alternative solution, consider wall-mounted tables that you can raise after you have eaten to use the space for another purpose. Wall tables are perfect for stackable chairs or large benches. Another reason to prefer benches is their storage function: imagine all the cabinets you could hide in them!
In summary, furnishings are not just about shape and size: colors also play a role, especially because of their visual appeal: dark furniture looks larger than it actually is; and looks perfect in light and airy environments.
Hang up the mirror
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Mirrors are one of the few accessories that you can use in your small dining room. The reason for this is that they reflect light and therefore likely make the room appear larger. All you have to do is choose the largest ones you can find. and place them strategically.
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Remember that you need to change the decoration so that your room doesn’t get exciting. We recommend few library shelves that look cute and stylish, but also hold items and can be easily moved around if you want to change them.
Use transparent materials
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Erase the visual borders in your room and add as many transparent surfaces as possible. Acrylic, glass and plexiglass are the right choice for a sophisticated appearance. However, you need to make sure that the lack of borders is only visual. and people will be safe and free to maneuver around space easily.
“Turn on the mood”
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Eating is not just a process to satisfy hunger – it is an experience! You need to make sure that the food in your room is memorable. and remembering that every detail contributes to it. For example, choose dishes carefully and decorate them with suitable accessories and fabrics. Shiny cutlery and crystal glasses are more than welcome!
Pick a wonderful accent piece (a classy vase or a bouquet of fresh flowers) and align the rest of the decor with it. Our only recommendation here is to give preference to small, neutrally colored items as the main purpose is to keep people focused on each other. and interact.
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See? Small dining rooms are much easier to decorate than large kitchen-dining room combinations! It only takes a few clever movements to make them look big and airy. The most important thing to remember is that you are free to choose the style. and to personalize these comfort paradises that will host many wonderful moments!