Leslie J. Wade. Dining Room. December 04th , 2016.
One of the biggest secrets of budget dining room design is to use what you already have! Begin your design project by thinking about what it is that you want from your space, and how your existing furniture differs from your design. If your existing furniture is still sturdy, there are lots you can do to improve or alter the aesthetic appeal. The solution could be as simple as a coat of paint in a fun new color, or replacing the top or your old table with a new one in a more contemporary shape. Buff out old scratches, and give aging wood a new coat of polyurethane or furniture wax.
Redoing the dining room is one of the things that a lot of people would like to do. As the place where you and your family meet you may also wish to create a place of comfort and style. One of the first things you need to consider is your budget. This will let you know how far you can take your project. It also helps to decide where you can pinch pennies and what you have to do.
A good place to begin is with paint color. You may want to use a monochromatic paint color. So if you are using, for instance, the color tan, you would have two or three shades of tan that would go together and look very nice. If you want a little more color, you can combine different colors, but just make sure they are the same intensity.
One of the best ways to encourage lingering after a meal is to provide comfortable furniture. Hard wooden chairs with no padding don't encourage people to sit for long periods of time, and you may find your family and friends eager to jump up from the table after a meal. If you choose soft furnishings or padding for wooden chairs, guests can sit back and relax without feeling uncomfortable. The table should be a comfortable height, with the edge not too low where it hits people's knees. Any larger pieces of furniture should match your colour scheme and feel warm and inviting and not too formal.
Also, a table with drop leaves is excellent to use in a small dining room because the leaves are right there and are not stored in a closet in another room. You can just put the drop leaf down when you want the table smaller and then put it up very easily when you want more places at the table.
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