A formal dining room in a home can be a luxury in itself, but with the trend of eat-in kitchens, these rooms almost always receive less attention and are used infrequently. However, it may be time to take things up a notch. If you’re tired of your boring and drab dining room and don’t have the budget for a major transformation, don’t worry! A few tiny tweaks and smart ideas can help make this space more practical, inviting, and overall more luxe.
Without further ado, here are a few ways to make your dining room expensive without costing yourself an arm and a leg.
Add Decorative Molding
A sophisticated estate-like appearance is a perfect way to amp up your dining room appearance without actually investing too much, and what better way to give your room that appearance than by adding decorative molding? Adorning your dining room walls with decorative molding is an easy and cheap way to spruce up your space with a unique aesthetic. While you can call in a professional to do the job, adding moldings can be especially cheap through a DIY project.
Add a Credenza
If you want a particularly chic yet practical drawing room, adding a credenza or sideboard is perhaps the best solution. A credenza is basically a cabinet-style furniture type manufactured either with no legs or extremely short legs and is finished with sliding doors that open up to storage space for dining room essentials.
You can elevate your dining room’s overall look and feel by adding a vintage or antique credenza topped with marble. Not only will this make your room more beautiful and classy, but it will also help create more serving space for desserts, sides, and beverages, ensuring that your dining table doesn’t get too cluttered. Interestingly enough, you can also utilize a glass door credenza to display your stunning dinnerware or family heirlooms.
Upgrade Your Linens
Generally, every formal dining room table has linens, but you should consider doing it now if you haven’t got to that yet. Head to IKEA or a nearby shop to get your hands on some great-looking linens. A stylish tablecloth can completely refresh the look and feel of your old dining table by covering up its flaws, such as scratches, watermarks, and other blemishes.
As for other table linens, the rule of thumb is to avoid purchasing the same-colored placemats and napkins as your table cloth. The reason behind this is that they will easily blend in with your table, giving it a plain and boring look. Opting for contrasting or complementing colors of napkins and placements, on the other hand, will allow them to be seen as accents, elevating the appeal of your space.
With so many aesthetic prints and colors on the market, you can easily find some wonderful table linens that will give your dining room a more luxe feel.
Set the Mood with Lighting
You probably know lighting is the ultimate way to define the ambiance of a space. After all, there’s a reason romantic night-outs are synonymous with candlelit dinners- the light source sets the tone for a lovely intimate conversation. Similarly, a happy or celebratory event is marked by lots of light to match the jubilant nature of the event.
Despite how well you decorate your dining room, adorning it with the most expensive accessories, the absence of light will fail to deliver the look you want. Warm lighting is always a great idea and the ideal way to prep your drawing is to layer the lighting. With so many lighting sources out there, you can choose some wonderful options. For instance, install a dimmable statement lighting fixture above the table, and add lamps, sconces, and even candlesticks around the room. That way, you’ll have plenty of options to craft the ambiance, depending on the event.
Experiment with the Head of the Table Chair
The head of the table chair is much like a throne; it should be special. If you have chairs placed at the two ends of your long dining table, it may be time to consider sprucing them up to stand out. Give your head of the table chair a do-over by using a fun pattern or rich fabric such as velvet. You can opt to create a statement by varying it slightly, but make sure to let it blend in with the room’s overall theme.
Let the Walls Do the Talking
Your dining room walls serve as the ideal blank canvas to incorporate some personality and a custom touch to your room. If you’re looking to create a traditional luxurious look, opt for fun or rustic wallpaper or install a faux fireplace mantel. If you’re not looking for anything over-the-top, consider hanging up large-scale artwork over your credenza to give your room an attractive and alluring appeal. Moreover, mirrors are always a fantastic option for small dining rooms since they give the illusion of a more spacious room. Either way, regardless of what way you choose to decorate your walls, make it a conversation starter.
Throw in a Rug
A rug is an integral element that brings different aspects of a room together and binds them seamlessly to create a more homely feel and ambiance. If the thought of adding a rug to your dining room makes you anxious (due to the food and liquid spills, of course!), consider this: the best rug for your room is one that can both disguise stains and creates more texture and luxurious experience. Rugs also help create a ground effect in your dining room; without one, your dining table can appear as if it’s floating.
The Bottom Line
Creating a beautiful and inviting dining room will offer you some relief when it’s time to have guests over. With so many reasonable alternatives out there, you can easily get creative with this space without causing a dent in your pocket. That said, we hope that you enjoy exploring these modern dining room ideas and have found some interesting ways to spruce up your room while staying within your budget.