With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are making plans to host family and friends. Sharing a meal to celebrate the season is often a special tradition, and a time to make use of our more formal living spaces. If your dining room has spent the summer and fall as a catch-all for paperwork, school projects, and items that you have the best intentions to donate, now is the time to prepare this space in your home for the upcoming weeks. From tidying up to a mini-makeover, there is still time to refresh your dining room and create a perfect spot to enjoy the feast and festivities we all look forward to this time of year. Here are some ideas for minor changes – and inspiration for a few bigger modifications in the coming year – that can quickly transform your dining room.
The Quick and Easy
The first step is to clean and declutter. Clear away any accumulated items belong elsewhere, and perform a deep clean – include upholstery, draperies, blinds, carpeting or area rugs. Wipe down all moldings, baseboards, lighting fixtures and polish your wood furniture. If you are hosting a holiday meal, consider a few simple decorations, new placemats or tablecloth, and seasonal plants such as potted bulbs or poinsettias
These ideas take a little more time and effort, but they are possible to complete before your guests’ arrival, making a significant impact on the overall look of your dining room, especially if you feel its style and image is tired or dated. Here are a few game-changing weekend projects:
- Install a new light fixture. Changing up the lighting transforms a space in dramatic fashion. It also allows for the installation of more energy-efficient lighting. Unique pendant lights or a modern chandelier can give your dining area a personality all its own.
- Paint the room, or an accent wall. If you have been wanting to change the color of your room, and know exactly what you want, don’t wait. Get to the paint store this week and plan to complete the project in a weekend. A neutral griege or stand-out accent wall can update the entire feel of your dining room and make it more inviting.
- Cover your chairs. If the seats to your dining room chairs have seen better days, all you need is fabric, scissors, a screwdriver and a staple gun. Changing the seat covers on most dining chairs can be done in an afternoon. Find a fabric warehouse in your area and allow for about 1 yard for every 2 chairs. Tip: If the room is neutral, consider a pop of color or a bold print.
The Future Plan
Perhaps you’ve decided you want a big change. Larger projects – new flooring, opening up a wall, adding molding, or upgrading windows to name a few – are best started after the busy holidays are over. Whether more complex renovations are structural or aesthetic in nature, you will not want to rush your decision-making process or the job itself. And, if it’s time for new furniture, seek inspiration now and be ready to shop the February sales!
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