Don’t you think dining rooms are rally underrated? Nowadays, when people are always on the rush and they rarely have time to share a meal with their loved ones, having a dining room becomes essential: it can either become the ‘extra space’ no one pays attention to; or the homeliest corner at home that gathers the family.
The social aspect of great dining rooms is incredible: you sit and eat; and you forget the outer world and the problems. All you actually care about is food and family.
This is exactly why it is important to make even small dining areas beautiful and attractive. It is time to convert the cold room used for special occasions into a comfy family area; and to create an obvious stylish connection to the other rooms in your home.
Our small dining area decorating ideas may appear immodest for those of you who don’t own a separate dining room. Fair enough-creating a room in a room sounds like a luxurious solution. Still, what could be the approximate value of a small and regular room, easy to construct; and even easier to decorate?
Another possible drawback is size, since your limited space will probably make you wonder whether it’s really worth to invest in a new room. Still, there are many tactics that can really make the room look larger. Besides, if you manage to decorate it in an eye-catch manner, size will not be of any concern. Just stay creative; and follow our Small Dining Room Ideas:
Think about scaling
The reason why we start with scaling is that it is the most important factor you’re dealing with: small dining rooms ought to be furnished with pieces scaled to the size of your space.
Decorating small dining rooms has another challenging aspect: acoustics. When rooms are small and walls are plain, we are very likely to hear our conversations echoing and reverberating. A strange dining atmosphere, don’t you think?
Still, acoustics are not invincible, and there is a way to ‘soften’ them: lots of fabrics; wallpapers instead of wall paint; thick tablecloths; practical rugs; and soft cushions for the chair. Believe it or not, fabrics absorb sound; and they add an extremely good appeal to your dining room.
Don’t play with colors
Start modestly, and add nothing more than three colors. The best palette to ensure comfort and spaciousness is a neutral one. Besides, you can always make the place more interesting with complementary details in contrasting colors.
Still, don’t go as far as creating an unexciting environment. If you think your dining room lacks attention, forget neutrality and opt for a bold scheme. At the end of the day, few colors are not really likely to create a visual mess.
Maximize the homely effect with lights
To start with, let as much natural light inside as possible. Large windows with single glass panes are the perfect mean to achieve that. Additionally, avoid heavy curtains and dark window frames. If you feel the windows are not focal enough, surround them with bold curtains (for instance, a yellow curtain will comply perfectly with vinyl frames, and will add strength to the light coming from the outside).
The lack of large windowing can be compensated with artificial fixtures, which provide sufficient light, but are not too bright at the same time. For example, we recommend cute chandeliers or ceiling lights, whose effect should not be decreased with any upward lighting. Therefore, if you’re applying low-level lights, that’s all you need.
Separate dining rooms are usually very small, which is exactly why we have to use every aspect of the space. For instance, we could try to attract attention towards the ceiling, and make the room appear larger than it actually is. Large windows and vertical-stripped patterns are likely to invoke this effect, the same as white walls, and slightly lower furniture.
Furniture for small dining spaces
Once again: don’t exaggerate! Apply only pieces that are suitable and functional, rather than trendy innovations you happen to like. As we already explained, functionality is the focus; and you should not sacrifice it for modern appearances.
Firstly, use small or medium-sized pieces which will make the room look spacious and airy. Slim and low furniture is very powerful in term of making a place look stylish and sophisticated.
Instead of slim tables, you can also use extendable models, suitable both for the family and the guests. In terms of shape, we recommend rounded tables, because they occupy less space; and they can accommodate more people.
If you prefer some alternative solution, you may consider wall-hung tables, which you can lift once you’ve finished eating in order to use the room for another purpose. Wall-hung tables work perfectly with stackable chairs or large benches. Another reason to prefer benches is their storage role: imagine all the cupboards they could hide inside!
Summing up, furnishing is not just about shape and size: colors also matter, especially because of their visual appeal: darker furniture looks bigger than it actually is; and looks perfect in light and airy environments.
Mirrors belong to the few accessories you’re allowed to use in your small dining rooms. The reason is that they reflect light, and are therefore likely to make the room look larger. All it takes is to choose the largest ones you find; and to place them strategically.
Have in mind that you will feel the need to change the decoration, so that you’ll save your room from becoming unexciting. We recommend few library shelves, which look cute and stylish, but they also store items, and could be easily moved whenever you want to change them.
Take advantage of transparent materials
Erase the visual borders in your room, and add as many transparent surfaces as you can. Acrylic, glass, and Plexiglas are the right choice for sophisticated appearance, but you still need to make sure that the lack of borders will be only visual; and people will be safe and free to maneuver through the room easily.
‘Turn the mood on’
Dining is not just a process for satisfying hunger-it is an experience! You need to make sure that dining in your room will be memorable; and to have in mind that every detail contributes to it. For instance, choose tableware carefully, and decorate with matching accessories and fabrics. Shiny cutlery and crystal glasses are more than welcomed!
Choose a wonderful accent piece (a classy vase or a bunch of fresh flowers) and orientate the rest of the décor towards it. Our only recommendation here is to prefer small, neutrally colored elements, since the main purpose is to let people focus on each other; and to interact.
See? Small dining rooms are far simpler to decorate than large kitchen-dining room combos! It takes only few smart moves to make them look big and airy. The most important thing to remember is that you’re free to choose the style; and to personalize these comfort havens which will host many wonderful moments!