Like any other space in the home, the dining room should feel both inviting and stylish. Bring in a console table, and display accessories such as table lamps and personal collections, which can make the space appear intimate and cozy. Or hang a series of framed artworks for an instant hit of color and pattern.
Among our dining room essentials is a sturdy storage piece, such as a console cabinet, a sideboard, a large armoire, or an étagère. Consider storing dishware, linens, and special-occasion china in a tall piece with open shelving, which will instantly become a chic focal point. Or try a wide cabinet with doors—it will keep everything neatly out of sight and also provide a nice surface for decorative lamps and art.
Easy Entertaining Essentials
A dining room is first and foremost an entertaining space. But just because it’s meant for big dinners and gatherings doesn’t mean it should look or feel stuffy. Try unique dining chairs (think carved wood frames, tufted seats, wicker and rattan designs) and a statement chandelier for a touch of sophisticated style. Then, stick to a laid-back palette, such as blue and white or neutrals, for accents such as rugs and seat cushions.