Raise your hand if you have a dining room. Now keep your hand up if it would be more accurate to say you have a room with what you think is a table in it, but it is kind of hard to tell due to the fact it’s covered in projects you are going to finish one day; things you haven’t quite got round to returning and an assortment of bits and pieces that have no other place to call home.
Dining rooms have a tendency to become the junk room of the house if you are not careful, but with these tips, you can take it from forgotten and unloved to a feature the whole family will love.
Keep it clear
This is most likely the hardest tip to tackle but boy is it important. Get rid of the clutter and junk. You absolutely need to keep the table as clear as possible at all times. Anything that is not dinner related shouldn’t live there. The easiest way to achieve this is to find storage elsewhere. If your room is on the small side why not double up storage and seating with a bench seat that contains drawers or a lift-up lid to keep things tucked away.
If your table is easy to use, the chances of actually using it for dinner are so much higher. Once you have it cleaned it off, get into the habit of having your meals there; no more balancing plates on knees in front of the TV or grabbing a sandwich while leaning against the fridge.
Look sophisticated in grey
Now you are on our way to a working dinning room, it’s time to think about colours. Grey is skyrocketing in popularity as a wall colour thanks to its on-trend look and classy vibe. It’s a very adaptable colour too and can be paired with all sorts of colour schemes from vibrant tones to muted hues.
If your dining room is on the small side try using Dulux’s urban obsession vinyl matt paint as an accent wall to highlight windows while a lighter and brighter green or yellow reflects the light all around the room. If you want to be able to change up your decor easily then paint the entire room in a light grey and let your accessories and soft furnishings do all the talking.
Curate a gallery wall
A gallery wall is a perfect way to add your own personal stamp to the room. Pull together a mixture of photos, prints, and even homemade artwork to be put proudly on display. When it comes to choosing frames you can go for a matching look or embrace organised chaos with a mish-mash of styles and sizes.
If the thought of organising your own gallery wall seems intimidating, stick with a grid pattern of same-sized frames. If the items you want to display are smaller than the frames don’t worry. Create collages out of smaller items like postcards or use coloured paper or card as a mount to back pieces. If you want to try your hand at using different shapes and sizes, my advice is to cut paper into the shapes of all your different frames and then stick them on the wall with blue tack first to experiment with placement. It will make the process much easier and stop you filling your wall with holes!
With so much of our day to day life taking place through screens; online schooling, Zoom class and emails it is important to find time to connect face to face with our loved ones. A regular meal around the dining room table could be the perfect place to do just that.
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