How to make your dining room look fantastic

A dining room is a place where you can enjoy a home cooked meal with your family and share vibrant conversations with friends. For many, the dining room is a thrive of activity becoming the other heart of the home. It’s a place for your kids to do their homework and a place for you to spread out your newspaper on a Sunday morning.

Whether your dining table is in a dedicated room like many traditional homes or part of an open-plan like those you see in modern display homes in Melbourne, it’s a place to share memories and celebrate milestones. Making your dining room look fantastic will enhance the experience and help you get the most out of your space.

Here’s our 5 top tips to help your dining room look incredible the next time you entertain:

  • Make a statement

If you’re looking to enhance your dining room, make a statement with your furniture or decorative elements. Investing in a large-scale piece of art or hanging a collection of photographs can help add a sense of drama to your space. Hanging a mirror is ideal for those dining rooms which lack natural light or are tight on space. Add personality to your room by mixing up the chairs at your table. Swap the chairs at the head of the table for ones that have more grandeur or choose chairs in two or three different colours.

    1. Dress up your floor
      Adding a rug under your dining table is a great way to enhance the visual aesthetics of your space through colour, texture and pattern. In an open-plan layout, this also helps identify your dining area. When choosing a rug, don’t make the mistake of selecting one that’s too small. Measure your rug size from the edges of you dining chairs when they’re pulled out from the table, not pushed in. This will ensure you chairs don’t slip off from the edge of the rug and visually the space will look more balanced.
  • Play with your tablescape

Creating a central tablepiece doesn’t have to be reserved for when you’re hosting a lavish dinner party. Consider how you can create a feature for your table using objects you already have in your home such as a large bowl with fruit or a round dish with a collection of personal trinkets. A vase with fresh flowers, a tray with a bunch of candles or a cluster of vessels can help jazz up your dining space.

Don’t forget to change it up regularly so it doesn’t feel stale or boring overtime!

  • Consider your lighting

A stunning light fixture hanging low over a dining table is a great way to enhance the mood of your space. It’s also another way to define the dining area in an open-plan. Get inspired by looking at what luxury home builders in Melbourne are doing with their lighting or by flicking through interior decoration magazines. Opt for one large light fitting to make a statement or a collection of three smaller pendants to add interest. The choices are endless!  

  • Refresh your finishes

If you’re feeling your dining space is looking a little drab, breathe new life into the space by refreshing your finishes. A lick of paint or wallpaper on the walls can do wonders in changing the feeling of your space. Refinishing your table’s surface with a new stain may be all it needs to make you fall in love with it again. For those feeling a little brave, adding a bold colour, wallpaper or architectural features to the ceiling can help make your room feeling larger and give personality to your space.