For rectangular dining tables, ideally allow a minimum of 24″-28″ of table length per person and some additional inches at the corners (how much space is needed at the corners depends upon the table width – more additional space is needed for narrower tables than for wider tables). Always consider the location of the table’s legs/base in determining how many people it will comfortably seat. Also consider the width of your dining chairs – if you have wider than average chairs, the amount of table length per person will need to be greater.
Lacquered walls in a school-bus yellow shade set a not-so stuffy tone in this Long Island, New York dining room from the start. Designer Katie Ridder reinforced the playful mood by pulling up rattan chairs from Janus et Cie to the carved wood table, from The Raj Company, and by skipping a rug and instead opting for painted floors, which were inspired by a Moroccan checkerboard tile pattern. The drapery fabric is from Harbinger, and the chandelier is from Avery & Dash.
Liven up your space by featuring pretty prints on rugs, window treatments, pillows nad more. Block print dhurrie rugs can command a pretty penny. To get the look for less, use a pretty wall stencil to apply a pattern to a large piece of artist canvas or drop cloth with a foam stencil brush. For an 8' by 10' rug, you'll need about a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. Wash stencil every other use to keep paint from clumping and elaving unwanted marks on the rug.
Transform your dining room table with fun and colorful table decorations, like candle holders, table vases, napkin rings, candles, and other decorative objects. The best dining room tables combine table linens, serveware, tableware, and other fun accents to make an attractive looking dining room. If you are having a dinner party or Sunday brunch, then you can fill colorful vases with your favorite seasonal flowers. If you need more assistance with planning one of these important dinner parties or more casual brunches, check out our helpful guide that covers all sorts of proper place settings. Make sure that you coordinate the color, pattern, and texture of your table linens and other accent pieces. Complementary colors and textures can transform an ordinary table into a striking dining experience. Table decorations are especially useful if you are looking to create a fun table centerpiece that highlights your favorite dishes.
A dining room chandelier illuminates most dining rooms. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something else altogether it's likely that you'll have a chandelier hanging over your dining room table. A chandelier is often the focal point in a dining room, so it's important to get a dining room chandelier that not only works well with your décor, but that is also the right size.