To reclaim your dining room from papers and bills, "you need to figure out the logjams that are creating clutter and handle those with portable solutions," professional organizer Lorie Marrero says. For example, if you pay bills at the table, get a rolling cart; if the surface doubles as a work desk, get a caddy for your office supplies. That way, come dinnertime, you can move your mess out of sight. For a cheap remodel, a fresh coat of paint on the walls (or floor!) can work wonders, or switch out tablecloths, rugs, or other accent pieces for a five-minute update. Quick tip: Before you buy any big furniture, measure and outline its dimensions in painter’s tape to make sure it won’t disrupt the flow of the space. Ready to get started? Check out these gorgeous dining rooms for all the inspiration you need.
In this large dining room in Provence, designer Susan Bednar Long covered the walls, painted Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball, with collections of paintings, antique delftware and faience pottery, and a large gilt-wood mirror. Reproduction French dining chairs in a lighter finish and upholstered in a Swedish blue check from Chelsea Textiles, plus patinaed lighting (the antique chandelier is from Antiquities Ramis and the sconces are from Jamb) fill the renovated farmhouse with a casual, old-world charm.
Inspired by the lush landscape just outside the windows (which were salvaged from an old train depot!), the homeowner of this 105-year-old Victorian farmhouse filled the dining room with rustic wood elements and pops of green. The Beech wishbone chairs, which are lacquered in an apple green, pop against the large antique hutch that stores the homeowner's collection of copper Moscow mule mugs and green and white china. A pale pink Oriental rug with subtle hints of sky blue and chartreuse rounds out the mix.
In this dining room by designer Michel Biehn, contemporary art mixes easily with Chinese pottery and French antiques. French chandelier, 18th-c. Hemp and nettle tablecloth acquired by Michel Biehn in Kathmandu. Wooden milk dishes from 18-c. Medallion 18th-c. dining chairs, signed by Séné, in original leather. Photographs by John Stewart. Chinese, American, Korean and French Vases.
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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.