Elizabeth Brumbaugh

Planning your Dining Room Decor, What you’ll need…


So, you have decided to redecorate one of the most important rooms in the house – the dining room! This room is often thought of as a showroom, to be brought to its full glamour for Thanksgiving dinners and holiday get-togethers.

The first thing to decide on is going to be the style, so look at your table and hutch first. They are biggest pieces, and will automatically set the tone for the rest of the room. The dining room can also be a great place to display artwork of many types, whether it is a large wall painting or small sculptures. These will change as time passes, both because of seasonal and holiday decorating as well as your own taste and new work you want to show off happens.

Look for smaller tables or wall niches and shelves to not just occupy space, but pick them as places to set the mood of the season and display the best pieces in your collection. Family portraits are a great addition as framed wall hangings or smaller, more intimate pictures in niches or set on the mid to back region of a wall table.

After considering the smaller pieces of furniture, the next big decision is lighting. This can make a huge difference in a dining room. Of course, the biggest light will be the one hanging over the table. Get a light that is dimmable for the most versatility, you don’t want the room too bright during dinners, but if you are using the dining room as a hobby and homework room as well, a bright light is essential!

Table lamps are fine, and sometimes they are just what you need, but think about washes and spot lights as well. These can really make a portrait or painting pop, and can often be adapted to what the current need for the room is. They can also often be hidden, making for a more dramatic lighting effect that can be put to great use holidays and parties!

Another great way to adapt to the season is to get a number of functional, fitted tablecloths that reflect the season or the holiday – table cloths can be a fun way to change the feel of a room to excellent effect!

The good thing about hard floors in a dining room is not just the easy cleanup, but the ability to use large throw rugs or a series of smaller rugs – these can also be easily changed to reflect the time of year, from earth tones in the spring to brighter colors in the fall – this will make up for days which darken much earlier, and a landscape that is starting to go drab for the long winter.

With just a bit of planning, you can have a highly functional room that is a joy to be in and that can change its looks as the years progress. Choose your furnishings as part of an intricate puzzle, one that will enhance your family and your home.

Brumbaugh’s provides the look and feel of the Old West by offering elegant ranch fine home furnishings you just won’t find anywhere else.

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