The place a person lives can vary in size, comfort, and style, but every home has an area where people eat. Whether this is a dedicated dining room, a bar top in the kitchen, or any other unique set-up, styling this space to reflect your taste is important. Here are some fun tips to freshen up your dining space!
Focus on Functionality
Depending on your living situation and space for your eating area, this concept can vary. The main takeaway here is that the furniture pieces you choose for your space fit well in it, and everything works in harmony for the area. For example, if you live in a smaller apartment with a tiny dining room, a small, circular table would work great in that space as opposed to a huge 8-person table. Also, if you’re looking for ways to work from home, a comfortable chair and table combination for your dining and working space is vital. Other things to consider when contemplating functionality include the right size dishware, placemats that work for your space, and great lighting that complements the size of your room.
This is where all the fun stuff comes in – put your own style into your dining area! If you love koalas, add a nice painting of one on the wall. If you want to upgrade your space and add a couple of fancy knocker chairs, make the leap and live in luxury! This is your space and your blank canvas to design.
Some extra tips on adding your own personal touch are as follows:
- Decide on a colour scheme for the space to help you narrow down your options. – This can help you to focus on specific design elements.
- Add a tasteful rug. – A rug of any size and design can add that extra touch of home to your eating area. It can also finish off your design look by adding a staple piece to the room.
- Incorporate decor that reflects you. – You want to feel at ease and happy when you are in this space, so take the extra time to frame some of our best memories and find some of your favourite memorabilia to place in your dining area.
Respecting Your Budget
While this can be an exciting process, make sure to remember how quickly things add up, so you don’t break the bank. Besides, there’s no point in going out of your way to upgrade your dining room if you can’t afford any food to enjoy in it afterwards! Planning out your expenses will help with this. Write down all the pieces you want to get for your space and research the most affordable options for your price range. Many department or retail stores have an abundance of stylish and more affordable options! To help save money, use your space to your advantage. Meaning, if you have a lot of great natural light, then maybe you only need to invest in a smaller lamp for the evenings instead of a diamond chandelier. Or, if you already have some pieces of furniture that are sturdy and the right size for your space, you can paint them and turn them into items that fit your aesthetic and fall within your budget.
Tailoring the Space to Your Family
This tip really depends on who you are and who you live with. If you live alone, you can simply decorate your space however you like, but if you are sharing this communal space with family members or roommates, it is important to remember that this is their dining space too. If you are sharing this with others, include them in the process. Brainstorm different styles and options with them and work together on finding the perfect pieces for your space. Be ready to compromise, as it is natural for people to disagree. On the bright side, if you are sharing this space with others, it might also mean that you are sharing the costs of the upgrade as well!
Check Out Yard Sales
Another great idea to redesign your space on a budget is to spend some time checking out multiple yard sales or flea markets. These spots often have hidden gems for reasonable prices that can truly set your area apart from the rest. Grab some friends and take the weekend to check out a bunch of different yard sales/flea markets, and be sure to keep an eye out for an amazing find (or seven). These places are also great for finding cheap fixer-upper pieces that you can finish or repaint yourself. Each piece tells a story, and you get to decide how unique and beautiful you want your space to be. You can also practice your bargaining skills by trying to get a great deal with sellers.
Keep in Mind What’s Important
At the end of the day, this is a space for you and your loved ones to unwind and share a delicious meal together in. What matters the most is that everyone feels safe and comfortable in the area. While fun pieces of furniture and cute knick-knacks really spice up a room, what really makes it shine are the people enjoying it. Whatever design elements you choose, ensure they make you feel at home and at peace. Try not to focus on the individual items and their prices, but rather how they make you feel collective. There is no need to be disappointed for not choosing a fancier table or more luxurious chandelier – there will always be opportunities to change things later down the road. Focus on how you feel while you are in your fresh space – aim for happiness, relaxation, and content. Also, this space is literally centred around food, so take this opportunity to love what you eat. Try cooking some of your favourite family recipes, mix it up with a new recipe that looks delicious, or reward yourself for a job well done with some food from your favourite restaurant to-go.