Has your dining area sat neglected for too long and needs to be revived before you entertain guests These dramatic dining room ideas will have you eager to host elaborate parties or intimate gatherings, from boldly painted walls to a table that can double as an art piece.
Live-Edge Dining Table
Looking for dining room furniture that will be the envy of your dinner party guests? Then a large, live-edge table is a must. In case you’re not familiar with the live-edge process, it involves preserving the original shape of a tree beneath its bark (or sometimes including the bark) for a stunning raw appearance on at least one side. Regardless of whether you buy one from your favourite retailer, have one custom-made, or create one from reclaimed wood, you’ll have a truly one-of-a-kind centrepiece for your dining room.
Statement Lighting Fixture
A dramatic dining room needs a lighting fixture that not only brightens the space but also makes a statement. There are endless options to choose from, whether you choose a large pendant light, an opulent chandelier, a modern candelabra or vintage mounted ceiling fixtures. Selecting the right one for your space is a matter of size, placement, and whether it complements your decor and furnishings. The perfect lighting fixture not only will tie your dining room together but will also spark some illuminating conversations at your next soiree.
If you’re a minimalist when it comes to decorative accessories, adding vividly patterned wallpaper to your dining room will add character. It is incredibly easy to use wallpaper to create an accent wall or feature wall when you don’t want to paper the entire room. Plus, everyone loves a good comeback story, and wallpaper’s resurgence continues to add excitement to the decor world, especially since peel and stick options have improved in quality, so you’re not restricted to the messier pre-pasted or unpasted papers.
Granny-Chic China Cabinet
For home decor with a traditional flair, look no further than granny chic, also known as grandmillennial style. You can incorporate this aesthetic into your dining room by adding a China cabinet. This is a functional addition, allowing you to store everything from serving dishes to tablecloths to fine china. Fill the shelves with treasures you find at antique markets and yard sales or family heirlooms. Whenever you feel the urge to redecorate, keep the cabinet and change the contents to give it a new look.
It doesn’t matter if you have a granny-chic China cabinet or not, vintage dinnerware will liven up your next gathering. Combine mismatched plates and teacups that you have inherited with an eclectic collection of tableware you have acquired over the years to create a stunning look. If you prefer not to mix and match styles, you could select a full set of retro dinnerware or buy single place settings so each dinner party guest has their own pattern for the evening.
The best way to showcase your creativity when it comes to elegant dinner party decorating ideas is with an impressive centrepiece. Fill that vase that’s been collecting dust in your cupboard with flowers from your local market, or trim an assortment of fresh blooms from your garden. If flowers aren’t your thing, an opulent candelabra, a decorative bowl filled with sparkling baubles, or a terrarium filled with succulents would also look spectacular atop your dining table.
A Stocked Bar Cart
If you are looking for a decorative, yet functional addition to your dining room, a bar cart will do the trick. Whether you prefer a metal frame and glass shelves or an oak minibar, there’s a cart to suit your tastes. Check out your local vintage shop for retro options, or order one from your favourite furniture retailer. You can stock your bar with assorted spirits, colourful decanters, and all your barware, then begin your dinner party with your guests’ favourite cocktail.
If you’re wondering how to decorate a party room, floor-to-ceiling drapes add a luxurious touch and surprisingly open it up. If you have a smaller dining room, hanging the curtains from the ceiling or the highest point of the wall all the way down to the floor will give the illusion that the room is much larger. When it comes to choosing drapes for your dining room, it’s important to keep your budget in mind, but also select a fabric that ties the space together while offering just the right amount of privacy and light.
Do your dinner parties tend to last until the wee hours of the morning? Your guests and yourself will be more comfortable when you surround your dining table with plush, cushioned seating. Experiment with the configuration possibilities and the types of seating that you can select. As an example, you can replace every seat around the table with a luxurious, stuffed armchair. Alternatively, place the large armchairs at the heads of the table and add soft, upholstered settees along the sides. A great example is the lavish dining room in the former home of superstar Kelly Clarkson.
If you have a contemporary or a traditional dining room, dark colours are a gorgeous touch. When you paint the space a sophisticated colour like black, navy, or a deep, jewel-toned purple, it creates an atmosphere that’s rich and warm. When you don’t want to commit to dark colours on all of your dining room walls, you can use a darker colour on an accent wall while painting the others in lighter tones from the same colour palette.