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4 Creative Ways to Design a Cozy and
Welcoming Dining Room


When decorating our homes, we tend to focus solely on the rooms we spend most of our time in, such as living rooms, bedrooms, even bathrooms, and forget about the one room meant for bringing people together – the dining room. Think about it, the dining room is where we have our family meals at the end of long workdays, where we have breakfast on weekends, and where we seat our guests at dinner parties. It is no wonder that this room is such a vital part of our home.

The dining room should be a place where your family and guests feel relaxed and comfortable; old stuffy formal dining rooms have long been out of fashion. If you are looking for tips on how to make your dining rooms feel warmer, cozier, and more inviting, you have come to the right place.

Accent wall to add character

If you have a large dining area, a great solution would be to add an accent wall that would warm the overall atmosphere. It works even in an open-plan kitchen and dining room, as having one different wall will visually separate the space. This can be achieved by painting it a rich color, which can additionally help you come up with an overall color scheme of the room. Darker, richer colors add an intimate, sophisticated feel to the space, which is perfect for dinner parties and dates.

If, on the other hand, you have a multi-purpose dining room, which acts as an office, for example, choose something more organic and relaxing like shades of green, blue, or yellow. Apart from paint, you can achieve an interesting effect with colorful wallpaper, which is an even easier way to bring pattern and texture into a space. Be creative and have fun with it; have the courage to choose patterns that would be too bold for other parts of your home.

Rugs for a softer look

Soften a modern or minimalist dining room with a cozy rug. This is another great way to add texture and color. Especially in such high-traffic areas, a rug is a practical solution for protecting hardwood floors from damage. Balance out your furniture with interesting designs and colors. Keep in mind that the rug should be of adequate size, so your table and chairs fit onto it, but there is still some floor visible.

Allow some fabric to reach out over the edge of the table, so that the chairs do not fall off the rug when pulled out. Additionally, dining rooms are spaces for eating and drinking, so spills and stains are unavoidable. You want the material of your rug to be hard wearing and stain-proof.

Find the right furniture


Seems obvious, but the key component of a dining room often gets overlooked. Picking out the perfect furniture is no easy task and should not only be limited to its aesthetic function. Apart from being beautiful to look at, there are numerous other components to consider when choosing the right dining set.

Comfort and durability are of the utmost importance – it is often better to go with classic designs that scream timelessness, like quality Amish dining room furniture, which are easy to style with accent pieces and decoration. A lovely, well-built cabinet painted in a bold color will add character to your room. Also, your guests should feel comfortable enough to be able to sit in your chairs for hours without getting restless, so choose them wisely.

Lighting for ambiance


There is no better way to create a desired atmosphere than by manipulating light. Your dining room lighting is supposed to be planned out early in the design process because it will set the tone of the room. The amount and type of light will depend on the purpose of your dining room. If you plan on using it during the day as a home office or for DIY projects, make sure that you have enough light. Otherwise, if you intend to use your dining room for dinner parties, try avoiding having strong downlights that create odd shadows.

Most people will need a multi-purpose dining room, so dimmer switches are a practical idea. You should have many different light sources and consider a chandelier as a lovely focal point above the table. Moreover, arrange candles around the room, and place lamps on your console tables if you have them; if not, floor lamps in the corners are a great idea for a smarter, more glamorous look.

Final thoughts

These are just a few smart ideas that can help you create your dream dining room. Think about colors, designs, and layouts you like. A mood board might help you visualize the space according to your taste, so browse Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook and save ideas you like. Eventually, you will see a pattern emerging. Interior design takes time, especially if you are doing it all by yourself. Do not be afraid of mistakes, it is a trial-and-error process, and every mistake is easy to correct. Just be bold and have fun decorating.

Written by Derek Lotts

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