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Looking for ways to decorate your dining room? There are lots of features that you can add to your dining room to make it a more warm and inviting environment. 

Below are just a few dining room decor ideas that could be worth considering.

Hang up some vibrant artwork

A vibrant art piece can help to bring a sense of warmth and energy to the room. It could also serve as a great conversation starter for when you have guests round.

It’s up to you as to what type of art you choose. You could opt for a colourful abstract painting. Alternatively, you could opt for a busy town scene. Ideally, if you’re looking to entertain guests in this room, you should choose something lively that has a sense of action to it. 

Paintings should be hung at eye level. This could be eye level when standing up if you want people to notice the painting when walking into the room or eye level when sitting down if you want it to have more of an impression while you’re dining.

Add a wallpaper feature wall

Got an empty wall in your dining room and not sure what to do with it? You could consider creating a contrast between this wall and other walls by covering it in wallpaper.

The dining room is a great place for experimenting with vibrant wallpaper patterns such as stripes or floral designs. If you’ve got vibrant artwork on another wall however, you may not want to go too energetic as the two focal points could end up competing for attention. 

A watercolor abstract splatter design could be a fun and safe option if you don’t want to go too bold. You can check out this site for a listing of it. There are all kinds of colours that you can try.

Expose a brick wall

If you want to give your dining room an earthy touch, you could consider exposing a brick wall. This involves stripping back the plaster from a wall to reveal the brick beneath. 

This can be great in an old house for showing off the history of the building. However, it can also work just as well in a newer property for adding more character.

An exposed brick wall can go great with other rustic features such as a wooden or stone floor. It could look particularly striking on a wall with a natural fireplace. 

You can preserve your brick wall by adding a sealant. This will also help to make the wall easier to clean. It’s worth noting that there are faux-brick panels that you can add to walls to mimic an exposed brick wall if you don’t want to rip away the plaster. 

Put a rug under the table

A great way to decorate the floor in your dining room could be to place a rug under the table. This should ideally be larger than the table itself so that all four table legs are on the rug.

A rug can have practical benefits as well as aesthetic benefits – it could help to catch any crumbs or liquids that spill on the floor and it could help to protect the floor from getting marked by the table legs. 

It’s up to you as to what style of rug you choose, although you should probably try to choose something that is easy to clean (i.e. not a thick shag rug). Stick with something fairly neutral if you’ve already got lots of competing colours in the room.

Light some candles

Candles can help to create a sense of visual warmth and can serve as a great ambient form of lighting. These could be placed in various places around your dining room from window sills to around the table.

There are lots of different types of candle that you can choose. Shallow container candles can be a safe option as they’re less likely to get knocked by people, making them great for placing around the table. Tall pillar candles can meanwhile be more of a statement piece that are better suited for the centre of a table or the centre of a mantelpiece. 

Candles can be made out of all different types of wax. It’s worth exploring different colours and scents (certain scents could be great for pairing with certain foods).  

Opt for an opulent light fixture

An elaborate overhead light fixture can look great in a dining room. When placed directly above the table it can help to cast a spotlight on your food.

There are many different styles of light fixtures. Traditional opulent chandelier designs can look stunning in large period dining rooms. For a touch of art deco, you could try a 20s style pendant light. For something slightly rustic, you could try a series of bare oversized bulbs. If you’re looking for something modern, why not try a more funky abstract design?

When hanging light fixtures, make sure to get the height just right so that you’re not blinding guests or casting a shadow on their face. 30 to 36 inches above the table is usually just about right.

Add some plants and flowers

Plants and flowers will literally bring ‘life’ to your dining room. They can also help to improve air quality and could be used to bring pops of colour to certain areas.

Potted plants could be used to spruce up empty corners of your dining room. If it’s a very large and leafy plant, make sure that it’s not too close to the table so that it doesn’t intrude.

Vases of flowers can be placed around the room or on the table. Large floral displays are sometimes commonly placed in the middle of tables – however they can sometimes prevent diners from talking to each other, so be wary of this. 

Look into novelty bottle holders

There are all kinds of unique funky bottle holders that could be worth looking into. These could be ideal for displaying prize bottles or simply holding whichever bottle you may be planning on drinking that night.

You could also consider displaying multiple bottles of wine with a fancy wine rack. This could be placed in the corner of a room.. 

Display photos of past dinner parties

Another fun decor idea could be to display photographs of previous dinner parties with guests. This can help to emphasise the sense that it is a social space. It’s also a great decorative feature for sparking conversation.

You could create a small gallery of framed photos or you could create a collage on the wall. You could even hang photos on a string. Make sure to add to the memories with each dinner party you throw. 

Create seasonal tablescapes

Tablescaping is the art of dressing the dinner table. It could involve experimenting with dinnerware or adding themed decorations.

One fun way of dressing the table is to keep it seasonal. This includes using objects that relate to each season. 

For example, in spring you could opt for bright colours and floral designs, as well as using rich bouquets of flowers. In summer, you could opt for a picnic vibe with wicker placemats and a red chequered tablecloth (or you could consider a beach theme with shells and stones). In autumn, you could play around with oranges and browns using dried flowers and pine cones (and a pumpkin or two around Halloween). In winter meanwhile, you could add sprigs of holly and white snowflake placemats, while playing around with cooler colours like white and blue.