411homerepair.com

Decorating and Furnishing a Small Formal Dining Room

by Jessica Ackerman on May 23, 2010

Making the Most of Available Space

A formal dining room is a valuable addition to any home, even if the dining room is small. It is a separate area from the rest of the home where the family can gather for intimate meals, and where guests can be entertained in the formal style. When well decorated it provides a space that is sure to impress, and it will be a place where friends and loved ones want to spend time. Consider the following tips for decorating and furnishing a small formal dining room, and get started on transforming your small formal dining room into a room with great style and functionality.

Wall Color Options

When a room is small, painting walls with a sheen that reflects light will help make the space appear larger. Select satin paint for dining room walls, and choose a light cool color that will help make the area look more spacious. To add the illusion of height to the ceiling, paint it white to visually draw it upwards. Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls can also help add visual height to a small formal dining room and considerably increase the appearance of size before decorating walls with eye-catching accents and other decors.

Before deciding on a specific color when decorating a formal dining room, select a brand of paint that offers small samples, or purchase a quart instead of spending money on gallons of a color that might not look as good on walls as it does on the paint chip sample. Paint a large poster board, and allow the paint to dry completely before considering the hue. Place the painted poster board next to windows, flooring, and furniture, and view the large sample under various levels of lighting before making a final and very important decorating decision.

Decorating with Light

Before choosing to light when decorating a small formal dining room, consider the size of the room. A pendant fixture or a chandelier that is too large will overwhelm the room, and a fixture that is too small will look out of place. For the best distribution of light when decorating a small dining area, choose a formal chandelier of medium size, and install bulbs that will provide enough light to enable diners to comfortably view their food as well as the details of the room. A chandelier illuminates upwards, and once the light reaches the ceiling it moves downward to illuminate the space below while providing just the right amount of radiance.

Furniture Arrangement Tips

Fine furniture is impressive - unless it is placed in an overcrowded room. When a dining room is small, choose furniture wisely when decorating, and opt for an adjustable dining room table with removable leaves. A width of at least two feet should remain in the back of each chair when it is pulled out to accommodate seated guests. In addition, if the space is not large enough for decorating with a buffet and any other extra furniture, resist the urge to fill every square foot of extra space in the dining room. Look for other decorating methods for displaying fine china and collectibles. A formal dining room is meant to be elegant yet comfortable, and when it is overcrowded and guests cannot easily walk around chairs and other furnishings, it is time to do a little downsizing and opt for more creative decorating options.

Curio Cabinet Substitute for a Small Room

A curio cabinet makes a lovely and interesting addition when decorating a formal dining room, but in a small area, floor space is highly valuable. Instead of taking up floor space with a freestanding curio cabinet, take advantage of vertical space with the addition of elegant hardware and elegant glass shelving. Install recessed or another wall lighting above a glass shelf wall display for a highly impressive collection that will add considerable decorating appeal in a formal dining room.

Decorating a Wall with Mirrors

Beautiful wall mirrors are a must when decorating a formal dining room, especially when the area is small. Besides adding interest and designer appeal to walls, they also help visually expand the dining area. Mirrors reflect light and add the illusion of square footage. Select one large wall mirror or a series of large wall mirrors when decorating a dining room, and create an accent wall that will widen the look of the small room. Continue decorating the focal point with a pair of wall planters filled with trailing artificial vines and flowers that will coordinate well with the decorating scheme of the dining room.

The completed formal dining area will look larger than it is, and it will make a highly impressive statement. Family and guests will enjoy the ambiance and formal decorating scheme, and it will become one of the most popular areas of the home. More importantly, it will be a space to connect and reconnect with loved ones and friends, and the decorating techniques will serve as an amazing expression of your individual style and creativity.

Latest Articles

Understanding Indonesia’s Real Estate Investment Laws for Foreigners

Indonesia, with its stunning landscapes, deep-rooted cultural heritage, and renowned hospitality, has emerged as a top destination for foreigners...

on Jan 25, 2024

Real Estate Development in Asian Cities

In many Asian cities, the rapid pace of urban development has led to the decline of historic districts, areas once teeming with cultural richness...

on Jan 25, 2024

Shower Envy: Elevating Your Bathroom with a Stunning Walk-In Shower

Are you tired of the same old routine in your bathroom? It might be time to consider a change, and one way to elevate your bathroom to a new level...

on Jan 22, 2024

Exploring Crowdfunding as an Innovative Approach to Real Estate Investment

The landscape of property selling has been transformed significantly due to the advent of property crowdfunding. This innovative approach,...

on Jan 10, 2024

The Rise of Co-Living Spaces in Asian Cities

Asia, home to 21 of the worlds 30 largest cities, is a significant player in the global economy, contributing 38% of the goods and services of the...

on Jan 5, 2024

Actions

More DIY Articles

Common Garage Door Problems and Solutions

Which are the most common garage door problems and their solutions? Should we consider some problems more serious than others?

Doors / Garages

Understanding the Importance of Building Information Modeling

We can consider The Building Information Modeling to be the most successful leap in the history of Civil and Architectural Engineering and now, it...

Construction / Materials

First Impressions Start at the Front Door

First impressions count in any number of situations and this is also true when you are trying to sell your property or present it in the best...

Doors / Garages

How to Make Your Kitchen Organized and Functional

The kitchen is the focal point of your home, used for everything from hurried breakfasts before you run out the door to family feasts and having a...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Improve Your Contractor Business

In today’s economic climate it is harder than ever to run a successful contractor business. The recent economic downturn and declining real estate...

Construction / Materials

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2024