Dining Room Updates
Your dining room may be taking center stage in your home soon! If you are planning to host a holiday meal (or two) this season, you will want to spend some time making sure your dining room is up for the task! If you haven’t used the room in a while or have been meaning to make some updates in that space, here are three areas you can improve to ensure you’re proud of your dining room this holiday season.
Tables & chairs
Getting this element right comes down to numbers! If your guests aren’t comfortable they will not enjoy their experience and you wouldn’t want that, right?. To ensure your guests are comfortable make sure to allow 24” of space for each person/chair. This allows room for eating and getting in and out of the chair.
As far as space behind the chair, allow 36” of space between the table and the wall or other furniture, for a person to comfortably get in and out of his/her seat.
If you typically seat 6 or less at your dining table, it makes sense to find a table that has leaves for extending beyond that when you entertain more people. If your dining room can hold a larger table then go for the larger size and you won’t need to expand.
In general, to seat 10 people, you’ll need a rectangular table that is 11’6” x 4’6”. If you have a round table it should be 7 - 8’ in diameter to comfortably seat 10 guests.
The shape of your table should follow the shape of the room. If your room is more square than long, a round table is a great solution! It allows for great conversation and is easy to move around due to the lack of corners.
Update your lighting
This is an important feature in the dining room as you want your guests to look good, be able to see their food, the food to look good and you want to be able to set a mood. No pressure on the lighting!
A chandelier over the table is typical, but we want to make sure the size and placement are correct. The bottom of the chandelier should be 33” - 36” above the table top. Make sure guests won’t bump their heads on it while getting up (that isn’t the kind of memory we want to create!). This really brings the light into the room and illuminates the space.
The lighting shape should also mirror the table shape. If you have a long table, you should have a long chandelier or two (or 3) smaller chandeliers. A round table looks great with a round chandelier above it.
To provide even more light in the space, I love a pair or lamps on a side table or sconces around the room. This provides a nice glow at eye level. Use dimmers or three way switches to set the mood for the meal.
Improve your storage
Many dining spaces benefit from some sort of storage piece (or pieces). This is where function and style really come together. The piece you use should serve the functions you need (storing linens, silver ware, china, collections and/or serving a buffet or bar space) but also show your style! Try to think beyond a matching set and use a piece that doesn’t matches your dining table. Even a traditional space can benefit from mixing pieces for an updated traditional look.
Consider of the color palette of your collections to be displayed and plan your furniture color/stain so it best showcases your pieces. For example, if you want to display a lot of white china don’t display it in a white cabinet, it will get lost.
Is your dining room ready to host your holiday meals? If you want a dining room your guests will rave about this season, consider improving one or more of these aspects of your dining room. Once you’re confident your dining room is ready to go you’ll have time to focus on connecting with your guests and the wonderful meal you’re preparing to share with them!