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5 Tips And Tricks For Elevating Your Dining Space

Open-plan living room with dining area

Originally, dining rooms were only meant to be where people eat their dinners. However, that perspective was purely practical. Eventually, what used to be a dining space evolved into an area where people can socialize and the like. From there, its sentiments stemmed even further. 

The dining room serves various purposes, from holding gatherings to dealing with work. That’s why it became one of the most special rooms in the household.

Considering its many purposes, it’s only fair to spruce it up. After all, only letting it fulfill the ‘dining’ part of a dining space limits its full extent, especially if you’re planning to have a dream kitchen area. Instead of overshadowing your dining room, here are some ways to elevate it:

Utilize Lighting

Lighting has a way of establishing the mood. For example, the brighter the room is, the more ‘energy’ it emits. Because of this, it gives the space an open and welcoming space. On the other hand, dim lighting is much more suitable for intimate or serious settings. For those who brought a date over to their house, the low light would set the perfect mood for a sweet dinner date.

While you have a long list of options for light fixtures, there are other ways to regulate your dining room’s lighting. Natural light can pass through your windows and change how much lighting the space receives. Consider investing in curtains depending on which mood you want to have. 

Dark, thick curtains would block out most of the natural light, so they’re fitting for formal gatherings. Meanwhile, thin curtains made of cotton or linen are perfect for lighthearted get-togethers.

Manipulate Colors

Aside from lighting, colors are another component you must take advantage of, especially if what you use for your walls is getting old. In essence, colors have similar principles with lighting; the lighter they are, the more energy they exude, and vice-versa. But this time, manipulating colors is a much more delicate procedure.

Your dining room already has dining tables and chairs set down. Unless you have money to spare to replace an entire set, you must know how to work with the colors you currently have. If your dining set has light colors, complementing it with dark wall colors will only end up clashing too much. The same principle applies when the dining set uses dark colors. 

Instead of jamming two different tones together, utilize colors that belong to the same spectrum. For example, forest-green wall colors would go nicely with dark blue furniture. From the image alone, it’s safe to say that dark color schemes would make the space feel much more elegant. 

 Open-plan kitchen with dining area

Incorporate Simplicity

Even though dining rooms are special, that doesn’t mean you should overwhelm them with too many things to look at. After all, despite how many functions a dining space has, its main purpose is to provide a room where people eat. That’s why the primary focus of a dining room will always be the dining table. 

For those who think their furnishing is lacking, add simple yet elegant pieces that are timeless.  Consider having a minimalistic chandelier above your dining table as the statement light fixture. Add a classic centerpiece to occupy your big, empty dinner table, such as a tray with candles or a bouquet in a vase. Whatever furniture you want to add, ensure that it’s not bulky to give everyone space to maneuver in. 

Include A Rug

Not many homeowners would consider including a rug in their dining space. Because compared to light fixtures or dining tables, area rugs aren’t that eye-catching. Yet those who have a knack for designing rooms know that rugs play a crucial role in bringing the atmosphere together. 

Because instead of limiting it to the dining table and above, rugs tie together all the colors and patterns you brought to the dining space. Aside from their aesthetic purpose, they also protect the flooring from getting scratched when moving the chairs. That’s why simple patterned rugs are enough to do the job.

Look For Inspiration

Granted, not everyone has an eye for aesthetics. Once they’ve tried their hand at designing their dining space, they might build themselves up for failure when they realize that what they envisioned only looks good in their mind. That’s why looking for inspiration is best before furnishing your dining room area. Search for themed dining rooms that fit the mood you want. Or create a mood board to show a designer, so they can understand your vision easier. 


Your dining room space deserves as much love as any other room that’s special to your home. Yet many homeowners are discouraged from doing so because they assume that sprucing up their dining space is expensive. But little did they know, even doing some little tricks would be enough to bring it to the next level.