If you have a small space to create your dining room, it may seem like you can't have the room you really want. But, there are ways to makeover even a tight dining area into a great one. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Light and Monochromatic. The way you paint the room can help create an illusion of size. The best way to make it appear larger is to use a single base color palette for the walls, window treatments, trim, and ceiling. A light color will help open up a space, while a darker one is more likely to make it feel smaller. This doesn't mean you have to use basic white, though. You can use many pale shades, from ivory or cream shades to pale pastels or pale gray colors.
Slim Furniture. Don't try to stuff a large, ornate dining table into a small room. Even if the table and chairs are physically small enough to fit, things like heavy woods, a lot of garnishing accents, and thick legs will all make the table set appear too big for its home. Instead, look for dining room furniture at a shop like Furniture Classics in a more basic design with clean lines and little ornamentation. Choose a set with slim legs or pedestals, which make the piece feel like it takes up less floor space or "floats" above the floor.
Go Vertical. Use all the floor-to-ceiling space to accentuate the size there rather than focusing on the lack of square footage. Hang window drapes or sheer curtains from the floor all the way to the ceiling, allowing them to pool just slightly on the ground. If possible, consider adding height or width to your windows so that more natural light comes in to make the upper spaces feel bigger.
Use a Focal Point. If you want to draw attention away from less-desirable aspects of any room, draw it toward a specific item instead. This "focal point" can be anything that you love and want to make a central idea of your room. In a dining room, it could be as simple as an eclectic and unique hanging light fixture over the table, a fancy rug, a fun pattern on the chair upholstery, or an piece of art on the side table. Plan your decoration so that this focal point is highlighted and easily seen.
No matter whether you can incorporate just one or all of these ideas, you can design a dining room that you will love and use often for years to come.