How to Make Your Dining Room Look More Expensive
The dining room isn’t where we spend most of our time, so it doesn’t make sense to blow your budget on the often just-for-show space—especially when other rooms like kitchens and baths can be so costly. That said, you still want your dining area to look like it cost a fortune. Thankfully, there are a few visual tricks that can give the space that high-end, we-dipped-into-the-kids-college-fund feel.
Scroll below to learn how to make your dining room more expensive.
We’ve discussed this before, but using unusual pairings of styles in a dining room can instantly elevate any space. Think modernist dining chairs with traditional trestle tables, or gilded Louis XIV chairs with Saarinen Tulip tables. Purchasing a matching dining table and chairs creates a run-of-the-mill straight-from-the-showroom look, while an eclectic mix suggests an interior designer played a hand in the curated arrangement.
You can take this trick a step further and mismatch your dining chairs, too. Just make sure each chair is special on its own, otherwise it might end up looking like you have a dumpster diving habit.
Oversized branches and flowers are nature’s drama queens and an immediate way to bring a bit of spectacle to any room. Slip a few into a simple glass cylinder vase and you’ll have a statement-making centerpiece that costs practically nothing.
Large art pieces almost always have an eye-catching impact. Yes, large pieces often cost more than smaller sizes, but by purchasing large-scale prints (rather than original works), you can save a pretty penny.
One of the most attainable ways to giving your dining room a polished look is to lay an area rug beneath your dining table. Many people overlook it, or are intimidated by the idea, but it’s a finishing touch that will pull your room together.
The greatest designer rooms always have a distinct perspective. In the most luxurious homes, it’s often expressed with exceptional furniture and high-end materials. Though you may not be able to afford the finest antiques, you can still express a unique perspective with color, which is available at all price points. Go decidedly all-white with all of your furnishings or choose a bold, eye-catching hue for walls or dining chairs. Your guests will take notice.
Even in the most rustic, low-cost dining rooms, a statement chandelier or pendant can totally transform the space. You don’t have to splurge on a crystal fixture, either: There are dozens of DIY projects on the web that you can tackle for $100 or less.
If you’re going to splurge anywhere in your dining room, custom window treatments are a great place. Eschewing store-bought curtains in favor of something uniquely you—be it simple linen panels with a pinch pleat, or a patterned drape with an embroidered trim—will give your home that luxurious designer look.
Want to make your home look like a magazine? Style it like one! We’ve seen so many homes with dining tables void of accessories when not in use, and it’s a sure fire way to make the room look uninteresting. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Just look through your closets for interesting bowls, vases, or sculptural pieces, and create an unfussy, yet thoughtfully styled arrangement.
There’s something about a dining room that doubles as a library that just looks inherently luxe. Maybe it’s the worldly air a collection of books brings. Or perhaps it’s the geometry. Or the color. Whatever it is, it’s working. What other decorating ideas do you have for the dining room? Tell us in the comments below.
What other decorating ideas do you have for the dining room? Tell us in the comments below.