The Deceptively Simple Ways to Make Your Dining Room Look Expensive

Today is the last day of August and, by extension, the last day of carefree summer bliss. Before long, our weekend backyard barbecues will be replaced with holiday parties and intimate dinners at home. And while we're not quite ready to trade our summer slides and denim cutoffs for cashmere sweaters and ankle boots, we are excited by the prospect of giving our dining rooms a quick makeover before bringing the dinner parties back indoors. After all, food always tastes better on fine china than melamine, and we're not mad at the idea of eating hearty lasagna instead of the summer salads.

To make sure your own dining space is up to snuff, you don't need to spend a million dollars. In fact, we put together 10 simple tricks that will instantly elevate the décor you already have. So grab a paintbrush, call the electrician, and scour your favorite vintage stores—you'll want to follow these simple formulas to give your room a fresh sophisticated air.