Lead photo from Villalobos and Desio
Dining rooms present a unique design opportunity. You’re likely not using the space on the regular, so you can take decor risks that you wouldn’t in a more heavily-used room. Dramatic forms, fine materials, and statement pieces can be incorporated in ways that make an unforgettable impression. If you’re in the mood for a makeover, consider these key pieces that bring maximum impact.
1. Increase your storage options with a buffet.
Whether you call it a “sideboard,” “credenza,” “cabinet,” or “buffet,” this piece gives you plenty of bang for the buck. You can use it for serving or for storage.
2. Look for an expandable table.
Through the use of leaves, these tables can grow to accommodate guests — or to accommodate future homes.
3. Opt for a bench seat.
This unexpected seating option gives an otherwise formal dining room a certain unfussy quality. For ease of movement, opt for a bench or settee without arms.
4. Brighten the room with a chandelier.
A larger chandelier balances the proportion of a large dining table, while making the room appear brighter. Plus, swapping out a light fixture (especially if it’s one of those ceiling flush-mounted ones) is a relatively easy way to completely change the style of a room.
5. Create a focal point with accessories.
Instead of always using flowers, use the table as a display space for interesting antiques. Think broadly: jars, sculptural vases, bowls, tureens, or an interesting vintage item can work in surprising ways.