A beautifully decorated dining room

Blog Posts  |  Design Articles  |  October 11, 2018

Imagine the perfect dining room to entertain family and friends. Whether it’s a stand-alone room or part of an open concept, your dining area should be practical, functional – and beautiful!  Here are 5 tips to get you started:


1-     Follow the architectural details of your home

Always pick the style of wood and fabric that mimic the design of your home. It will add character to your design and make a statement!


2-     Think of space and it’s scale

You might find it challenging to start planning your new space but furniture placement can be easy if you create a wish list and a plan. Think of the shape of the room, then your traffic pattern. This will make your planning process much easier.

42’’  is the ideal width for a table. This allows for the perfect table setup: dishes, table centerpieces, glassware, candles, wine bottles and most importantly great conversation.

Remember, a dining room without a dining table is only a room. That is why it’s important to decide what your room will be used for.  Will it be for eating & entertaining only, or will it be multi-functional, such as using the room as a work space or gaming area? This will help you determine the size and shape of the table as well as other pieces you will need for the space.

It’s imperative to keep in mind the number of people you will be hosting at one time. A leaf extension or butterfly leaf are great options when you have a few extra guests for dinner.

3-  Mixing different styles of furniture

Interior design has come a long way; you don’t always have to have the traditional table with 6 matching chairs, you can mix and match dining furniture several ways. You can match the middle chairs with two captain chairs at each end. Lining 3 sides of the table with the same style of chair and then inserting a long bench on the fourth side is also an option. To get even more creative, mix three different types of seating!

Mixing can go beyond furniture, I always tell my clients, “you have to know the rules in order to break the rules:)” Today’s interior design rules say we can mix different wood colours as long as they have the same undertone. We can mix patterns and fabric colours as long as they follow the colour wheel rules.  All YOU need to do is think outside the box!


4-     Decorating the walls of your dining room

Your particular taste is what makes it your personal space. The art in your dining room should be something you absolutely LOVE! All you need to know are the measurements of the walls so that your specific art choices will fit.

There are many art display options to choose from for dining rooms.

  • A gallery wall
  • A Large mirror
  • Patterned Wallpaper
  • A Green wall
  • A chalkboard
  • Family photography
  • Typography artwork
  • A plate collection
  • Shelves
  • A patterned window treatment
  • A big plant

Or a mix of two of the above. See Tips on how to hang art… properly

5-   The final touches

An area rug will define your dining space. Pick a material that is easy to clean like wool or hair on hide and then make sure you get the right rug size.


Last but not at all least, It’s time to add the lighting. Your chandelier is the main focal point or the “pièce de résistance” of your dining room.  From contemporary to traditional, there are many options and styles to suit your room design.

Wall sconces are great for accent lighting in dining rooms. They adapt to any space and can create a romantic atmosphere, especially when paired with candlelight.

Sometimes your eye wants one thing and your budget wants another but art and decor don’t have to be expensive! Layering in decor can be done with any kind of budget, what really matters are your colour combinations and proportions. From there you can take any room in your house to the next level.

Visit our dining page and find out how Canadel can inspire your next dinner party!

By Zeina Badawi

In-home designer

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