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Best of … dining room decorating ideas

Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff

September 15, 2011
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A list of the best of dining room decorating ideasContributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

As we slowly move toward Fall, our attention often shifts from outdoor dining and entertaining activities to the upcoming Holiday gatherings.

Now, I’m in no rush to end summer either but taking the time to plan ahead, particularly as it relates to dining room decorating ideas, can help ensure you’re prepared when friends and family arrive.

To help you get a jump start, here are the best dining room decoration ideas.


The lighting

Go for impact



The lighting you choose sets the tone for the rest of your dining room decorating ideas, so let’s make it a good one. I’m thinking a no-holds-barred chandelier like the ones from the Victorian Trading Company, complete with sparkle and pizzaz.

Not only will it turn even an ordinary family weeknight dinner into an experince in fine dining, it’s one of the few places in the house you can install a chandelier without the risk of someone knocking their head on it.


The table

Opt for a trestle

A list of the best of dining room decorating ideas

Trestle tables make great dining room decorating ideas in large part because of their perfect symmetry between classic design and functionality. Take this Venetian Trestle Dining Table from Layla Grayce for example. On the one hand it’s shape conjures images of the nicest picnic table on earth. On the other, the intricate design and hand finishing appeals to those who want a touch of class this hosting season.


The accessories

Dress your table

A list of the best of dining room decorating ideas

If you’re not in the mood or the financial position to plunk down money for a new dining room table, finding the perfect runner is always a good option. The Tapestry Catalogue has a ton to choose from in addition to the Cornucopia Tapestry shown here. And at only $64, you’ll be hard pressed to find an item that can transform your dining room décor so quickly and inexpensively.


The floor

Step into your style



The rug under the table is as much a part of the decor as the walls, so make sure that pop of color and texture is a perfect match for your decor. For a casual or country feel, opt for a classic braided rug like this one from RugSale.com. For a more formal look, choose an Oriental rug in rich jewel tones. Or opt for a modern feel with a bold, daring graphic look.


The table linens

Theme for dining

A list of the best of dining room decorating ideas

Not all dining room decorating ideas need to entail large purchases, often it’s the smallest of items that result in the look and feel you’re after. For those with an itch for a Southwestern motif, a dozen or so of these Northern Exposure place mats will set the tone for the entire room. Sunland Home Décor also has napkins and other assorted table top goodies to round out your look.


The options

Another great table

A list of the best of dining room decorating ideas

As you may gather from the name, a Touch of Class is perfect for those that believe, as many do, the dining room is an area of the home that deserves a special touch. For elegance on a smaller scale, the Westland Gathering Table is great for compact dining areas, without sacrificing your decorating panache. And at less than half price, it will fit most decorating budgets too.


The dishes

Because it is a dining room



How can we talk about dining room decorating ideas without at least mentioning the dishes. And the flatware. And the glasses? After all, once everyone sits down, the table legs and the draperies and the light fixture will all be nice. But they won’t be nearly as important as the place settings sitting in front of each family member and guest.

You might not think of dishes as decor, but the people at Ralph Lauren Tabletop know differently. They understand that each and every stem, fork and bowl plays a roll in creating a beautiful dining room.




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