Is Your Dining Room Ready for a Makeover?

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Refreshing your dining room doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We have some great tips that go a long way toward adding a decorator’s touch.

If  your dining room is in need of an infusion of pizzazz, consider adding color, pattern and texture in the form of an area rug, host or end chairs and artwork.

I love these before and after photos by decorator and color expert, Maria Killiam. You can see that she brought in a colorful area rug with a geometric pattern, complementary patterned host or end chairs in a botanical pattern and side panels with custom blue banding to further unify the look.


Source: Maria Killiam


Source: Maria Killiam

Rugs are the great way to instantly dress up what is often the plain-Jane room of the house. You can bring in color, texture and pattern into a room in one fell swoop. Conversely, if you have a lot going on in your dining room, rugs are a great way to unify your look.

Before you go rug shopping though, make sure you take the dimensions of your dining table with you so that you select the right size rug for your dining set. It’s also a good idea to take the dimensions of your dining room with you as well, as you might decide to go with a room size rug rather than one to just go under your dining table and chairs.

Another way to add interest to your dining room is  to use upholstered host chairs as end chairs for your  dining table. The addition of another and different fabric to your scheme adds a punch of color and and/or pattern that is impossible to do with standard wood dining chairs.

These beautiful French script chairs blend beautifully with the Parisian look of this room as well as the carved and fluted detailing of the table and oval back chairs.

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Here’s another example of how color can add interest to a dining set. Notice the repetition of the color in the wall mirror and accessories.


Source: Haskell Interiors

Here’s another example of how upholstered host chairs can add interest to a dining set. The color is repeated in the artwork and drapes.


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If you go shopping for upholstered accent chairs for your dining set, be sure to check the height of your existing chairs, there should not be more than a few inches in height between your existing dining chairs and your new end chairs.

Don’t forget about adding artwork in complementary colors as well. If you don’t already have a favorite piece or two and want to shop for artwork, consider the lighting in the room before shopping.

Notice that the artwork that Maria brought into this dining room is void of glass because it’s opposite a large window. Artwork that is framed under glass and receives direct lighting can be more of a distraction than a pleasing addition because you’re often having to fight the glare off the glass to see your artwork. In those cases especially, a framed textured print, canvas transfer or an oil painting is preferred.

Don’t forget to shop Upscale Consignment first for reasonable artwork or wall mirrors as we always have a wide assortment.

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Source: Maria Killiam

Once you have your main pieces in place, it’s time to consider adding some final touches: accessories in complementary colors, a natural or silk floral display or other greenery, and ambient lighting in the form of a buffet or accent lamp(s) if you have a sideboard, server or buffet in your dining room.

As always, you can check our website to view our ever-changing inventory where we include photos, prices and dimensions.

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