A home cooked meal takes roughly 30-40 minutes to prepare — sometimes longer, so you want to eat it somewhere that you enjoy. A dining room can be grand, with twinkling chandeliers and a sleek mahogany dining table, or it can be more casual — a second-hand table with a large vase of flowers. Here are some tips for creating a unique, stylish dining space on a budget:
When it comes to furniture — shop around. Check out as many estate sales, second-hand shops and online auction sites as you can. Mixing old with new is quite trendy at the moment, so when considering furniture for those mealtime gatherings don’t be afraid to pair vintage dining tables with modern chairs, or vice versa.
If you’re working with quite a tight space, think about buying a large oval rug to help open up the room. Work with what you’ve already got as well. For instance, a high chest of drawers can be used instead of a sideboard and reupholstering seat cushions can create the illusion of new chairs for a fraction of the cost.
Lighting sets the mood for the room, so it’s important to get this right. You might be surprised to find, however, that interesting light shades don’t have to cost a fortune. It’s quite the contrary, actually, especially if you shop online or at charity shops. Try an artichoke shade or bright red pendant light to add a bit of pizzazz or, if you’re really strapped for cash, simply spray paint an existing chandelier.
Why not make the room appear more spacious with a large framed wall mirror? Oh, and don’t underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. Browse colour schemes online and roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. The satisfaction you’ll feel will make it look twice as nice!
With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can create a unique, stylish dining space. Bon Appetit!