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Stylish dining room ideas for a home

Ready to transform your dining room, but don't want to spend a fortune? Check out these stylish yet inexpensive spaces...


If you can wrap a present, you can reupholster seat cushions. The average chair only requires a metre of fabric. Look in the remnants section of a fabric store to find fabulous finds at a discount. Can’t find enough of one fabric to complete your chairs? Don’t be afraid to mix in another fabric.

Give your dated dining room a lift by painting the dining chairs a fun contrasting colour to the table. Invest in a large framed mirror to visually open a small dining space. A grouping of candles always creates the perfect ambiance.

For around R400, paint the room a colour that has sophistication and depth. Also, you can try paint techniques, like a colour wash or a soft suede finish, to give the walls a custom look. Practice your technique on a poster board to achieve the perfect look before moving onto the walls.

Beautiful fabrics in a dining room are a must have. Custom window treatments can be expensive, but there are many retailers that offer beautiful readymade panels and drapery hardware. To add a touch of romance and elegance, hang your rod at the highest point on the wall and choose a panel length at least 5m longer than needed to add drama.

Concentrate on four things: de-clutter, paint, fabric and lighting. The dining room is a place where guests enjoy relaxing meals so free the room from things that do not relate to the room’s purpose. Simply stated, a dining table, chairs and server/buffet create a perfect foundation.

The key to this kind of look is to start with a great table and then find the chairs that play off the material or attitude of the table. And once you've spent the time to select a table in an unusual material, be sure to show it off.

Connecting to the outdoors is so important for all of us who need the nurturing that nature can bring, but we often forget about what’s outside, while only focusing on what’s inside.



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