Update Your Dining Room Light Fixtures
Giving a new look to your dining room décor may include new light fixtures. The new dining room lighting should fit in with your other updates, including your new paint color. If you used a more modern color palette, you’ll want to install fixtures that match. Steel, brushed nickel and antiqued bronze finishes have a more modern feel. Brass and gold fixtures go well with a traditional look.
The main light fixture in your dining room should be positioned over the dining table and be to scale with the rest of the room. A fixture that’s too large can overwhelm the room while one that’s too small tends not to make an impression. If you’re replacing an old crystal chandelier, update the room with a simple pendant light or fabric-covered fixture. Install a dimmer switch for control of room ambiance.
If you want to keep the light fixtures that you currently have, take them into consideration before painting. The wall colors, window treatments and other dining room décor should all work together to create one cohesive look.
Add New Window Treatments and Accents
New window treatments can dramatically enhance your dining space. There are many options to choose from, so do your research to decide what will work with your new room design. Read interior design magazines, peruse websites and gather ideas that you like from friends and family.
Contemporary window treatments include shades, curtains, draperies or shutters. Shades are good because they can be pulled down for privacy when needed and raised for optimal entrance of light during the day. Try matching the shade with one of the fabric colors in your dining room. Shutters, specifically plantation shutters, are popular dining room window treatments. They are available in many colors and finishes and are used best when they are the same color as the trim in the room. Curtains are also an easy update for your dining room. They work well alone or with shades and should complement the other colors of the room, including the walls, carpet or rug, chair fabrics and other furnishings.
To add a dramatic focal point to the room, hang a painting or a mirror. Mirrors give the illusion of space to smaller-sized rooms. As far as holiday decorations, less is definitely more with your new look. Use simple pieces for dynamic effect, such as a glass vase with fresh flowers. Floating shelves are good for displaying china, photo frames, accessories or even a well-chosen holiday decoration.
Congratulations! Now your dining room will look stunning for your holiday guests.