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The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Dining Room
We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!
Unfortunately there isn't always room for all my stuff...
Many people have the same problem and here are some ideas to make your small Dining Room more efficient! (Here are some tips for your Living Room & Kitchen)
Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear. Lighter shades are better for small rooms, but dining rooms can be intimate and moody with a darker shade. As long as everything (fabric, drapes, paint) is in the same tones the room will still appear larger. Midtone paints tend to change colours with the light creating different moods. If you use darker colours, don't paint trim white, it is an eyestopper and you want the eye to keep traveling to make the room seem larger.
Find a cushioned, banquet or bench, with storage, so the table can slide over it when not in use. Benches provide more seating and banquets can provide a lounging area.
Use glass topped tables if possible to let light flow and the space look larger.
The table is the centerpiece of the room, try to find a round or oval table with leaves that store under or have a drop leaf.
If you are changing flooring, lay it at an angle or place it parallel to the shortest wall to lengthen its appearance. Get an area rug that covers most of the floor. Large area rugs make the room look larger and won't catch the legs of chairs when pulled out.
Use chairs with a lower back and no arms. That way there is nothing to stop the eye.
Use one piece of large art as a focal point instead of a cluster of small prints. Lots of small pictures give a cluttered appearance.
Replace solid doors with glass paned or sliding doors to let in the light! More light makes a room look larger.
Pass-throughs adjoining kitchen walls can become a serving place if topped with granite.
Depending on the view, use draperies to either enhance (same shade as walls) or distract (bold colours, eye stopping).
Buffets are always a good idea for storage and display, or built ins painted the same colour as the wall will always add storage but not shorten the room. When adding accessories, make sure the wall behind can still be seen, then the room won't appear shorter. If you want to draw the eye to the back, line it with a bold wall paper!
Add a mirror, they will always make a room look larger!
Stripes also work on making a room longer (horizontal) or taller (vertical). Paintable wall paper can be used so you have tone one tone and just add texture to the room.
A crystal chandelier will add light but keep sight lines flowing.A fixture with a shade will block sight lines. narrow pendant lighting also keeps the flow.
A beautifully set table will draw the eye to the center of the room, not the tight quarters.
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