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Top Dining Room Ideas to Make Every Meal an Occasion

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Your dining room should serve as the hub for family meals, but when dated decor or built-up clutter causes you to relocate to the kitchen or TV room instead, you end up underutilizing one of your home’s most central rooms. Give your dining room the makeover it deserves with these fresh and modern design ideas. Whether you’re looking for inexpensive quick fixes or inspiration for a total do-over, these stunning spaces will motivate you to make some big changes — and sit down with the kids or friends for more memorable dinners.

To reclaim your dining room from papers and bills, “you need to figure out the logjams that are creating clutter and handle those with portable solutions,” professional organizer Lorie Marrero says. For example, if you pay bills at the table, get a rolling cart; if the surface doubles as a work desk, get a caddy for your office supplies. That way, come dinnertime, you can move your mess out of sight. For a cheap remodel, a fresh coat of paint on the walls (or floor!) can work wonders, or switch out tablecloths, rugs, or other accent pieces for a five-minute update. Quick tip: Before you buy any big furniture, measure and outline its dimensions in painter’s tape to make sure it won’t disrupt the flow of the space. Ready to get started? Check out these gorgeous dining rooms for all the inspiration you need.

Fresh Wallpaper

Wainscoting or a chair rail creates a perfect base to highlight a favorite pattern. Lining just the top half of the wall also lets a pricey pick go further.

Textured Neutrals

A concise color palette will help your first floor decor flow seamlessly. “Neutrals like grays and natural materials like leather and stone are foolproof together,” says designer Amber Lewis. Layer in various textures like a rattan pendant and woven rug to add excitement.

White Backdrop

It’s hard to beat classic white walls. “It’s bright and clean, and it acts as a blank canvas for the rest of the decor,” Lewis says. (It also helps reflect natural light, which can help the room feel bigger.) Pick a shade with a hint of gray to make it feel warm and inviting.

Circular Table

A room full of boxy pieces can quickly feel cramped, so go with a round dining table for a dynamic element. Plus, it’s easier to walk around in tight spaces.

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