Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dining Room Designs Accessories

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Choosing Furniture for an Open Plan Dining Room

Choosing furniture is often difficult at the best of times, but an open plan dining room makes it even harder. Open plan living spaces are not the easiest to furnish or decorate, so here are some tips to help you avoid some of the more serious errors that can turn a creative dining room into a mismatched jumble.

Open areas cannot be regarded as individual rooms, with their own style of décor and furniture, but as matched or contrasting split living areas - which in reality is exactly what they are! When choosing furniture for an open plan dining room you should also consider the décor and lighting, and the need for a focal area in each room involved in the open space. For example, this might be a fireplace or entertainment unit in a living room, and a dining table, buffet or even a specific window in the room.

Your furniture should comfortably fit the available space - cramming in too much furniture will spoil the effect. You should select a table, for example, that allows ample room for traffic and for guests to be seated. This applies to any room of course, but is particularly true of an open plan arrangement.

Many open dining areas are fairly small, so a small table would best, but one that can be extended to seat more when you have dinner guests. A slimline buffet for your crockery and cutlery would also be useful, and many are available today that take up very little floor space when set against a wall. They also look good

Selecting Materials and Color Schemes

The materials and colors you select can make all the difference to open plan living, and you have a wide choice of each when choosing furniture for a dining room. If you have a small room, you can give an illusion of space by using metal frame glass tables, or even acrylic furniture. However, for many that might be too radical, and light-colored dining room furniture is a good alternative.

Many people furnish the living room with solid ark stained oak or American cherry, and use lightly stained oak or even white furniture in the dining area. By combining a good choice of furniture with well-placed lighting, it is possible to expand the apparent depth of any room in comparison with the general living area.

Mirrors are an excellent way to make a smaller room larger. When choosing furniture, you might also consider one or two mirrors that can enhance the overall open plan effect. Some people elect to use mirrors in their living and dining areas that reflect each other, and in so doing not only add depth, but also bring the two together. Carvers' Guild, for example, offer decorative mirrors suitable for both living rooms and dining rooms, and are ideal wall decor for open plan living areas.

Avoid a Clash of Styles

Many people ask whether the various areas in an open plan design should share a common decorative theme. If you use the same style, such as employing a contemporary, colonial or traditional style of furnishing for each area, the living and dining areas will flow into each other, and it is generally recommend that you do this: you should treat the two as being a single large room, although you can accentuate differences using accent pieces and individual items of home décor.

For example, do not use a Stickley classical colonial style in your living room and Simply Amish mission furniture in your dining room because they will clash and not look right together. By using lighting such as spotlights, accent lighting and even different levels of lighting, you can differentiate between the two areas visually, and you can also do a lot with the windows in each part of the area.

Colors and Drapes Should Match

If your dining room is also an open plan kitchen, then solid wood cabinets can be used to match up closely with the style of the dining and living room furniture. A hardwood dining table and chairs, and the other furniture then match with the style of the living room. One important factor is that the curtains or drapes in each area do not clash, and that the wall covering, be it paper or paint, match well between the two.

It is often difficult to add your own personal touch when choosing furniture for an open plan dining room, but there are ways to add character. The way you divide the space between the two areas offers several options, and you can often produce stunning results that will impress your dinner guests and your visitors.

Interior Design

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Dining Room Designs Furniture

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4 Easy Budget Ideas For Dining Room Furniture

Redesigning your dining room can be difficult, frustrating, and most of all expensive. But it doesn't have to be this way! There are plenty of ways to stretch your designing dollar, to ensure that you get the perfect dining room furniture for your space, without spending an arm and a leg to do it!

Refurbish
One of the biggest secrets of budget dining room design is to use what you already have! Begin your design project by thinking about what it is that you want from your space, and how your existing furniture differs from your design. If your existing furniture is still sturdy, there are lots you can do to improve or alter the aesthetic appeal. The solution could be as simple as a coat of paint in a fun new color, or replacing the top or your old table with a new one in a more contemporary shape. Buff out old scratches, and give aging wood a new coat of polyurethane or furniture wax.

Re-purpose
Re-purpose your existing dining room furniture to give your space a whole new look without the hefty price tag. For instance, stack shelves or serving units to create height and drama, or replace traditional cabinet doors with antique shutters. Changing or rotating seat cushions, picture frames, and other small details can also help brighten up the space without requiring a major redesign.

Be Selective
Remember that to achieve a great new look in your dining room, you don't necessarily have to change out all of your furniture. Often, just a few striking new pieces are enough to give the space a new atmosphere. If you're only investing in a few new items, it's worth it to shell out a little extra money for something really high quality. You'll save on replacement and redecorating costs down the line. Don't be afraid to mix various styles to come up with something truly unique. If most of your furniture is cottage vintage, a few well-placed industrial design elements can create a strikingly dramatic look through juxtaposition.

Shop Around
When decorating your dining room, never underestimate the value of a little footwork! Resist the urge to purchase everything all at once at a big box store; there are much better ways to get value for your money. Particularly in the case of furniture, second-hand stores, thrift shops, and garage sales are your greatest ally. Also remember that all the techniques you've used to update and improve your own furniture can work on yard sale finds as well!

Small Dining Room Ideas 2013

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