by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
August 6, 2015
August 6, 2015
‘Tis the season for sundresses, swimming, and outdoor festivities, but the summer is going by fast. Sooner than any of us would like, we’ll be moving the party indoors. Don’t despair, though, because summer is also a great time to re-invigorate your indoor spaces, especially since your cookout guests will be hanging outside, having fun in the sun! If you are looking forward to throwing some stellar autumn dinner parties, or even just wow-ing family visitors with more than just your cooking on Thanksgiving, here are some quick and easy ideas to transform your dining room into the life of the party.
A good starting point is deciding on a color palette or style that you like. French country style can be a great way to make your dining room inviting, yet elegant, with off white shades and warm, woodsy hues. The chairs pictured below have soft neutrals and subtle, elegant detailing, and are made more homey with a rustic finish on the wood. They fit nicely around a plain, wooden table, or even one that is painted to compliment their color. Mismatching some of the furniture here, such as putting armed chairs at the head of the table and the un-armed seats for the rest, can add a vintage vibe as well.
If you’re aiming for a more modern or contemporary look, mission style might work well for your dining space. We love these high backed chairs from FurnishMeVintage, with harder lines and a strong presence. Pair these up with a heavier, darker dining table and some earthy tones (like blacks, browns, mossy greens, and warm reds) in the decor for a great mission look.
Mid-century modern is another great style: one take on the super popular design is pictured right. The bright white chairs and light table, matched with an organic, free-form centerpiece are a stellar example of simple pieces that can freshen up your dining room.
What really brings a room together are the unique personal touches. In a dining room, these can include wall art, lighting fixtures, display cabinets, and center pieces for your table. For a mission style room, crafty decorations with natural colors bring the room together perfectly. If you’re looking for a brighter palette or something to go with a mid-century modern style, funky paintings are great, and there are loads of places to look online for stunning original works. To add to a vintage vibe, place some antique pieces at the center of your table or on a mantle.
Doing a dining room makeover is a super summer project, and will totally inspire you to entertain indoors this fall. Just remember that the most important part is to have fun finding a style that fits you!
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Hi there! I'm a student at the George Washington University studying Anthropology and Philosophy. I love to travel, read, blog, and bike. I currently maintain a personal art/philosophy/literature blog, a travel blog, and I do freelance writing.