Design tips to get the most out of a small dining room

There is no greater feeling than sitting at the dining table after a long day and tucking into a delicious meal. For many homeowners, that special dining table resides in the appropriate dining room, and the power of this particular room must not be underestimated; it’s a room where technology is non-existent and families come together to eat and catch up.

Contrary to belief, size isn’t everything. Even homeowners with only a small space to work with can achieve their interior dreams – as long as they’re equipped with the right knowledge and tips! When it comes to the dining room, we have exactly that.


Design tips to get the most out of a small dining room

Have a good clear out

If your room is already small, you’re more than likely making it appear even smaller if you’re committed to unnecessary items and annoying clutter taking up space in the dining room. The first – and easiest – thing you can do to make the most out of your dining room is to have a good clear out.

Create a strong focal point

When you walk into your current dining room, where is your eye drawn to first? If it’s not the dining room table, you haven’t yet mastered the art of creating a strong focal point. The star of the show should be the table you eat and gather at, so we recommend shopping around and finding a stylish, practical table to suit your tastes. Personally, we recommend hairpin tables as they’re great at drawing the eye.

Utilise hidden storage units

Many homeowners are guilty of using their dining room as a storage area to really maximise the room’s use – after all, we only eat three times a day! If you do rely on this area of the house to store other household items, look to utilise hidden storage units to open up the space and make it appear bigger.

Avoid ‘medium’ colours

To make the most out of your small dining room, it’s important you commit to either a very dark colour on the walls, or a very light one. Colours that fall somewhere in the middle of light and dark can immediately make the room feel compact. If you don’t have a preference, we’d recommend opting for a light colour as this can make the area feel open and airy, whereas dark can absorb the light.


Use mirrors

The mirror is a decorative element with many virtues, and adding one to your small dining room can give the illusion of depth. As well as this, a mirror can utilise the power that light has on determining the size of a room as it reflects both natural and artificial light. The next time you walk into your dining room, take a good look and decide which wall would be most accepting of a gorgeous mirror.


Invest in floor-to-ceiling curtains

This is our favourite tip; we can’t believe that something so simple can have such a powerful effect! In the same way that people wear heels to appear taller, floor-to-ceiling curtains can help a room appear bigger as the ceiling looks higher. Not only this, but it’s also a fantastic interior design choice all by itself.


Think laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is clean and uncluttered and easy to keep spotless perfect for a small dining room. Take a look here for laminate flooring UK


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