It’s the place where you gather with your family each night for dinner, where you talk with friends late into the night over dessert and coffee each weekend, and come the holidays, where you sandwich in three generations around the table for your annual party. Whether you’re looking to add new life to your house before you put it on the market — or infuse your next gathering with a fresh look — upgrading your ho-hum dining room is neither difficult nor expensive. Here are five easy projects you can do yourself at home to transform your entertaining space from blah to beautiful in just a weekend.
1. Hang Artwork
Bare walls can be boring. Think about how you can hang artwork in a bold way to bring attention to the walls. If you don’t have any art, make your own by framing illustrations from an old book, use family photos to create a grid of memories or hang decorative plates in interesting configurations. Hanging a mirror also makes a big impact as it reflects light and can make your dining room appear larger.
A chandelier is usually the centerpiece of a dining room so make it a star. If you’re in the market for a new chandelier, replace the one you have for instant impact. If you want to keep what you have, consider spray-painting it or adding chandelier shades for a new look. Make sure it hangs at a height that allows people to have conversations when sitting at the table and looks proportional to the rest of the room. The general rule of thumb is to hang the bottom of a chandelier about 36 inches above the tabletop. No room for something overhead? Consider sconces, too. If you don’t have a way to electrify sconces on the wall, simple candle sconces look beautiful when lit for a dinner party.