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5 Dining Room Ideas for Small Spaces

5 Dining Room Ideas for Small Spaces
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If the size of your dining room really erodes your style, this guide to space-saving decorating solutions is what you need. Keep reading for small dining room ideas to keep your furniture proportionate without sacrificing a unique look for your home.


1. Look for Slim Silhouettes in Dining Furniture

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Make square footage of your dining room as real as possible. For starters, pull everything away from the wall. Ideally, choose sleek furniture that offers an example of a sitting room but still allows light to be filtered. For example, medieval and Scandinavian style pieces are good for small dining rooms because of their narrow, open sills. Take advantage of the free flow design with an armless chair or an open back seat, low stool, and a thin table with wide tapered legs. To view the boho dining room, create more air space by surrounding the low-laying table with floor cushions.


2. Keep Decor Minimal for the Most Elbow Room

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Because chunky frames and chaotic colors block out light, it’s important to limit the number of pieces and patterns in a small dining room. Space that is not cluttered and a spacious palette will fool the eye into thinking that your dining room is taller and wider than it really is. Additional elbow room for your dinner guests will also be useful. A gray center decoration and a cream-colored flatweave carpet are the only decorative accents you need to make a small dining room look polished but spacious.


3. Brighten Your Dining Space With Reflective Pieces

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Want your dining room to look less square? Bright and shiny spaces will blur the lines between brightly colored ceilings, walls and floors. Use hanging mirrors and shiny or metal furniture like bar carts and tables to visually expand your small dining room. This is especially effective by windows where reflective surfaces can reflect bright light around a room. Whether your piece of mirror displays the other side of the dining room’s interior or outside view, the reflection will look like part of the room.


4. Use Lighting to Play With Your Dining Room’s Dimension

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Lighting, especially natural lighting, will play a big role in the size of the space felt. Are your thick curtains blocking your dining room’s potential to shine? Pull them back past the edge of the window frame or exchange with lighter materials, such as linen curtains or bamboo shades. You also want to avoid giant equipment that demands too much attention or too grim lighting that creates shadow vibrations. Keeping things windy and relaxed will open up space and have dinner conversations.


5. Draw the Eye With Contrasting Colors

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While a clean and simplified palette will emphasize scale, darker colors can work in creating the illusion of depth. Use contrast for a small dining room that makes a big statement. For example, you can draw attention to one side of the room by painting a deep color wall or spreading contrast with a set of chair cushions. Looking for other ways to add visual interest? Think of certain objects that can be hung as focal points, such as extra folding chairs or large paintings or carvings. As long as they contrast with your main color scheme, they will make an impact.