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Reader Q&A - Dining Rooms

We asked our readers to tell us what dilemmas they face concerning their dining rooms. Read on as we dive into 3 different questions concerning how to decorate awkward walls, furniture selection with young kids and giving a fresh spin on antique pieces!

QUESTION #1

Question: “My dining room is awkward because every wall either has a window or a door. What do I do with it?” -Emily

Answer: "Less is best when it comes to these types of rooms. There is already so much happening in the room that all the walls don't need to be filled with decor. Focus on the longest wall with the window that has the most wall space to work with. We suggest mounting matching artwork flanking the window to create symmetry in the room and adding floor-to-ceiling curtains to add dimension and texture to the room. Another option to consider is replacing your buffet with matching vertical bookcases flanking the window."

QUESTION #2

Question: “I am having trouble choosing a table, chairs and rug for this room. I have 3 young kids and a light-colored, super shaggy dog and find myself vacuuming constantly! I would love a round table with as much seating as possible. Help!” -Jen

Answer: "We believe that you can have a great looking room even with little kids and pets! First, choose furniture that is super easy to maintain. We picked a round wood table and wood chairs that are easy to wipe clean. The dark chairs are also going to hide dirty finger prints. Last, we chose a polypropylene rug because they are very easy to clean, stain resistant and very inexpensive to replace if needed. The light color of this rug is going to blend in the light-colored hair of your dog which is something we definitely recommend so the shedding isn't as noticeable. The pattern of the rug is going to hide crumbs and dirt easily with the kids during meals!"

QUESTION #3

Question: “My dining room is so sad and cluttered. What should I do with the wall color, light, curtains and what shape of table should I get? Anything would be an improvement!" -Susan

Answer: "We love your antique furniture, so we suggest working that into the design! The wood tones in the room are making the room feel too heavy and dark, so switch out the table and chairs and keep the hutch and sideboard. Brighten the room with a lighter color table. We love the shape of the round table that you currently have so something similar but lighter would work great in the space. The chairs tie into the brown tones from the antique furniture but in leather to create a contrast of textures. To make the entire room feel more modern and fresh, paint the walls a crisp white and add in a pop of color in the curtains and artwork!"

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