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Unique Dining Room Decor

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The dining room is often one of the major focal points of a house. The family gathers in it for their nightly meals, and the extended members and friends come together during the holidays. A glum dining room can affect everyone’s mood, so consider these ideas for unique dining room decor.

A Rustic Style
Instead of opting for the traditional dining room table, choose one that is made out of logs and has benches instead of the regular chairs. In the middle, you can place a wreath or a bowl full of harvest decor to really enrich the mood. On the walls, hang up a beautiful landscape of a day on the farm or of a fall evening’s sunset. Keeping all of the colors in the brown, red and orange family will absolutely remind diners of the harvest.


Traditional Decor
No matter how artsy a family is, sometimes they still decide to stick with tradition when it comes to the dining room. A grandfather clock is an excellent way to bring guests back to the days of old. High back arm chairs at the ends of the table also channel those feelings of days gone by. Hanging a family portrait up on the walls, especially ones that include grandparents or great-grandparents, is another way to keep this vibe alive. Display your fine china in a gorgeous display along with a buffet on the bottom for all of your collectibles.

A Modern Vibe
No need exists to keep with tradition if you don’t want to. Consider a throw rug with bold and funky patterns on it sprawled out in the middle of the dining room. Colors such as white, red and black on a single piece can really stand out. When you have one majorly attractive accent piece, it’s best to not go too crazy with the other decor in the room. Overdoing the decorating job makes the space look messy and disorganized. Other suggestions for channeling that modern vibe are a Buddha statue, a little waterfall that streams into a tiny lake or a work of abstract art on the walls.


On a Budget
Not everyone has the money to spend on all of the aforementioned luxuries. In that situation, use what you have and add a little bit of space to it. For example, if you’re handy with the sewing machine, you could make your own chair covers in a color that channels the feelings you wish to infuse into your dining room. You can also use items found in nature for the centerpiece. Go for a walk to collect leaves and stones to place in a container in the middle of the dining room table. Shop around garage sales and discount stores for trinkets that enhance the dining room’s vibe.

Whether you have a very small budget or you are pretty much willing to spend any type of money, you can have unique dining room decor. Remember, it’s your home, and your dining room can be whatever you want it to be.

Allison Cooper is a writer and editor for Beyond Stores, a leader in online furniture sales.  When not hard at work, Allison enjoys unwinding with a good book next to her husband after putting her two sons to sleep for the night.  After all, it’s the simple pleasures in life!

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