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Everything You Need to Know About Dining Room Decorating

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Typical dining rooms consist of a table and chairs, a sideboard or buffet, a light source (most often a chandelier) and other furniture as space permits. Despite the similarities in them, dining room decorating can still pose a few challenges. Check out these articles that will help you create a dining room that doesn't just look great, but is also functional.

 

1. Photos of Gorgeous Dining Rooms

Whether you love to entertain and throw lavish dinner parties or you prefer to enjoy quiet meals with friends and family, the dining room is a place to gather and enjoy good food and good times. Whether your style is formal or casual, traditional or contemporary, it's important to decorate it in a way that feels comfortable and relaxing. Check out these photos of designer dining rooms to get inspired.

2. Dining Room Tables

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The central piece in any dining room is the table. It takes up a prominent space and sets the tone for the entire room. Before you buy think not only about the style and size but also about what kind of mood and environment you want to create. Dining room tables are usually a pretty big purchase so you want to be sure to get the right one.

 

3. Dining Room Chairs

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Dining room chairs play a vital role in the dining room. How they look and fit in the room is important, but it's also imperative that they be comfortable. Here are some things you need to know about dining room chairs before you buy. 

 

4. How to Find the Right Size Chandelier

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A chandelier is often the focal point in a dining room, so it's important to get a dining room chandelier that not only works well with your décor but is also the right size.

While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few guidelines that will help you determine the right size for your dining room chandelier.

 

5. How High to Hang a Dining Room Chandelier

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Most dining rooms are illuminated by a dining room chandelier. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something else altogether it's likely that you'll have a chandelier hanging over your dining room table. The question is how high should you hang it? Read on to find out.

 

6. Dining Room Sideboards and Buffets

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More often than not dining room furniture will consist of a table, chairs, and a buffet or sideboard. Depending on the size of the room there can be more pieces, but very rarely is there less. The purpose of a buffet or sideboard is to provide storage for extra dishes, flatware and linens, and also to serve as a surface area for placing dishes of food and/or decorative accents. Check out some of the important things to think about before purchasing this piece of dining room furniture.

7. Dining Room Curtains and Drapes

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When most of us think of dining rooms we think of tables, buffets, chairs and chandeliers. But something equally as important in the dining room are the curtains and drapes. Amidst all of the hard furniture that tends to fill this room it's wonderful to have some fabric and add a touch of softness. So even if you don't normally include flowing curtains and drapes it's worth considering adding some to the dining room. 

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