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A step by step dining room makeover

From a bare before to the cosiest, dreamiest of afters. Here’s our how-to guide for a dining room makeover that will totally transform the space, one simple step at a time.

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Roll on some colour

Painting can change the mood of your room. But with all the shades and swatches to choose from, where to begin?

Our tip: start with the feeling you want and the dining room furniture you own. This deep, warm brown paint colour paired with the furniture and accessories in black finishes and natural materials creates a cozy and warm dining area.

Storage times two

Storage times two

It’ll be much easier to move around a table than large cabinets – so measure out the wall to centre these and safely secure them, first. The pair of black glass-door cabinets add symmetry and balance as a backdrop to the room, and the two - side-by-side with some space in between - are just wide enough to visually anchor the large table and chairs with ease.

Glass door cabinets let you display some of your things and hide the rest away.

Storage times two

Storage times two

It’ll be much easier to move around a table than large cabinets – so measure out the wall to centre these and safely secure them, first. The pair of black glass-door cabinets add symmetry and balance as a backdrop to the room, and the two - side-by-side with some space in between - are just wide enough to visually anchor the large table and chairs with ease.

Glass door cabinets let you display some of your things and hide the rest away.

Let's talk rugs

Let's talk rugs

Choose a big rug that the table fits within easily to make sure your chairs won’t catch the edge when pulled out. Just as important is the texture: short-pile or flat-woven rugs will be less of a drag for your dining chairs – and much easier to clean if food finds its way to the floor!

60-70 cm

Typical chair spacing, from table end to rug end

60-70 cm

60-70 cm

Typical chair spacing, from table end to rug end

The dining set that suits you best

The dining set that suits you best

If you host on the regular or do lots of home projects, an 8-seater dining table makes perfect sense. Maybe something smaller would suit your needs better? Or an extendable table, for the best of both worlds?

Here, a ready-matched coordinated black dining set works, but there’s nothing to stop you from mixing and matching if you like an eclectic look.

The right lighting makes all the difference

The right lighting makes all the difference

A well-lit dining table is as much about atmosphere as it is about function. Think about the height, scale and materials.

A single large lamp works here but don’t be afraid to play around with multiples. Two or three small lamps, hung together at differing or identical heights, can look equally wow.

50-60 cm

Typical lamp distance from dining table

50-60 cm

50-60 cm

Typical lamp distance from dining table

Flowers and candles make every day special

Flowers and candles make every day special

The centre of your tabletop is an opportunity! A bunch of fresh flowers or group of small potted plants will bring a little life to the space. And candles, especially in multiple sizes and heights, make every meal even more of a moment to slow down and enjoy.

Little things you love

Little things you love

Move in those smaller, more decorative items that show off who you are. Vases, glassware, porcelain and crockery dishware find a home in the cabinets, so it's all close at hand for daily dinners.

Adding in framed photos or prints, memorabilia and other personal, collected objects creates a one-of-a-kind look.

The scene (and the table) is set

The scene (and the table) is set

Weave the feeling of the space into every detail all the way down to the tableware. Sparkling glasses, wooden serving boards and sandy-glazed dishes stick to the script of natural decor and rich textures. The room is finally ready – and so is dinner!