The dining room furniture was a hand-me-down, which like most hand-me-down's, often not loved, but useful. The actual furniture itself is solid wood, but dated (80's era). It is a large set, with a matching china cabinet.
The room itself is fairly small, with one large doorway opening, another small doorway that leads to the kitchen, and a large double window, leaving only one wall.
Our goal was to make this a comfortable, well-liked space, that would be a joy to be in. A dining room should be an oasis in the home, where the family can slow down from their hectic lives, enjoy good food, good conversation, and nourishment.
Ideally we would want to either replace or update the dining room furniture. When it is not practical to replace an item, you can enhance an item.
We first updated the furniture, painting it a soft gray, which updated the furniture - bye-bye 80's! The once over-whelming china cabinet now serves as a focal point. With the hardwood floors, and blinds on the window, we had an overabundance of the wood element. After the paint changes, the room felt more balanced with the presence of metal.
Second, we introduced more earth. Brown pillows were added to the extra chairs, which "softens" the room. Matching brown silk curtains frame the window now. The room instantly feels cozier, encouraging the haven we are aiming for. Fabric is an easy way to soften a hard space.
Since the room opens from the foyer, we added doorway molding for a visual separation of space.
Oranges serve as a delicious and welcoming centerpiece on the table, inviting diners into the space.