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How to add a finishing flourish to your dining room

Image of the cosy dining room of @cathymcgovern_carrowlane

How to add a finishing flourish to your dining room

Looking for inspiration for your dining room? Feast your eyes on the magnificent seven shown here. Follow in their footsteps to transform your space from functional to fabulous. And best of all, you don’t need a big budget to achieve it.

1. Add a rug

A fabulous rug under the dining table will add a layer of texture and colour to the room. This is particularly effective in an open-plan kitchen-dining room: popping a rug under the table is a simple way to zone the floor in a large space.

2. Set the scene

When appealing to the visual senses, don’t forget the walls of your dining room. Source artwork that’ll not only add character to the room but also be a conversation starter for guests.

3. Mirror mirror

If you’re investing in a mirror for your dining space, think about where you’re hanging it and what it’ll reflect. For instance, a view of the garden or – in the case of Kimberly Duran of @swoothworthyblog (below) – a fabulous pendant is better than a blank wall.

4. Celebrate in style

Take your meal from mundane to magical with a few finishing touches. For example, coloured glasses and tableware with beautiful detailed edging add an exotic touch to the table. Alternatively, mix and match favourite pieces to inject your personality into your dining space.

5. Indulge in candlelight

Candlelight creates a cosy feel in your dining room. When you’re choosing what to put your candles in, consider a mix of shapes and sizes (candlesticks and hurricane vases, for example). Just make sure you allow plenty of room for serving.

6. Add instant wow factor

An essential of the dining table has to be a great centrepiece. This can be candelabra, a floral display or a collection of objects with varying heights. All will add interest and drama to your dining space. The beauty of these finishing touches is that they can be easily changed up to suit the theme of the meal or occasion.

Design note: the centrepiece of your dining table doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. It can be handmade, homemade or simply a jug of fresh flowers. Whatever you do, keep it low so that guests can talk to each other over it!

7. Showcase your style

Make sure your dining table says something about you! Table accessories express personality, so pick up pieces that catch your eye. When you travel, for example, commit to bringing back one gorgeous thing – perhaps a spoon, a salt cellar or a bowl.

Featured image: Cathy McGovern (@cathymcgovern_carrowlane) has made her dining table a festive treat.

Want more? Make sure you don’t miss our guide to what to ask when designing your dining space.