Technically, I did some half-assed decorating of my dining area when I first moved in. I tried a few versions of wall art that just didn’t work. I came to realize the round table didn’t work either. Feeling lost, I took a hiatus from my dining room decorating mission.
When I jumped back into the project, I brainstormed ways I could make the dining area feel less sterile and complementary to my living area. Originally, I was going to add the same colors in this space with accessories and wall art. However, this still left the space feeling disjointed.
That’s when I decided to paint the walls the same aqua in the living room, Opal Silk by Behr. And so the L-shaped living room accent wall was no more. Behold the difference this color made:
I still created a small gallery wall. Since I had other plans for wall art in the living room, I used several of the same pieces in my previous living room gallery wall. To camouflage the oddly placed thermostat and smoke detector, I made them part of the gallery wall. They’re much less noticeable now that they’re part of an ensemble.
Another way I distinguished this area from the living room was with a pendant lamp. Hanging a pendant lamp over your dining area is a great way to anchor the space in an open floorplan. My inspiration was to create a DIY version of this pendant:
Instead, I changed up the plan so the lampshade wouldn’t make the space feel too busy. I still wanted to add silver and texture with the lampshade, but instead wrapped some silvery yarn around it. This yarn, Patons Metallic in Platinum, is so soft and doesn’t look or feel like your typical yarn. I used just over one skein on this IKEA NYMÖ/HEMMA pendant lamp.
Texture always has a major role in my playbook, so I used this in multiple places throughout the dining area. To give the space some formality, I chose a simple linen-look tablecloth from Target. I embellished the edges with a tiny pom-pom trim for interest.
The table is actually an IKEA desk, made with the ADILS/LINNMON components. When you’re on a tight budget, this desk is a fantastic alternative to a dining table. It’s not big but is just right for two people. Someday in the future, I may spring for a larger table.
More texture was added with plants and natural accessories. Through the wall pass-through into the kitchen, I placed several houseplants. I love how they add to the earthy, natural vibe.
For the glass arrangements, I placed river rocks on top of the soil to make the plants more aesthetic. I chose plants that require little water since there is no drainage. Especially the succulent in the Mason jar– it’s actually fake! I employed some of my fave tips to decorating with artificial plants with this arrangement.
Even after adding a huge dose of color to the walls, I still wanted more. So I sewed up my easy envelope covers for pillows on the chairs. I used fabric in a peppy, mod print that coordinates with the entire room makeover.
All in all, I spent about $100 on this makeover. I was able to save money on things I already had, like the wall art, chairs, and pillows. The expense came from the “table,” tablecloth, yarn, lamp, one of the houseplants, paint, and fabric. Not too shabby for a wee budget.
It’s so nice to have a beautiful space to eat now. A dining area makes eating a more authentic and enjoyable experience, which is especially needed during my weight loss journey. Stay tuned for more as I complete my living room makeover!
Have you put off decorating a room in your home? Do you have a formal dining area that you use often? Have you decorated in with unique items?