Halloween is over, and we’re now in full holiday mode. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that dining room that you’ve been using as a place to store things, or for the kids to play in is soon going to be used to host your family. It’s time to start considering an update to the room that brings everyone together.
Start your design plan with the rest of your home in mind. You may currently be on the farmhouse bandwagon, but if the rest of your home is decorated in a contemporary or traditional fashion, the two different styles won’t make sense. Unless you plan to do a full house redux, stick to the same design as in the rest of your home as a starting point for your dining room.
When it comes to color therapy, there are some colors that scintillate the senses, and some that turn them off. Gray for instance, isn’t much of a hunger trigger, but yellow and orange are (hence why all the fast food restaurants of yore would use those colors to subconsciously make you choose and want their food). You can use gray with either tone if you want to inject that in décor or seat covers, just not in your overall look.
Blue is a calming color, so you may want to use it in small doses as well. Green evokes nature and health. This is a great color to pair with blue or yellow. Whatever colors you choose, try to stay within a three-color scheme. Too many colors will make the room look busy and not very appetizing.
It’s time to start thinking flooring! Hardwood floors look elegant and sophisticated in your dining room, whether you choose dark, light, or anything in between. Hardwood is durable and easy to clean.
If hardwood is a little out of your budget, you can choose a lower-cost alternative such as laminate flooring. There are so many different choices and patterns to choose from, you’ll certainly find one that matches your overall design.
Carpeting is warm and inviting, and insulates sound. A patterned carpet looks luxurious and attractive in a dining room. A patterned carpet is also good at hiding stains.
Do yourself a favor and check out all of the different style choices in cork flooring. It’s as durable as hardwood, yet softer underfoot and gives your room the warmth you may want to evoke. Because of its unique look, it may be difficult to blend with the rest of your home, unless you’re going for a distinct and different design.
If you’re not sure where to start, schedule an appointment with one of our designers. We will walk you through step by step in selecting the right look for your room to give your guests over the holidays something to really talk about!