7 Ways To Make Your Dining Room Look Expensive

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More often than not, formal dining rooms don’t get the attention they deserve, but a few quick (and cheap) updates will do a world of good.

1. Eschew The Expected. A plain wooden dining table surrounded by matching chairs may be the easiest way to furnish a dining room, but it is also the least impactful. Instead of settling for a matching set, bring in stylish chairs that complement your table, but aren’t exactly the same style. If you’re really feeling daring, choose a sumptuous fabric like velvet for the seats.

2. Make At Least One Bold Choice. Whether you choose to paint your walls in a surprising hue, or you’d rather make a statement with metallic accessories, the dining room is the perfect place to take a chance — especially if you don’t use the space every day.

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3. Show Off Your Favourite Serving Pieces. Don’t keep your heirloom dishes and beautiful dining accessories hidden in a back cabinet. Integrate them into your dining room design, either on your table or a nearby sideboard, to finally give them their chance to shine.

4. Emulate Your Favourite Restaurant. Nothing beats having a fancy meal at a beloved destination, but you can easily recreate that same feeling in your own home. Keep your lights dim — no harsh fluorescent bulbs — to create a romantic vibe that makes every meal feel like a special occasion.

5. Add a Statement Chandelier. A glamorous chandelier hanging directly over the table does wonders for an otherwise bare-bones space. If you only splurge on one thing in your dining room, this should be it.

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6. Create an Artistic Focal Point. Put the finishing touches on your dining room by bringing in eye-catching artwork.  A gallery wall, or even a large-scale piece of art, will make the room feel complete, and add an extra layer of aesthetic appeal.

7. Find the Perfect Rug. A beautifully designed rug is the perfect way to anchor a room. It adds visual interest, and gives you a reference point on which to arrange the rest of your furniture.

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