Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ve put the finishing touches on our dining room and I’m so excited to share!
What was once a dark two-tone brown space with a gaudy chandelier, is now one of my favorite spots in our entire home. Thanks to several coats of paint & fabulous decor, of course! I’ve teamed up with At Home today to share our “dining room reveal” and give a few tips on what makes an airy & inviting space for dinnertime, on a budget too!
1. Start with a specific color palette.
We chose gray with shades of white, blue, brown & black. Our dining room is part of an open concept floor plan and sits right in between the kitchen and living room. Having the colors work with the rest of the house was key. A can or two of light gray paint was an affordable (and basically life-changing) update to the space.
And I can’t tell ya’ll how obsessed I am with these blue & white vases from At Home. They were both less than $20 each! (Serious steal!!!) They tie in the colors from our table setting and also go with quite a few of the accents we have in our kitchen & living room too.
2. Make Sure Your Chairs Fit Your Table.
We’ve had this small dining room table for years. It’s been perfect for just the two of us. To update the look for our new home, we replaced our chairs with these mid-century modern ones from At Home. (Still can’t get over that they were only $59 a pop!)
A good rule of thumb when picking out chairs to go with your table is to subtract 12″ from the height of your table. Take that number and you’ve got the best seat height for your table.
3. Add a statement light.
One of the best decisions we made was replacing the chandelier that came with the house with this $25 pendant shade. The difference between the two was night & day! When hanging a light fixture above your table, the bottom should fall no more than 30″-34″ inches above the surface.
4. Mix & Match Your Dishes.
If you’re cooking for one, two, four, or ten – don’t stress about having to have enough matching dishes for every guest at your table. I think mismatched pieces are half the fun!
No matter the occasion, I like to always start with white plates. I’ll grab whichever colorful bowls & napkins I think fit the occasion and then mix them about the table setting. The trick to making it all look cohesive, while eclectic at the same time, is to try to stay somewhat in the same color family or style. Of course, I picked shades of blue!
5. Have a Backup Plan for Additional Guests.
We keep an accent chair at the ready for any additional guests that might pop by. This ghost chair is only $99 at At Home. I’ve been on the hunt for an affordable ghost chair for AGES and couldn’t believe it when I saw this price tag!
I miiiight just have to get another one for a potential 6th guest, right?! 😉
6. Serve Drinks Nearby.
This storage chest turned “buffet table” acts as a mini-bar, thanks to this handy silver tray. (Only $12 from At Home!) Depending on the occasion, we’ll fill our decanters with whatever it is we’re serving and pull out the appropriate glassware. This way wine bottles and decanters don’t crowd the table and guests can choose whatever it is they want to drink.
Lately, it’s been bourbon for Patrick & La Croix for me! But I have a feeling it will be mostly red wine over there in 2.5 months. Oh cabernet sauvignon, I’ve missed you so!
7. Add a Personal Touch.
Whether it be a photo of your family, a portrait of your pup or a picture of your favorite travel destination, your dining room is the perfect place to show off your personality. We snapped the framed photo above on our honeymoon and had it printed on blueprint paper for less than $5! We dropped it in a frame and voila – a large piece of art that looks great in the space with added meaning to us too!
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m seven and half months pregnant (and eating at the coffee table just doesn’t work anymore) or if it’s because I’m obsessed with our new dining room, but Patrick and I have been eating almost all of our meals here lately! Before we moved, we always ate on the couch, in front of the TV. Even if it was a pretty fancy meal. It was how we liked to unwind, plus we’re Netflix addicts. No shame.
But these recent dinners at our table have been SO much more fun. Sometimes we’ll stay seated and chat with each other long after we’ve finished eating too. It’s become something I look forward to at the end of each day and I’m so thankful for this fresh & chic space for giving us that!
In the end, you really don’t have to spend a lot to update a space in your home, thanks to At Home. This home decor superstore is literally so big you can (and most likely will) get lost inside when visiting. At Home offers everything you’d need to transform your home into something both comfortable and beautiful.
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Photos by Lauren Rathbun Photography
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