Looking to decorate your living room? If you are reading this, I'm assuming the answer is yes. There's no denying the fact that the dining room is an important extension of your home. As such, you should decorate it with the appropriate colors and furnishings. Here are five rules to follow when decorating your living room.
Avoid All-Black Color Schemes
It's best to avoid using an all-black color scheme in your dining room. While it may seem harmless enough, all black has a tendency to make areas feel smaller and more confined. You can still use other dark colors in your living room, but you shouldn't use an all-black color scheme for this reason.
Highlight the Dining Table
Every room has a central focal point, and the dining room is no exception. In most cases, the dining table is the focal point, in which case it's best to highlight this feature. Make the dining table the "standout" element in your dining room, drawing attention to it with the use of accessories like place mats, centerpieces, votive candles, etc.
Don't Forget the Walls
What decorative accessories do you intend to use on the walls? One of the great things about decorating the dining room is that you can use an entirely different theme than the rest of your home. Even if your living room is decorated in modern elements, for instance, it's perfectly fine to use a rustic theme in your dining room. Regardless of which theme you intend to use, however, make sure it's reflected through the use of wall decor
Embrace Natural Light
If your dining room has windows -- and it probably does -- why not use them to embrace natural sunlight? We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that natural sunlight is typically the preferred choice over artificial light. It's cheaper, more readily available, and some may argue that it even looks better. So, try opening the blinds and pulling back the curtains to allow more natural sunlight into your dining room?
When decorating your dining room, consider how your efforts affect the flow of energy. Going back to the principle of Feng Shui, it's best to maintain a delicate balance in which all of the decorations and furnishings flow together in a cohesive manner.
Watch the Clutter
One all-too-common mistake that homeowners make is cluttering the dining room with unnecessary furnishings and items. Being that the dining room isn't used as much today as it once was, some homeowners simply use it to store their extra furnishings. In doing so, they turn this area of their home into a cluttered mess.