Not all homes are designed with large, spacious dining rooms. Many feature small dining rooms or even kitchen-dining room combo areas. With limited space in these areas, it's often difficult to create an attractive, functional dining space. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that it can't be done. With a little work, you can decorate a small dining room to enhance your home's appearance while creating a more functional dining space in the process.
Use a Circular or Square Table
Why should you use a circular or square dining table? Well, they are smaller and, therefore, better suited for small dining rooms than rectangular tables. You can easily fit a small circular or square dining table into an otherwise small dining room. The only downside is that you may be limited to using just place mats. Assuming no more than four people eat at the table at any given time, though, this shouldn't be a problem.
Avoid Dark Colors
We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that decorating any room or area -- the dining room included -- with dark colors creates the perception of a smaller and more confined area. If your dining room already has limited space, decorating it with black or other dark colors will have a negative impact by creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Instead of using dark colors, decorate your dining room with bright colors so that it feels more open and spacious.
Hang a Mirror
In addition to using bright colors in the decor, another decorating trick to make your dining room look and feel larger is to hang a mirror on the wall. It may sound silly, but mirrors are an invaluable element in a room's decor. They help to fill voided areas on the wall with a new aesthetically pleasing element, and they also create the appearance of a larger space. You see, mirrors reflect the surrounding environment. Therefore, hanging a mirror in your otherwise small dining room will make it look and feel larger -- and that's exactly what you should strive for when decorating your dining room.
Don't Clutter It
The most important tip to follow when decorating a small dining room is not to clutter it. You can typically squeeze in a small dining table and chairs, but you may not have much space for other furniture. And stuffing too many pieces of furniture in your dining room will make it look and feel smaller, so avoid making this mistake.