We know that when you host a holiday dinner—especially Thanksgiving—the pressure is on! This is prime time to impress your friends and family with your incredible dessert-making skills, your winning hospitality and your delicious turkey. But while planning your menu, don’t forget another very important thing: the décor.
With the holiday right around the corner, your dining room is about to be the centerpiece of your home once again. It may be one of the least frequented rooms in your house for most of the year, but with the holiday season creeping up on us it’s time to give your dining room a major refresh.
Fortunately, it’s easy to update your dining room on a budget. We have seven quick and easy fixes that will spruce up your space for very little cash and with DIY flare. Plus, when you shop through Splender.com you’ll discover awesome deals and receive cash back on every purchase!
Update your Walls
One of the most dramatic and inexpensive ways to give your dining room a quick makeover is with a fresh coat of paint or a new wall covering. Since the dining room is a place you want to feel intimate and cozy, try a bold, deep color for your walls. Warm, natural colors are particularly on-trend at the moment, so look to colors like Aurora Red or Potter’s Clay from Pantone’s 2016 Color Report for inspiration. We love this unexpected caramelized shade called Summer Heat by Behr from Home Depot (3% cash back). Pairing bold colors with softer earth tones creates a compelling design.
It’s All in the Details
Make a room feel fresh by adding interesting details on the walls like a photo gallery or an elegant mirror, which creates the illusion of depth in a smaller space and dresses it up a bit.
We also love the idea of adding a bar cart to bring functional style to the dining room. Nothing quite brings people together like a beverage center! If you don’t have space for a larger unit that can store your entertaining dinnerware inside, find a small bar cart that can squeeze into a corner or be brought in and out as needed. Keep the party going with this Metal and Wood Geneva Bar Cart from World Market (6% cash back).
Drape the Table
Now for the main attraction: the dining room table. First and foremost, there’s nothing like a beautiful tablecloth to conceal a worn-out surface or protect a new or valuable table from wear and tear. A linen tablecloth like this one from Crate&Barrel (2% cash back) comes in a wide range of seasonal shades and will be perfect through the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons with just a few slight changes in table décor.
Look to nature for easy, elegant ways to embellish your dining room table. For autumn in particular, consider harvest hues and bright, natural looking arrangements with seasonal touches.
To reflect the festive mood of the evening create an interesting array of pumpkins, gourds, pinecones or candles, which serve as a table-wide centerpiece—a cornucopia of sorts. These iFlicker Elite LED Wax Candles from Michaels Stores (2% cash back) are a great addition to any dining room décor. If florals are more up your alley, try to stay away from pastel colors and create a floral centerpiece fit for the holiday by adding berries or mini pumpkins to an arrangement of red, orange and yellow flowers.
Lighting is particularly important in the dining room. Consider installing dimmers in your dining room so you can adjust the brightness level. In addition to candles, the chandelier is an importance light source and acts as another centerpiece. The Cade Pendant Light from Ashley Furniture (5% cash back) is a celestial style pendant light with candelabra-style bulbs providing a romantic glow.
Invest in Versatile Dinnerware
Less is more. Your dining table doesn’t have to be over the top to be beautiful. A few subtle holiday elements with neutral-colored dinnerware creates a look that’s understated yet elegant.
The other good thing about neutral dinnerware is that it’s versatile enough for all seasons, while simply changing the accessories and color scheme for each holiday. If you already have neutral dinnerware like simple white plates, for example—even better! You can top your plates with bright napkins in deep crimson or gold like this Martha Stewart Collection Harvest Napkin Set and matching placemats from Macy’s (4% cash back) for a splash of rich, fall color.
Take your dining room from just so-so to stylish with these tips to update your dining room on a budget. After utilizing these DIY home décor ideas prepare to behold an extravagant space where you can entertain guests for the holidays or any day. You won’t hesitate to invite guests to gather and enjoy a festive meal any longer!
Don’t let your dining room sit forgotten until Thanksgiving. Shop for all of your dining room essentials with Splender now to create a room you and your guests will fall in love with!