If you have a separate dining room (as opposed to a dining area that’s part of your living room or kitchen), you might find that it gets rather neglected. You probably don’t use it that often, and therefore it can feel cold and unloved. You might not even like it because of that, so you use it less than you want to.
There are things you can do to change this, however. You can make your dining room into a stunning place where you and your family want to spend time. This is great because it means you can use it a lot more and enjoy some lovely family meals (this is a positive thing in terms of bonding, for example). With that in mind, here are some ways to make your dining room feel cozy.
Choose The Right Colors
Sometimes it’s good to go with color trends – right now, that means painting everything gray and white – but that’s not always the case. In fact, when it comes to your dining room, it could be a very bad idea. That’s because when you simply follow the current color fad, you aren’t thinking about the use of the room and you’re not injecting any of your personality into the space.
If you want to have a cozy living room, the best thing you can do is to paint the walls warm colors such as taupe, orange, or a lilac and gray mix. These are gorgeously warming and cozy colors to use, and they will make your dining room feel amazing. It can be hard to choose precisely what color is best, which is why turning to this useful colour scheme guide is a good idea. It will help you understand what color is best for your space and how to use it most effectively.
Decorate With Flowers
Adding some flowers to a room is something that anyone can do, and it costs very little (it really depends on your budget – even picking flowers from the backyard can make a difference, and that costs nothing at all). Of course, you can go all out and decorate with huge bouquets, but that’s down to personal preference; you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, as just one vase of flowers can make the difference you are looking for and ensure your dining room feels cozy.
Not only do flowers add an additional burst of color to a room, but they automatically make a space feel loved and comfortable. They smell great, look beautiful, and they show that you have taken care of the room – this all adds up to a cozy, comfortable feel.
As well as ‘standard’ flowers, you can choose some different elements as well to make the space more interesting. These ideas include:
- Pampas grass
- Dried flowers
Do whatever it is that makes you happy, and the room will certainly feel like a better space to spend time in.
Add A Rug
Rugs look lovely. That’s a good start. However, they can do so much more than just look good; they can make all the difference in a room, and that includes making your dining room look so cozy.
Some people even find that rugs are the ideal starting point when it comes to deciding on their home décor. In other words, they’ll find a rug they love and then use that as the basis on which everything else is designed and thought of. That will depend a lot on your rug, of course, but whichever way you do it (whether it’s using the rug as inspiration or finding a rug that fits with your aesthetic), it will certainly make things cozier.
A rug can help to define a space, but they also add a layering effect which is highly thought of when it comes to adding cozy elements in rooms.
One thing to remember when buying a rug for your dining room is that assuming you’re putting it under the dining table, it has to be large enough to cover the area of both the table and chairs. In that way, when people push their chairs back or pull them in, they won’t get caught on the edges of the rug.
As we’ve said, a rug is a great idea, and it will look good if you place it on a carpet (as long as the colors and patterns don’t clash, that is). However, rugs can often look even better if they are placed on wooden flooring. Since this type of flooring is also a cozy thing to have, it’s well worth considering it for your dining room.
A quality wooden floor will make your dining room feel warmer, look more inviting, offer it lots of character, and it can even add value to your home if that’s something you are interested in doing.
We did mention high quality, and this is important. There are cheap versions of wooden flooring around, but it’s best to stick with engineered hardwood to really give yourself the look you want. Oak is a great example of something that will work in a dining room; it looks warm and cozy and it’s hard-wearing, so it’s very resistant to scratches and dents.