These days, dining rooms are more than just a place for eating. It’s more than just a place where you can entertain guests when they come over for dinner or a little get-together. These days, dining rooms are multipurpose rooms. Families use it as an activity center where parents can do some work, and kids can study or do some arts and crafts.
Redecorating your dining room gives an otherwise single-purpose room a new life. Yet redecorating doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are a few tips that can help you redecorate your dining room on a budget.
Work with what you have. You don’t have to go out and buy a new set of furniture to change the look of your dining room. Using what you already have on hand can help bring a new look. Think of a look you want to achieve, and re-evaluate the pieces that you have on hand. Some furniture can be taken out and replaced by ones in other rooms or perhaps items that were stored. By re-arranging the pieces and bringing in “new” ones, you can create a fresh new approach to your dining area.
Bring in some plants. Bringing in greenery to your dining area gives a big change to the overall atmosphere. Plants help make the room cool, and it also helps lessen the stuffy feeling you often get when you’re in a room for periods of time. The color of plants, particularly if it’s a flowering one, immediately adds life to any room. It’s an inexpensive yet effective way to decorate your dining room — or any room in the house, for that matter.
Go second-hand. Buying new furniture for your dining room doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. Thrift shops and garage sales are excellent sources for furniture that looks good but won’t break your budget. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is true in this case. Just make sure to inspect whatever you’re buying before you pay for it.
Don’t be afraid to DIY. Sometimes you find something in the thrift shop that has potential but doesn’t quite fit the image you have for your room. You’ll be amazed what you can do with a little bit of effort. You can sandpaper old paint off and replace it with a new coat. Or you can take parts of one furniture and combine it with another for a totally new piece. There possibilities are endless.
Use fabric to give a new life to furniture. The beauty of fabrics is that its very versatile as you can shape it in any way you want it to. It comes in a variety of patterns that work well with whatever design you’re planning. Fabric can act as an accent to your cushions, or you can use them to make curtains or draperies. You can also use them to make table runners or table napkins. By having different sets of fabrics, you an immediately change the look of your dining room.
Half of the costs in redecorating goes to labor.
Make your own artwork and decorations. Be creative! Try your hand at painting or photography and put them up on your dining room walls. Why put a Van Gogh print when you can have an original and unique artwork instead? You can also use your dining room to showcase a particular hobby or collection that you have.
Find pieces that have more than one function. Multipurpose furniture saves you space and money. You can get a side table that has drawers where you can place linens or cutlery. If your dining area also functions as a family room, those side drawers can also hold toys or games. If you use it as an office, they can keep your supplies and paperwork. When entertaining guests, the side table can hold extra food or drinks.
Mix and match. Buying whole sets of furniture is costly and creates an orderly look that doesn’t really say anything about your personality. You can have differently designed chairs for each member of the family, or you can have dishware that have different designs. The mismatched items creates a unique look for your dining area and becomes a way for you and your family to practice their creativity.
Repaint your walls. One of the simplest ways you can change your dining room’s look is to repaint your walls (and ceiling, if need be). A fresh coat of paint makes everything look brighter. Or be adventurous and pick a color that you wouldn’t normally pick. For example, your dining room now is most beige and brown, punch it up with reds or oranges.
Get your family and friends to help. Half of the costs in redecorating goes to labor. While certain things like wiring or woodworking may need more experienced hands, simple tasks like repainting or varnishing are things you can do on your own. It’s a great way to engage the family or community. Serving some simple snacks, or doing a similar favor in return is often the only repayment people ask. Don’t overlook the kindness of others to help progress your project.
Let your imagination flow. Think of all the possibilities you can do with your dining room and don’t be afraid to find ways that you can achieve them without overspending.