The Boyertown Area Times

Make a dining room more elegant for entertaini­ng


The kitchen may be the heart of a home, but when it comes to entertaini­ng, a dining room — if one is present in a house — tends to be the prime gathering spot for meals. Dining rooms may not be top on the list of spaces to renovate, as they tend to be used infrequent­ly. But a dining room makeover may still be a worthy endeavor.

Here are some simple ways to make the dining room more elegant and functional.

Clear out the clutter

The first step toward improving a dining room eating area is to remove any extraneous items from the space. If the dining room table is not used very often, it likely has become a catch-all for other items, such as bills, newspapers or kids’ homework. Rather than using the dining space as a makeshift office or homework station, invest in a rolling cart to store those papers and other items. Simply roll it into a closet or another room when it’s time to host a party.

Hang a statement light

Few decorative items add as much drama and ambiance to a dining space as a new overhead light. People hear chandelier and think a bejeweled or crystal design. But various chandelier styles can fit the aesthetic of a home. The light will be a focal point and instantly make the dining area more elegant. Install the light on a dimmer to adjust the illuminati­on as needed to set the mood.

Invest in new linens

Purchase coordinati­ng table linens that will be used for special occasions. A decorative table cloth or table runner coupled with cloth napkins and placemats helps to set the scene of the dinner party.

Add a piece of artwork

Many modern homeowners have eschewed the China cabinet that once was standard in dining rooms. Rather than a bulky piece of furniture, a large piece of statement-making artwork or framed photos over a more minimalist­ic buffet table or small service bar is preferable. Choose artwork that complement­s the colors in the space.

Include a centerpiec­e

Centerpiec­es add sophistica­tion to the table and tie into the event. Floral arrangemen­ts, a bowl or basket of fruit,

pine cones or greens from outdoors, or collectibl­es like shells in a tall canister can serve as centerpiec­es.

There are many simple ways to dress up dining spaces and make them more elegant.

 ?? METRO CREATIVE ?? Hanging a statement light and adding a centerpiec­e are ways to add appeal to your dining room.
METRO CREATIVE Hanging a statement light and adding a centerpiec­e are ways to add appeal to your dining room.

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