When it comes to gatherings of family and friends, the dining room is almost always the venue for these happy reunions. It is the place where good food is served, after all, and we all know that good food comes with good company.
You may, however, have reservations about entertaining visiting family and friends in your dining room for valid reasons. For example, the dining room requires design upgrades that may not be in your budget at present. The good news is that design upgrades can still be made with the use of soft furnishings, which are easy on the pockets, easy to install, and easy on the eyes. Here are a few examples that you can try.
Place Trimmings on the Edges:
Even vintage tablecloth handed down from your great-grandma can be updated inexpensively, thanks to the wide variety of trimmings available. Think of crochet edgings, lace trimmings, and even pom-poms for a sense of fun.
Your job is to make sure that these trimmings will complement the existing design of the tablecloth being updated. For example, cream lace trimmings will add a romantic touch to a vintage tablecloth in a similar hue. The idea of adding trimmings can also be applied on window shades, curtains and drapes as well as on the slip covers on the chairs. Just be careful not to overdo it as there are only too many trimmings that any room can take before the look passes into tacky territory.
Unify or Divide Spaces:
In cases when the kitchen and the dining room are in one general area of the house, there are two choices, namely, unify or separate. Each option requires a different approach in the use of soft furnishings from cheap rugs on the floor to the curtains on the window. On one hand, establishing a sense of unity between the kitchen and the dining room can be achieved by using the same curtains on the windows but the rugs used are different. Large rugs can echo the specific theme for each area, thus, making each area retain a sense of distinctiveness from the other.
On the other hand, maintaining a sense of separateness between the two can be as simple as using curtains with different colours or patterns. For example, teal curtains on both areas can be the same hue but the prints are different, say, fruit prints for the kitchen to echo the basket of fruits on the counter and then flower prints for the dining area to reflect the flowers on the table.