Not all dining rooms are grandiose spaces, many modern homes have a more relaxed and informal style which suits modern family lifestyle. Cream and whites are great base colours which can make the area or room look and feel light, fresh and airy. Flooring doesn't have to be overly complex – plain flooring actually works incredibly well in small room. Using cheap rugs placed under the table and chairs is the ideal protection for pale coloured carpeting. Make sure the rug is sufficiently large to accommodate the chairs as well; a general rule of thumb is to allow 1ft (30cms) from the chairs when tucked under the table. Walls can also be white or cream. If you're using paint opt for the satin finishes as the soft reflective surface will also make the room lighter. Mirrors and wall art can be used to break-up large expanses of white to give them a more homely look. Your table should be a proportionate size to the room. Keeping with the white theme, paint an existing table for a budget friendly approach rather then buy new. The same applies to chairs, a lick of paint and some comfortable seat pads will be all they need to give them a new lease of life. Give windows a relaxed look by using full length silver curtains or lightweight voile panels. Either will make your window look larger than in reality if you extend the curtain pole or track beyond the actual width of the window. This also means you'll be able to let more light into the room when the curtains are opened as they'll be covering the wall rather than the glass itself. A great aspect for rooms which have sunning shining directly through them. Treat yourself to a modern styled chandelier to bring further chic style into the room. A modern sideboard with wicker basket drawers will also compliment the room and bring a natural and homeliness. Additional touches, such as a vase of fresh seasonal flowers will always make the room look fresh and new, with a table lamp in-situ you'll also have an instant dimmed lighting affect for those special romantic evenings. With informal dining being bang on-trend the sky's the limit and even though the space may be small you'll be able to give it dynamic character which oozes a style which can look stunning in most styles of homes.

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