As the holidays approach and your entertaining ramps up, there’s no better excuse for a dining room makeover. We’re not talking about putting up new walls or even painting the ones you’ve got – just some important tweaks in your décor that will transform your space into something that draws people in and makes them never want to leave.

A simple reassessment and adjustment of furniture, seating, or lighting can give your dining room an inviting new dimension. Whether it’s formal and underused or a place where family gather often, here’s how to make the most of your space.


Rectangular tables are most common in larger, formal dinging rooms while round tables lend a more conversational and casual vibe. Whatever your configuration, make sure to allow 42”- 48” of space between the table edge and the wall for excellent flow and chair movement. If you’re feeling a bit cramped, oval tables usually seat the same number of people as rectangular ones but save space.

TIP: As you add a layer of warmth with a table runner and decorative accessories, remember the rule of threes: groupings in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective in creating interest as your eyes move around the arrangement.


If a lengthy, leisurely meal with family and friends is your happy place, nice chairs are worth the investment. The more comfortable your chairs, the longer your people will linger around the table. For maximum comfort, leave 24” to 30” for each dining space. And if you’d like to soften wooden chairs, use the throw pillows you normally keep in the living room.

TIP: For round tables, measure the diameter and multiply it by 3.14 and divide by 24. The solution to this formula is the ideal number of chairs for your table.


These days, it’s quite common for a dining room to be located in an open concept great room. If that’s the case for you, a rug will help it maintain its identity between the kitchen and dining room.

TIP: Rugs also help with sound control which can positively affect the enjoyment of dinnertime conversation.


The chandelier is often what makes the room. A good rule of thumb when picking out lighting is that it should be half to three quarters the length of your table. An alternative criterion is to add the length and width of your room in feet and translate that to inches for the optimal size of a chandelier. For example, if your room is 8’ x 12’, a 20” chandelier would fit nicely.

TIP: When dimming the lights, find the sweet spot between setting the mood and seeing your food!

If you’re building a brand new look or sprucing up what you’ve got, consider these design ideas. May your conversation be rich and your dining room warm – not just when company’s coming, but every day.

For those of you who would appreciate some extra guidance, allow our decorators to help you design where you dine. Call us today! (707) 568-4044