Ready to change your dining room style? Start with a new dining table.

Dining rooms can be designed in a variety of different styles and sizes, but most have at least one important thing in common: they are all defined by a dining table.

Photo Credit: Monarch Specialties

Photo Credit: Monarch Specialties

If you’re ready to change up your dining room style and give it a new look, you’ll want to start with buying the right table. The choices you make regarding a table’s shape, design and color can have a huge impact on the room’s overall style and can help set the tone you were hoping to achieve.

Consider these four dining room styles:

Traditional – If you prefer a more traditional dining room look, find a table with styling characteristics to match. Traditional dining tables do not have to be a particular shape, but rectangular and round tables are common. You will also want to look for tables with rich wood finishes and ornate detailing like carved legs.

Traditional Dining Table Bellacor Number 397321

Traditional Dining Table Bellacor Number 397321

Contemporary – If you want a no-fuss living room, then a modern style table is for you. Minimalist lines without any ornate detailing are features you will want to look for in a modern table. Contemporary tables are often made from metals and feature a glass tabletop. If you have kids and the thought of glass tables scares you, then sleek wooden tables also work just fine.

Modern Dining Table. Bellacor #832353

Modern Dining Table. Bellacor #832353

Rustic/country – A nice country style dining room is easy to achieve with tables that have distressed or weathered wood. So instead of looking for that perfectly crafted table, you’ll want a table with some imperfections. Chipped finishes or a chunky appearance give the table character, which is perfect for a country style dining room.

Rustic Dining Room Table. Bellacor #736463

Rustic Dining Room Table. Bellacor #736463

Transitional – If you can’t choose between a contemporary or traditional style dining room, go transitional. A transitional style combines traditional and contemporary characteristics to create a more casual look. For example, if a table has a rich Cherry finish mixed with sleek lines, it is considered to be transitional. This style is perfect if you prefer a more laid-back environment.

Transitional Dining Table. Bellacor #753390

Transitional Dining Table. Bellacor #753390

What dining room style do you want to create? Once you’ve determined the style, simply find a dining table to match!

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

PaintColor samplesIf you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color.

While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and maintains the right atmosphere throughout. Don’t forget about the lighting in the room as this will change how your color appears. Natural vs. electric light sources and the type they are – task, general, or ambient lighting will effect the color outcome.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a room you likely spend a lot of time in, and it’s one where you probably spend time relaxing and feeling the pressure to get things done when entertaining or cooking for family. That’s why light and color is so important in this space.

You can’t go wrong with brighter colors in most kitchens, including colors like yellow, crisp white and even certain more saturated shades of colors like orange and cream, like the one below from Access Lighting. After all, the most important part of choosing a color for your kitchen is making sure it helps open up the space and give it energy, not enclose it.

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Living Room

How you pick a color for your living room really depends on the type of living room you’re working with. A formal space need something different than a casual area where you spend time with family.

For a formal living room, choosing neutral colors that are soothing and refined like chocolate, cream, navy and beige are often ideal. For a room where you spend time with family those same colors can work, but you might want to soften the palate a bit and go for something a bit more playful – a royal blue instead of navy, perhaps.

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that you want to feel elegant yet comfortable, so paint color plays an important role in pulling off that effect. In most cases you’ll want to work with more neutral colors in the dining room, and colors like crème, beige and even shades of green or navy can work well.

However, for a more playful space, choosing lighter, less saturated colors like pastels can also work, especially if you live in a coastal region or nature is close at hand.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a space where you should be spending time relaxing and unwinding from stressful days. While many people use their bed as a second office, that isn’t the atmosphere you want to cultivate.

When picking out colors for your master bedroom, relaxation should be what you have in mind. Deep, saturated colors that are dark can help provide that – colors like deep greens or a plum/eggplant color. However, you can also choose softer colors like buttercream and even eggshell whites if you prefer a lighter space and still get the relaxing feeling you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are all about getting ready for your day, but more and more, people are using them as a space to relax. If that’s you, choose natural earth tones for your bathroom and really focus on finding a color that feels natural and actually appears in nature.

If you spend most of the time in your bathroom rushing and getting ready, choose bright white, yellow or even a fun shade of green. What’s important for you is good lighting and not making the space feel claustrophobic.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can feel ridiculously complicated, but the good news is that there really isn’t a right answer. While these suggestions can be helpful, anything that feels good to you is likely a wonderful decision for your home.

When picking paint, you’ll also want to consider the style of your home. A dining room in a home with Caribbean accents usually won’t want the same paint color as a home with Spanish revival details, so make sure you take that into consideration as well.

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10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

Do you have everything you need to complete the look of your dining room? Consider these 10 must-have items and give your dining room a stylish, put-together look.
1. The right-sized dining table: When picking out a dining table, consider how much space you have and how many people you need to sit. Do you have a small family, but like to entertain? Size-adjusting tables often come in handy when you need some flexibility.

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2. Chairs that make a statement: Dining chairs are more than a place to sit. They can also revamp your room’s interior design and give it a more interesting style! Look for chairs that really stand out and add some visual interest to your dining room. If you have room, remember that you may also have side chairs or accent chairs, not just dining room chairs.

3. A buffet or china cabinet: If you have enough space in the dining room, a stylish buffet or china cabinet can be very useful. Use either to store dishware, display decorative items or to serve food.

4. A beautiful rug: A large area rug will add warmth to your dining room and make it cozier. Make sure the rug is large enough so that people can scoot their chairs without damaging the hardwood floor.

5. A stand out chandelier: Whether your dining room is formal or not, a chandelier can have a dramatic impact. Install a chandelier that matches your dining room’s style – you’ll be amazed at the difference one light fixture can make!

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6. Dimmers: Depending on the time of day and the occasion, you may want to change the lighting. Dimmers allow you to create the exact mood you want at any given time.

7. Stylish linens: From the tablecloth to the place-settings, stylish linens can play a big part in your dining room’s interior design. Be sure to consider them carefully so they match the overall style of the room.

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8. Chic drapes: Whether you have several windows or a bay window, use drapes as a window treatment. Drapes covering the windows are a great way to add a soft elegance and some color to the dining room.

9. A simple, yet elegant centerpiece: Candles and flowers make a sophisticated centerpiece that looks great in any dining room.

10.  Interesting wall décor: Don’t forget to decorate your walls! Abstract artwork and mirrors will add just the right amount of unique interest to your room.

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Ready to update your dining room’s design? Give it a complete look by adding these 10 must-have items.

The benefits of hanging a chandelier

Many homeowners, maybe including you, tend to think of chandeliers as being “too fancy” or over-the-top; light fixtures that wouldn’t fit in with their home’s style or design. Because of this notion, you probably have never even considered hanging up a chandelier in your home. If that’s the case, then it’s time to learn a little bit more about the benefits of hanging a chandelier and why you should consider one for your home. A chandelier:

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Saves space

Decorating a room to look more appealing can be tricky if you’re working with limited space. If you hang up a chandelier, however, you can add style and visual appeal without making a room more cramped! Even really tiny spaces like walk-in closets can use a chandelier and you’ll still have all of the space you need for clothes and shoes.

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Adds more impact

Whether the chandelier is modern, formal or casual, it is able to capture attention in a way that many other light fixtures can’t. Being the center of attention is no small feat, but chandeliers easily create a focal point in any room. Whether it is their unique design or soft, elegant glow, chandeliers bring a room to life and illuminate the rest of the room to look more appealing.

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Can fit in with different styles and designs

Chandeliers have come a long way in design and function. While chandeliers in the past were just for formal areas like the dining room or grand foyer, they have now expanded into new territory. With so many different styles of chandeliers, you can hang one in any room of your home! All you have to do is match the style of chandelier with the style of your room.

Whether a room requires the traditional formal chandelier, a unique modern style or a casual fixture design, you can be sure to find the perfect chandelier to enhance and transform your space. If you’re stuck with the notion that chandeliers can only be fancy, it’s time to form a new opinion. Take advantage of the benefits newer chandeliers have to offer and install one – or more – in your home!

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The Perfect Holiday Open House: Decorating Made Easy

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Hosting an open house for the holidays this year? Bellacor can help you get ready! Hosting a holiday open house is a great way to celebrate the magical season with all of your friends and family. Decorating your entire home to look festive, however, can seem like a daunting task — especially if you have a big home or limited time. Lucky for you, the whole house doesn’t need to be decorated! You can lessen the workload and make decorating simple this year by focusing your attention on these three areas:

Front Home Exterior

Welcome guests into your home with festive greenery outside of the house. You can hang up a wreath on the front door, or set up holiday planters on the front porch steps. If the open house is in the evening, consider hanging up a string of lights on the roof or wrap lights around any bushes you might have. Christmas lights instantly present a holiday look.

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Tables

Like most parties, your open house will probably revolve around the food and drinks being served. Decorate the tables where people will be spending most of their time. If you’ve set out larger serving tables, you probably won’t have much room to add any centerpieces. There will probably be too much delicious food! To make the serving table decorative, simply cover it with a festive table cloth and offer guests holiday plates and napkins. Holiday Mug and plate set

Since people will be coming and going throughout the party, you won’t be able to decorate the dining room table with plates and silverware. To keep your table from looking bare, place a large holiday centerpiece or by simply adding some beautiful candles and a candle lantern or holder that you can utilize the rest of the year.

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Living Room

The living room is probably where most people will spend time mingling, so take time to add a few festive décor pieces here and there. You might already have a Christmas tree set up, but you can also decorate table surfaces or hang up lights around the room. Any holiday figurines or holiday plants like poinsettias you have can be brought into the living room! If you have a fireplace, then make a fire! It will instantly make the room cozier.

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Open houses are meant to be fun for everybody! This year, just add a few decorative touches here and there and you’ll be prepared for the perfect open house.

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Create a cozy room with a throw

Winter’s approaching which means it’s time to bundle up and get cozy! Even if you live in an area where snow storms are unheard of, warming up your interior design is a great way to combat the dropping temperatures and feel snug in your home.

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

 

Creating a cozy environment doesn’t require you to spring for a new set of furniture. All you have to do is accessorize what you already have with a throw or two! Unlike the regular blankets you cover up in at night, a throw blanket is generally smaller and is meant to be used as décor. Of course, you can still use a throw (if it’s large enough) to cuddle up while watching a movie or whenever you need that extra layer of warmth.

 

Try using a throw in one of these three rooms:

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The living room is where people most often use throw blankets — it’s a place where family members like to relax and get comfortable. Drape a throw over one of your couches or chairs for added visual appeal and comfort. How you choose to fold and drape the throw blanket depend on its size and design, as well as the couch. Some have patterns that you’ll want to feature while others can be used to add a pop of color.

Throw blankets don’t have to be placed on the couch. If your wall is a little bare, hang up a decorative throw as if it were a piece of artwork. Throws that have a fringed edge are especially good for this purpose.

 

Bedroom

Your bed already has a comforter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate it with a throw! If your bedspread is white or just lacking a fun design, fold a throw and hang it across the end of the bed. This simple addition will give your bedspread a whole new look.

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Dining room

Yes, you can use a throw even in the dining room! Simply switch out your table cloth for a throw made in warm colors to create a cozy dinner environment. Keep in mind that the blanket will eventually get stained so don’t use a throw that you want to have forever.

Photo Credit: Midwest Living

Photo Credit: Midwest Living

Get comfortable and cozy this winter and add a throw blanket to your décor!

 

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How to determine the perfect sized rug?

Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern.  The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings and living spaces.  Choosing the right size rug can mean the difference between a comfortable inviting space and a room where something seems awkward and a little out of place. The key to success is proper measurements.

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•Depending on the size of your coffee table and accompanying furniture, choose a rug that accommodates all four legs of the table.

•Area rugs should approximate the same length and width of the furniture within the space.

•You can either leave space between the furniture and area rug or place the front legs of the furniture on the rug with the furniture coasters under the back legs to adjust the height.

 
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•Area rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position.  To obtain the correct measurement pull out the chairs around the table, as you would to sit down, then measure from the rear of the chair legs in length and width.  Add 8” to this measurement to get an idea of the minimum size rug needed. 

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•Balance the area you are trying to define by leaving an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping.

•An equal amount of exposed flooring around your rug can also give balance to your room. Don’t get a rug so large that it touches the baseboard around the room.

•Don’t “float” a rug in a room. Use the rug to define the space and incorporate your furniture to anchor the rug.

Bedrooms

•In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but remember the bed will cover most of it when you are selecting a pattern.

•If you plan for the rug to be under the bed , measure to allow for three feet on both sides of the bed.

•In many cases, multiple smaller area rugs can be used effectively in the bedroom by placing one at the foot of the bed and one or two on each side of the bed. In fact, using multiple area rugs can be more affordable while better complimenting your furnishings.

Dining room tables—round or square?

The rectangular dining room table has been the heart of many dining rooms for years. You’ve all seen the grand dining rooms depicted in movies. You know, the ones that have tables so long, people on opposite ends can’t even talk to each other. But society (and design) is changing and now people are shifting away from the formal and adding more casual, cozy and fun layouts with open floor plans. This new trend has allowed people to move toward smaller table shapes and many families share their meals together on a tables that are either round or square. But which shape is better for your home?

Photo Credit: Ferniehirst Castle

Photo Credit: Ferniehirst Castle

Both round and square tables have their advantages and offer an intimate dining experience, so which one you use might depend on your situation and personal preference. Some people simply prefer the look of round over square (or vice versa) and make a decision based on style. Judging by appearance, however, might not always give you the best shape for your situation. Think about the benefits of each shape before making a decision.

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A square table fits in perfectly with square rooms and can be placed against the wall if you only need seating for three people. Square tables generally provide more surface space for people to work on and with four legs, are more stable than round tables. Another reason to get a square table is if you ever need to expand. Some tables are designed to expand into a larger table, or you can easily set two tables together.

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Round

While square tables provide stability and balance, round tables offer leg room and space to walk around. Many round tables are held up with a single pedestal, centrally located. This allows people more freedom to move their legs without bumping them into the table’s legs or another person’s. The rounded corners of the table save space and make it much easier for people to walk around the dining room.

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Whichever you choose, you can be certain a smaller table will make evening meals with loved ones much cozier.

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Make Your Dining Room Look Complete With a Rug

You’ve picked out the necessary chairs and table for your dining room and even included an elegant sideboard to store dishware. But what about a great-looking rug for underneath the table?  Rugs are an easy way to prevent scratches on your hardwood floors; they can also complete the dining room look by adding comfort and style and provide a nice frame for your table.

Table size

Picking out a rug for the dining room requires a little thought. The design you choose mostly depends on your own taste and the look of the room. Size, however, should be determined based on the table’s measurements. A dining room rug needs to be big enough so that people can scoot their chairs back, without the legs leaving the rug. Standard dining room rugs are usually around 8’ x 10’, but not all of them. Be sure to measure first so you can be certain.

Measuring

To begin measuring, arrange your dining room furniture in the exact layout that you want. Then, measure the table top and add 24-30 inches to every side to account for chair space. You definitely don’t want the rug to be too small that the chairs end up scratching your beautiful hardwood floor and ruining the ends of the rug.

While you want the rug to be a large enough to act as a cushion underneath the table, you also don’t want it to be too big that it almost touches the walls. Create some distance (at least 8” on each side) between the rug and the walls, plus any other furniture you have in the dining room.

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As a general rule of thumb under a dining room table, the rug should be at least 4′ wider and 4′ longer than your dining room table. The goal is to be able to push the chair away from the table while keeping the back legs on the rug.

Here is an example of a rug that is a little small for the table:11717 500 060096_rm01Add a rug as the final touch to make your dining room look complete!

Consider a sideboard for your contemporary home

The use of sideboards dates back to 18th century Europe and soon after became popular in American dining rooms. Originally, sideboards were only considered dining room furniture, and they were used to serve food and store dishware.

A lot has changed since the 1700s; what was once stored on sideboards is now put away in kitchen cupboards and food is often placed on the dining room table or kitchen counter. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t have a sideboard in your home. Over time, the use of sideboards has changed and they can be used in almost any room of the house.

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Today, a sideboard can satisfy multiple different needs and has evolved into a very useful piece of furniture. And now, many of the newer sideboards built are actually designed to better meet that current functionality (although you can still have the original dining room look if you want). Just like its original purpose, a sideboard can be used to house items, but instead of just the dining room, can be placed in the bedroom, living room or wherever you need to remove some clutter.

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Many sideboards offer hidden storage space, so anything you need to put away can be thrown in without being on display. If a display is what you want, use the top to place decorative items like photos or a plant. You can also get a glass sideboard for any items you want to stored, but also seen.

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While sideboards have changed to become a “use however you want to” piece of furniture, they can still be used as originally intended. An elegant or antique sideboard looks great in a more formal dining room.

Sideboards are normally placed up against a wall, seeing as they only have cupboards and drawers on one side, but they don’t necessarily have to be. Sideboards can also separate two different rooms, such as the kitchen and dining room.

The purpose and proper use of sideboards is no longer set in stone. Think outside the box and find ways you can use a sideboard in your own home.

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