To design a beautiful dining room begin with the right chairs and table. The comfort level of the chairs means guests will linger longer and the table size will determine the feast a host can prepare to impress. Just be sure there is room to walk around behind the chairs once the table is in the room. This dining room sports a trestle table from Fremarc and dining room chairs purchased on line. They were reupholstered by A&B Riley in a resilient linen that was stain proofed. Their clean lines gave the room a formal quality without making it too stuffy. If you have some nice chairs but simply want to update their look consider reupholstering them. Use an exciting pattern on the end chairs to mix it up and create a bold statement.
Another key element to a beautiful dining room is the drapes. Simple side hangs are efficient if hung from rods with decorative end finials to give them a formal elegance. I think the drapes should always be backed – especially in Colorado where the harsh sun can fade and even disintegrate fabrics such as silk. If your budget permits by all means do a full set of drapes for maximum impact. Nothing says look at me like a window dressed in rich fabric.
I also recommend wallpaper to give your dining room a bit of excitement. Large prints are perfect to make a statement. Of course by just adding a great paint color like the purple featured below you can also accomplish drama that will stimulate the senses.
Dining Room by Martin Lawrence Bullard
Last but not least a chandelier over the table, a rug under the table, and on the table an arrangement made of natural florals, will finish off the look of the one room in the house you can design just to impress and entertain guests.