Does this represent your dining room...inviting isn't it. Most dining rooms are great intentioned spaces, filled with fantasies of intimate dinners with close friends, laughter and merlot flow easily. Dining rooms really become a wasted space. NEWS FLASH: FORMAL DINING SPACES ARE AN AWESOME SELLING FEATURE. (at least according to me). A dining room should be formality touched with whimsy, and not a home office/scrapbook table/bowling ball bag room.
I've said it before, but when selling your home, each and every nook and cranny should have a purpose at a glance. Give back your dining rooms, please (or at least until you sell your home). Create a mood, a moment, evoke a feeling of awwwwhhhh. How many times have you walked into a new restaurant and the first thing you notice is the decor, the ambiance. Its part of the experience...make the experience. A perspective buyer would love to envision themselves there often.
- Start with a soft neutral wall paint (satin finish) color: olive, sage, or even gray. Trim in white (semi gloss finish)
- Use black paint to disguise outdated dining sets. (Distressing side boards also adds visual interest and texture).
- Cover dining chairs with white chair covers (can find them at christmas tree shop. To rev it up a little pair with different host/hostess chairs.
- Natural seisel area rug or a nice wool blend in camel, will anchor the table.
- Accessorize with large botanical inspired items. White candles are a must.
- Wall art. Make a pairing, of old black/white family photos. Or even frame swatches of fabric.
Remember when staging, use what you have. Don't break the bank. Think Clean and Neutral with a touch of whimsy.