I hope that you are having a great week. My week has been a little hectic. Our oldest son has started college, and our two younger children are starting school next Tuesday. The youngest had walking pneumonia but is on the road to recovery. However, the poor thing is having oral surgery next week. He hasn’t been able to lose his baby teeth, and it seems that he was born with some extra teeth. He is going to have a couple cut out and a few pulled. I know that this is a minor surgery, but I am one nervous Momma!
Before we get to today’s topic, I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog. To all who have subscribed or just stopped by to read my posts, I want to thank you. You have been so kind and supportive of my new blogging adventure. I treasure your very sweet and supportive comments, and I will never forget your kindness. I have been blogging for over two months now, and I am looking so forward to what the future brings.
Now for today’s topic…adding style and character to a small space. Decorating small spaces are a problem that many of us face, and what better place to show how to apply this principle than with my very small dining room. My mantra is to love the space you are in and work with what you have. With these decorating tips, a small space can still be special.
Decorating tip number one, just because a space is small doesn’t mean that you should decorate it with small things. You need a couple of big impact items. One that comes to mind in my dining room is the chandelier. When we moved into the house, we replaced the light fixture with a larger chandelier that fits the style of our decor. It really makes a dramatic impact in the room.
The second decorating tip involves working with what you have. It is not in the budget right now for me to update my dining table. I have had it for awhile. To give it an updated look at an inexpensive cost, I simply purchased some fabric and recovered the chairs myself. The fabric I chose also helped to bring some color into the room.
I added blue tassels to the end chairs for a little French flair.
A third and very important tip is that a beautiful rug can do so much for a small space. It creates an anchor for furniture, adds color, or just softens a space. My dining room would not allow for an area rug. It was too small, and the corner window was angled cutting into the floor space. Therefore, I decided to put a subtle patterned carpet in the space. My home is basically an open concept plan, and we just put wood flooring throughout the downstairs. I chose to put this patterned carpet in the dining room to give the area its own defined space.
The fourth decorating tip for adding style to a small space is do not forget the walls. Choose artwork, sconces, mirrors, architectural pieces, iron, or even plates to adorn your walls.
This painting is on the end wall of my dining room. It has a lot of pretty colors that are reflected throughout the house.
I placed a mirror and sconces with accessories on one side wall. On the opposite wall, I did a platescape. I love to decorate with plates!
The fifth and most important decorating tip is don’t forget to accessorize! Accessories are so important in making a house feel like a home. They are like the frosting on the cake and can give a room so much character!
For my dining room table, I had a beautiful faux floral arrangement made by a very talented floral designer. This helps to tie the colors of the room together. I want to take a moment to address using faux florals in design. A lot of individuals do not agree to the use of faux florals. However, I strongly disagree. It is not always feasible to have fresh flowers every day in your home. There is nothing wrong with using faux flowers as long as they are tastefully done and realistic looking. I chose to place my arrangement on a beautiful floral table runner.
The antique china cabinet sits in a corner of the room opposite the angled arched window.
No house is perfect. We are all living with spaces that can sometimes be difficult to decorate. I hope that some of the decorating tips I have shared with you today will be of some help for decorating your space. I want to thank you again for taking the time and sharing a part of your day with me. I am so humbled by the kind comments and support I have received. I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed day!!!