dining room

The dining room is one place where you want everyone in your home to come together. It is likely the place that you invite your guests into, and spend much of your time as a family. The problem is that dining rooms are often crowded with large tables, plenty of chairs, and china cabinets or other sideboards for storage. With all of this furniture in the space, it's important that the dining room is decorated and trimmed in such a way that makes the room appear larger than life. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Break Up Blank Walls

 

One easy way to change up your dining room and add dimension is by splitting your walls into two separate sections. This creates the illusion of more space. You can do this with the addition of a simple chair rail, or you can go for something more sophisticated with panel moulding or wainscoting on the bottom half. By making the bottom half of the wall a light color and the top half an accent color, you expand your space visually.

 

Make Doors and Windows More Inviting

 

Another useful tip is adding door and window trim that makes your entryways look larger. White trim around your doors and windows is easy to install and it doesn't have to be fancy to have the intended effect. However, you can really make your doors pop by adding a layered header that stretches a few inches up the wall above the opening. This makes the window or door look taller than it really is, and adds to the lightness of the room.

 

Dress Up the Ceiling

 

Many dining rooms feature a decorative lighting fixture of some kind, often a chandelier. You can improve upon this look by adding more depth to your ceiling with wooden beams or flexible moulding. Faux wood beams can be used to frame out a part of your ceiling, creating two different ceiling heights and adding visual interest that draws the eyes upward. When framing a chandelier, the finished look is quite extraordinary. These are just a few of the ways you can turn your bland dining room into a wonderful gathering place that speaks to your personal style. To learn more about faux wood beams and other trim products, visit Volterra online and check out our new online store where you can shop and have your next home improvement project underway in no time!