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Colorful Dining Tables

Jeanine Hays is the Co-Founder of AphroChic, the online destination for modern decor with a hefty dose of cultural style. House tours, original art, and interviews with today’s top interior designers can all be found here. With diversity always at top of mind, it’s a great resource for exploring the work of designers and artists from around the globe.

When it comes to dining room decor, creating a space that does the job is surprisingly simple. A large table, a series of chairs, and a hutch or cabinetry to hold your tableware is all that’s needed. But, let’s think outside the box. This season, instead of settling for conventional dining room decor, update your dining room’s decor with a colorful new center piece – a brightly hued dining room table. In shades of peacock blue, emerald green, tangerine and hot pink, dining rooms everywhere are quickly becoming more colorful than ever. Beyond the traditional brown wooden table, these colorful dining tables are statement pieces, adding energy and a touch of fun to an otherwise overlooked space in the home. Here are six of our favorite tables that are sure to add a dose of color and excitement to the next dinner party you throw.

It’s a well-known fact that Americans love the color blue. Recent studies list it at the very top of our color crushes. Because we love blue so much, the shade is always in high demand, making it a welcome sight in any room. Cool and classic, it is a color that looks beautiful in every space, and the color blue can bring a new dimension to any piece. Here, a navy blue table and chairs take this dining from traditional to modern. The transformation happens with just a coat of paint. Surround your blue table in an accompanying shade like cobalt or electric blue to add a little bit of color contrast.

Dining Room Decorating Tips

Looking for a way to update your dining room? The typical dining rooms consist of all the basics – table and chairs, a sideboard, lighting and other furniture as space permits. But beyond the basics, each dining room requires something different, especially if you have a challenging layout. Here are six inspiring dining rooms that showcase everything you need to make your dining room shine. Check out these dining room essentials to help you create a space that looks great, and that’s functional too. Here they are. 

Whether you love to entertain and throw lavish dinner parties or you prefer to enjoy quiet meals with friends and family, the dining room is a place to gather and enjoy good food and good times. Whether your style is formal or casual, traditional or contemporary, it’s important to decorate it in a way that feels comfortable and relaxing.

The central piece in any dining room is the table. It takes up a prominent space and sets the tone for the entire room. Before you buy, think not only about the style and size but also about what kind of mood and environment you want to create.

Dining chairs play a vital role in the dining room. How they look and fit in the room is important, but it’s also imperative that they be comfortable.

Most dining rooms are illuminated by a dining room chandelier. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something else altogether it’s likely that you’ll have a chandelier hanging over your dining room table. A chandelier is often the focal point in a dining room, so it’s important to get a dining room chandelier that not only works well with your décor but that is also the right size.

The Dining Room with Curtains and Drapes

When most of us think of dining rooms we think of tables, buffets, chairs and chandeliers. But something equally as important in the dining room are the curtains and drapes (provided there’s a window of course).

Amidst all of the hard furniture that tends to fill this room it’s wonderful to have some fabric and add a touch of softness. So even if you don’t normally include flowing curtains and drapes it’s worth considering adding some to the dining room.

Choosing Curtains and Drapes for the Dining Room

Think about the style of your room and what will work. If you like big flowing curtains that puddle on the floor, go for it. If you prefer a more tailored look choose something a bit more streamlined. The point is to use an expanse of fabric to add softness (as opposed to hard blinds or shutters).

Fabrics and Patterns

A popular look in dining rooms is to pull everything together by using the same fabric for the window treatments as you do for the seat cushions or tablecloth. It’s a little old-fashioned and traditional, but the dining room is one place where this look really works. That said, it certainly isn’t necessary. You can always pull a color out of a piece of art or another fabric and use that if you want a solid color. You can also choose curtains and drapes with a pattern. Just be sure to tie all the colors of the room together in some way.

When it comes to they type of fabric it really depends on the look you’re going for. Elegant silks and rich velvets are great for formal and dramatic spaces while lighter cottons and even linens can work for lighter and more casual spaces.


Remember when choosing long window treatments that curtains and drapes should always at least skim the floor.

It’s also fine for them to puddle a little if that’s the look you want but the should never be too short. When they don’t at least skim the floor they tend to look truncated. Most designers agree that this is one of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating (that goes for any room, not just the dining room).

If you’re having trouble finding curtains that touch the floor you can always adjust the rod a little. Usually they’re mounted about 4″ above the window frame but it isn’t written in stone. Adjust it accordingly to suit your space. Also, the standard for the rod is to hang it so that you’ve got about 6″ to 8″ on each side of the frame. If you want the window to look larger you can make it a bit wider.

The key to good interior decorating is balance. In a room where there’s a lot of hard furniture it’s a great idea to add some softness. In the dining room the best way to do it is with some pretty curtains and drapes.