If you are like me you will have considered giving the house a makeover every now and again. It can be tempting to just throw out the old furniture and buy in new dining tables and suites of furniture that I may have seen online. Unfortunately, my desire to redesign the house is not always matched by my limited budget. Luckily there are a number of way to breathe new life into interior design without breaking the bank.
It may sometimes feel like you have all the right pieces of furniture gathered under the one roof, but the placement is just not working. I’m a firm believer in Feng Shui, the Chinese practice of aligning energies from the world around us and allowing positive energy to flow through your home. The same principle applies to adjusting the look and feel of your dining room. Simply moving the dining room furniture to the middle of the room or perhaps an re-aligning the table with the couch or an off-centre picture will suddenly bring the room into a more positive flow. Everything will suddenly just “fall into place”.
In Ireland we tend not to get seasons. Or more to the point, we get four seasons in one day. So in order to spice things up in the dining room a nice touch is to add different sets of tableware depending on the season. Brighter colours for the summer or and rustic colours for the autumn will inject a new feel into your living space every few months. Curtains placemats and pictures can be swapped as the the light outside changes and temperatures rise and fall.
An oft overlooked way of changing the look of a room is lighting. By simply adjusting the light settings a room can be transformed. In summer the sun is higher in the sky and is out for longer periods, while in winter the days are shorter and the sun is much lower. A simple trick is to move your dining chairs and table closer to the window in winter months to catch as much light as possible. Artificial lighting in your dining room may not be appropriate. A quick fix is to lighten up dimly lit rooms by adding a higher watt bulb. conversely , harsh lighting can be dimmed by simply changing a lampshade. One overpowering lightsource is not good. Try having several light sources with evenly lit ambient tones dispersed around the room.
For the interior designer inside us all that’s just bursting to get out I can suggest the following. Sand down the dining table bringing back the top surface to reveal the natural layers underneath. If it doesn’t work out, simply add a new coat of lacquer.
A quick fix is to invest in an extendable dining table. Perhaps a dining table with a removable centre partition that folds out. Great for entertaining when more chairs are at the table. But the benefit is not limited to dinner parties. As a piece of dining furniture the dining table often acts as the centre piece that pulls a room together.