Tips for Dining Room Furniture

The dining room is one of the most trafficked rooms in the house. It's where you and your family eat every day and where your visitors join you for meals and drinks during special occasions. A well-designed dining room can add to your home's feeling of comfort and coziness and will be sure to impress your guests. A big part of what makes or breaks a dining room's design is the furniture that goes in it. If you're giving your dining room a makeover and are shopping for dining furniture in San Diego, here are a few design tips to keep in mind.

Choosing a Style

Choosing what kind of interior design style you want your dining room to have is the first step in deciding what furniture to get and how to arrange it. It is the overall style of the room that will dictate what kind of furniture pieces will fit. If you decide you want to have a traditional, country style dining room, you don't want to get modern style furniture pieces, as the two styles will clash and the result will be a rather awkward looking dining room. However, there is some room for matching the contrasting styles when it comes to accent furniture. A modern style living room with bare surfaces and sharp lines can be made livelier and more interesting with the addition of one or two pieces of traditional style accent furniture.

Small Decorative Changes

It's often the small details that make the biggest difference when it comes to interior design, and this applies to your dining room too. Another good reason to focus on small details is that it's a good way to give your dining room a brand new look without spending too much money. If you want to revamp your dining chair set but don't have the money to get an entirely new set of chairs, try adding slip covers to your existing chairs. It is a simple fix that can breathe new life to your dining room. Adding mantel cloths and decorative accent pieces to your existing dining room furniture is also a great way to get the most out of what you already have.


Making sure that you get furniture that fits your dining room space is important. You want to get a dining table that allows you to have at least two feet of space to maneuver around it. It's almost instinct for American homeowners to think that bigger is better, but when it comes to furniture this is not always the case. You want your guests to be comfortable when they're seated and eating. This means setting up a spacious dining area where they can move and maneuver freely.

Area Rugs

One great way to make your dining room feel orderly and well spaced is to use area rugs. Typically, it's best to purchase an area rug that's big enough to contain your entire dining room set. You can also place area rugs under free-standing cabinets and decorative tables. The effect of area rugs is to section off different elements of your dining, giving it an elegant and ordered style.

About the Author: Erick D. Smith is a blogger living in San Diego, Ca who writes about home improvement, remodeling and design. If you live in San Diego and want to learn more about dining room furniture and décor, visit one of Jerome's Hillcrest or Poway furniture stores.