Formal Dining Room

The dining room is often the one room in a home that people will want a traditional look. Having a formal dining room in a house is important. If you want to create a formal dining room that will evoke class and elegance consider a few suggestions to help get you started on a traditional dining layout.

Formal Dining Room With Curtains And Valances

Formal Dining Room With Curtains And Valances

To create a truly formal dining room, there are several suggestions for you. Decorating a formal dining room is a bit different than doing the living room or the kitchen. For a formal dining room, the design is more of a backdrop. The food and the company come first. Its decoration should not be jolting. Nothing too flashy. Nothing too cold. Comfortable is the word.

Formal Dining Room With Fireplace

Formal Dining Room With Fireplace

For a cozy library feel, go with quality wood paneling. This is not the time to scrimp and use less-than-superior 6-foot panels. For more of a country feel, install a chair rail. Pieces of molding should do the trick. From there it is up to you. Paint above or below the rail, and paper the remaining portion. You also might choose to panel one of the portions. Glaze or paint the chair rail to complement the paper-paint-paneling.

Formal Dining Room With Mirror And Chandelier

Formal Dining Room With Mirror And Chandelier

Another wall-covering choice is fabric panels. Add padding underneath the panels and fabric-covered padded slats to cover seams for a rich, elegant look. For a more contemporary look you might want to mirror a wall. Mirrors also do wonders for small dining rooms by expanding them visually.

Modern Formal Dining Room

Modern Formal Dining Room

If there is large window that looks to a fine view, take advantage of the scenery. Do not hide it under stuffy, heavy curtains. You might want to frame the window in a giant picture frame, thus raising the view to art. To carry the flow of the landscape into the dining room, consider flanking the window with tall plants or miniature trees.

Victorian Style Formal Dining Room With Chandelier

Victorian Style Formal Dining Room With Chandelier

Next, take a look at lighting. You might use a chandelier over the table. It does not have to be electric. You can also add candles for your formal dining room. If you are among the lucky few to have a fireplace in your dining room, make good use of it. But unless the room is of mansion proportions, you are not going to have a roaring blaze going when your guests seat themselves for the first course. Keep it light, but keep it going.

Brown Formal Dining Room With Mirror

Brown Formal Dining Room With Mirror

If the room is small but has a fireplace, you might do away with the flames and fill the opening with a handsome spray of flowers when dinner is in the dining room. These were some suggestions for you. After all, a formal dining room is no longer a standard feature of most of today’s new homes. Those who choose to have a home with a formal dining room announce their intention to treat guests with style and class.