5 Easy Dining Room Updates

How to freshen the look of your dining room—without a full renovation

By Jan Soults Walker


When your dining room is starving for style, serve up a feast of character and function with these fast fix-ups.

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Display your affections

Use the dining room tabletop to create a microcosm of the things you love. As you might on a coffee table, arrange a display of unexpected treasures, such as shapely bottles in two shades of green paired with a sculpted basket. Add colorful blooming sprays to draw the eye upward. Give your centerpiece vignette variety by including objects of varying heights—stacks of books make good "elevators" for low objects.

These same design rules of thumb carry over to open shelves, where belongings of variable color, shape, and height create interest without overcrowding. White shelving offers a subtle backdrop that sets off your collectibles in style.

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Breakfast Room
by Andrea Schumacher

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