Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming

Banquettes have become hugely popular in recent years. It’s not hard to see why: they bring a lot of character to a space, are comfortable, and fit really well into both small and large spaces. They are usually found in breakfast nooks in kitchens, but they can actually work really well in a formal dining room, too. There are so many great design opportunities with banquettes. You can play with the shape, style, color, texture, and size to fit your unique aesthetic. Some dining room banquettes are built-in, while others are sofas with a new purpose. Check out this selection of dining room banquettes that show some of the fun possibilities this look can offer just about any space.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a dining room that shares a space with a living room, a banquette can solve the issue of limited space. One side fits snugly against the wall, while a couple of wicker chairs provide extra seating on the opposite side.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comThis long, built-in banquette offers tons of seating, perfect for a home full of kids or dinner parties. An extra table and more chairs could be added to maximize the space.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comBanquettes can be elegant, as seen in this luxurious dining room. The tufted back of the banquette and silky fabric are what elevates this dining room to sophistication.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comA daybed serves as a banquette in this charming, cottage-style space. Some pillows make it extra comfortable.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comOne long sofa creates a focal point in this dining room, fitting perfectly beneath the windows. Simple chairs surround the equally long table for plenty of seating.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comA corner banquette takes advantage of the windows and the beautiful view it has to offer. The space is small, but the banquette distracts from that and suits the space comfortably.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comThis dining room took a page from restaurants with an L-shaped banquette that services multiple tables. Perfect if you like to entertain.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comA curved banquette brings some visual interest and flow to this elegant dining room. The light fixture mimics the curvature.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comThis curved sofa is full of character. The wicker chairs add a coastal feel, but if swapped out for something more contemporary could change the entire feel of the space.

Dining Room Banquettes: Space-Saving & Charming | HomeandEventStyling.comThis booth-style banquette is perfect for a long, narrow dining room. The neutral fabric, rich green pillows and dark wood all come together to create an elegant space.

Would you love to have a banquette in your own home?

Warm regards,
Megan

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Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms

Taking risks with color can produce some amazing results in design. Dining rooms offer a great opportunity to play with color. The set-up of a dining room is typically very simple: a table, chairs, and perhaps a buffet or cabinet. They are also typically separated from the rest of the house, so you can play around a little bit with style and make this space unique. These two facts make it easier to experiment with color in bold, unexpected ways.

When staging a home for sale, I always recommend bringing in color through temporary accents. If you’re planning to stay in your home for a while, feel free to be more adventurous with paint, wallpaper and flooring. Here are 10 examples of bold, colorful dining rooms that use color in creative ways.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s a fun DIY idea: spray paint the spindles on a chair! It creates a fun accent that is easy and affordable, especially if you pick up the chairs from a thrift store or garage sale and refurbish them.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThis dining room is completely neutral, allowing the chairs and rug to fully pop in the space. It’s definitely not short on personality.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comColorful patterns on the chairs bring tons of life and fun to this otherwise neutral, rustic dining room.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comWho said the chairs had to match? Spray painting each chair in a different color to match the banquette provided a fun, whimsical appeal to this white dining room.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comMustard yellow chairs have a chic quality when paired with black and white.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comBold blue walls are balanced by solid furniture in a mix of dark wood tones and bright neutrals.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comDon’t be afraid to mix patterns. The ones around this banquette all compliment each other in tone and style.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comOrange chairs add color while still sticking to the warm tones of this dining room. A turquoise centerpiece brings some extra depth.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA subtle wallpaper joins the green cushions on the chairs and neutrals of the space to create perfect harmony.

Going Bold with Colorful Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe green chairs at either end of the table look so magnificent, it was smart to let them be the main focus of color in the space. Some other accents, like the plant and lamps, pulled it all together.

Would you ever like to see one of these colorful dining rooms in your own home?

Warm regards,
Megan

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Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms

Small-space dining rooms can be big on style and functionality. I’ve seen even the smallest dining rooms serve their purpose well and look great while doing it. The right choices in furniture, color and lighting can make a huge difference. When these elements are chosen smartly, amazing things can happen. Instead of a space being seen as “small,” it will be acknowledged for its great design and even its functionality.

Here are some tips and ideas for decorating small-space dining rooms successfully. All of the following tips can be applied to staging a home for sale, too, to keep buyer’s attention on the space positive and desirable.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA white nook blends into the wall, creating seamless visual space, while the neutral chairs give it a light, airy accent.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThis dining room space is limited between the kitchen and living room, but a narrow rug helps define the space. A round table with rounded chairs creates a nice visual flow with extra space to move around.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a small space, light furniture can make a big difference. The white table and canvas paired with the thin wood structure of the chairs makes this dining area feel larger.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comTables with extra leaves can grow or shrink depending on necessity, making them a great alternative look for when the table isn’t in use. A narrow table with a defining rug fits well into a long, tight space.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThis dining space is really narrow, but the beautiful mixture of finishes and textures keeps your eye feasting on the decor too long to notice the size. Floor-to-ceiling drapery in a cool, creamy tone make the space feel lighter and more elegant.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comIf there is a path directly intersecting with your dining room table, a round table with curved chairs can keep the traffic moving around it.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThis chic banquette turns this small dining room into something special, making the most of the limited space. It even offers extra storage on the bottom!

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comKeeping the windows unobstructed lets plenty of light poor into this small space and makes it feel like it extends to the nature outside. The table’s shape takes up little visual space, while the chairs bring color and style.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comWith the tight corner space this dining room is delegated to, it made perfect sense to put a sofa to serve as seating. This simple choice made the awkward space make much more sense.

Decorating for Small-Space Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comLucite chairs take up very little visual space, making them a great choice for contemporary dining room seating.

Look at a small-space dining room as an opportunity to do big things with its style.

Warm regards,
Megan

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Black and White Dining Rooms

Black and white is a timeless pairing that, when used in the interior of a home, can create classic and elegant design. It is suitable to any style of design, from contemporary to country, and can be as bold or subtle as your tastes prefer. The color combination is also gender neutral and appeals to most people, so if you are trying to decorate for a couple or plan to put your home on the market, black and white can be a great way to neutralize a home and still capture plenty of charm and character.

Dining rooms typically have a more sophisticated vibe which black and white can capture beautifully. Here is a collection of 10 black and white dining rooms that show a wide range in taste and style.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA black and white gallery wall serves as a charming focal point for this dining room. Just a splash of greenery here and there is enough to add depth to this neutral space.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA bold striped rug brings a great sense of personality and eye-catching style to this elegant dining room.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA minimalist approach to this dining room is chic with clever lines and depth in neutrals, keeping things simple but intriguing.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comPunches of black against a white and neutral palette have a bold impact on this open living space.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comYou don’t have to stick to silver when decorating with black and white. Gold offers a glamorous pop of metallic against this clean palette.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft gray on the walls serves as a beautiful backdrop to a dining room mixed with elegant and rustic charm.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comNeutrals such as gray, beige, and natural wood help tone down black and white accents for a more comfortable, laid back appeal.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA graphic wallpaper is toned down by creamy curtains and wainscoting and other solid accents. The bits of yellow are a nice touch to add some color.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comGray lacquered walls and a glamorous chandelier are balanced well by streamlined furniture and rustic wood floors.

Black and White Dining Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comWarm neutrals and natural wood make this dining room an inviting space. Punctuating it with black and white accents gives it some depth and makes the design feel more complete.

Black and white is a classic and favorite combination that can turn your dining room into a chic destination.

Warm regards,
Megan

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5 Minute Room Makeovers, Part 2: Kitchen & Dining Room

This week I’m covering some easy and quick makeover ideas that will rejuvenate your home. First I covered the living room which had a lot of ideas that could be useful in other areas of a home as well, such as the tips on accessories and wall art. Today, we’re going to focus on how to update the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is usually one of the most expensive and most time-consuming rooms in a home to make over, but there are some easy ways to change it up without much work at all. As for the dining room, you don’t have to get new furniture to make it feel new. Check out these quick makeover ideas to see what I mean.

5 MINUTE ROOM MAKEOVERS: THE KITCHEN

FRESH FLOWERS
Fresh flowers do good to liven up any space. It is something we suggest during open houses because people are naturally attracted to them. It’s an easy way to bring in color; just let nature’s own beautiful design do the work for you.

LIGHT FIXTURES
Changing out the light fixtures is a great way to update a kitchen and change the look of it a bit. The style of the fixtures can help sway whatever style you want going in the kitchen, whether you want to bring in some contemporary flair or make it more rustic.

BARSTOOLS
Some new barstools can breathe new life into the kitchen. With so many styles to choose from, they can help give your kitchen a brand new look quickly and affordably, especially if you choose to refurbish the stools you already have by refinishing or painting them.

ORGANIZATION
Cleaning our your cabinets and reorganizing them can make you feel totally renewed when it comes to your kitchen. Get rid of expired food and place ingredients in matching labelled containers for a perfectly organized look.

5 MINUTE ROOM MAKEOVERS: THE DINING ROOM

SLIPCOVERS
If you don’t want to spend a lot replacing your dining room chairs, then consider putting slipcovers over them. There are tons of beautiful options out there that can rejuvenate any dining room and offer a fresh look without breaking the bank.

CHANDELIER
A new chandelier can make you fall in love with your dining room all over again. For some dining rooms, the chandelier is the focal point, so have some fun choosing a new one or refurbishing your own. Just get a can of spray paint and change out the candles or shades if it has any.

CENTERPIECE
Many people change out their table’s centerpiece for holidays, but who’s to say you can’t change it more often? There are tons of easy and affordable options for centerpieces. Vases, flowers and beautiful bowls are just a few options that can be purchased inexpensively at places such as Home Goods.

PLACE SETTINGS
Tired of the same place settings you’ve had for years? Update them with some colorful new chargers and new napkin rings. These simple changes can boost your settings into stylish territory that your guests will admire.

Which of these ideas would you like to implement in your own home?

Warm regards,
Megan

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