It happens all the time to those of us who love high-end decor: your eye wants one thing, your budget wants another and ne'er the twain shall meet. Or at least, that's the way it seems at the time. The fact of the matter is, having a dining room that is expensive and having a dining room that looks expensive are two very different things. And if budgetary constraints are keeping you from the former, the good news is that the latter is much easier to attain than you might think. To get you started, here are eight fantastic budget-sensitive tips for helping your dining room to look its very best.
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Get a High End Look for Less
One of the simplest upgrades that you can bring to your dining room is to add a touch of color to the walls. Paint is inexpensive, easy to apply, and lightly colored walls can be far more interesting than white walls without feeling like the room is drowning in bold tones. In this home, a light gray with lilac undertones adds a tinge of sophistication along with a cool color contrast to the warm wood of the table and chairs.
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There are very few places in your home that can't benefit from the addition of plants or fresh flowers. Whichever places those might be, your dining room isn't on that list. On the contrary, the dining room is one of the best opportunities to make a real statement as there's nothing more beautiful than a well-made flower arrangement as the centerpiece to a curated tablescape. The extensive flower composition seen here runs almost the length of the table acting as both a centerpiece and a runner. The best things about floral centerpieces are that they can be inexpensive to create and they often change, letting you give your dining room a whole new feel from week to week.
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This is by far one of the best tips for giving your dining room a facelift with a small, simple gesture. Gold flatware continues to be a popular trend in dining decor because the high sheen metallic finish can't help but scream, "high-end." And if flashy metallics in the dining room aren't your thing, try going for black flatware instead. You'll get the same opulent look and feel with a moody, mysterious edge.
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Add a Rug
Rugs have always been an important part of home decor for cultures, classic and contemporary, all over the world. Today we're realizing that rugs lose absolutely none of their room-defining powers when brought into a dining area. Instead, as accents to the table, they help take the design all the way to the floor, tying in color and pattern stories as they go. This dining room uses a modern Moroccan-inspired rug design to add plush texture to the space while the pattern works playfully with the cross-leg pattern created by the dining chairs.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Wallpaper the Room
Wallpaper is a beautiful accent that can make a remarkable difference in any room. And if you're looking to make a dramatic high-end statement with your dining room, the right wallpaper could be all you need to put your design over the top. This dining room employs a mesmerizing wallpaper pattern that puts a definite point on every other element in the space. You can even take things a step further by using a fabric pattern that matches the wallpaper to create window shades that will continue the effect.
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Lighting is one of the most crucial elements in the dining room design. It's also one of the most fun. Lighting has been enjoying a real resurgence in the past few years, and design companies of all kinds are putting new, artistic spins on light solution - especially those that feel right at home in the dining room. This space cleverly uses a cluster of pendant lights in various shapes with the same black and gold finish. The effect is stunning and provides light to the entire space while taking the entire look up a few notches.
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They've been around for more than a few years now, but these sleek, futuristic reboots of the classic Louis XVI chair design can still take a room by storm. Especially in groups. This intimate dining space has all the personality and luxury-feel that it needs with a group of ghost chair congregated around a stylish bistro table.
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Every dining room needs art. It's the finishing touch that makes every room look like the well-curated, designer space that it is. If you've held back on art for fear of the cost or worries about knowing what's good, fear not - there's an app for that, or rather a website. There are a lot of them. New sites like Uprise Art and the Jenn Singer gallery take all of the guesswork (and much of the expense) out of using the art for design. Browse our favorite places to buy art online for more ideas.