Here’s how we made our new dining room informal. Nowadays, people entertain less formally and it’s nice to be able to use the dining room for more than just dinner parties.
You can give yours a more casual feel by breaking up dining sets, adding comfortable seating, more dramatic wall color and/or art, and simple touches like wicker and plants.
It’s time for our favorite things with Cindy and Annie. Mine include showing you how we made our dining room in the new Florida house less formal and a great fitting pair of jeans on sale.
Break Up The Traditional Dining Room Set
This is a popular post that includes breaking up the traditional dining room set or at least modifying it. “Seven Ways To Make Your Dining Room Less Boring.”
In our case, we added a dining bench that makes it a cozy space to eat or work on a laptop. We are getting a new dining table with a leaf (back-ordered) for holiday dinners and this table will go out on our covered patio.
These caned armchairs are comfortable but I added a small lumbar pillow for those who want it (like me).
Paint The Room One Color And Test With Samplize
The chair rail was high for a room where you primarily sit, so I decided to paint it all one color to make it “sit friendly.” Green seemed like a good choice due to all the foliage outside the windows.
We tested several using Samplize. Here you can see how the same color, Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze, looks during the day and at night… The actual stick-on samples that they send you are much larger but they come with these small ones, too.
You may want to read: Great Reasons For Painting Walls And Trim The Same Color.
I’ve had a fiddle leaf fig tree in my dining rooms for years. Here we are using two for a more greenhouse feel. This room gets afternoon sun. My other trees did too, so I hope these do well.
Our vintage rug from our bedroom may go in here but then we need one for our bedroom…”if you give a mouse a cookie…”
Wicker, Caning, or Baskets
Mirrors are nice in dining rooms to reflect light. The chair rail makes hanging a mirror difficult but I love how it lets me rotate art!
The Right Fit For Your Height – Magic Blue Jeans
Annie and I are 9 inches apart in height. So, it was surprising that we both loved the fit of these Loft jeans. She bought hers in a Regular 30 waist and I bought mine in Petite 27. They are flattering and on sale! We both recommend them.
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Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: