INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Your probably think the dining room is the easiest of all rooms to furnish. Once you have your table and chairs, that’s all there is to it!And while that’s the biggest part of your overall dining room plan, it’s far from all. It’s important to provide for the comfort of your guests, and the convenience of you, the host and or hostess. I have found that there is usually a big problem unique to this room! Any ideas what that might be?It’s keeping the overall dcor of the room warm and inviting despite all the inevitable wood that usually ends up taking center stage. Providing a successful mix of wood dining room pieces, along with window treatments, area rugs and lighting takes careful consideration and planning.Chairs alone are a far from simple choice. Massive ones take up too much space, so you must find well-designed chairs that are comfortable as well. Having the side chairs one style and the arm chairs a different style adds an added touch to a rooms appeal.Tables too come in all shaped and sizes. The size should fit both the room and your family, and, ideally, be designed for easy expansion. Round and oval dining room tables provide for an ease of conversation that most of my clients find very appealing. Also, expandable table, with drop leaves, built-in extensions, board inserts, and the like are all practical. Today’s designs take up little “closed” space, and can instantly be enlarged when guests are expected.It’s also extremely easy and convenient to have silverware, linens, and serving pieces stored right in the room. A sideboard, chest or armoire will give you the storage, and provide another wonderful decorative element.If your design style tends to lean toward the traditional, then draping your windows in luxurious side panels or even an elegant swag and jabot treatment, will help provide your room with another great focal point.— Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors. Learn more at www.decdens.com/kristenf, or call 775-832-8012.
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