Choose the Right Dining Room Wallpaper for an All New Look on a Shoestring!
We all spend a lot of time at the dining room table, enjoying one of our favorite activities – eating! Homemakers often find themselves with an irresistible urge to keep this important family gathering space as attractive, appealing and comfortable. While our furnishings are of a more permanent nature, decorating touches, such as dining room wallpaper, paint, trim and artwork are more fleeting in their appeal. Times change, new color schemes come into the marketplace of choices and provide an easy way to update. Many times, it’s just a different ambience we’re after. In any case, the color of walls, dining room wallpaper and trim can absolutely transform the look of any dining room. Let’s go through some of the rules of thumb that help you choose the perfect combination of wallpaper, paint and trim pieces for your particular dining room.
Your first consideration should be the size of your room. If it tends to be on the small side, keep in mind that darker colors emphasize and tend to make any room look smaller. In this case, you may want to look for combinations of paint and dining room wallpaper that are in lighter shades and, in the case of wallpaper, in patterns and designs that are smaller. This will have the effect of making the room feel more open and roomy.
On the other hand, if you’re ’empty-nesters’ and don’t entertain often, choosing a bolder color of paint for the bottom portion of the wall and a larger and more intricate design of wallpaper can create an intimate, romantic ambience that might just be the perfect choice for you. Covering the seam between the painted and wallpapered portions with a 1-inch wood trim can create an optical illusion, making the length and width of the walls seem wider.
If your room is of a generous size, you might choose to use dining room wallpaper with a smaller pattern and more color to paper the entire wall. The result here is one of elegance in a ‘fine dining’ atmosphere, although you should keep in mind that the room will appear slightly smaller. Hanging larger pieces of artwork, or a larger light fixture above the dining room table, tends to counteract this visual effect. This is because the room appears to be able to handle more imposing accents. This is really a judgment call: if you’re unsure of a choice, talk to the sales clerk – they can often point out the various pros and cons of a particular design in a given size of room. The size and position of windows in your room also play into deciding on your perfect choices.
For a lovely and economical makeover in your dining area, consider using dining room wallpaper to achieve your new look.