10 Things Every Dining Room Needs

I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing 10 essential ways to give your dining room a boost! 

10 Things Every Dining Room Needs

The dining room may not be the most highly trafficked area in your house, but it’s there for a reason: it’s the place where you gather to celebrate the year’s noteworthy meals. Whether it’s a holiday, a birthday or just dinner with friends or family, reuniting in the dining room adds an air of excitement and circumstance. Having the following ten elements in your space will make it the perfect backdrop for these types of occasions:

1. An Area Rug

There are so many benefits to laying an area rug in any room of your home, but it’s especially important in the dining room. The tapestry will center all the elements of the room; it will also give you and your guests a cushy place to rest your feet while eating. Even more importantly, a high-quality area rug will add sophistication to the space, separating it from the rest of the areas in your home with the same type of flooring beneath your new carpet.

2. Curtains

Much like an area rug, curtains add a touch of richness to your dining room. Choose styles that stretch from the top of your window(s) to the surface of your floors; you can even hang the curtains above the window frame to draw the eye upward and give the illusion of heightened ceilings. Finish it off by accessorizing your fabric with coordinating tiebacks and eye-catching curtain rods.  

3. The Perfect Table

No dining room would be complete without the right table at its center, and it’s up to you to find the perfect style for your space. You might have room for an extra-long dining room table with seats for eight or more; or, you could opt for a smaller table with leaves to expand it when you throw bigger parties. No matter what you choose, do so wisely: the table is the heart of the dining room and should be a piece you love.

4. Furniture With Serving Space

Along with your table — if you have the additional space — your dining room furniture should give you plenty of space to serve meals. Remember: when you throw a dining room-worthy dinner party or party, you’ll be feeding extra people. As such, you’ll need more space.

Buffets are your best option, as they come in at table height and sometimes have tops that open and expand to hold all of your serving trays and platters. If you have a collection of display-worthy china, a cabinet will display all your pieces — and give you the ideal spot to store them when they’re not in use.

5. Perfect Lighting

Lighting is a key element in setting the mood in your dining room. Do you want an intimate meal? Low overhead lighting and candles will create warmth and closeness amongst your guests. Your child’s first birthday party, on the other hand, might call for the full strength of your chandelier.

Install a dimmer onto your dining room’s light fixture so that you can brighten and lower the lights as you need to. Additionally, you’ll want to invest in some tabletop candle and votive holders, so you can set a cozy scene from time to time, too.

6. Mirror(s)

Smaller dining rooms will relish the addition of a mirror. These reflective pieces add depth, thus making your space seem larger. If your dining room is low on natural light, a mirror’s a great addition: they reflect what rays you receive to illuminate the space even more.

7. Plants

You may not think to add greenery to your dining room, but doing so breathes fresh air into your décor — quite literally. Not only do houseplants come in different sizes and colors to suit a dining room of any square footage, but they also provide health benefits like improved air quality. If you need even more incentive, many indoor houseplants require little upkeep to maintain their health and good looks.

8. Table Linens

Your dining room table was an investment, so you’ll want to invest in at least one tablecloth to protect it from spills, scratches and stains. From a decorative perspective, you can add even more pieces to your collection to complete the linen-ed look of your table: cloth napkins, placemats and even a table runner will make your dining room look as fancy as you want it to on big occasions.

9. Matching Plates and Platters

You might have plates from old apartments and houses in your kitchen cabinets, but chipped and mismatched dishware will take away from the décor you’ve curated in your dining room. So, pick up a coordinating set of plates and platters to use. They don’t have to match each other perfectly, but they should look like they belong together. You can draw hues from your table linens to help you set the perfect table from top to bottom.

10. Stemware

As we’ve mentioned multiple times, your dining room is a place for celebrations — and, much of the time, these festivities come with libations to share. Stock your cabinets with stemware to suit your dinner party needs, and buy just what you think you’ll use: if you’re a wine aficionado, for example, make sure you have the right glasses for both red and white.

Memories Served

Now, it’s up to you to find each of these 10 elements and use them to design the perfect space in your home. Because you’re at the helm, you’ll be able to create a space that feels just as special as the moments you celebrate in your dining room — and there’s nothing more important than that.


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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