There are so many ways to showcase your personality with your decor. The dining room is the perfect place to experiment with your sense of style because it can skew formal, informal, or multipurpose.
Brightening up your dining room with fun paint colors or bringing in light can help liven up the feeling of your whole living space, creating a place where your friends and family can gather. Whether you experiment with color or add in light, a bright dining room could become your favorite room of all.
Using color to brighten spaces
Color is one way to help brighten a space. There are a few principles to color theory that make this possible.
Brightening with bold colors
One way to create a dramatic and usable dining room is to go bold. If you have a smaller dining room, using a bright blue or a fun yellow can instantly create drama and bring the entire room together.
Bold colors help train the eye to see the entire space as one unit, helping create a cohesive look to the area. If you choose this route, stick with one bright color on all the walls and keep furnishings to a minimum.
Brightening with light colors
Using shades of white can also help move light around in a space, creating a flowing, relaxed look on the eyes. You aren’t limited to shades of white, but white can be an excellent place to start. Take a look at the light in your room already and choose a shade of white that highlights it. Cool whites look great with natural light while warm whites help liven up rooms with fluorescent fixtures.
Take the time to observe the way light flows through your dining room. You can expand to silvery grays or ultralight blues to highlight the space. With tons of natural light, your room will look even brighter.
Using two colors
Some ideas for two-toned dining rooms can also create a bright, dramatic space. Using a bold color on the bottom half of your dining room can create an expansive feeling while using an accent wall helps anchor a room despite a unique color choice.
You could also paint the ceiling for a pop of color. Using a bright, primary, or secondary color on the ceiling with white walls helps create visual interest in any sized room. Use a glossy finish to give the illusion of height.
Using light to brighten dining rooms
You can also create visual interest and brightness using light and methods for bouncing and reflecting light. Here are a few methods for brightening your dining room up this way (and showing off that bold color choice!)
Letting in natural light
If you have the potential for natural light, allowing more of it to flood your space can do wonders for brightening. Switch to a sheer curtain instead of heavy drapes for an instant facelift to your space.
You could also install mini blinds and remove curtains altogether. This option can reduce the room’s visual weight and allow you to adjust the amount of light that comes in quickly.
If you’re in the market for more significant renovations, adding skylights to your dining room is another way to improve the natural light situation. While this is a significant undertaking, you’d be amazed at what some well-placed skylights can do for the look and feel of your dining room.
Reflect the light that you have
Mirrors and mirrored accessories are an excellent way to bounce light around a room and brighten even dark corners. Mirrors reflect light and give the illusion of space, something that automatically brightens a small room.
If you’ve chosen lighter colors and you’ve opened the windows, well-placed mirrors can bounce any light that comes in, fooling the eye into thinking the room is bigger and brighter than it already is.
Bright dining rooms for a pop of personality
Experimenting with bright tones and lots of light can open up your dining room. It could become a lively center of your home, providing a wonderful space for eating or entertaining. Combining paint colors and natural or reflected light is one way to liven up your entire home.
Whether you choose bright colored dining rooms or a combination of both light and color, you may find that this area becomes your favorite space. Keep in mind the function of your furnishings and the flow of the design, but there’s always room to experiment and play.
Your dining room could be the heart of your home. Give it the attention it deserves with some of these ideas and ensure that your formal, informal, or multipurpose dining room has a personality all its own.
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