Invite with Light
Set your table and chairs under an eye-catching chandelier (#394659, about $160) and frame the windows with sleek coordinating sconces (#515525, about $135 each). Replace dated window treatments and paint the tired trim.
Make Windows Welcoming
White trim and allen + roth™ curtain panels (#19673) frame views nicely and maximize the impact of natural light. At only about $18 per panel, the dove-color curtains complement the new color scheme with soft texture.
Lay Flair on the Floor
Don’t be afraid to overachieve underfoot. Replace blah and beaten-down carpet with classic hardwood flooring (#48113) for less than $5 a square foot, then add the color, pattern, and warmth of an area rug (#590880) for about $180. The effect is a cohesive look from floor to ceiling. For help choosing, buying, and installing flooring, visit the Lowe’s flooring guide.
Set a Sparking Table
Add sparkle to your tabletop with quick-and-easy napkin rings made from mosaic tile (#354400). To make them, just attach a strip of the tiles (with backing attached) to a piece of acrylic tubing from a fluorescent lightbulb guard (#163817).
Buff Up a Buffet
Instead of a traditional dining room china hutch, upcycle an old buffet by teaming it with shelves (#1379) and corbels (#583000) to mimic the look and function of a single furniture piece. Paint all the surfaces the same color (Valspar Arid Plains, #6007-2A) for a unified look that harmonizes with the overall room.
Art and collectibles inspired rich blue (Valspar Hampton Surf, #4010-5) upper walls and crisp white (Valspar Woodlawn Snow, #6003-1A) lower walls and trim. Inexpensive mouldings (#364031, #364038, #364065) between the chair rail and baseboard create a paneled look. The chic dining chairs (#6886907S, #2234335G, atgstores.com) blend traditional character with modern comfort.