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Dining Design on a Dime

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Why eat in a bland dining room when creating a delicious design is so easy and affordable?

Before and after of dining room makeover.
Dining room in deep blue with white trim.

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.

Paneled Walls

White curtain panel detail.

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.

Area rug detail.

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.

Napkin ring made from mosaic tile.

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).

Buffet beneath three wall shelves.

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 and crisp white walls, including easy-to-apply trim. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

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.