Last week I shared my 8 tips for refreshing and organizing your home for the holidays, and today we’re talking dining rooms. Specifically, how you can update your dining room decor and give it a whole new look without breaking the bank – just in time for holiday dinners! I feel like the dining room is often one of the most overlooked rooms in our homes, which is kind of a bummer because it should be where we look forward to gathering with family and loved ones. Instead, I find myself dreading clearing off piles of mail and stacks of old newspapers that have found their way to the table and never made it past that point. (You know what I’m talking about!) So today we’re talking color, pattern and texture with 10 budget-friendly DIY ideas to help you update your dining room in style!
10 Ways to Update Your Dining Room 1 of 11
Want to jazz up your dining room but don't have a giant budget? Never fear!
Update Your Chairs 2 of 11
Light It Up 3 of 11
Nothing dates a room and makes it feel old and tired more quickly than bad lighting. A statement chandelier over your table will make a major impact - I love this chic modern lighting fixture made with brass pipes!
Get the how-to at Little Green Notebook
Make Your Table the Star 4 of 11
As the undisputed star of the room, your dining room table should shine! If you don't love the one you have (or if it's the wrong size or shape for your room), consider the DIY route! With pre-made legs like these, it's easier than you think.
Get the how-to at Stylizimo
Update Your Walls 5 of 11
Hands down one of the quickest and most affordable ways to update your dining room is with paint! I personally love navy walls in dining rooms like this one, painted with one of my favorite paint colors, Navy Hale by Benjamin Moore.
Get the details at House Tweaking
Add a Colorful Rug 6 of 11
Don’t Forget the Drapes 7 of 11
Curtains are like rugs - they make a room go from blah to wow in an instant. I like long, full-length drapes for a dining room, stretching from floor to nearly ceiling. These DIY panels with their hint of a pattern are a great way to get a fabulous look without the high cost of designer curtains.
Get the how-to at Hi Sugarplum
Load Up on Art 8 of 11
A fresh dose of art will make your dining room feel instantly refreshed! This grouping of botanical prints is an easy and cost-effective way to load up your room with art without breaking the bank.
Get the how-to at Restored Style
Add a Stylish Hutch 9 of 11
A gorgeous hutch serves two purposes in a dining room, providing both ample storage and a hint of style. If the brand new (or antique) piece of your dreams isn't in the budget, make over a thrift store or Craigslist find with a bit of paint, new hardware and wallpaper, like this stunning hutch.
Get the how-to at Honey Sweet Home
Layer Up the Linens 10 of 11
Swapping out your linens, whether by season or by occasion, will instantly give your dining room a new look without breaking the bank. I love this DIY striped tablecloth created by painting bold stripes on a basic $20 tablecloth. (Don't miss these 10 DIY tablecloths and linens for inspiration!)
Get the how-to at Meet Me In Philadelphia
Hang a Fabulous Mirror 11 of 11
Mirrors are one of those must-have home decor accessories that are often forgotten. Sure, they can be pricey but they do wonders to brighten up a room! This DIY option mimics the oh-so-trendy sunburst mirror, but it's made inexpensively with wood shims. Brilliant!
Get the how-to at Infarrantly Creative
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