If you have a dining room, you probably think, “I use this room 2x a year. What a waste”. If you don’t have a dining room, you think, “If only I had a dining room, I could host Thanksgiving and Christmas!”. I will admit, I am guilty of this. I have a great dining room. And it gets used 2x a year. And it also gets used occasionally as a place to do homework and it ALWAYS gets used as a place to leave things that don’t really have a home. Box of softballs? Dining room table. All the coats you ever wore all winter? Back of the dining room chairs. Paper (from god knows what?) Nice pile on top of the (say it with me!) DINING ROOM TABLE! Let’s make the dining room a cozy place we actually use, shall we? Here are my favorite cozy dining room ideas.
Cozy Dining Room Ideas that Will Make you Want to Use That Room!
The obvious way to start using your dining room on a daily basis is to eat dinner in it. There are a couple of reasons, I think, that people don’t do that.
- You don’t want to mess up another room. The kitchen is already a mess from cooking dinner, so why not just keep the mess consolidated to one room?
- It feels weird sitting at the table when it’s just your family at the table. Especially if it’s a smaller crew, like my family of four.
I have some answers to both of those protests.
Let’s talk first about not wanting to make messes. I do this. I avoid doing things that I know I’m going to have to clean up after. It’s wrong. Some of the best things you can do are messy. Eating. Painting. Playing a board game with your kids (Seriously, I hate putting away board games).
If you’ve got a cleaning routine and you stay on top of things, you aren’t going to notice the difference between eating in the dining room and eating in the kitchen. I know this to be true because I do have a cleaning routine and when I stick to it, cleaning is a breeze.
If you don’t want to do it every night of the week, pick one night a week that is special family dinner night and eat in the dining room. Light candles. Turn off the television for 15 minutes. Maybe even play a board game after.
Now that, is cozy.
The second problem, where it just feels weird to sit at the giant table with your little family, the solution to that is to make it cozy for you guys.
I have a habit of putting the leaf in the dining room table for Thanksgiving and then never taking it out. Actually, it’s not a habit. I put the leaf in many Thanksgivings ago and I never took it out. So the table is big enough for 8. If I take the leaf out, much more manageable size table. Put that on my to do list.
If you’re in the market for a dining room table, an easy way to stay cozy is to get a round table.
Dining Room Centerpieces
Just like the fireplace mantel is the center of the living room, the Dining Room Centerpiece is the, well, centerpiece of the dining room decor.
A well thought out dining room centerpiece is a very good thing. A poorly thought out dining room centerpiece is a very bad thing.
I’m talking about the giant vase of fake flowers that you can’t see around and that you actually have to dust.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. If it has to be dusted, it has to pass a test to come into my house. That test is:
- Is it so uniquely beautiful that I can live with dusting it weekly?
- Does it serve a powerful enough service to me and my family to be worth my time and frustration dusting it every week?
If I can’t get a yes for one or both of those questions, then that thing is not coming in to my house. I use this test when thinking about dining room centerpieces.
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