Have you decided that it's time to do away with the hand-me-down furniture in your dining room? Or, it may be that the room has been empty and you finally are in a position to decorate it. If you've decided that you want to establish a formal, elegant mood, from selecting the colors to buying an antique chandelier, here are some ideas that might help you to decorate your dining room in a way that will be unique and inviting.
The Colors - Think of selecting the colors you want in your elegant dining room. If you want to make a bold statement, consider painting the walls in jewel tones, perhaps with a border that has something like fruit or flowers as part of the design. If you are wanting a more serene look, think of using the soft colors found in nature. For example, sky blue, soft yellow, pale turquoise, and off-white would all be good choices. Consider stenciling things like palm trees or dragonflies at the top and in the middle of the walls.
The Furniture - Have you thought about looking for elegant antique furniture? It might take some searching, but if you find what you love, you'll end up with a truly one-of-a-kind table and chairs that will become the focus of your formal dining room. Consider selecting an antique buffet table or something like a black lacquered Chinese china cabinet to add interest to the room. Of course, choosing an elegant design in contemporary furniture or traditional furniture would be nice, too. As you select upholstery for the chairs, consider buying extra fabric, just in case you need to recover a particular chair that is damaged.
The Accents - Did you see the movie or the play Phantom of the Opera? If so, you more than likely remember the amazing chandelier that caused a great deal of drama in the story. Think of adding drama to your elegant dining room by selecting an antique chandelier and antique wall sconces as part of the accent pieces. Consider having them wired so that you can control the brightness of the lighting. Besides looking for the chandelier and the wall sconces in antique shops, check out places like thrift stores. Find out if old churches and old homes are selling things as they make renovations to their buildings. You might hit the jackpot if you find a chandelier that is created out of stained glass or crystal.