Updating a Traditional Dining Room

To give this traditional dining room a modern facelift, I started by removing personal belongings, de-cluttering, and giving this room a fresh coat of paint. I opted to update the chandelier with a cage style light fixture that provides better lighting for the room and updates the overall look and feel without straying too much from the original character of the room. To add warmth, I added a plaid, dhurrie rug that grounds the dining set, and I layered in a soft, textural wall hanging to break up the hardness of the brick fireplace. I finished off the look with rustic yet, modern decorative accessories and greenery to compliment and update the existing furnishings. The result is a modernized farmhouse style dining room that feels inviting and welcoming for potential buyers.

The Dining Space Before:

Dining Room Staging Tips:

  1. Less is more! In order to create the illusion of more space, remove any unnecessary furniture from the dining room. This usually means keeping only a dining table and 4-6 chairs.
  2. Add warmth and softness to any dining space by layering in an area rug under the table and chairs. This not only grounds the dining set but, also gives a more cozy feeling for potential buyers.
  3. Updating a chandelier in a dining space is an easy fix that provides the opportunity to not only modernize but also brighten up the space with better lighting.

Text and Project by Amanda Shields, Mint Condition Staging

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