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10 Clever Small Dining Room Ideas

Try these dining room decorating ideas for more style in less space!

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Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper packs a big design punch, while taking up no space at all!, It can even work in the smallest of dining spaces, providing depth and visual interest.

While you can use traditional wallpaper, installing the peel-and-stick kind, such as Tempaper (shown here is ‘Peonies’), is a simple, fun and affordable weekend DIY project. Plus, it’s easy to adjust if you make a mistake and when you move out, you can remove it and there’s no harm done to the wall. Alternatively, use these formal dining room ideas for inspiration.

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Paint an Accent Wall

Like wallpaper, a painted accent wall can immediately open up a room, and there isn’t an easier DIY project, even on the most minimal budget. Choose a color that draws you in but doesn’t overwhelm the small space. Just make sure you don’t choose these two colors.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

If your small dining room gets stuffy, consider installing a properly sized ceiling fan with light fixture. This “fandelier” is 36 inches across when the blades are extended and 16 inches when the blades are retracted.

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Install A Glass Barn Door

If space is at a premium in your dining room, you may want to consider installing a glass barn door. These sliding doors don’t take up valuable space the way regular swinging doors do. Furthermore, the glass allows additional light to flow through the room, which can make it feel larger.

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Try a Round Dining Table

Trying to squeeze in more guests in a small space? A round dining table will give you extra places to sit where a square or rectangular table will not because you lose seating at every corner. And, a round table makes it easier for everyone to engage in the conversation.

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Take Advantage of a Narrow Room With an Expandable Table

Don’t let a narrow dining room prevent you from hosting a dinner party. An expandable dining table is a perfect solution because it allows for more seating, when you need it. Store extra stackable chairs in the corner when not in use.

You can’t have that big, beautiful table without knowing how to set it!

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Make Room With a Drop-Leaf Table

A drop-leaf table is super useful for small spaces. Put up the leaf when you don’t need it and keep it down when you don’t. This type of table is truly ideal for spaces like tiny dining rooms where every little bit of room counts.

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Floating Shelves

The genius of floating shelves is that they give you a place to store dishes, glassware and other dining room essentials, without taking up any floor space. Floating shelves are just one of the genius ideas for organizing a messy kitchen.

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Use Banquette Seating to Maximize Space

Consider getting a comfy banquette to conserve space in your small dining room. You can also put a bench up against the wall to utilize space in a similar way. Or, if you’re doing a complete renovation, you may want to think about built-in benches with lift-up seats for extra storage.

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Call It What It Is!

If your tiny dining room is really just a corner in your kitchen (and sometimes it serves as an office and crafting space), you can call out it’s intended identity with a lighthearted sign. This “Eat” sign is simple perfection. You could also paint the word “eat” in another language or perhaps “nosh,” “dine” or “munch” better suites your home.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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