It is officially the holiday season! We are seriously so happy and feel beyond blessed to be settled in to our new home, especially in time for the holidays. Decorating is so much more fun during this time of year. So, to get in the spirit, I decide to spruce-up my kitchen dining room table to seem like I’m fancy. 😉 I have to be honest- we RARELY eat at the kitchen table, and instead, at the kitchen island or downstairs. So staging my dining room table just makes sense, considering I can just leave it how it is. Now that I have it set, I feel a sense of completion. It fills decorating space in our open kitchen-dining room- and living room area. But it also shows a sense of living- like someone ACTUALLY lives here.
While keeping it set may not seem practical for some (especially if you have kiddos), I highly recommend investing in decor that will allow you to whip it together if needed for a family-function or when friends are visiting. And what’s even better is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make it look nice!!
Here are a few tips for decorating a tablescape and dining room on a budget:
- Hit up Dollar Tree!! They have amazing dinnerware for only $1 each. This is where I got my gold-rimmed dinner plates.
- Use pops of color. I chose copper, as it bleeds over from the theme in my kitchen and ties it all together. And on that note: don’t be afraid to mix metallic tones. I have hints of silver, gold, AND copper.
- Choose between a table runner or place settings. Not both. Too much going on. In fact, I always lean towards a table runner because it lengthens the table and is easy on the eyes so your entire table isn’t covered.
- If you have windows in your dining room, use decorative curtains. NO valences, as they are a thing of the past. And don’t go too crazy with the curtain patterns and colors. Keep it simple.
- My favorite tip of all- use curtains that go all the way from the ceiling to the floor. I have 9ft ceilings, so I used 108″-long curtains. This will give the illusion that your ceilings are taller than what they are and lengthen the room.
- Put a rug under your table. And make sure it is larger than the table itself, because if it is smaller, your room will appear smaller.
- If you have a smaller dining area like I do, use a bench on one side of the table instead of chairs. Not only will this open the space up a bit, but it will also give some styling variation and edgy-vibes.
I’m tagging my dinnerware, wine glasses, kitchen furniture, Christmas tree, curtains, and EVERYTHING else below.
Happy Shopping & Merry Christmas!