Are you neglecting your dining room? Maybe you host a meal in there once or twice a year or even less – and mostly on holidays. Maybe it’s been a while since you had a dinner party. Either way, your dining room isn’t seeing much action. This, friends, is a creative opportunity. No one sets out to be wasteful, but we often fail to consider the wasted living spaces in our own homes.
Redefine How You Dine.
Think about what’s keeping you from spending more time in there. Ponder what it would take for you to get excited about dining – regularly – in your dining room. Maybe it feels too formal. If so, consider why. Is it the furniture? The carpet? The window treatments? It’s nice to have a pretty room, but if you’re only using it a couple times a year or even less, it could be time for a change. If you need motivation, weigh the cost of losing a formal room that’s barely used against the benefit of a reimagined space that the whole family could enjoy throughout the year.
Think About The Bones.
The bones of a room are the floor, ceiling, walls and visible surfaces you can see and/or touch. Consider how you’d like them to look in your potential redesign. You might want to strip some ancient wallpaper, pull up an old carpet, refinish a wood floor or pick a new paint for the walls.
How about the lighting? You might want to swap out that out-of-date chandelier with track lighting or a couple sleek lamps. What colors and textures would you enjoy in your redesigned room? Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’re keeping the focus on the dining, what would make you more likely to eat together in this room, as opposed to wherever you’ve been eating lately? Would a bar and stools invite a more casual feel that you’d find more inviting?
You Don’t Have To Dine In The Dining Room.
If you’ve thought about how to make the dining room more of a family dining destination and are still stumped, the good news is that you don’t have to dine in the dining room. You don’t even need to call it a dining room. It’s your home. Reserve the right to redefine your surroundings as you wish and use them however you prefer.
An unused dining room has virtually limitless potential. If you toss out expectations, reimagining the room with an entirely different function doesn’t have to sound crazy. You could turn it into a family game room or create a plant haven for indoor gardening. You could repurpose your dining room as a reading library or a cozy hangout for the family pets.
Make It Your Own.
Whether you’re actually dining in there or not, there’s no good reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the room and spend more quality time in it than just a couple meals during the holidays. So get creative, reimagine your dining room and make it happen. You’ll be glad you did.