Dining Decor: How to Spice Up Your Most Utilized Piece of Furniture

Odds are your dining room is like mine: a dining table. That piece of furniture is so big that it dominates the room, but it is used so often that I don't know how to practically decorate it. I think that's why it is so bland compared to my living room or my study. But, thanks to Pinterest and other design websites, I have been able to find practical and gorgeous ways to spice up my dining area.

Number One:

The Tablecloth

Pink Table Runner

These can be pretty inexpensive, easy to switch out for cleaning, and will be the dominating piece to set the tone for your dining room. Blues are a relaxing color, where yellow is energizing. Red stimulates passion and beauty, and green is refreshing and life-giving. Depending on the effect you want, you can use solid colors or patterned in your tablecloth.

But, if you have a lovely wood table, you probably don't want to cover it up. Table runners are a great in-between. Table runners go down the center of your table and act as a highlight, without getting in the way of meals. If you have a light maple or birch table, dark colors such as a blue or purple will make the honey color of your table “pop. However, if you have a deep walnut or mahogany table, you can use lighter colors to highlight your table like a silver, gold, or daisy yellow. This is a great way to add a splash of color to your dining room.

Number Two:

The Centerpiece

Here, you can have a field day on Pinterest with DIY centerpiece crafts. Now, there are limitless things you can do with candles and flowers, but here are some out of the ordinary ideas I enjoyed:

The first I found on ruffledblog.com under their wedding reception ideas. This is gorgeous if you have smaller birch or maple logs to use. Cut the wooden piece to the desired height you would like, sand one end to make sure it sits level, and then hollow out a hole in one end large enough to fit a small glass candle holder. Place the glass candle holder inside, and you have a creative centerpiece fit for all seasons!


A friend of mine actually used this idea as her wedding reception table centerpieces. Super simple, yet vibrant in color, she filled tall, glass vases full of water and then stacked granny smith apples inside. This picture comes from ideasbyjoy.blogspot.com, and it looks like she incorporates the flower vases with the apples. Granny Smith apples have a nice, refreshing green color with a pleasing round shape. The only problem is that this centerpiece doesn'’t last forever. It’s biodegradable, so you’ll want to switch out the centerpiece before it starts molding.


This is a colorful and practical idea for a table centerpiece: gumballs! A convenient breath-refresher after a meal or a midday treat, gumballs last forever. You can get them in very bold and bright color schemes, and it is sure to bring colorful life to your table. Here is an example, taken from blessthismessplease.com.

Number 3:

Chair Cushions

Bellagio Dining Set GREEN

Make your chairs and furniture both comfortable and snazzy by adding chair cushions. You can easily pick some up at Walmart, visit Ikea, or shop online for unique and colorful chair cushions. It’s just another way you can add accent colors to your table while having the practicality of comfort. Dark colors look good with light wood chairs, and light colors look good with dark wood or resin chairs.

And there you have it, three simple ways you can add decor to your dining room by utilizing the most dominant piece of furniture: your table.