Monday, May 9, 2005
Room for Improvement: Dining Room Makeover
With summer fast approaching, many of us will be entertaining friends and family. But if your dining room leaves something to be desired, you're not alone. In tonight's room for improvement, our makeover maestro is cooking up a few delicious designs without burning his budget.
On today's Room for Improvement, we're serving up an Asian-inspired dining room makeover! The menu calls for a better furniture layout, decorative accessories, and my fortune cookie even says "there's no painting involved" so that works for me! Let's meet the homeowner.
Martin: "Hey Shane, How are you? Let me see your dining room."
Shane: "Pretty Bare, so what's going on here.
Martin: "Well. Nice table."
Shane: "That was my big purchase and I painted and that's as far as I got."
Martin: "Shane likes a very clean, modern look with a hint of an Asian flair, so I've decided to play that up by adding accessories with a touch of bamboo, such as this mirror for only $40 bucks! Can't wait to see it up."
Martin: "First up we have to get rid of this outdated lamp fixture -- it's time to say bye bye."
Much better, it's a simple design that gives the dining room more presence, plus the rice paper shades still capture a bit of that exotic style. You can always change them out in the future to match any décor, too.
Martin: "The next thing we're going to do is actually angle the table right under the light fixture. This is a great idea if you have a very boxy space. Try angling the furniture and it breaks up the squareness of the room."
Martin: "By moving the table over, it created more space on this wall, but we can't have it look too empty either, so this console table will work nicely here to fill-up the space. It can also act as a sideboard for additional serving dishes while entertaining!"
Many of us have this problem, where the air conditioner thermometer becomes an eye sore in the room. The solution is to hang a display ledge right underneath and that way you can lean a wall art right on it and it hides the problem.
Martin: "I'm lighting some incense to set the mood for the final reveal. Remember, it's about appealing to all the senses.
Martin: "This morning upon walking into the home, all you saw was a lonely dining room table screaming for attention. By shifting the furniture, adding decorative touches and a new lamp fixture, the space now has a WOW FACTOR upon entering for less than $800.
Martin: "One two three."
Shane: "Oh, oh my god. This is fabulous. You like it."
Martin: "A dining room doesn't only have to consist of dining table and a china hutch. Think outside the box and use unconventional pieces such as a console table and even shelves that can still be functional for you. Because when it works, it works. And even a room that's part of an open floor plan can be a room unto it's own. Until next week."
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