Monday, September 4, 2006
Room for Improvement: Dining Room
For many homeowners, decorating a dining room can be tricky. They want the space to be elegant without being oppressive. But in tonight's Room for Improvement, Martin Amado reveals his recipe for success. He's showing us how to create a feast for the senses.
WSVN -- Small spaces can be quite a challenge to decorate especially when you're dealing with a small dining room. How do we make it functional with plenty of seating without making it look too cramped? We're going to make it on today's Room For Improvement.
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hey, Pilar, good morning. I see you painted the space, which is good for me because I don't have to paint anymore."
Pilar: "Warm colors. That's the thing. I want it to be cozy."
Martin: "OK, you do want it to be functional and at the same time decorative."
The key to decorating the dining room is to find just the right pieces in terms of their scale, so it doesn't over power the space. So accessories alone isn't going to cut it. I believe all this furniture is going in there, and it's going to look great.
So there are two reasons why I choose this dining room table. First of all, it's round shape controls the traffic flow in the room. Secondly, the glass top keeps the space visually open.
Instead of buying a matching dining room set, I decided to mix things up a bit. It gives it a more eclectic style and makes it more personal to the space.
If you have tall walls, go vertical with your art to make a more dramatic statement.
OK, the dining room is looking pretty good, but, just when you thought, we couldn't fit anymore furniture, we have one more piece.
This is actually a console table typically found in a hallway, but, in a small dining room such as this, it works great as a side board.
A mirror always helps a space appear bigger.
I'm turning these decorative baskets into wall art.
Final touch: a simple yet effective center piece, and we have ourselves a center piece, and we have ourselves a dining room.
We started off with great color on the walls when we found the dining room this morning, but that was about it. Mixing glass with wood and rod iron elements, we created an eclectic style that fits perfectly in this small space for under $1,000.
Martin: "One, two, three."
Pilar: "Oh, my God, Martin. You combined everything prefect with the colors of the walls. There's room for four so obviously room to grow."
So now the dining room is finally decorated, and, most importantly, it has enough room for Pilar's growing family. I'll see you guys next week.
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Martin Amado's Website