Monday, November 21, 2005
Room for Improvement: Dining Room
With the holidays just over a week away, many of us will be entertaining friends and family. But if the look of your dining room leaves a bad taste in your mouth, there's still time to make a few subtle changes. In tonight's Room for Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how to decorate a space that will please your palette and your eyes.
WSVN--On today's Room for Improvement we're taking a small dining room and giving it a dose of "wow factor," so that it becomes an impressive space to dine and entertain."
Martin: "Room for improvement, Hi Abigail."
Abigail: "Hey Martin Good morning."
Martin: "So this is the dining space."
Abigail: "It's empty, it looks cold and I want it warm."
Martin: "I didn't do a lot of shopping for this space because it is small, but the challenge that we also face is that it's open to the living room and the kitchen is in plain site. So the solution curtain panels among some other things."
Because we have a very bright solid colors on the wall a striped curtain panel will give the room more interest.
Martin: "There you go the space looks much better and if you notice I draped a curtain panel right over here to kind of hide the kitchen whenever Abigail entertains."
Now the next step is to take these colorful plates and actually hang them on the wall with these plate hangers all across the sliding glass doors, it's an easy way to decorate tall walls.
In a dining room setting a mirror and two candle sconces always makes a nice statement on the walls and on this case it also helps to give the room more depth giving that we are working in a small space.
Martin: "Abigail had this extra console table in the living room, so I decided to bring in here instead and actually turn into a bar area."
Martin: "Tables always need a focal point and I could have opted to use one decorative centerpiece but instead I am using three different candle holders of different height creating a cluster and that way just gives the table a littlebit more of eye candy and completes the table setting and I think we're done."
Before even with a dining set the space looked incomplete. All it took was some curtains, dinner plates as wall art and some other accesories to give this room a sense of style and purpose.
Martin: "Open your eyes."
Abigail: "Oh my god, oh my goodness look at this. Wow -- this is beautiful."
Martin: "Good things do come in small packages and we proved that today by creating an intimate dining experience for Abigail and her guests. Another room improves so I'll see you soon."
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