How To Create An Elegant Dining Room On A Tight Budget

Your dining room is a place where you connect with your family over a meal, get to know acquaintances, share a romantic meal with your partner and entertain friends. It's a key room in your home, so you'll want it to be both comfortable enough for everyday use and formal enough to make those invited to your home for a meal feel special. You don't need to have a large budget available to spruce up your dining room and create a stylish space. Here's an overview of how you can create an elegant dining room for very little:

Luxury Wallpaper

Hanging luxury wallpaper in your dining room doesn't sound like a money-saving tip, but creating a feature wall doesn't have to be expensive and it will lift the entire room. Keep your other three walls plain, which will keep costs down and prevent the room from feeling closed in or too busy. Forget the latest wallcovering trends and the styles of wallpaper you can buy anywhere, and buy one or two good rolls of paper from a luxury interiors supplier, such as Plush Wallpaper. A visually stunning wall will enhance the main features of your dining room, such as your table. There are a number of styles of high-end wallpaper available, including chintzes and damasks, and you'll want to choose a pattern that suits the use of the room. For a dining room, consider floral designs, small-scale motifs and renaissance inspired prints.

Vintage Furniture

Forget the cheap plastic or chipboard dining tables sold today and opt for a vintage dining set that's made with better quality materials, such as walnut or oak. To buy a new solid wood dining table and matching chairs would be costly, but used dining sets are often sold in charity shops and local classifieds for a fraction of what you'd pay for a new set made with inferior materials. The dining table is the centrepiece of the room, and a vintage table with carved legs and a polished finish will add warmth and sophistication to your dining room.

Stripped Floor

A natural wood floor is both stylish and easy to maintain, so you don't have to worry about stains ruining the flooring and detracting from the other main features of the room. It's not expensive to strip your floorboards and protect them with a hardwearing finish. You can hire a floor sander on an hourly rate, and it won't take more than a couple of hours to strip back the dining room floor of an average house. Once the floorboards are bare and smooth, you can apply either a hard wax oil or polyurethane finish. Hard wax oil seeps into the floorboards and gives them a nourished look, but it doesn't cover up small scratches in the wood. Polyurethane is water-resistant and sits on top of the wood rather than penetrating it, so it covers blemishes well.

Once the main features of the dining room are taken care of, you can further enhance the room with a few homemade accessories, such as a succulent centrepiece for the table or wall art for one of the plain walls.