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By Paul Adede One of the biggest challenges of designing a dining room is what to put on the walls. We’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas from traditional to quirky and everything in between. If you’ve got wall space to fill up in your dining room, we’ve got you covered. Gallery Wall If […]

Ways to Dress Up Your Dining Room Walls

By Paul Adede

One of the biggest challenges of designing a dining room is what to put on the walls. We’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas from traditional to quirky and everything in between. If you’ve got wall space to fill up in your dining room, we’ve got you covered.

Gallery Wall
If you happen to have a large collection of art, a gallery wall is a perfect solution in a dining room. You can mix and match various sizes of art, frame colors and finishes, and even throw in some unusual objects to create a fun gallery wall that displays it all. The spacing and execution of gallery walls can sometimes be tricky, so make sure you plan the whole thing out before you grab your hammer and nails.

Large Mirror
A beautiful mirror is one of those pieces that never goes out of style so you can feel comfortable investing in it. A large mirror is a great solution if you have a smaller space that you’re looking to open up a bit. Round mirrors are definitely having a moment right now, so if you’re not sure what type of mirror might work in your dining room, consider going round.

Graphic Wallpaper as Art
I absolutely love the look of wallpaper and think that the dining room is the perfect spot to go for it. However, if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge (or take on the expense) of wallpapering your entire dining room, consider using just a piece of it. Find a print or design that you love, then order a piece that’s just large enough to fill your space. Or try using smaller pieces (either the same print or coordinating prints) that you can frame and hang together on one wall.

Family Photography
If you’re always snapping family photos or pictures of your kids, consider enlarging a couple of them and using them as artwork in your dining room. Printing family photos in black and white is a great way to make them look a bit more professional and pulled together.

Plate Collection
If you love to collect plates and china, you can easily create a beautiful arrangement on your dining room wall. You can choose to display your plates by color, pattern or mix it all up and simply hang all of your favorites. While you can certainly plan your arrangement ahead of time, you don’t need to do quite as much planning as you do for gallery walls.

Wood Accent Wall
If you’re looking to make more of a statement in your dining room, a wood accent wall is a great choice. You can get really creative with this option by choosing an unusual material such as reclaimed wood, or paint a bold, graphic pattern using wood elements.

Shelves
You could also decide to forego art altogether and cover one of your walls with a large shelving unit. This option gives you a great deal of flexibility in terms of your decor, as well as a good chunk of extra storage space. You can still include pieces of art on the shelves themselves, as well as other decorative items. You could also create an open shelving storage look with plates, glasses or serving pieces (which is nice if you don’t have any open shelving in your kitchen).

Large Tree as Art
If a living wall feels a bit overwhelming but you still love the idea of making a big statement with plants, perhaps your dining room needs a large tree. While these large trees can definitely be on the more expensive side, with proper care you will hopefully have it for years to come. If you decide to use a large tree in front of a wall as a focal piece, make sure you also invest in a beautiful pot to help show off your plant.

If you are someone who has never done a ton of cooking or formal entertaining, chances are that you will find dining room design a bit of a challenge. With these ideas, you will realize that you will love spending time in your dining room and soon start doing the cooking/entertaining thing a lot more.

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