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Simple Ways to Update your Dining Room

Are you bored with your dining room? Does it go unused for most of the year? Here are a few easy ways to update it so that you, your family, and your guests won't ever want to leave it.

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Your dining set is one of the biggest furniture investments in your home -- once you take the plunge, those table and chairs are likely to stick around for a while. But sometimes when you've had pieces for a while -- especially when they don't see a lot of use -- it's easy for them, and the room they are in, to start feeling a little stale. Below I share a few quick and easy tips that will breathe new life into your dining room.

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This floral mural from Anewall would create a glamorous feature wall.

Update your walls

The most dramatic (and very cost-effective) way to give your dining room a quick makeover is with a fresh coat of paint or a new wall covering. Since the dining room is a place you want to feel intimate and comfortable, try a bold, deep color (like my all-time favorite: Farrow and Ball's Downpipe).

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Mural available from Anewall. Pair this with a white or gray paint on surrounding walls for a dramatic dining room.

A bold wallpaper is another great way to completely change the look and feel of the room. If four walls is overwhelming for you, try choosing an accent wall for paper or a wall mural. Anewall is a great resource for fun wall murals and art that can easily spruce up any space!

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Styled by Gillian Segal & Sophie Collins. Photo by Christie Graham Photography.

Add a bar!

Like a moth to the flame, nothing tends to gather people together like a beverage center! If you don't have space for a larger storage unit (where you can store entertaining dinnerware inside and set up a bar on top), find a small bar cart that can squeeze into a corner or be brought in and out as needed. Since I love to entertain, I have two of these set up in my house -- they always keep the party going.

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Designed by Gillian Segal Design. Photography by Tracey Ayton Photography.

Believe it or not -- this gold bar cart was a DIY Ikea makeover. I took this $39 cart, spray-painted the metal frame gold, and voila! A luxe-looking portable bar in no time. If DIY isn't your thing, or you're looking for more of an investment piece, below are a few beautiful bar carts that will enhance the decor of your dining room.

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1. Libations Bar Cart, Crate and Barrel 

2. Ava Bar Cart, in smoke, Inside Avenue

3. Connaught Bar Cart, Arteriors

4. Foxed Mirror Bar Cart, West Elm

5. Emily McCarthy for Taylor Burke Home, One Kings Lane

6. Come As You Are, Dante

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Styled by Gillian Segal and Sophie Collins. Photography by Christie Graham Photography.

Details, details, details

It always amazes me how even the smallest details can transform a space. Invest in some new dinnerware to reignite your love of your dining room. Here are a few party-ready tablescapes I styled with the amazing food and wine blogger Sophie Collins. If doing a whole new place setting is too overhwleming, try adding a fun new salad plate or funky stemware to give the space a new look. 

Designer Tip: When looking for affordable dinnerware to switch things up, I always love the selection at CB2 -- like these plates here.

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Styled by Gillian Segal and Sophie Collins. Photography by Christie Graham Photography.

Also consider adding fresh flowers. It might sound very obvious, but a beautiful arrangment of fresh blooms always pulls me into a space. Nothing tells your guests to "come hang out here!" like bright bold colors that give your space a heavenly scent at the same time. Another trick I love to use is adding a few small cushions onto dining chairs, or blankets draped over the backs of chairs. Dining rooms can feel very stiff so sometimes a cozy, colorful or textural fabric can make the space feel much more inviting.

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