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Holiday Dining Room Decor

Introduction

Transform a bare dining room into a holiday-party-ready haven with suggestions from editorial director of decorating Kevin Sharkey.

Dining Tables
Tables with rounded edges are more welcoming, and can actually make the room seem larger. When shopping for a dining room table, look for one with a leaf option for additional space.

Chairs
Chairs with open backs make for a more open room.

Buffets
An ideal surface for placing food before serving, buffets provide wonderful storage for all things dining-related, such as serving pieces, linens, and silverware.

Mirrors
Maximize small spaces by hanging a mirror; it will brighten the room by reflecting light from chandeliers and tableside lamps.

Rugs
Add warmth and texture to the dining room with a patterned rug. An added bonus: patterns hide stains.

Drapery
Drapes frame windows and complete the room. For versatility, use sheers behind your drapes and then simply pull the curtains back when you want to let in natural light.

Upholstered Benches
Not quite as big as a chair, an upholstered bench is an easy way to add extra seating without taking up too much space.

Side Tables
An essential part of any dining area, side tables provide guests with a necessary place to put down their drinks and hors d'oeuvres. As with dining tables, a round shape tends to be more approachable and casual.

Resources
For more information about Martha Stewart Living furniture and accessories, visit homedepot.com/marthastewart.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010