A dining room may be such a first rate location to entertain, but it can without difficulty be underused if you frequently eat within the kitchen or in the front of the small screen television instead. Here are a few suggestions to make it a greater special region to spend time…
1) Adding a table material and a vase (a pint glass or milkbottle will do for that ‘shabby chic’ look that is very in on the moment) complete of flowers (choose wild ones from your garden/balcony or pick a small bunch of something easy like freesias and gypsophila at your nearby florist/supermarket) adds immediately homely surroundings to a dining room.
2) Light some candles and turn down the lights to add mood. This doesn’t should be romantic (even though it certainly is!) – it’s miles equally enjoyable and a lovely way to give up a demanding day at work.
3) Create on the spot new chairs with the aid of masking your existing ones with a quite disguise. All you want is a couple of vintage sheets and some ribbon. I would advocate batch-dyeing sheets with Dylon Machine Dye (honestly easy, simply comply with the commands on the packet) to a colour that coordinates along with your curtains and carpet, then cutting every sheet in half. Your local haberdashers/John Lewis will stock ribbon – I’d choose quite huge ribbon in a similar shade, or another coloration on your scheme, eg brown ribbon on cream sheets, or gold ribbon on burgundy sheets for a cute heat look. You’ll want approximately 1 – 1 ½ metres according to chair, depending at the width of the lower back of the chair. Drape the half-sheet over the chair lengthways, in order that the seat and the again are covered, and tie the ribbon across the returned of the chair above the seat, in order that the material on the again of the chair is taut and secure. Tie a knot or a bow on the lower back, and, hiya presto, ‘new’ eating room chairs!
4) Antique tablecloths and dresses may be split to make colourful napkins – absolutely reduce into squares and hem or overlock the edges to make precise napkins you’ll by no means see anywhere else.
Start making time for supper a unique time that you spend collectively as a couple or family – an area where you have got the chance to talk and share the day’s successes and disappointments with out the distractions of the television, or maybe the washing-up (as a minimum not until afterwards!). Enjoy!