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Creative Ways To Update Your Dining Room

Creative Ways To Update Your Dining Room

Your dining room might be the last place you’d expect some originality. It seems set in stone: Table. Chairs. Chandelier. Sideboard. But even with those basics, there’s room for unique style. Consider these creative ways to update your dining room. They might just spark some ideas for you.

The Chairs

If you’ve already spent a lot on your dining room furniture, you can change up the vibe of the room without giving up on the beautiful pieces you have. The most common complaint is that the formal furniture makes the room look heavy. However, you can lighten up traditional dark, ornate sets with some strategic seating decisions.


You can give the room a ton of personality with fabrics that have more interesting colors or patterns. This can get expensive, so you can pick your spots by accenting with contrasting fabric just on the back of the chair. If the chairs have simple construction, you might be able to reupholster them yourself.

Slip Covers

Some breezy linen slip covers are a shortcut to a dining room that’s more casual and comfortable. A creamy white cotton will break up the dark wood finish and give it a chic new identity. You can always put the slipcovers away for different occasions.


Mixing and matching is always in style if you do it right. For a quick fix, switch out the two head chairs with contrasting variations. Or combine two sets of chairs and pull it all together with a unifying color or form. Use a bench on one side of the table for a unique approach.

The Lighting

It might seem like blasphemy to move a chandelier out of the dining room, but it could be dragging the atmosphere down. Something more modern with cleaner lines might simplify the room, and more transparent glass can open it up. You can even (gasp!) skip the chandelier in favor of built-in overhead lighting. The chandelier you already have can elevate another room in the house with unexpected flair. Dress up your bedroom or add some glamour to your walk-in closet.

The Walls

Odds are that you’ve hung traditional art with heavy frames to go with your formal furniture. Depending on the room, that can be too much Old World for one area. Choose more modern artwork with some vibrant color, or try a mirror for an illusion of space. Experiment with the trend for natural elements like driftwood or greenery. Art doesn’t always have to be the focal point of the room; try a more muted piece that still contributes color and mood to the room. Of course, you can also leave it bare and intensify the atmosphere with a warmer wall paint or new texture.

If you’re not sure where to start, stop by to browse our discount dining room furniture at one of our six locations in St. Louis. At Midwest Clearance Center, we’re happy to help you find creative ways to update your dining room without blowing your budget.