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Needless to say, interior designers know a thing or two about how to make the most of any space-no matter how small. Whether it's a living room, a bedroom, or even a kitchen, the pros have a penchant for making 150 square feet look and feel more like 300, which, of course, is why we here at MyDomaine so frequently turn to them for their expert advice.
To find out exactly how to make a small dining room appear twice as large, we asked Los Angles-based designer Mandy Cheng to share the decorating mistakes she frequently spots in apartments and homes lacking in square footage. As anticipated, the Homepolish designer behind spaces like this charming plant-filled dining room and this stunning sun-dappled dining space did not disappoint.
From selecting a rug that's too small to installing a light fixture at the wrong height, these are the decorating mistakes an interior designer always notices, without fail.
Mistake #1: Forgoing an Area Rug
Although interior designers often cite choosing an area rug size that's too small for a space as one of the biggest decorating mistakes to avoid in any room, that doesn't mean you should forgo one altogether when you're decorating a small dining room. вЂњArea rugs are a staple for design and really help to pull a room together as well as incorporate color into the space in a large way,вЂќ Cheng explains.
However, a neutral rug can have an equally large impact on a small space-and the dining room pictured here, designed by Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder, is proof. вЂњIf you're worried about tripping, go for a low-pile or kilim rug and use a thin felt or rubber rug pad to keep it in place,вЂќ suggests the designer.Armadillo & Co River $2200ShopThe Citizenry Eco-Friendly Rug Pad $105Shop
Mistake #2: Selecting a Rug That's Too Small
Dining room rugs
The number one mistake to avoid when decorating a small dining room is selecting a rug that's too small, says Cheng. (Yes, it's such a common decorating mistake that it bears repeating.) вЂњI always see rugs that only the dining table is able to fit on, and the chairs are all hanging off the rug even when pushed in,вЂќ divulges the designer.
вЂњA rug should encompass all the furniture, including the chairs-even when people are sitting in them,вЂќ Cheng notes. вЂњNobody wants to sit in an uneven chair when dining, so make sure you take this into account when purchasing a rug,вЂќ she warns. As a general rule, add 60 inches to the length and the width of your table to find a rug that will comfortably accommodate all your dining chairs.
Mistake #3: Installing a Chandelier at the Wrong HeightMadeline Tolle for Homepolish
Another common mistake is hanging a chandelier too high above the table, reports Cheng. вЂњA dining area is a more intimate space and you want the lighting to be about 3 feet above the tabletop or 6 feet off the floor,вЂќ advises the designer. вЂњIt will feel low when you're installing it, but once it's in place, it'll all make sense.вЂќSerena & Lily Headlands Bell Pendant $398ShopAll Modern Ado 5 Piece Dining Set $569Shop
Mistake #4: Choosing a Chandelier That's Not the Right Size
That said, вЂњtiny chandeliers aren't the way to go,вЂќ says Cheng. вЂњI don't recommend a huge light fixture, but if you want the dining room to feel cozy and balanced, choose a fixture that spans 1/4 to 1/3 of your dining table in some way, whether it's a linear fixture or a large pendant,вЂќ the designer recommends.
вЂњClients sometimes worry that getting a larger fixture will make the room feel cramped, but it actually makes everything feel more balanced and curated,вЂќ she explains. вЂњIf you're worried about cramping the air space, look for the fixtures that are more linear.вЂќPark Studio Alta $1200ShopPark Studio Perry $720Shop
Mistake #5: Opting for Furniture That's Not ProportionalMadeline Tolle for Homepolish
Choosing appropriately sized furniture will make your dining room look more spacious, notes Cheng. If you stuff large furniture, such as an 8-person dining table, into a small space, your dining room will look even tinier, the designer points out. As a rule of thumb, вЂњmake sure you leave at least 36 inches (or more) around the perimeter of the table so there is room for chairs and for people to get into them,вЂќ she recommends.
вЂњAlso, don't go too small,вЂќ the interior designer cautions. вЂњA tiny bistro-style table in a small dining space will also make the room feel smaller,вЂќ she explains. вЂњIf you're unsure about the size of a table, use blue tape and tape off the dimensions so you can get an idea as to how it will feel to walk around the tape and get into a chair.вЂќArticle Conan Oval Dining Table $599ShopWest Elm Mid-Century Expandable Dining Table $799 $640Shop
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