A long narrow dining room might seem inadequate, but it can look and feel as spacious as much larger rooms. It takes specific decorating techniques and the desire to turn a long narrow space into an impressive part of the home. Select a dining room table and chair set of the appropriate size, and begin decorating the space in impressive new ways. Depending upon your style of choice, it can look quaint and welcoming or exquisite and stylish.
Paint the Dining Room Walls a Light Crisp Color
When a dining room is dark, it can look considerably smaller and narrower than it actually is. When seeking decorating ideas, it is important to start from square one with a light crisp wall color. It does not have to be white or a neutral hue, but it should subtle and clean in appearance. Dingy or dark hues will also make a narrow dining room appear dreary. The dimensions are not as important as the decorating scheme. Even a large dining room can seem inadequate if it is poorly arranged and thoughtlessly decorated.
Hang Wall Mirrors on the Long Sides of the Dining Room
I often use wall mirrors when decorating client’s homes. I love mirrors because they provide new views from ever changing angles. They also infinitely reflect opposing mirrors when cleverly hung, and they have the power to make narrow spaces look wider.
If possible, hang two large wall mirrors across from two more of the same style and size. Space them to allow for decorating the center points. The arrangement will look outstanding, and the dining room will appear naturally wider.
Create a Focal Point in Between the Mirrors on One Wall
When using large wall mirrors to make a narrow dining room appear wider, create a focal point by adding eye catching decor to the arrangement. Something eye catching can be placed in between two mirrors. The options are limitless.
I have used wall planters to create stunning dining room focal points. Because the dining room is narrow, they must be mounted a little higher than average to avoid knocking them off of the wall upon passing. Fill beautiful wall planters with realistic faux blooms and vines of your choice. Attention will be drawn to one side of the dining room or the next, and it will appear wider than it really is.