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If you love food like we do, chances are the dining room is already your favourite space.

On the off chance that it’s not, we have some ways to help fix that. The goal of a dining room is to bring family and friends together over a great meal. If, however, that dining room happens to look like something off That ‘70s Show, it might be time to hit the refresh button.

There are plenty of furniture stores and furniture liquidators that provide quality options when it comes to your dining room. That said, it can be pretty tough navigating those options unless you know what you’re looking for.

Here are some easy tips to make the dining room your favourite space.

Make Your Table Count
Listen, you only have one table in your dining room (we’re assuming), why not make it stand out?

It doesn’t matter what style home you have, there's a dining room table for every type. Whether you’ve put together a rustic space or gone with a minimalist aesthetic, furniture stores and furniture liquidators have something for everyone.

Of course, practicality also comes into play here. Make sure your dining room table not only fits your home from a style perspective but also in terms of lifestyle and space.

Are you someone who entertains a lot of guests? Are you in a big house or smaller condo? Are you frequently on the go? Answering these kinds of questions will give you a better idea of what you need. The point is to make that dining room table work for you.

Don’t be afraid to get something that folds or can be stored away either. Multi-purpose dining room tables are also very popular at the moment and provide a lot of value doubling up as a dinner table and desk, for example.

Light It Up
Just like the movies, you need good lighting to get the most out of your dining room. That doesn’t simply mean adding a couple of light bulbs here and there so everyone can see.

Dining rooms are all about creating an atmosphere. Part of what makes a great restaurant resonate is the mood it creates when you’re there. You should think about your dining room in similar terms. Lighting is something that can make a significant impact on ambiance right off the bat.

You don’t have to have a bland lighting setup in 2018. Think of your dining room lighting as a statement piece that will not only illuminate the space but also make it interesting. You want people to spend significant time there and not constantly shift their attention to the living room. Ashley Furniture has built some unique chandelier and pendant lighting you should check out for ideas.

Add a Splash of Colour
Colour is a great way to add some life to a space, but you have to be especially cautious about how to use it in a dining room.

The last thing you want is a polarizing colour. You don’t want something that evokes a strong emotion (whether good or bad) from your guest. Whatever colours you choose for the dining room should complement the space not overpower it. Think about colours and tones that go with the overall vibe you’re trying to create.

Trendy colours for 2018 include white that’s accompanied by shades of gray or black. If you’re looking for a fancier finish, gold and brass details also add elegance. White as snow, cyan, neon blue, black and red are also part of a growing “technological” colour trend that’s rising this year.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your dining room or other spaces in your home, head down to one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms or visit our site. We carry a number of great brands including Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!