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Transforming Our Dining Room Decor: A Family-Friendly Makeover

Written by: Nikki Rajnovich


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Hi, Friends!

As a mom of two adorable, energetic kids, I understand the importance of having a home that’s not just beautiful, but also functional and resilient to the everyday chaos of family life—that’s why I recently decided it was time to breathe new life into our dining room decor. 

Our old dining room table and chairs served us well through countless messy meals and craft projects, but with the constant wear and tear, it was time for an upgrade. I’m thrilled to share with you how I transformed our dining space into a stylish yet family-friendly area.

Steps for an easy dining room makeover

Choosing the Right Furniture

Our first order of business was replacing the old dining room table. I opted for a sturdy, hardwood table that promises durability and is easy to clean—a must when you have kids! 

Hardwood tables are fantastic because they resist scratches and stains better than other materials. They also come in a variety of finishes, so finding one that matched our decor was a breeze.

Next up, the chairs! I fell in love with these stylish yet practical chairs that not only complement the table but are also comfortable and easy to wipe down after meals. It’s crucial to choose chairs that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing but also sturdy enough to withstand the occasional climbs and jumps by little ones.

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Adding Warmth with an Area Rug

To add a cozy touch and a pop of color, I placed a new area rug under the table. Choosing a rug might seem counterintuitive in a kid-friendly dining room, but selecting the right material and pattern can hide a multitude of sins! 

I chose a low-pile rug with a dark, busy pattern that can disguise small spills and crumbs until cleanup time. Rugs also help in cushioning the space, which is excellent for when kids are around.

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Tips for Updating Your Dining Room Decor

  • Choose Durable Materials: Always opt for furniture and decor items that can withstand a bit of roughhousing and are easy to clean.

  • Mix and Match: Don’t be afraid to mix different styles and textures to create a dynamic space. A wooden table can go wonderfully with metal chairs, for instance.

  • Incorporate Storage: Having extra storage for toys, art supplies, or even dining ware can be a lifesaver. A sideboard or dining bench with hidden storage can work wonders.

  • Keep It Personal: Let your family's personality shine through in your dining area—it makes the space feel warm and inviting. Get the kids involved in choosing some aspects of the decor to make them feel part of the makeover.

  • Area Rugs: Opt for easy-to-clean rugs in darker colors or patterns. They not only define the space but also make it safer and more comfortable for little feet.
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Creating a dining space that’s both chic and child-friendly doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With some smart choices and a bit of creativity, you can have a dining room that serves up style as easily as it does dinner.

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The Author: Nikki Rajnovich

Nikki Rajnovich is a wife and mom of two, living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. She is a lover of all things interiors with years of experience helping clients design their dream homes. She emphasizes the fusion of beauty, functionality, and intentional design in every project she works on.  

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