Needless to say, interior designers know a thing or two about how to use any space – the slightest. Whether it’s the living room, bedroom, or even the kitchen, professionals have a tendency to make 150 square feet look and feel more like 300, which, of course, is why we here at MyDomaine so often turn to them for their expert advice.
To find out how to make the small dining room look twice as large, we asked the Los Angles designer based in Mandy Cheng to share the decorating mistakes he often found in apartments and houses that did not have square footage. As anticipated, the Homepolish designer behind the space like this dining room full of charming plants and this stunning sun-spotted dining room did not disappoint.
From choosing a rug that is too small to installing lights at the wrong height, this is a mistake decorating an interior designer who is always paying attention, without fail.
1. Forgoing an Area Rug
Although interior designers often choose to choose an area of carpet size that is too small for space as one of the biggest decorating mistakes to avoid in any room, that doesn’t mean you have to forget one altogether when you decorate a small room. the dining room. “Area rugs are a staple for design and are very helpful for uniting a room and combining colors [into space] in a large way,” Cheng explained.
However, neutral carpets can have an equal impact on a small space – and the dining room pictured here, designed by Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder, is proof of that. “If you are worried about tripping, use a carpet with a low pile or kilug and use thin rubber or rubber pads to hold it,” the designer suggested.
2. Selecting a Rug That’s Too Small
The number one mistake to avoid when decorating a small dining room is to choose a carpet that is too small, Cheng said. (Yes, it is a common decoration mistake that must be repeated over and over again.) “I always see rugs that can only be accommodated by the dining table, and chairs all hang on the rug even when pushed in,” the designer said.
“The carpet must cover all furniture, including chairs – even when people are sitting in it,” Cheng noted. “Nobody wants to sit on an uneven chair when eating, so make sure you take this into account when buying a rug,” he warned. As a general rule, add 60 inches to the length and width of your table to find a comfortable rug that will accommodate all your dining chairs.
3. Installing a Chandelier at the Wrong Height
Another common mistake was hanging the chandelier too high on the table, Cheng reported. “The dining room is a more intimate space and you want lighting about 3 feet above the tablet or 6 feet from the floor,” advises the designer. “It feels low when you install it, but once it’s installed, everything makes sense.”
4. Choosing a Chandelier That’s Not the Right Size
That said, “a small chandelier is not the way to go,” Cheng said. “I don’t recommend large lighting fixtures, but if you want the dining room to feel comfortable and balanced, choose equipment that spans 1/4 to 1/3 of your dining table in several ways, whether it’s linear fixtures or large pendants,” the designer recommends .
“Clients sometimes worry that getting bigger equipment will make the room feel cramped, but actually it makes everything feel more balanced and curated,” he explained. “If you’re worried about airspace cramps, look for more linear equipment.”
5. Opting for Furniture That’s Not Proportional
Choosing the right size furniture will make your dining room look more spacious, noted Cheng. If you put large furniture, such as a dining table for 8 people, into a small space, your dining room will look more linear, the designer said. As a rule of thumb, “make sure you leave at least 36 inches (or more) around the table so that there is room for chairs and for people to enter it,” he recommends.
“Also, don’t be too small,” the interior designer warns. “A small bistro-style table in a small dining room will also make the room feel smaller,” he explained. “If you are an element about the size of a table, use blue tape and dimension tape so you can get an idea of what it’s like to walk around the tape and get into a chair.”