The dining room is one of the least used spaces in the house, but Brits pack into it on special occasions like Christmas.
Research* carried out for us found that just 4% of respondents said that the dining room was the most used room in their house. It seems that Brits are having a quick dinner in front of the TV, as four in five said that their living room was where they spent the most time.
However, nearly a third said that they used their dining room for special occasions, which might include the family coming over for Christmas dinner. With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the time to get your dining room ready if you’ll be hosting your family on Christmas Day. Here’s how you can get your dining room looking festive:
-Get in some extra seating – if your dining room table only seats six, but you’ve got 10 people for dinner, that leaves four guests without a place to sit. Rather than making some people balance precariously on stools that you have lying around, invest in a few basic spare chairs – so everyone will have somewhere to sit. If your dining room table won’t accommodate all of your guests, consider setting up a little extra table for the kids.
-Pick one colour scheme – when you’re putting up Christmas decorations for your dining room, make sure you stick to one or two colours, otherwise you’re in danger of everything looking messy and cluttered. Red, gold, or green are the traditional colours, but don’t feel bound to these. You can go for a more modern combination, such as blue and silver, black and white, or two neon colours for a fresh look.
-Add some candles – when it comes to festive lighting, nothing says Christmas better than candles. You can bring some holiday cheer to your dining room by placing a few on various surfaces, making sure that they’re not near anything flammable. If you’re worried about kids near open flames, you can get a few realistic looking flameless candles, such as this set of three from Amazon.
-Decorate with greenery – add a few sprigs of holly or fir tree branches in your room for a natural touch. You can save clippings from your Christmas tree to decorate picture frames, or you may be able to pick some up for free from shops where Christmas trees are sold. If you have a fake garland on the mantelpiece, add in a few pinecones or some of your tree cuttings to make it look more authentic.
-Get a sparkly table runner – if your tablecloth is just plain white and doesn’t feel very festive, or if you don’t have a tablecloth at all, you can just add a glittery table runner to make it look a bit more Christmassy. You can buy a table runner from most supermarkets, such as this gold one from Asda, or if you’re a bit craftier, you can get a long piece of sparkly fabric, cut it to size, and finish off the edges with a sewing machine.
-Create some personalised table settings – you can add a personal touch for your guests by creating individual table settings with their names on. Don’t worry; you don’t have to go all out for this – just some brown tags with names written on in a gold pen will do, and it means that everyone sits where you want them to.
-Design an interesting table centrepiece – decorate a cake stand with little baubles in your colour scheme, or fill a glass bowl with battery-powered fairy lights and place it in the centre of your dining room table. It will really bring the Christmas design of the room together, and will make you feel festive as you’re tucking into your turkey and roast potatoes.
-Install a fireplace – if you really want to splash out and make your dining room more homely, you could consider getting a fireplace. If you already have a blocked chimney in your dining room, you might be able to open it up and install a fireplace; otherwise you might have to make do with an electric fire. You can pay for the fireplace installation out of your savings, or you may wish to consider a home improvement loan to cover the cost. Make sure you’ll be able to keep up with the payments though, as this type of loan is usually secured on your house, so you could lose your home if you can’t afford to pay it back.
*OnePoll questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 4th April and 9th April 2014, of whom 500 were Scottish residents.
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