November 16, 2018
While your dining room may not see much traffic throughout the year, it becomes the center of attention during holiday visits and entertaining. It’s where many families spend time with one another, home-cooked meals served at the table, desserts and laughter to follow, or even board games and a round of UNO with cousins and siblings. Whether you have a formal dining room or one that’s part of an open floor plan, follow these simple tips to prepare your dining room for the holidays.
Start the Preparations Early
There’s a reason for the adage, “The early bird gets the worm.” This is especially true during the exciting time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of waiting until the night before or day of, start your preparations a week in advance. This includes finalizing the menu, selecting which dinnerware to use, and gathering all your tablescape decor. Making all these preparations ahead of time leaves fewer chores on the big day, gifting you with more quality time with family and friends.
Select a Color Scheme
During your preparations, selecting a thoughtful color scheme will add a burst of holiday cheer to your tablescape. Like in the dining room above from Blue Valley, a well-chosen color scheme will enhance the aesthetic and warmth of the entire room. While Pinterest is always a favorite spot to see what others are doing, often visiting decorated model homes, or retailers that offer coordinated stock displays can be a great place for inspiration and you’ll see what professional decorators are doing for current trends! Of course, we’re biased to our own decorated models. From classic silver and gold to bold pops of color, there are a variety of color options to choose from. The traditional color palettes this time of year include hues of green and red. However, you can also experiment with crisp whites and neutral tones to create a more elegant table setting.
Accent with Festive Decor
Coupled with your chosen color scheme, you can also accent your dining room with hints of festive decor. For Thanksgiving, use an assortment of ceramic pumpkins to adorn each table setting. During the Christmas season, replace the pumpkins with holly leaves or small ornaments. If you’re strategic in selecting your color scheme, you can even use the same china and place setting. Then, with a few subtle changes to the decor in-between the holidays, your dining room will be ready to go for the next gathering.
Celebrate the Holidays in Your New Home
Make your holiday meal one to remember in a new Sharp Residential home. With spacious 4 to 5 bedroom floor plans, you’re sure to find the perfect home to host your next family gathering. Once you’ve found the Cherokee, Forsyth, or Fulton County community that fits your family’s life and style, you can work with our team at the Design Studio to perfectly customize the dining room in your new home. From our family at Sharp Residential to yours, Happy Holidays!