How to Style Your Dining Room for Fall

As the weather cools down and the autumn season approaches, it’s time to think about a home refresh. One of the most important parts of your home during this season is the dining room. Whether you’re planning to host Thanksgiving dinner this year or you’re simply preparing to do some entertaining, styling the dining room for fall is a crucial part of your seasonal home transformation. Read on to learn a few tips and ideas about how to style your dining room for fall, so you can be the ultimate host.

The Table Sets the Scene

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From family gatherings to parties with friends, your dining room table should be roomy and accommodating. Dining tables that extend using a center leaf or that have extendable ends will make it easy to create a beautiful autumn spread. These tables are especially helpful if your dining room is small, and you only need a little extra elbow room when you entertain. Explore our website to discover a wide range of stunning dining tables featured in a myriad of modern designs. Ideally, the table should be rectangular or in an oval shape, so you have plenty of room to serve your food and space for guests to eat and spread out. You’re not likely to buy a new table just for one season, so make sure that you select something versatile for year-round use. Remember, you can always dress up your table with autumnal tablecloths, placemats, candles, and a fall-themed centerpiece.

Dining Room Ideas: Elevate Your Lighting

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Autumn is a perfect time to reevaluate the lighting in your home, including the dining room. Look for dining room light fixtures that will give this space a warm, appealing glow. Products from brands like Mitzi Lighting feature beautiful details and modern finishes that will easily transition from autumn into winter and beyond. The key is to look at fall as a season of change without adding elements that will only suit one particular season. When you think about how to style your dining room, look for dining room lighting that matches the overall theme of your home. For example, if you adore the styles from an era gone by such as mid-century modern, installing dining area lighting that exudes this theme. Everything from the silhouette of the shades to the color and finish should be considered so that everything melds together, and you create a cohesive aesthetic.
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A good example of elevating your dining room lighting for fall is to switch outdated fixtures to something versatile with a clean, contemporary silhouette. Dining room chandeliers will make this space feel more luxurious while adding a warm, rich illumination to the room that’s perfect for fall meals and celebrations. The Estee Chandelier from Mitzi Lighting adds a touch of mid-century modern flair to the space. This light fixture is a wonderful example of modern dining room lighting that will continue to look stunning as the seasons start to progress. The large opal glossy, globe, glass shades diffuse the light, setting a perfect scene for fall entertaining. However, it’s versatile enough to look stunning in winter, spring, and summer, too. You can also choose your favorite available finish to complete the look and ensure that it will match with the furniture, finishes, and décor in the rest of the dining room.

How to Style Your Dining Room for Fall with Dining Room Accessories

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While the table and the lighting are both key components of the dining room, it’s easy to style this space for fall with the right type of accessories. Start by looking at your larger dining room accessories first, such as area rugs and mirrors. Think about whether or not these things can or should be updated before you move on to decorate the rest of the room. If your current area rug is looking worse for wear or it’s not meshing with the theme of the room, it may be time to update it. Don’t choose a rug simply based on the season, however. It’s best to add a rug that will look like it was meant to be there all along. Choose rugs that have a versatile colorway or pattern so that it continues to add beauty to your dining space all year round. A plush, thick shag rug or area rugs made of wool are excellent options for fall entertaining thanks to their luxe look and feel.
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Select a sleek mirror that will brighten up your dining space. You can hang it directly over dining sideboards or credenzas to create a sleek focal point. A frameless mirror is an easy way to brighten up this room without being too distracting. However, if you prefer that your mirrors are a little bit more ornate, choose something accented with a metallic or decorative frame. Round mirrors always look stunning in a dining room or entryway, but you can also choose something in an unusual shape to add some visual interest. And speaking of sideboards, this convenient dining storage furniture makes it easy for you to keep your best fall dinnerware neat and organized. Sideboards are also perfect for storing bottles of alcohol, wine glasses, and your favorite autumn table linens until you’re ready to bring them out.

Make it Cozy

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When the temperatures start to dip, it’s important to make sure that your home is warm, inviting, and cozy. For the dining room, simply adding a beautiful throw pillow to each chair will make the space look and feel warmer. Soft upholstered dining chairs are also a great choice, and they’ll easily look and feel wonderful during other seasons of the year, too. Another great way to entertain during the new season is to add a dining bench to one or both sides of the table. This seating is classic, versatile, and it creates a warm touch that tells your guests they’re welcome to join you as part of the family. You can even toss a throw blanket on a dining bench to give it a cozy touch. Candles will create a flickering glow that gives the dining room a subtle warmth. Even if you don’t want to add a lot of seasonal décor, you can still bring in a few simple touches to make the dining room cozier. Focus on the table and put your efforts into designing an autumn centerpiece that will give the entire room a simple touch of fall-inspired style.

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Another easy, effective way to give your dining room a seasonal touch is to add a slipcover to the chairs. Something in a soft, luscious fabric and a solid earthy color will instantly transform this space and make it a cozy place to dine and entertain. Once fall is over, simply remove the slipcover from the chairs or change it to something new. If you have open shelving in the dining room, style it with a few decorative accents. Velvet pumpkins in unconventional colors like ruby red or pine green will add a vibrant, cozy touch without being too much. Layer textures and textiles if you want to know how to style your dining room for fall in a warm, inviting way.

More Fall Dining Room Ideas

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To give your dining space an autumnal look, seek out accent pieces in beautiful fall colors. Rich shades like rust orange and soft dusty pink are both popular fall colors that add a warmth and an inviting touch to the dining room. You can also add some small dining room table lights like a pair of matching buffet lamps that feature rich fall colors. Anything featuring an earthy and warm color palette will give this room a touch of fall-inspired style. Set the table using bronze or gold metallic plate chargers and matte black flatware. A simple dining room table runner accented in a muted print, or a solid fall color is also a nice way to dress up the dining room for the season. Pumpkins are a classic autumn icon that you can easily add to a dining space. Stack faux pumpkins on top of a buffet table or sideboard in colors of creamy off-white, sage green, and soft orange for a gorgeous autumnal touch.

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If you prefer not to decorate with traditional fall décor, it’s easy to give the dining room a seasonal look in other ways. Instead of faux autumn-colored leaves or garland, fill a large glass vase with stems of wispy pampas grass. Branches are another easy choice that will give the room a fall-inspired touch without going overboard. You can also switch out window treatments and change the curtains to a set in rich, fall colors that will transition through Thanksgiving. If your dining room is large, consider adding a small accent chair and side table to a corner of the room. It’s a great way to offer a guest a comfortable place to sit as they enjoy a beverage before dinner. At Meadow Blu, we offer a wide range of versatile, stylish accent tables and chairs that will make your dining space stand apart from the rest. Visit our website frequently to see what’s new, and get ready to elevate your dining room, living room, and more with our wide selection of ultra-modern designs.