Before and After: How To Style a Nook in Your Dining Room

By: Brittnimehlhoff Jan 30, 2014

Our dining room area is probably one of the most neglected rooms of the house. I don't do a ton of entertaining, or cooking for that matter, so that's probably why it's gone undecorated for so long. The wall that the buffet is on was basically barren, so I gathered some leftover pieces from around the house and brought this little nook together. It's an easy mini makeover that you can recreate at home, using pieces you already have. Want to see how it turned out?    

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Here's how you can style an empty buffet nook or wall in your dining room...

1. Hide blemishes: We are in the process of choosing paint colors for the dining room, so I had two big paint swatches that I had to cover up. So, I used a large painting that we had in storage and hung it so the bottom of the painting would be 6-8 inches from the top of the buffet. *Art Tip: Always try to hang artwork so that the center of the piece is at eye level.

2. Bring in artwork at varying heights: After hanging the larger piece, I added two additional framed pieces of art that were in the same color family, to break things up and make the area feel more casual. *Don't be afraid to mix and match frames. They don't have to match.

3. Use serving pieces as decor: I had this great teapot that I really wanted to display because it acts almost as a sculptural piece, but I could also pop off the lid and use it as a vase for fresh flowers if I want.

4. Bring in a stack of books for decoration: I stacked a couple of books to give the teapot and matching container a little extra height and added an ombre vessel for a fun and casual touch.

5. Balance lights and darks: There is a lot of white and light color in the pieces that I brought in, but I was also careful not to go crazy with it. Some of the darker colors in the book spines and small radio mimic the dark legs of the buffet and ground everything, so it doesn't look 'floaty' (for lack of a better word).

Have your own tips for styling a dining room buffet? Feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

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The buffet is from West Elm. And we are actually hanging the light that was underneath in the before, in the dining room (eventually). We just haven't gotten around to it yet. :)

Where did the buffet come from?! I love it!

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If you are not going to use that light fixture hiding in the before can I have it?  Too good to stash away!  Love the layering of whites.  Light, modern and works in all seasons.

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