For most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.
This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall. Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.
Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room. The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table. Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look. Even panels flanking the large window would work, too. An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.