Enjoying a meal with your friends and loved ones is much more fun when you have a dining room design that fits your life style. As a room that gets more use than most of the rooms in the home your dining room will need extra attention when it comes to design. The more you plan on doing to your space the more time it will take to design it. If all you need is a fresh coat of paint and hang a few paintings then you'll not need to take a lot of time, but before you decide that is all you'll need think about everything you could do to it then decide.
Creating an attractive dining room is more a work of art than a science. Using a bit of creativity and a little bit of imagination you can make a really nice looking space with very little money. Start on one side and work your way across the room changing things as you go.
A new dining set can become quite costly. Decide if you really need one. Maybe a new table cloth and some slip covers is all you need to spruce them up, if they are not too badly worn and uncomfortable you could save yourself a lot of money.
A vase of fresh cut flowers always looks good either on the table as a center piece or on a side table up against one wall. These types of decorations look great without causing the room to look cluttered. Quite often candles make a real romantic atmosphere for that special night.
Keep in mind any new dining room furniture you add should always compliment the other colors in the room.
Don't forget about the floor it plays a big part in how the room looks. There are a lot of options available now days that are relatively inexpensive to buy, but look and feel really good. Quality and price vary a lot between the different types. From hard wood and cork down to cheap laminates, tile or vinyl I'm sure you'll find something within your budget that you like. You may even like the idea of placing a rug under your table and chairs. It has a really classy look and can save your floor from any scuff marks when people move the chairs around.
The biggest thing to remember when making your design plans is to set up a budget and plan for everything you are going to do. And don't forget to have fun with it.