The dining room wall is the perfect place to hang decorations. Usually, there’s at least one big vacant wall that can accommodate a piece or pieces of decorations to create a homey dining ambiance. Since it’s a place where family and guests gather around to share a meal together, make the walls more interesting to spark a conversation and make the room an enjoyable place to stay. Here are some decorations you may showcase in your dining room wall:
With your dining area’s wide walls, gorgeous overhead lighting and unblocked floor space, oversized artwork or even artwork in pairs or groups would be more appreciated and looked at. It catches the attention, making it an effortless focal point. If you want your dining area to feel more inviting, choose natural materials and warm colors. You may go for bright and bold artworks that can easily create a visual impact to your room, or get an art with contrasting colors from your interior for more interest. Just remember to keep controversial pieces, gory images and provocative paintings away from the dining area as it may negatively affect the mood of diners.
Like artwork, good-looking photographs certainly brighten up the dining room. If you’re into photography, try displaying your best shots in the dining room wall to impress guests. Family photos are typically displayed here as well. Consider enlarging a couple of portraits, like for example, photos of your children when they were babies, or your wedding photos. You may also have them printed in black and white to make them look more professional, and so it can look good at any wall color. Just like artworks, avoid disturbing images as well as personal family snapshots that might be too private to be shared with friends and guests.
- Gallery wall
If you have a large collection of art and/or photos, making a gallery wall is the perfect decoration for the dining room. Mix and match different sizes of art and frames. You may also combine some unusual objects or other non-photo or non-art hangings to make it more fun, but be sure to stick to one style or color scheme to make the display coherent. Also be sure to plan the placement of your pieces on the wall before you use your hammer and nails.
Wallpaper makes an elegant covering for a wall surface. It brings a specific vibe and style to the dining area, depending on the colors and patterns you will choose. If you’re not ready to add wallpaper to your entire dining room, consider adding it on just one wall. Or use just a piece of it and treat it like an oversized artwork that you frame and hang on the wall.
- Wood or brick paneling
In creating an accent wall for the dining area, installing a wooden or brick accent is another great idea. Wood and brick both add warmth and personality to the room. You also have a variety of choices when it comes to the color and sizes of the wood and brick panels. If you’re going for a wood accent, try to get more creative by choosing reclaimed wood or adding a graphic pattern on it.
Mirrors are perfect for small dining areas, because it can make the space look a bit more open. Consider hanging a wide window to occupy most of the wall to brighten up the room. To make a nice focal point, hang a big sunburst mirror in the middle of the wall. Or make it look like a gallery wall – hang a group of smaller mirrors clustered together – for a lovely wall. Mirrors also tend to amplify the light from the windows, the chandelier and the candles.
Get the classic café vibe by hanging a large, black chalkboard on your dining wall. You can use it to write menus during dinner parties, as a message board for your family, or as a spot for children to draw on while their parents are having dinner together.
- Typography art
For a more contemporary decorating approach, try adding typography art to your walls. You can find a lot of typography art with either neutral or graphic backgrounds on a canvas. Choose messages or quotes that are meaningful for your household and have them displayed. Or, you can simply use words, phrases or letters with graphic elements that are impactful and eye-catching.
- Children’s art
If your kids are very creative and love working on their art, probably you already have art pieces worthy of display. Give them a fun project to do by giving them cheap pieces of canvas, and let them sketch or paint on them. It’s a great way to show you’re a cool mom who’s proud of her kids.
Show off your collection by creating an arrangement out of it on your dining room wall. For most households who like to show off their collection in the dining area, what you will see displayed are plates and china. If you have heirloom plates, or if you just happen to love buying them, display them in your dining wall for your friends to see. But any collectible can be used, like framed silver utensils, mugs, an old restaurant signage or anything. You can hang them in groups, rows, circles or in random patterns. If you want to be extra careful in displaying your collections, place open shelving or install floating shelves for support.
- Vertical garden
This might not be as simple as displaying an artwork, but vertical gardens are on the roll nowadays. Having living walls inside the house is a really unique and eye-catching way to add life (literally) to your dining space. Just make sure the wall receives enough sunlight. You may let your plants grow in pot pockets that are designed to go vertically. If you are not so much of a green thumb, try having a vertical succulent garden.
- Woven wall hanging
If you love the bohemian trend, why not try adding a touch of it in your dining area? Woven wall hangings like macramé textile can bring that boho vibe you’ll surely like. Just look for the perfect vintage, woven wall hanging on stores like Etsy, or create your own version. There are a lot of DIY tutorials that can show you how to make your own woven wall hangings, plus, you can easily adjust the measurements to fit the portion of your wall you want covered.