How Candice Olsen & interior designers update a dining room without replacing all the furniture.

Famous designer Candice Olsen updates dining rooms with rugs, art, new color etc. Here are 6 must read interior design tips with before and after photos:

1) You can replace a “busy” or dark rug with a tone on tone neutral rug. If a rug has various textures or tones, it will still be interesting. yet soothing. Know that bamboo silk rugs with wool can be durable.

Candice Olsen Dining room

2) Consider fully upholstered dining chairs, to create variety (keeping your original wood dining table).
See photo below.

Comfortable fully upholstered dining chairs will make your guests feel right at home!

This dining room is an oasis after a hard day at work. Life is hectic, so it’s nice when a room feels
 clutter free. Notice the white sheers on the bay window and the light soothing colors. 
3) Know that tone on tone fabrics, paints, or window treatments can create a soothing environment. 
AFTER  Dining drapes made the window feel larger

To make your window look larger, your room taller
Consider draperies 
4) Add fabric, it does wonders to break up all the wood in the room! These photos show the transformation. (below)
5) Add a few large colorful accessories, such as pottery. See photo below, our Greensboro NC client. 
To draw attention to a beautiful ceiling, or to make a short piece of furniture
seem taller, add colorful designer accessories that are large in scale

6) Consider removing the over sized hutch. By replacing it with art, the room will feel less crowded. If you’re tired of your “complete dining set”, perhaps this small change is all you need for a fresh update. 
Dining room After
We removed the top half of the massive dining hutch,
which made the room feel more open & spacious

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