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Room Planning & Decorating Kit - Dining/Entertaining

Canvas Corp

Room Planning & Decorating Kit - Dining/Entertaining


Thinking about a new dining room table, maybe changing from rectangle to round, this kit will allow you to plan the space before you step foot into a furniture store and know exactly the size, shape and even the design your are looking for.  There is a kit for each major space in the home and this one is all about eating and entertaining and common area rooms that are open as well as stand alone dining spaces. 
spacing planning open floor plans

Simply measure the space and line it out on the 1/4" graph paper and begin adding the furniture stickers, it is that easy.  Maybe you are not sure about the color theme, you can make a few with different color combinations that will help you decide before you take it to the next step.  Seeing it all together makes a huge difference.    

party planning layout kit

Design dining and eating spaces in a snap with this simple space planning kit that was designed for the DIY'er.  This kit features a unique set of re-positionable dining and table furniture stickers in 1/4" scale so you can design your bedroom on paper in a few easy steps, moving the stickers around until you get it just the way you want it.  The kit comes complete with full color detailed instructions that will walk you through each of the steps to bring your bedroom space to life on paper.  Along with the furniture layout the kit includes all you need to create a designer styled trend board where you can place photos of the furniture choices, paint colors, fabric swatches and more.  

plan spacing in my home

Kit Contains:

  • 250+ repositionable stickers 
  • two sheets of graph paper
  • one 8.5x11 design board
  • two pieces of backing cardstock
  • one 1/4" Scale Ruler (we designed this so it is super easy to use and read)
  • complete full color guide

This is a great kit when planning a party, wedding or event.  Complete with party tables and a scale ruler you can set up the party on paper and decide who will sit where.  

scale ruler

design my dining room

If you are in love with an oversized square table, you can see how it will fit into the space in a matter of seconds.  You can also buy the seating stickers on their own - Dining/Entertainment furniture stickers

table stickers

When designing spaces for dining, here are a few inside design tips to help make the process go a little easier and the room function the best way possible.  This kit was designed for creating a variety of dining spaces including formal dining, breakfast nooks, al fresco dining and even the rental furniture pieces you might use when planning a party.

The Inspiration:  The first place to begin is with your vision for the space.

  • Think about how your family dines together and the additional functions the dining space might offer.
  • Inspiration can be found in a number of places. Check current design magazines and catalogs for inspirational images and visit design centers and show homes to help you decide which colors, styles and design vision you have for your space.  The web is also a great resource. 
  • How is the space used now and how would you like to see the space used? 
  • Obtain input from those who share your home with you, and try to incorporate the design ideas that blend most effectively with your vision for the space.

The Function:  Consider your entertaining style and your family’s daily dining needs.

  • How many people on average do you plan to dine together?  Are you focused on family dining or do you spend more time entertaining and need additional seating options?
  • Is the dining space close to the kitchen?  What will make the transition from preparing to eating run the smoothest?
  • What is your food presentation style?  Do you serve food, plated or buffet style?
  • Do you have a large selection of serving and entertaining pieces?  Think about where these will be stored when no in use or will you put them on display.
  • How do you use the dining space when you are not eating?  Does it double as an office, children’s homework nook, the location for family game night or a scrapbooking room? 
  • Many dining spaces are open to other rooms in the home, plan a smooth transition between spaces and consider like materials such as flooring or wall color to make that transition flow.
  • Do you currently have a formal dining space that is not used very often?  Consider how the room might function if the furniture and accessories where more geared to everyday living and how you might get additional function from the space.
  • When working in an open room setting, consider locating the dining space near the windows or in a non-traditional location to update the look.

The Furniture:  Today’s dining spaces are used for a variety of functions; the furniture within the space can increase the functions tremendously.

  • Dining room suits are a mainstay in most dining spaces, whether passed down from generation to generation or your first major furniture purchase, they are a representation of you and should be strongly considered as to how they will fit into your future space.
  • When working with furniture suits that will remain, consider adding a few found or eclectic pieces to bring an updated look to the space.
  • Consider removing part of your suit and adding new chairs and glass cabinets to update the look.
  • When buying new chairs, consider the size of the chairs and how many total people you would like to dine.  There are many stylish chairs that are smaller in design, allowing for additional seating.
  • If the room will used for a variety of functions, consider replacing the table with one that can withstand a variety of family activities and one that improves with use and time.
  • Look for pieces of furniture that are deep enough to hold larger platters, serving pieces, collections of stemware ,linens, so that you do not have to find alternative storage options.
  • Consider the shape of the room when determining the table style.  If you are working with a breakfast nook that is between the hearth room and kitchen, consider a rectangle table that acts to separate the two spaces or consider in a square dining room the options of using a round or square table, both of which are very modern and offer easier communication.
  • If you are buying new furniture, consider a mix of eclectic chairs that are found at flea markets, garage sales and possibly from relatives.  To ties them all together consider upholstering them in the same fabric or paint them the same color and mix and match the upholstery for an eclectic look.  This can be done in the kitchen or dining area.
  • When entertaining, consider renting furniture to add additional seating, work with the standard rental pieces to see which will function best in the space and even consider moving the additional seating to the outside.
  • Family homes have become an important venue for hosting small weddings, showers, birthday parties and of course holiday gatherings, consider creative ways to utilize your existing furniture along with additional pieces found in the home, rental pieces or borrowed tables to create an inviting space.  Tie them all together with similar linens or table top decorations.
  • Consider furniture pieces that have a variety of functions such as a buffet that opens to up to reveal a bar or an armoire that can be closed to conceal the contents of a home office or craft items.

The Accessories & Lighting:  The accessories in a room bring the space together. 

  • When choosing and displaying accessories in china cabinets and buffets, consider a series of like items that are displayed in a clean coordinated fashion. 
  • Table tops are less formal than ever, consider mixing and matching your favorite things to create a beautiful center pieces and then create each place setting to coordinate. 
  • The lighting of your dining space is the mood setter, dimmers are not only good for the environment, but also allow you to control the mood of the event.
  • Candles are ideal for mood lighting and can be placed around the space.  .
  • Add table top lamps to buffets to bring additional light into the space.
  • Consider the size and the ease of movement of all centerpieces as they could hinder conversation.
  • Don’t forget the ceiling during the decorating process; consider details like a faux finish, trompe l’oeil or rope lighting within ceiling trays. 
  • When looking for an update to the space, a change in lighting is a great place to start.  Consider adding a great chandelier or a more modern fixture.  It is best to work with existing lighting location to reduce the need to patch the ceiling and move electrical wiring.
  • The dining space in many cases transitions into a variety of rooms; consider accessories and artwork that lend themselves to adjoining spaces.
  • Consider the use of baskets and trays for transporting food, dishes and stemware from kitchen to the dining location, these can be displayed in the space as well.
  • When choosing centerpieces and table top linens for parties and special occasions, consider renting coordinating linens or vases to bring the space together and add your own touch with the flowers, candles, etc.
  • If you are buying accessories for entertaining, consider pieces that you can use again such as clear vases that can be used again for the holidays.
  • To bring warmth and texture into the space, consider chair covers, adding individual pillows to each chair or utilizing an eclectic table running that was created from a textural fabric. 
  • A rug is the perfect accessory to define the dining space, especially when dining area is not defined by walls.

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