Decorating Dilemma: Erin’s Dining Room

Choosing pieces for a small, open dining room

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

Help! I recently downsized into a small 1300 square foot townhome. Most of my rooms are 9X9, and my living space on the main floor consists of what you see in the pictures and a small living room.

I recently remodeled my kitchen and want to get rid of my oversized dining room set. My walls are Benjamin Moore Litchfield gray.

Can you give me ideas for my dining room?



Small dining room

Small dining room

Dear Erin,

We are happy to help you make your new place a great place! The new wall color looks fantastic! Let’s bring the dining room and kitchen together with color and texture.

We can start with a new round 48”Andrews Pedestal Dining Table in Whitewash. The shape will help with flow in the room and add contrast to your wall color. Around the new table we suggest our Couture Chair with a Mahogany finish on the legs and a Suzanne Kasler Signature 13 oz. Linen Pleated Slipcover in Greige. The profile of the chairs will keep the sight lines open to visually expand your space.

In place of your large china cabinet, let’s try the Louis XVI 63” Sideboard in Dark Mahogany for lots of storage and serving space. Our Crown Sunburst Mirror adds sparkle to the wall and keeps the space light and bright. The Lacroix Lamps on either side will provide beautiful evening lighting. A pair of Oval Louis Side Chair with Aged Brass Nailheads in Fiona Brown on either side of the Louis Sideboard adds some great color and pattern plus extra seating. It also repeats the round shapes we are using elsewhere in the room!

To give pops of color, bring in Basic Pillow Covers in Queens Velvet Chartreuse and the Looking at the Horizon I and II abstracts on the wall. The Deville Indoor/Outdoor Rug, available in a 9’ round, will help to define the space. The Orb Chandelier in Bronze will echo the round shape of the rug and add just the right finishing touch.

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Choosing pieces for a small, open dining room

Do you have a decorating dilemma? Send us your own questions here.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Janet Cohen

    June 2, 2015

    i need help decorating my living/dining room. the rooms together measure 31 ft x 17 ft please help to mske look great!! i think my style is transitional.

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi Janet,
      Our Design Solutions team can definitely help you choose pieces for your living and dining room. Simply complete this form (don’t forget to include photos and measurements!), and our design team will contact you with a plan and next steps!
      The How to Decorate Team