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How can I impress my dinner guests with some quick style improvements in my dining room?

How can I impress my dinner guests with some quick style improvements in my dining room?

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The prospect of a dinner party is an exciting opportunity to break out the best china and show off your new dining room designs.

I don't think that any room design is quite finished until the room gets used for its true purpose. And dinner parties are frankly the best opportunity to show off your new room to your friends and family.

The style improvements to impress dinner guests therefore should really just need to be the icing on the cake. I always think that the best dining rooms are the simplest ones.

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Clear out all that clutter for a start. Make sure all the sides are free from any bits and bobs: You should think of the dining room as a room for dining and that alone. Cover up any of your other daily uses for the room, clear out the kids toys and make sure the dining table is away from the wall and accessible from all sides. If you use your dining room as a study too it might be worth shifting all your work things into another room for the dinner party, just to make it look as good as it can be.

That should be cover most bases for any dinner party. After you've simplified it all you can work on the little details that you want to stand out. Art can look great on the walls for instance, but don't overdo it, you want the focus to be on the middle of the table where the guests will be sat and you want to make sure their attention is drawn to each other or to the food!

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So going to town on laying the table really is the best thing you can do to ice the dinner party cake. You might want to go for a centre piece to impress the guests, but if your cooking is good enough you shouldn't need anything too extravagant. Let your company do the talking, literally; minimise the distractions and you'll find that a simple clean and tidy room is far better value that a room full of stylish furniture.

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