Open the Dining Room
- A semi-casual dinner party fits a semi-casual dining room that is open to the kitchen.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
Open the dining room by creating pass-throughs or wider doorways between the dining room and adjacent rooms like the living room or kitchen, which will create a stronger connection between the rooms and will reduce the formality. Remove crown moldings, chair railings or excessive trims. Trim is an indication of formality. By simplifying the space and making it more similar to the kitchen, the room will feel more friendly.
- A semi-casual dining room with an open pass-through and doorway to other rooms.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Paint your dining room in a color similar to the adjacent rooms so that the room feels like a continuation of the space. Select a neutral color that flows easily between the rooms. Keep the color and treatment of the rooms similar and casual so that a relaxed feeling is conveyed by all of the rooms as a whole. Follow through with similar blinds, drapes, area rugs and furniture color choices.
- A simple chandelier makes a dining room look more casual.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
Remove existing arm-style chandeliers, and replace them with more simple fixtures. Look for clean lines and simple shapes like drum fixtures or globes. If the room has good light and doesn't need a chandelier, remove the fixture entirely. Select furniture that is not too formal and not too casual, which will allow you to dress up for events and dress down for everyday enjoyment.
- Add a rustic table and benches for instant charm.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
Look for furniture that is charming and slightly worn. A large farm table can be mixed with a variety of chairs for a whimsical and casual look. Use folk-style artwork, or frame your children's art for the walls. Keep the room simple and functional without a lot of fussy details. Position a big vase of flowers in an unexpected casual container as the table centerpiece, and choose dinnerware that is fun and creative.