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5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID – The dining room is the heart of many homes, where families gather, guests are entertained, and meals are savored. Yet, it’s surprisingly easy to stumble into some common dining room faux pas that can turn an elegant dinner party into an awkward affair. Fear not! We’re here to help you navigate these social landmines with grace and humor.


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5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS

YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

1. The Clutter Catastrophe

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

With marvelous golden accents, the Darian Sideboard is a great storage option for your dining room

Nothing says “Welcome to my chaos” like a dining table buried under stacks of mail, random knick-knacks, and yesterday’s grocery list. Your dining room should be a sanctuary, not a storage unit. Treat yourself to a stylish sideboard and clear off that table! Showcase your beautiful tableware, not your latest online shopping spree. Remember, a clutter-free table is a sign of a clutter-free mind (or at least the illusion of one).

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Algerone Sideboard

Algerone Sideboard | LUXXU

2. The Lighting Nightmare

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

The Guggenheim Snooker Suspension marks the spotlight of this sophisticated dining room design

Lighting sets the mood, but too often, dining rooms suffer from “interrogation room” syndrome or “candlelit cave” ambiance. Overhead lights should be soft and warm, creating an inviting atmosphere. Avoid the blinding glare of bare bulbs or the gloom of inadequate lighting. Consider a statement chandelier, a suspension, or a pendant light to add both style and functionality. And for the love of ambiance, dimmers are your best friends.

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Tycho Chandelier

Tycho Chandelier | LUXXU


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3. The Chair Dilemma

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

Same family chairs, just like the Algerone I and II Dining Chairs are a perfect match

Mismatch might be charming in some contexts, but not when your dining chairs are at war with your table. The wrong chairs can turn a comfortable meal into an endurance test. Ensure your chairs are at the right height and proportion to your table. If you’ve got a rustic farmhouse table, those ultra-modern acrylic chairs might not be the best match. Comfort is key, but style cohesion is a close second.

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Talie Dining Chair

Talie Dining Chair | LUXXU

4. The Tablecloth Terror

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

© Ralph Lauren Home | The art of combining patterned and monochromatic tablecloths with class

The tablecloth can be a lovely addition, but it’s not a must. What’s crucial is avoiding the extremes of the tablecloth spectrum. Too short, and it looks like your table is wearing high-waters. Too long, and it becomes a tripping hazard. Aim for a length that drapes just enough to look elegant without risking anyone’s dignity. And please, keep it clean—stains and wrinkles are not the kind of vintage look we’re going for.

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Skyline Drawer Handle

5. The Decor Disaster

5 DINING ROOM FAUX PAS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID

MAEVE‘s line of marble and brass sculptures are an elegant complement to table placement

Centerpieces and decor are the cherry on top of a well-set dining table, but they can quickly become a distraction. Avoid anything too tall that obstructs the view of your dining companions. You’re hosting a dinner party, not a game of hide-and-seek. Flowers, candles, or tasteful sculptures can work wonders. Keep it simple and elegant, and ensure it enhances rather than dominates the dining experience.

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Nuphar Tall Candle Holder

Nuphar Tall Candle Holder | MAEVE

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Avoiding these dining room faux pas can elevate your dining experience from mediocre to memorable. By maintaining a clutter-free space, perfecting your lighting, choosing the right chairs, appropriately sizing your tablecloth, and selecting tasteful decor, you’ll create a welcoming environment for any meal. So, set the table, light the candles, and let the good times (and great meals) roll!


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