How to Make Your Dining Room the Heart of Your Home

Dining Room in Beach Drive Custom Home

Gather Around the Table: How to Make Your Dining Room the Heart of Your Home

Dining Room: noun
1. a room in which meals are eaten, as in a home or hotel, especially the room in which the major or more formal meals are eaten.
2. Informal. the furniture usually used in a dining room and sometimes sold as a matching set, as a dining table, chairs, and sideboard; dining room suite.

When you think of a dining room, many thoughts may come into your head. Family gatherings, holidays, formal events, card games, romantic dinners, birthdays, fantastic food, and the list goes on and on.

For some families, the dining room can sit unnoticed, tucked away from the rest of the house, only to be entered on special occasions. But, why should it be this way? One difference of Colby Construction custom built homes is that the dining room is in the heart of the home, making the dining room a central part of the house and a room that can be used for everyday gatherings, not just on special days.

How to Make Your Dining Room the Heart of Your Home


How to Make Your Dining Room the Heart of Your Home

Dining Room in North Lake Custom Home

The holidays are just around the corner and soon dining rooms across our country will be set with the good china, filled with food,  surround by family and friends. Today, we look at what makes a dining room special, creating the room that will bring back fond memories for years to come. Your dining room should feel warm and inviting and not a neglected space in your house. Dining rooms can be become cluttered as they often become a meeting room, a homework table, an arts and crafts table, a home office. It’s time to take back your dining room and enjoy this room.

  • Add an area rug under the table. If your table is formal or modern, an area run can soften the tone.
  • Artwork on the walls adds personality and warmth.
  • A couch or over-sized chair adds coziness to the room.
  • Window treatments can completely change the look and feel of a dining room from casual to formal or the other way around.
  • The right lighting in a dining room is essential. Overhead, candles and dimmer switches all help create the atmosphere you’re looking for.
  • Along with lighting is selecting the perfect light fixture over the dining room table, along with a grand ceiling to hang the fixture from.
  • Windows and natural light in a dining room need to be thought out carefully when building your home. Large windows can bring nature into your dining space.
  • Paint color can change the dining room completely, from feeling light and airy to dark and traditional.
How to Make Your Dining Room the Heart of Your Home

Dining Area in Lakeside Retreat Custom Home



When creating your custom built home, there are many things you need to think about, and the dining room is a space that needs to be thoroughly thought about. More and more, a dining room in an open concept home creates a space that will be utilized daily, becoming the center of the home.

Check out a few Colby Construction custom dining rooms on our Houzz page, and then look at some of our favorite dining room trends here on Pinterest.

Happy gathering and dining!