Welcome Fall with a Harvest-Inspired Dining Room

The holidays are getting closer, and, for many of us, that means hosting the whole family around the dining room table. Is your dining room up for the occasion? If you feel yours is falling short, Sharon Grech, colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, has seasonal decorating tips to achieve the perfect look with a few quick and easy upgrades.

The most colourful time of the year. “Reds, yellows, browns and oranges capture the essence of fall,” says Grech. “Integrate the beauty of the outdoors through colourful accessories such as larger-than-life artwork, tableware or linens in rich oranges and golds. I love to decorate with natural magnolia leaves arranged down the centre of my table to create a natural, rustic runner.”

Bring autumn's best hues to life. The gorgeous earth tones of fall are on-trend for dining rooms. Grech says they're timeless and extend far beyond the brown colour family. “Some of my favourite colours for fall that achieve the perfect cozy feel are Dinner Party AF-300, a rich timeless red, or something less expected like Wet Concrete 2114-40, a beautifully nuanced purple-grey. I recommend Benjamin Moore Aura in a matte or eggshell finish to ensure the rich colours resist fading.” Before choosing your wall colour, it's important to think of the rooms that are adjacent to the dining room since you want to select a hue that relates to the two spaces.

Lighten up with a show-stopping fixture. Hosting a large gathering is the perfect excuse to upgrade your lighting. “Changing your fixture can make a huge difference,” recommends Grech. “There are so many great options these days for overhead dining room lighting. Currently, I am drawn to the pendant style with several varied fixtures that work to create an eye-catching statement. Sconces are also making a comeback with beautiful features in a blend of glass and attractive sleek finishes.”

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