Kitchen-diner decorating ideas

Since moving house in July, we’ve been working our way through our list of priorities to update our house and make it a home.

Next up on our list is to spruce the kitchen-diner. Although we can’t yet afford to buy a completely new kitchen, we can afford to make a few changes that will affect how we use the room – particularly the dining room.

Kitchen-diners should be about families gathering around the table, telling each other about their days and making new memories.

Here are a few ideas I’ve had to change it from ‘just a room’ to the centre of our home.

This is a sponsored post for Lifestyle Furniture UK, but the views, opinions and choice of products are my own.

ideas for picture hanging on kitchen-diner wall

1. Paint just one wall

It’s by far cheaper to just update one wall than it is to update your entire décor. We’ve opted for B&Qs colour premium kitchen paint, which is moisture, grease and stain resistant in a light green colour called ‘Eau de nil’.

2. Create a feature focal point

I then want to print off some A4 to A3 sized photos that I love to create a feature wall.

Buying some cheap frames from Wilko in white, I’ll then create a photo wall… which I hope to look something a bit like the above mock up…

3. Dining room table

When we first moved in together nearly 10 years ago, we purchased a ‘that’ll do’ dining set from Argos. The only trouble is, we’ve kept it for all these years without ever getting a new one.

It’s a very unloved dining table. It’s mainly a place to store our rubbish on the way in and out of the kitchen rather than a nice place to eat. Mainly because it isn’t very nice!

What I’d really like is a chunky dining room table.

I’ve seen a really nice solid Oak one on for less than £350 for a 160cm dining table.

There’s something about solid oak furniture that adds warmth to a room. It’s something that cheaper alternatives just can’t replicate.

See my Pinterest board for my full inspiration:

4. Chairs

Okay. I’m going to have to sit on my chairs for a while so they’re really important and shouldn’t be left as a last minute thought. Our current cheap chairs squeak so loudly that my daughter likes to shuffle from side to side in a bit of a boogie to make a funny noise. They also aren’t very comfortable to sit on for ages as they’re getting a bit old now!

The priorities for my chairs are as follows:

  • Must be wipe clean/toddler proof
  • Must match an oak table
  • Must not be too expensive
  • Must be comfortable!

I haven’t quite found what I’m looking for yet, but I’m leaning toward a full oak chair, to then add cushions to that I can update at different seasons – and importantly wash when the toddler spill something.

5. Lighting

Lighting can have such a huge impact on décor and the feel of a room. I am loving contemporary sharp angles of pendent shades as well as a trio of wood pendant. Changing a light will be a really quick way of making a room feel different!

I’ll make sure that I show you the room’s before and after pictures once we get work underway…!

Updating your kitchen diner on a budget

*This is a paid feature, but the views are my own.


  1. May 31, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I love updating my house every year or so, then I don’t get bored! #fortheloveofBLOG

  2. May 31, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Great tips, I love a feature wall of one colour! #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. May 31, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I love the idea of painting just one wall! SO chic, and so quick #fortheloveofBLOG

  4. May 31, 2017 / 9:15 am

    We had a new kitchen last year, it’s amazing what deals you can find if you do a bit of searching! #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. May 31, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Painting one wall is such a good idea. We need to do that in our lounge! #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. May 31, 2017 / 10:25 am

    This was a timely post as I’m looking for ideas to update my kitchen too. So far I’ve revarnished all the cupboard doors. Next on my list is a replacement table and chairs. You’ll have to share if you find some chairs that fit your wish list as they would fit my wish list too.

  7. May 31, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Wilkinsons do fab photo frames! Hope you get the chairs and table just right

  8. May 31, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I’d love to get a nice chunky table – they are lovely aren’t they! I’ve been obsessed with second hand furniture at the mo tho and upcycling it! hope you are all well xx

  9. May 31, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I absolutely love solid oak furniture, especially dining tables. We are moving in July and will be on the lookout for LOTS of new furniture, so I’ll bear this in mind! #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. May 31, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    We are about to do our kitchen and couldn’t decide on the colour so have opted for both! I can’t wait to see how it looks. I know this isn’t doing it on a budget but we only need to paint as everything else is pretty new. We live in a newbuild and for three years have coped with staring at magnolia walls – now we are going colour crazy! #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. May 31, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Sounds great. We’re in the process of planning a cottage kitchen at the moment. The choices are endless but you can be pleasantly surprised by how nice it ends up if you stick to the lower end of the budget. Don’t get distracted by the ‘pretty’.

  12. June 1, 2017 / 3:50 am

    It’s amazing how long ‘that will do’ furniture can stick around. We have plenty of that in our house too! Great tips.

  13. June 1, 2017 / 6:06 am

    We need to do some decorating but I’ve been putting it off. I love the picture wall idea. #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. daydreams of a mum
    June 1, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I’m going to try the photo wall in my hallway…some great ideas here #fortheloveofBLOG

  15. June 1, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    These are all great ideas! #fortheloveofblog

  16. June 1, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I love a feature wall and painting just one wall is a great idea. You’re inspiring me to re-do our kitchen as it’s all looking a little tired! #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. June 2, 2017 / 7:12 am

    I love feature walls. Would never have thought of one in the kitchen! #FortheloveofBLOG

  18. June 2, 2017 / 7:14 am

    We have a picture collage on one wall in our living room and I love it. I love doing little makeovers in the house x

  19. June 2, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    These ideas are so good. I really want to spruce up my kitchen a bit. Its definitely overdue! #fortheloveofBLOG

  20. June 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Grease proof and stain proof is definitely necessary for a room where kids will be eating! Great tip!

  21. June 3, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I love that wall colour. Our kitchen is the last room in our house to be done and after the garden is finished it’s top of my list for some TLC #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. June 4, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Oh, what fun it is to update or doll up the place! I cannot wait until we have our own place again, so we can make it ours with the touches of love and design you describe! #fortheloveofblog xo

  23. June 4, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Some fab tips here, and i completely agree with you about creating a feature wall and having soft lighting. Hope you get that dining table. Claire x #fortheloveofBLOG

  24. June 5, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I love these ideas. I have a green feature wall in my bedroom and it’s such a lovely calming colour. #fortheloveofblog

  25. June 6, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    These are some great tips. Our kitchen is really tiny and you only really see one and a bit walls and all walls have units on the bottom so we’re kind of screwed for any redecorating ideas in our rented home dammit! =[ #fortheloveofblog

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