ideas for picture hanging on kitchen-diner wall

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

Comments 26

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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’.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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