Will you be hosting Thanksgiving this year? Give your family a dining room to be thankful for with these great design solutions from the award winning Kansas City interior designers at Design Connection, Inc.

Design Dilemma: We don’t have a formal dining room.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now may not be the best time to start knocking down walls in order to achieve the formal dining room of your dreams. So, let’s work with the space that you’ve got. Where does your family usually break bread? At the breakfast table? On bar stools, bellied up to the kitchen island? That may work out beautifully on a day-to-day basis with your immediate family, but what can be done to accommodate your extended family?


Invest in versatile furniture that meets the needs of your family. This breakfast room by Design Connection, Inc. is the perfect example of stylish and functional furniture that is adaptable and accommodating.

Looks a little small? This table extends to seat an additional 6 people. Photo Source: Design Connection, Inc. | Kansas City Interior Design

Design Dilemma: Our formal dining room is no longer a dining room.

Many formal dining rooms sit untouched but just a few times a year. They either turn into a space that is rarely used or they slowly morph into a space that is anything but a dining room, and anything but formal. An office space, a playroom for the kids…

Is your dining room playing hide and seek? Turn your dining room table from “Home Base” to “Home for the Holidays”. Photo Source: Project Nursery


Take back your formal dining room! Installing a floating sidebar can help turn your multipurpose room back into a formal dining room without sacrificing your work space. The sidebar can also be utilized as a service table for your Thanksgiving Day buffet.

Add a pillow-top bench and you’ve got yourself “the kid’s table”. Photo Source: HGTV

Design Dilemma: My dining room is just a dining room.

Is your dining room just a dining room? A table and chairs? A functional place to sit down and eat? Dining rooms are the best place to indulge your senses and bond with your loved ones. The aromas of a savory meal, the sweetness of a shared bottle of wine, the closeness of sitting elbow to elbow, the conversation about how drab and boring your dining room décor is. WAIT! What?


Update! It may be too close to Turkey Day to start a remodeling project but it is never too late to start redecorating! Design Connection, Inc., the ultimate weekend warriors, can help you revamp your dated dining room into a modern masterpiece with time to spare.

Transform your dining room from “drab” to “fab” in no time like this weekend project by Design Connection, Inc. | Kansas City Interior Design

Design Dilemma: I want to update my dining room but my budget is tight and so is my time frame.


Dim the lights and eat by candlelight so no one notices your outdated dining room. Just kidding! But, seriously, folks; if your budget is tighter than last year’s skinny jeans, focusing your inner interior designer on accessories and lighting can give you a dramatic transformation within your price range and timeline.

Most dining rooms get great light during the day but once the sun sets, it’s up to you to set the mood. One feature found in most modern formal dining rooms is tiered lighting; a chandelier or overhead pendants, wall sconces and, of course, candles.

Create depth and add romance to your space with tiered lighting options. Photo Source: Design Connection, Inc. | Kansas City Interior Design

A little paint can go a long way. And so can wallpaper! Recently, we shared some of the latest technological breakthroughs in wallpaper design. It is now easier and more affordable than ever to transform your space through the wonders of modern wallpaper.  An inexperienced DIY-er’s dream, no special tools are needed to apply this beautiful removable and re-positionable ‘peel and stick’ wallpaper.

This formal dining room reflects everything this homeowner wanted in her space: beauty, elegance and drama. Photo Source: Design Connection, Inc. | Kansas City Interior Design

Now that you’re equipped with inspiration, let’s see what you can do to improve your dining room design! Check out our interior design portfolio and read our weekly blogs for even more design ideas.

Do you need help with an interior design dilemma? Design Connection, Inc. is here to help you, on the house. Contact us for a free in-studio design consultation. From selecting the perfect paint color to creating custom furniture to masterminding an entirely new floor plan, the seasoned professionals at Design Connection, Inc. can help.