Top tips on decorating your dining room + #Giveaway

Dining rooms are stand-alone spaces, most often part of an open floor area. They are all-purpose places that accommodate all sorts of things from kid’s homework to friends and extended-family celebrations. Dining rooms should be welcoming and attractive places that correspond with your home architecture, design preferences and offer comfort and enough storage space.

Since the dining room is such a sensitive area that accommodates visitors, friends, extended family members. Your dining room décor has to be taken into great consideration. From the colour of the room and accessories including rugs, artwork and lighting.

Dining Room decor tips

Colour scheme

For dining room décor, you choose a color scheme that can complement the design style that you have already chosen. It’s important to consider adding some rustic woodwork that can help in defining eating areas.

Available space

Before getting down to dining room décor it’s highly important to take measurements of your dining room in order to determine the amount of space available and to help in choosing desirable furnishings. You also need to remember that the space between the dining chairs and nearby walls and chairs should be at least 3 feet. 

Selecting dining room furniture

Generally a table and chairs are the aesthetic centerpiece of any dining room. Therefore, for any dining room décor, you have to consider the number of people that will sit there on a daily basis, during dinner parties and when friends gather so as to know the kind of dining room table to choose. You also need to remember that there should be at least 2 feet of table top space for each person and the dining room table should be proportional to the size of the dining room.

Small dining rooms require round tables because they work well in small spaces while rectangular, oval and pedestal tables require very large, long and narrow spaces, and they comfortably carry more diners than in round tables. Consider buying tables with removable leaves.

For a small dining area, choose a compact flip-top or tilt-top table. For this décor, surround your table with mix and match kind of chair styles making sure that the chair seats are at least 12 inches below the edge of the table top so that the guests have enough leg room.

Finishing touches

When applying finishing touches to your dining room décor, you should round out your dining room design using vibrant area rugs, good-looking fabrics, artistically arranged collections and fashionable fixtures. You should also introduce fabric lampshades, slipcovers, framed mirrors and eye-catching artworks.


Ensure that you set your dining with a colourful area rug that harmonizes with your decorating style and colour scheme. The area rugs should be at least 2 feet away from a dining table’s sides to give room to occupied chairs. An 8 by 10-feet area rug fits well with most dining sets.


Choose chandeliers that fits the dining room style and design. Consider pendant lights that are 6 inches narrower than the smallest width of the table and which will cast bright light across the table top.

Suspended lights should be 30 inches above the table top in rooms with 8-foot ceiling. You can choose to also install wall sconces, picture lights and down lights just to create a suitable ambiance for everything from breakfasts to late night dinners.

Win a Lexus Rug or Carter Rug from Land of Rugs

To help you update your dining room, Land of Rugs has kindly offered either a Lexus Rug or Carter Rug to one lucky reader.

Prize: Lexus Rug or Carter Rug from Land Rugs (120 x 170cm) – winner to select style and colour subject to availability

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Lexus Rug or Carter Rug from Land Rugs (AFFT)

Review Collaboration



  1. Susan B
    1st February 2019 / 10:20 AM

    I love the bold squares on the Lexus rug. Fab colourways, too.

  2. Victoria Deakin
    1st February 2019 / 10:26 AM

    Beautiful rugs from here.

  3. Sally Collingwood
    1st February 2019 / 10:29 AM

    I love the Terracotta Lexus rug, the style and colours are wonderful

  4. Christopher Michael
    1st February 2019 / 10:35 AM

    I like them all, but would probably go for CARTER RUG NATURAL STRIPE

  5. Christopher Michael
    1st February 2019 / 10:35 AM


  6. Dat
    1st February 2019 / 10:36 AM

    Great – would love either of theae

  7. Jo Carroll
    1st February 2019 / 10:39 AM

    I think I’d choose a Lexus rug… I love rugs – they are a great way of changinging the complete look of a floor space very quickly. x

  8. Kathleen Marsden
    1st February 2019 / 10:52 AM

    The neutral Lexus Rug would look lovely in my hallway

  9. Tracy Nixon
    1st February 2019 / 10:53 AM

    I’d choose a carter rug x

  10. Peter Watson
    1st February 2019 / 10:58 AM

    I prefer the Carter rug.

  11. Pauline Hill
    1st February 2019 / 11:10 AM

    carter rugs look great

  12. Claire Nutman
    1st February 2019 / 11:11 AM

    Lexus for me, many thanks….

  13. Cherry Lloyd
    1st February 2019 / 11:11 AM

    I would love a Lexus rug, lovely colour choices too.

  14. Sheena Batey
    1st February 2019 / 11:11 AM

    It would be a gift for my daughter’s front room and I think she would like a Lexus

  15. Janette
    1st February 2019 / 11:13 AM

    I would choose the Lexus rug

  16. Paul Green
    1st February 2019 / 11:17 AM


  17. Lisa Everaert
    1st February 2019 / 11:25 AM

    The Carter Rig Natural Stripe would look amazing in our home.

  18. Joanne Beale
    1st February 2019 / 11:27 AM

    I would choose a Carter Rug

  19. Rob Hutchinson
    1st February 2019 / 11:30 AM

    I’d choose a Carter rug – maybe the Natural Stripe one.

  20. Catherine Bullas
    1st February 2019 / 11:35 AM

    Lexus rug.

  21. Georgina Prince
    1st February 2019 / 11:39 AM

    i would pick the carter rug it’s beautiful! x

  22. 1st February 2019 / 11:50 AM

    I would chose a carter rug I think as that was the one that caught my attention first of the two x

  23. Emma Morgan
    1st February 2019 / 11:52 AM

    The carter rub my favourite

  24. Amy Simpson
    1st February 2019 / 12:02 PM

    I love the LEXUS BLUE WOOL RUG x

  25. Karen hutchinson
    1st February 2019 / 12:21 PM

    Carter please

  26. emma scully
    1st February 2019 / 12:22 PM

    You can see the quality of these rugs from the pictures, beautiful pieces 💖

  27. Emily Egan
    1st February 2019 / 12:23 PM

    The Lexus rug in terracotta is beautiful 😍💗

  28. Shannon Williams
    1st February 2019 / 12:24 PM

    i love the purple lexus rug

  29. Rich Tyler
    1st February 2019 / 12:28 PM

    Carter Rug 🙂

  30. Jean Cassell
    1st February 2019 / 12:43 PM

    I like the Lexus rug

  31. Natalie burgess
    1st February 2019 / 12:54 PM

    Carter rug xx

  32. iain maciver
    1st February 2019 / 12:55 PM

    carter rug

  33. Annabel Greaves
    1st February 2019 / 12:57 PM

    I would love to choose a Carter rug

  34. clair downham
    1st February 2019 / 1:19 PM

    i like the lexus rug

  35. 1st February 2019 / 1:20 PM

    The Carter Stripes Rug is the perfect design & style & Colour for my lounge Beautiful!!

  36. 1st February 2019 / 1:22 PM

    I would chose the Carter rug in Rust Stripe

  37. Keith Embleton
    1st February 2019 / 1:25 PM

    Carter stripes would fit perfectly

  38. Hilda Wright
    1st February 2019 / 1:26 PM

    I’d choose the Carter rug, they look lovely!

  39. Sue Cook
    1st February 2019 / 1:43 PM

    The Lexus with squares is perfect for my living room.

  40. Matt Blogg
    1st February 2019 / 1:50 PM

    Lexus rug for me

  41. Kim Murray
    1st February 2019 / 1:52 PM

    Like the Lexus Blue x

  42. Alica
    1st February 2019 / 2:14 PM

    I think I would choose the Carter rug but they are all so nice! Thank for the chance x

  43. T Brailey
    1st February 2019 / 2:18 PM

    I think I would choose the Lexus rug – bold and beautiful.

  44. Liane Amos Mrs
    1st February 2019 / 2:22 PM

    Carter rug love the vibrant colours

  45. Paula Phillips
    1st February 2019 / 2:26 PM

    I’d choose a Lexus rug.

  46. Helen Tovell
    1st February 2019 / 2:36 PM

    Lexus for me in the red

  47. Amy Bondoc
    1st February 2019 / 3:18 PM

    i would choose the carter rug xx

  48. Susan Naylor
    1st February 2019 / 3:44 PM

    I like both of them, but the carter rug would be more practical in my home which is full of dogs and children!

  49. John Tingay
    1st February 2019 / 4:00 PM

    It’s the Carter Rug for me – I prefer the stripes to the blocks.

  50. Christine Shelley
    1st February 2019 / 4:12 PM

    A lexus rug

  51. justine meyer
    1st February 2019 / 4:16 PM

    I would choose the lexus rug x

  52. Emilia Nastaly-Howard
    1st February 2019 / 4:17 PM

    Carter rug

  53. Sab Ram
    1st February 2019 / 4:25 PM

    I would probably go for the Carter rug, even though I like the Lexus one too. Fits my overall scheme better.

  54. Nigel Soper
    1st February 2019 / 4:31 PM

    Carter rug I think

  55. ValB
    1st February 2019 / 4:44 PM

    Love the Lexus rug – love the blocks of colour

  56. Sarah Roberts
    1st February 2019 / 4:44 PM

    We have just decorated our livingroom would absolutely love The Lexus Rug.

  57. Clifford Sherwood
    1st February 2019 / 4:48 PM

    I would choose the Lexus Red wool rug

  58. nicola dean
    1st February 2019 / 4:58 PM

    I would choose a Lexus rug, I love the design.

  59. Beverley Cousins
    1st February 2019 / 5:21 PM

    Love the Lexus rug, so many bright and beautiful colours, just what our home needs to give it the wow factor.

  60. Solange
    1st February 2019 / 5:46 PM

    I would choose the Lexus rug.

  61. Caroline H
    1st February 2019 / 5:57 PM

    I’d choose the Carter. The green would really match the sitting room decor.

  62. Diane Radford
    1st February 2019 / 6:01 PM

    Carter would be lovely.

  63. Angela Fitzjohn
    1st February 2019 / 6:33 PM

    I think I prefer the carter rug

  64. Clara
    1st February 2019 / 7:41 PM

    I’d choose the lexus

  65. andrea tinkler
    1st February 2019 / 8:42 PM

    The lexus red wool rug is gorgeous. My red one has been chewed by the dog!!

  66. Leanne Hansell
    1st February 2019 / 8:47 PM

    I would choose a Lexus rug.

  67. Jayne Townson
    1st February 2019 / 8:49 PM

    Thanks for this, I would love a new rug for our living room. If I won I would like the Carter Rug please.

  68. Sophie Roberts
    1st February 2019 / 8:52 PM

    The Lexus Neutral Wool Rug is gorgeous! I’d definitely choose that one

  69. Kellie Steed
    1st February 2019 / 9:05 PM

    I would pick the Carter style but I can’t settle on a colour!

  70. Emma Salter
    1st February 2019 / 9:08 PM

    I would pick the Lexus Neutral Rug.

  71. Theresa Wakeley
    1st February 2019 / 9:27 PM

    Lots of nice rugs! The Medallion Rug in Salt Pepper is one of my faves

  72. Margaret Clarkson
    1st February 2019 / 9:39 PM

    I would choose a Carter rug.

  73. 1st February 2019 / 9:51 PM

    The carter is my favourite, so versatile.

  74. Carole E
    1st February 2019 / 9:52 PM

    I would love the Lexus rug

  75. Violet Phillippo
    1st February 2019 / 10:22 PM

    I would love the Carter rug, for my bedroom. It’s such a lovely design.

    1st February 2019 / 11:15 PM

    I’d pick the Lexus in natural.

  77. Elizabeth Smith
    2nd February 2019 / 12:10 AM

    I need more colour in my life so I’d opt for a Lexus rug

  78. Kevin000
    2nd February 2019 / 2:13 AM

    I prefer the Carter rugs

  79. Phil Darling
    2nd February 2019 / 6:37 AM

    The Carter rug does it for me guys – love the stripes

  80. Katrina Adams
    2nd February 2019 / 10:17 AM

    I love the Lexus rugs, the colours are fantastic and they look super soft.

  81. Jackie Howell
    2nd February 2019 / 10:43 AM

    I would choose the Carter rug, thanks so much

  82. Vivien Taylor
    2nd February 2019 / 10:59 AM

    A Carter Rug

  83. Heather Hibbert
    2nd February 2019 / 11:27 AM

    Carter rug

  84. Laura Pritchard
    2nd February 2019 / 1:26 PM

    The Carter Rug, I love this design!

  85. Nikki Stewart
    2nd February 2019 / 1:51 PM

    I love the Carter Rug, particularly the grey one x

  86. Chris Andrews
    2nd February 2019 / 2:15 PM

    Would you choose a Lexus Rug or a Carter Rug?

    if l were the lucky winner l’d choose . . . . a Lexus rug please and thank you

  87. Katie
    2nd February 2019 / 3:02 PM

    I would choose a Carter rug

  88. Sandra Fortune
    2nd February 2019 / 3:16 PM

    I like both I,d love something red so probably the Carter striped one

  89. Christine Caple
    2nd February 2019 / 3:36 PM

    I think I would choose a Carter rug

  90. Angela treadway
    2nd February 2019 / 3:42 PM

    the lexus rug please its so funky x

  91. Carolyn e
    2nd February 2019 / 9:58 PM

    The carter rug is the one for me!

  92. Ruth Harwood
    3rd February 2019 / 9:55 AM

    love the carter rug xx

  93. Lynne OConnor
    3rd February 2019 / 10:44 AM

    I’d choose the Lexus in blue

  94. Cyril Rowlands
    3rd February 2019 / 11:17 AM

    The Carter Rug

  95. Laura Banks
    3rd February 2019 / 12:07 PM

    the lexus rug love the bold colours

  96. Rachel Butterworth
    3rd February 2019 / 2:12 PM

    The Carter rug.

  97. Farhana Chowdhury
    3rd February 2019 / 2:18 PM

    Liking the Lexus rug

  98. Michael Hutchinson
    3rd February 2019 / 4:08 PM

    I’d choose the Carter, but I’m not sure which colour – I’d leave that decision to my better half.

    3rd February 2019 / 5:42 PM

    I think i would have to pick the carter rug for sure although they are both nice rugs.

  100. 3rd February 2019 / 6:24 PM

    I’d chose the carter rug. I love the grey coloured one!

  101. Charlotte isobelle
    4th February 2019 / 10:22 AM

    the lexus yellow is gorgeous! 😀

  102. Kristyn Harris
    4th February 2019 / 12:48 PM

    I would choose the Carter rug. I love the colours and the patterns!

  103. Dominique Ralf
    4th February 2019 / 2:26 PM

    Both designs are gorgeous, but the Carter rug if I had to choose.

  104. Gemma Hendry
    4th February 2019 / 4:24 PM

    lexus rug is so cool fingers crossed

  105. stephen lossnitzer
    4th February 2019 / 4:42 PM

    the carter rug is really nice

  106. kiya johnson
    4th February 2019 / 6:24 PM

    The lexus rug!

  107. Michelle Smith
    4th February 2019 / 8:22 PM

    The Lexus rug

  108. Debby
    4th February 2019 / 11:44 PM

    I would probably opt for a Lexus Rug – liked the neutral coloured one, but some great colours in Lexus and Carter rugs

  109. Cat x
    5th February 2019 / 12:05 AM

    Love the lexus rug!

  110. Heather Haigh
    5th February 2019 / 7:33 AM

    I would love a lexus rug

  111. Amy Denney
    5th February 2019 / 9:22 AM

    I would love To Win one of the Carter rugs. Thank you for the chance

  112. sarah mcvicar
    5th February 2019 / 9:37 AM

    I love the lexus rug

  113. Lilian gray
    5th February 2019 / 5:31 PM

    They are both gorgeous rugs, I’d chose theCarter rug

  114. Lorna Ledger
    5th February 2019 / 5:52 PM

    The Carter – it would fit really well in my house scheme

  115. L. Mundy
    5th February 2019 / 8:14 PM

    I would go for the Carter rug

  116. Ellen Stafford
    5th February 2019 / 9:03 PM

    I would choose the carter rug!

  117. cheryl hadfield
    5th February 2019 / 10:08 PM

    I would choose the Lexus rug

  118. Karen Usher
    5th February 2019 / 10:17 PM

    Love the brightness of the Lexus Yellow Wool Rug, great way to add a pop of colour into my sitting room!

  119. Nicola Farrel
    5th February 2019 / 11:03 PM

    Live the look of the Lexus rug!

  120. Michelle Jones
    6th February 2019 / 1:53 AM

    The Lexus rug is fabulous. Certain to brighten the dining space. Great post 🙂

  121. Caroline cummins
    6th February 2019 / 12:46 PM

    I like the carter!

    6th February 2019 / 1:12 PM

    Love the Lexus

  123. judy kennedy
    7th February 2019 / 10:05 AM


  124. Tanya Deliyska
    7th February 2019 / 1:06 PM

    I would probably choose a Carter Rug (and the teal striped wool rug is the one I have in mind).

  125. Marc H
    7th February 2019 / 9:00 PM

    Think i’d probably go for the Lexus, they’re both really nice though.

  126. Kerry Clark
    7th February 2019 / 10:05 PM

    I would choose a carter rug, I love the stripes.

  127. Amber Gladden
    8th February 2019 / 7:31 PM

    Great I really need a new rug -the Lexus style would be my pick.

  128. Helen Stratton
    8th February 2019 / 9:28 PM

    I would choose a Lexus rug.

    8th February 2019 / 11:01 PM

    I would love to win the LEXUS rug please.. The bold pattern is just perfect for my house.. we love all things Bold…… x Thank you x

  130. Caroline
    9th February 2019 / 9:01 AM

    I’d choose a Lexus rug

  131. Robert Price
    9th February 2019 / 1:42 PM

    Lexus for me

  132. David Weiner
    9th February 2019 / 1:53 PM

    Lexus Rug

  133. helena d
    9th February 2019 / 5:05 PM

    both lovely so I be happy to win

  134. Christina Palmer
    9th February 2019 / 8:56 PM

    I would choose a Lexus reg

  135. Charlotte H
    9th February 2019 / 9:05 PM

    It’s a tough choice but I think I like the green carter rug

  136. Marie Evans
    9th February 2019 / 10:55 PM

    I would choose the Lexus Neutral rug has the colours would be ideal for our living room.

  137. Carole Nott
    10th February 2019 / 10:13 AM

    I would choose a LEXUS NEUTRAL WOOL RUG

  138. Geri Gregg
    10th February 2019 / 10:36 AM

    I’d choose a Carter rug, it’d suit my flat more than a Lexus would

  139. Ursula
    10th February 2019 / 12:17 PM

    I would choose a Lexus rug, I love the Green one

  140. Sharon Hirst
    10th February 2019 / 12:33 PM

    Love stripes, so the Carter rug

  141. Cassie Shaw
    10th February 2019 / 1:22 PM

    Love the Lexus natural, neutral colour rug! Will go perfectly in my new flat

  142. katrina walsh
    10th February 2019 / 1:33 PM

    The neutral Lexus Rug

  143. Jemma Dwyer
    10th February 2019 / 1:51 PM

    carter rugs look great 😀

  144. Mickie Bull
    10th February 2019 / 1:55 PM

    I would go for a Lexus Rug!

  145. Tracy Newton
    10th February 2019 / 3:17 PM

    I love the Neutral Lexus rug

  146. Katie Skeoch
    10th February 2019 / 4:20 PM

    I like the Lexus rug, it’s quite bold but still subtle

  147. Anthony G
    10th February 2019 / 5:27 PM

    One of the Carter rugs would be great.

  148. jo liddement
    11th February 2019 / 11:48 AM

    The Carter rug is really gorgeous and would look amazing in my living room.

  149. Andrea Upton
    11th February 2019 / 2:52 PM

    I would choose the carter rug

  150. Hazel Rea
    11th February 2019 / 4:20 PM

    I would choose the Carter rug.

  151. Hannah GJ
    11th February 2019 / 10:28 PM

    Carter rug please!

  152. claire griffiths
    12th February 2019 / 4:23 PM

    love the lexus yellow wool rug beautiful

  153. Adrian Bold
    13th February 2019 / 1:38 AM

    I prefer the Carter rug. Thanks for the competition.

  154. natalie bates
    13th February 2019 / 10:11 AM

    defo the lexus rug 🙂

  155. John Prendergast
    13th February 2019 / 4:31 PM

    I’d choose a carter rug

  156. Jo Richards
    13th February 2019 / 6:44 PM

    I would choose a Lexus rug to help finish off my newly decorated front room

  157. Kerrie-ann Fitzpatrick
    14th February 2019 / 4:09 PM

    Theres soo much choice! Maybe a Carter one?

  158. Katarzyna Pytlarz
    14th February 2019 / 6:46 PM

    I love the Lexus rugs, simply beautiful.

  159. Fiona jk42
    15th February 2019 / 11:02 PM

    I like both of these rugs, but the Lexus is my favourite. I would get it in blue for my son’s bedroom.

  160. Sharon Catterall
    16th February 2019 / 9:35 PM

    id love a carter rug

  161. Joanne Exley
    16th February 2019 / 10:09 PM

    I’d choose the carter rug, love the stripes.

  162. Katie Harmer
    17th February 2019 / 4:47 AM

    I like the Carter range

  163. Samantha B
    17th February 2019 / 11:56 AM

    I think I would choose the Lexus Neutral, but I do also really like the Carter Natural so it would be a difficult (but very nice!) decision 🙂

  164. Kim Styles
    17th February 2019 / 1:54 PM

    I would love a Carter Rug

  165. Ann-Marie Downie
    17th February 2019 / 9:48 PM


  166. Jodi Hill
    18th February 2019 / 6:58 AM

    The Lexus rug is a real showstopper… Perfect for my living room 🙂

    18th February 2019 / 7:20 PM

    A Lexus rug for me

  168. Danielle Spencer
    18th February 2019 / 8:30 PM

    I love the bold sections of the Lexus rug.

  169. Hayley Colburn
    19th February 2019 / 1:17 AM

    I would choose the carter rug for the bedroom as its pretty much the same colour scheme

  170. Mirjana
    19th February 2019 / 9:52 AM

    I would love Carter rug 🙂 beautiful colors and design.

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