Whether you have a formal dining room or simply a multipurpose space with a dining table in it, you may be looking for small ways to give it a little refresh. To make it as easy as possible, we’ve rounded up the best dining-room décor for your various eating, working, and entertaining needs — all of which looks a lot more expensive than it is. From candlestick holders to sculptural vases to enamel fruit bowls, any of the stuff below (some of which are Strategist favorites) will instantly brighten your dining area for not a lot of money. Many of the things on this list are available at Amazon, but we’ve found some of them elsewhere for those who like to shop around. If you’re in the market for more affordable home upgrades, we’ve got roundups of cheap (but expensive-looking) décor for the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and living room too.
If you’re looking for additional lighting for your dining table, consider this minimalist cordless lamp in jaunty lime green. It’s slender, rechargeable, and comes with three brightness levels. And because it’s portable, you can use it just about anywhere you please.
These black marble coasters are way less ubiquitous than those made of white marble and have that cool, kind of sleazy ’80s vibe going for them. If you’re not shopping for yourself, we should add that they would make a great hostess gift too.
Whether you use it to serve salad or just to display fruit, this gorgeous acacia-wood bowl will make whatever you put in it that much more presentable.
And for those who like a matching set, some personal-size wood salad bowls.
Refresh your dinnerware with these matte teal dishes, salad plates, and bowls that could pass for a much more expensive set from East Fork Pottery.
And if you only need dinner plates, the color palette of these reminds us of something you might find at Heath but at a fraction of the price.
There’s something ever so cottagecore about the florals on these hand-painted bowls perfectly sized for your morning yogurt parfait.
One way to drink more water is to have a pitcher at the ready. This one is sleek and slender and won’t take up too much space.
For a psychedelic-meets-French-country look, this enamelware coffeepot would perk up any Sunday breakfast spread.
A tablecloth that looks like something Nancy Meyers might have prop-styled for the It’s Complicated dining room.
Some ribbed, vintage-y candlestick holders (that look like they’re from Anthropologie) to keep those (or any other) candles in.
We love the amber-colored glass on these delicate-looking mugs.
Here’s a melamine cake stand in poppy pink for all your confectionery creations.
If you prefer even more elegance, try crisp white linen napkins with a delicate hemstitched border.
These salt and pepper shakers (not grinders) are design-y with a capital D: They were created by Swedish furniture, interior, and product designer Anton Björsing.
This minimalist pendant lamp would not only provide useful over-the-table lighting but also make any dining room look more like a Scandinavian café.
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