10 Things Every Dining Room Needs

06/19/2015 09:23 am ET | Updated Jun 19, 2016

Whether it's where you eat every family meal or just a room that gets used on holidays, make sure your dining room is equipped with this must-have list. (We're assuming you've got the table and chairs covered.)

Text by: Laura Serino

photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE
It doesn't matter how spacious your dining table is, you always need room for overflow. A well-positioned console table is the perfect perch for extra platters of food. When not in use, display your favorite dishes or a few household plants.

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From sprigs of pine in the winter to branches of freesia in the summer, keep a favorite vessel on hand to house eye-popping arrangements year-round.

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Nothing is more romantic than dining under a soft glow. We love elegant tapers on the table or a bunch of tea lights in a row. For more drama, opt for hurricanes or holders in unique shapes. Just remember to keep scented ones unlit when you're eating.

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If your space is boxy or you simply want it to feel bigger, mirrors add instant depth and light into a room. Before you hang, move your mirror around on each wall so you can pick your favorite view to reflect.

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Food always feels fancier when it's served atop a beautiful tablecloth. Plates always appear prettier when they're on placemats. And you know what's classier than a paper napkin in your lap? A cloth one.

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Greenery goes a long way in the dining room. If you're short on space, find a tall plant stand to keep some succulents in a corner. Still working on that green thumb? Start with air planters on the wall or in a hanging vessel.

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Don't interrupt dinner with a mad dash to the fridge. Keep everything from champagne to juice boxes chilled in a sleek ice bucket.

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Serve up something special and display it on your most prized platters and plates. To cover all your bases, have a cake stand for desserts and a great multi-purpose serving dish to hold everything from side dishes to cheese and crackers.

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Make sure guests aren't left empty-handed when it's time to toast the hostess! Though it's hard to have glasses for every type of drink, we recommend keeping styles that serve your drink of choice--wine, highballs, pint--you get the idea.

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When we say "chandelier", we don't necessarily mean an ornate crystal one fit for Marie-Antoinette. Instead, consider it the focal light fixture in your space. A beautiful single pendant or an extravagant cluster of lights top our list, just choose one that makes you light up when you see it.