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Micro Makeover: How to Create Your Own Home Restaurant

Discover how to get creative with your dining room décor and create a restaurant experience from the comfort of your home.


Life at the moment has changed the way we work, the way we learn – and even the way we eat. All this extra time at home has given us the chance to slow down, sit at the table and spend quality time together tucking into home cooked meals.

If your dining room is busier than ever, why not make the most of your role as host and create your own home restaurant experience? By simply using items that you already have at home, and a little imagination, you can create a space where you can truly be the host with the most.

Here are some dining room ideas, with simple steps for your Micro Makeover, to make meal time more special than ever.


Set the mood

Sunday lunch? Date night? Birthday brunch? Whatever the occasion, the atmosphere sets the stage for your entire home restaurant experience.

The key to making your space more than just your dining room is finding the perfect combination of music, lighting and table settings. Get these just right and you’ll easily create a sense of comfort, intimacy and even romance.

A few simple dining room décor ideas include playing ambient music, lighting candles – or even crafting your own handmade place settings.


Takeaway Tip: Create a pretty place setting by tying a simple piece of string around a napkin with a sprig of your favourite herb or foliage from your garden.


Accessorise with colour

Right now, it’s all about making the most of what we have. You don’t need to have a complete overhaul of your dining room to create a home restaurant experience, simple swaps and small changes will work wonders.

Colour will play a big part. Inject vibrant shades into your space for a laidback look or use neutral, muted tones for a touch of sophistication. Why not hang up your favourite wall art, or furnish the room with cosy blankets and comfy cushions? When it comes to dining room décor ideas, the focus should be on ease and comfort.


Get creative in the kitchen

What’s on the menu is, of course, the most important part of your home restaurant experience. But in order to be cool, calm and collected when you cook, you need a work station that’s going to match.

You can update your kitchen in quick as a flash with simple kitchen dining room ideas, like using leftover paint to create a feature wall that brightens up the space. Once you’re happy with your home restaurant setting, all that’s left to do is draw up your menu for your hungry household!


A quick step-by-step guide:

        1. Choose a theme

The theme you choose should match the occasion and the food you serve. Think café vibe for a laidback lunch or perhaps a stylish restaurant for your anniversary dinner.

        2. Decorate your space

With a little help from our dining room ideas, get creative decorating your space with items that you already have at home or any leftover paint lying around.

        3. Set the menu

Tailor your menu to whoever you’re serving for guaranteed smiles around the table. Remember, it’s important that you feel comfortable in the kitchen, so it might be best to experiment with recipes another time – you don’t need to serve a Michelin-star meal.

        4. Dress for the occasion

Wearing your pyjamas to work might be the norm for now, but making more of an effort will not only help set the scene, it will make you feel good too.

        5. Bon appetite!

Once the table is set and the menu is finalised, all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy your home restaurant experience… after all you earned it!

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