Reflecting its forested location, this house is decked out in a variety of natural materials—from rough-hewn beams to rustic furniture made from branches.
Sure, you’ve seen plates hung on a wall before, but these rectangular beauties take the concept to the next level. The collection of 10 colorful plates acts as artwork in this dining room.
The flamboyant botanical wallpaper in this room is mirrored in the organic shapes of the chandelier, and the subtle zig-zag of the chair upholstery is repeated in the rug.
Select a light fixture that fits the scale of your space. A large rustic chandelier fits both the personality and size of this lofty dining space.
Salvaged wood offers a distinctive warmth and texture that can’t be replicated with new wood. The wood floors in this dining room were salvaged from a local factory.
Highlight architectural features with a contrasting paint color. The stark white of this mantel pops against the gray-brown of the walls and allows each feature to maintain its importance.
Leta Foster has spent the last 35 years designing interiors so well that her three daughters followed in her footsteps, becoming the “& Associates” in her firm. When this breakfast room project in an early-1900s Richmond home came to Leta, she tapped daughter Sallie Giordano to collaborate. Together, they decorated the space to fit a young family while honoring its original architect, William Bottomley.
Add textural depth by mixing upholstery fabrics. These dining chairs sport patterned upholstery cushions, and the backs are covered in a coordinating solid.
Built-in banquette seating is a great option if you’re short on space. It not only adds seating, but the space beneath the seat can also be used for storage. Using the same upholstery fabric helps tie together the mixed seating in this space.
29 of 80 Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn, Styling by: Elizabeth Demos
“To give Country French my minimalist spin, I avoid the expected ruffles and plaids and keep it about the painted antiques and white linens,” says homeowner and designer Regina Lynch. She, along with designer Destiny Lynch (who also happens to be Regina’s daughter) came together to create this “less-is more” style.
A window-filled alcove in this beach house functions like a dining room with a casual table, two slipcovered end chairs, and a pillow-topped banquette. The built-in bench and wall of windows make this small space seem much larger. Two vintage light fixtures hung with nautical rope instead of standard chains illuminate the space.
Sloshing and splashing are inevitable in a family dining room. A leopard print rug is very forgiving in this family space. Spills are camouflaged in the spotted pattern.
Is your dining room in need of a little attention? We’ve gathered some of our favorite dining rooms for some inspiration. From formal settings to family-friendly spaces, we have dining room decorating ideas that are sure to fit your needs. Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and it sometimes takes a creative eye to find the perfect space for one in your home. These dining room ideas will help you think outside the box when it comes to finding the perfect spot. From the bold and colorful, to casual and rustic, you’ll find the perfect inspiration in these stylish dining room decorating ideas.
The concrete counters and custom steel cabinets echo this home’s industrial chic vibe.
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Formal dining rooms are the perfect place to display family heirlooms. They make fantastic conversation pieces when you entertain. A portrait of the homeowner’s late mother, who taught her how to entertain, properly presides over this elegant dining room.
Before you jump into putting pieces of furniture in your dining room, you will want to take an inventory on your space to see what pieces you would like to have, where you want to put them, and how big the piece can be before it looks overcrowded or bumps into other pieces in the room. Drawing a rough draft of the room to have on hand when shopping, is always helpful. Having the measurements of the pieces you ant to get, is also a great way to be sure you aren’t misjudging when you go to purchase something. Keep reading to find out some tips on how you can turn your small dining room into a beautiful dining experience while sticking to your budget.
Whether your style is formal or family friendly, use these design tips and decorating ideas to update your dining room.
24 of 80 Photo Robbie Caponetto / Styling Anne Turner Carroll
17 of 80 Photo: Laurey W. Glenn / Styling: Anne Turner Carroll
Punch up the energy in your dining room with colored furniture. These red chairs are finished with a semi-opaque stain that still allows the character of the wood to show through.
Neutral dining spaces are perfect for highlighting seasonal decor. This dining room picks up the personality of seasonal florals and accents.
Use draperies to bring texture to your dining room. Curtain panels transverse an entire wall in this dining room. The sheer fabric still allows natural light to filter into the space.
Natural lighting makes a dining room magnetic. A clutch of chairs normally found in a living room, including two English wing chairs, amps up this room’s style. Canvas upholstery unites the mismatched vintage chairs.
If you don’t have the space for a formal dining room, look for opportunities to leverage another space to do double duty. This center entry hall also functions as the dining room. Built-in seating adds storage, and a narrow table ensures free traffic flow behind dining chairs.
Anchored by a clean-lined Parsons table (left unpolished to stand up to fingerprints), the dining room is both sophisticated and family friendly. Galvanized-metal French Tolix chairs designed in the 1930s and a long bench (which has been known to hold as many as six kids) provide some much needed flexibility and style.
Even small spaces need a designated dining area. Designer Matthew Bees used the nook below the stairs of this Charleston loft to create the perfect space. The addition of a small chandelier ties the nook together.
Use a formally balanced layout for a traditional dining room. This room highlights the homeowner’s preference for symmetry and clean lines. A new built-in china cabinet looks original to the circa-1920s house.
If you find something you want, but it is name brand and out of your price range, that’s where copies or knock-offs come in handy. Chances are that on a budget, you probably will not have the money to purchase an original piece of wall art or décor items. Look for cheaper, less expensive replicas or knock-offs and it’s highly unlikely that anyone will ever know the difference.
If you want to highlight the view outside of your dining space, keep your furnishings and accessories simple. This dining table is centered in front of a large back wall of windows, and the space is softened with simple curtains.
18 of 80 Photography Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
Apartment living generally devotes little more than a wall to eating. To make a dining room appear magically before her eyes, this homeowner installed a a sleek table that easily folds out at mealtimes.
Add an unexpected touch to an elegant space by including playful patterns. The jazzy zebra upholstery on these dining chairs keeps the otherwise subdued room from feeling stuffy.
Light, airy colors on the wall will give the impression that your space is larger than what it is. Dark colors will eat-up, or shrink your space and make it feel like tight quarters. Light blues and greens are popular shades today. They work very well with white trim and light, airy draperies and many different shades of wood.
Warm wood tones, brick, and even books give this dining room a cozy appeal.
Prioritize your spending. Instead of a more expensive chandelier, a paper lantern glows over the table in this dining room. It adds big style for a low price.
Mix your window coverings for flexibility. Matchstick blinds and curtain panels control the level of light and privacy in this dining room.
This classic combo is a highly efficient use of space. Together, they transform a bare corner into an elegant eating space.
Create a laid-back layered look by mixing and matching patterns – from the linens to the stemware.
Supplement your family pieces with furniture found at antique and secondhand stores. This homeowner wanted a modern contrast, so he had the flea market find barrel chairs commercially sprayed in a light driftwood color. The color contrasts against the dark oak of his great-grandfather’s dining table and sideboard.
This table is complemented by the slipcovered chairs and French-style bistro chairs that have plastic seats and backs, keeping things stylishly practical.
Get the free traffic flow of an open plan and the intimacy of a closed dining room by using sliding pocket doors. On the left side of this room, reclaimed heart-pine pocket doors can be closed to hide the kitchen.Tour this Georgia Row House
Give an everyday dining space a casual vibe with a combination of seating arrangements, like the wing chairs, curvy settee, and burlap-topped benches that circle this dining table.
Don’t be afraid to use large swaths of shine. A metallic wallpaper acts as a neutral while still giving a glow to this space.
Use mixed finishes for a casual look. These painted chairs are paired with a round mahogany dining table. The mix of finishes on the room’s various furnishings provides a collected, casual appeal.
Emphasize the height of your dining room with vertical stripes. Floor-to-ceiling windows also help this space feel lofty and light.
This dining room fireplace is raised to table height so it can be enjoyed by everyone in the room.
Love it? Get it! Chair fabric (back): Volpi (custom colorway) by Quadrille. Wall paint: Young Wheat; pantone.com.
Turn an infrequently used space into a dining room. This conservatory is part dining room part greenhouse. The open and airy space boasts spectacular views and plenty of natural light.
China cabinets or sideboards are lovely, but their bulk can dominate a room and uses space inefficiently. Floating shelves, on the other hand, can be customized to fit your needs (fill the whole wall with them, if you like!) and offer more flexible storage than standalone pieces.
7 of 80 Photo: Eric Piasecki, Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas
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Even if you’re not a fan of bright colors, you can still create a striking dining room. This mostly neutral dining room is anything but boring. A variety of linens and rich browns punctuated by small colorful accents gives a warm and inviting look to the room. Lots of natural light keeps the dark brown walls from visually closing in the space.
Often considered a design no-no in other rooms, placing furniture against the wall frees up space for walking in this narrow dining area. Folding chairs stored neatly on the opposite wall can easily be grabbed when company arrives.
This space serves as a library/eating area. The room is casually arranged with a table, sofa, and bench pushed against the shelves.
Not everything in your dining room has to be brand new and have a hefty price tag attached. There are other options to look at when it comes to finding furniture pieces that are much more reasonable. If you know what type of piece you, look for a resale piece instead of at a store. You can find good deals on resale furniture items by looking in your local paper for moving or estate sales. There are also yard sales online, or bigger sites that list furniture pieces for much cheaper than retail. You can find some real bargains when you buy resale. You may have to look a little harder or longer, but if you are patient, the right piece for the right price will come along.
Just because the dining room is traditionally a formal space doesn’t mean you can’t try a more casual feel. Mixing high-back upholstered seating with low, slipcovered chairs avoids the predictable formula of a table with matching chairs in this room.
The homeowners wanted to have a fresh, bright dining room, so designer Ashley Whittaker helped them pick a showstopping lettuce green shade for the shiny lacquered walls and then kicked it up a notch with bright coral upholstered dining chairs. Painted lantern sconces and a sleek, four-arm, unlacquered brass chandelier play off the casual mood established by the sweet/tart color scheme.
Simple details like the finish of your linens help set the tone of your dining space. This round table and antique chairs are covered in simple linen and checked fabrics. A dainty scalloped edge on the chairs and table topper adds a decorative touch.
Pairing antiques with natural curiosities, like the modern gold-lined black shades on the chandelier, gives this room a more personal touch.
Open shelves are often the best storage option in a tight space, but you have to fill them wisely. Coordinating plates and serveware, like this pretty creamy collection, add a decorative element with a culinary tilt.
Have at least one unique conversation piece in your dining room. A whimsical light fixture becomes a focal point over this dining table and speaks to the design sense of the home owner.
Conical baskets, believed to have once been used by Asian fishermen, are now airy pendant shades over the South Carolina pine dining table.
Tell a cohesive color story in connected spaces. The wall color in this dining room was custom mixed to match the blue undertones of curtains in the adjoining living room.
This updated dining room offers a clean, modern look that is both private and quiet.
8 of 80 Photography Van Chaplin, Charles Walton IV / Styling Buffy Hargett
Visually expand a small dining room by keeping the palette monochromatic and furnishing it with a round table and armless dining chairs. This crisp green dining room feels airy and open even though the space is small.
One thing you don’t want to do is buy pieces of furniture that are too big for the room. Keep your furniture scaled to the size of the room to avoid an overcrowding situation, or claustrophobic. A smaller dining room table will be functional as well as it can be a focal point of the room. Lighter color woods give the illusion that the room is bigger, as opposed to darker colored woods, which can visually, eat up the space.
Just as gold accessories add an on-trend vibe to an outﬁt, the warm tones of brushed gold ﬂatware and embellished glasses add ﬁnesse and sparkle to a casual table.See the rest of this dining room
Let your china provide a dining room’s color and pattern. It’s the secret to classic style that’s not overdone.
Natural lighting has the ability to trick the mind into thinking a space is bigger than it is. Let in as much natural light as you can, if natural light is available in the room, and watch your space get bigger. Chandeliers can still be hung, even in a small dining room, however, too large of a chandelier, and you will eat up a lot of ceiling space. This will instantly visually shrink your room. A small chandelier that matches your taste, color, theme and budget is what you will want to stick with. Check with different lighting stores in your area to see if they have any special deals, sales or items they cant sell, that you may be able to go view.
Choose a lantern fixture for a more casual look. A standard chandelier would overwhelm this laid-back space, but a wrought-iron lantern fixture is just right.
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Dining rooms come in all sizes and can be one of the hardest rooms to decorate. Many people think they cannot decorate a dining room beautifully unless they have a lot of money to spend to do it right and make it look luxurious and elegant. This is not the case though. Even if you don’t have a big budget, you can create a beautiful dining room and make your dining experiences feel rich, or casual, classic or contemporary. Even if your dining room is lacking in space, you can make it appealing and inviting just by what you put into your room. The good thing is; there are all kinds of tips and ideas that will help you keep the cost down so you don’t go broke just trying to make your dining room more desirable room to dine in.
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Create some rhythm in your space by repeating the shape of your table in the rug. This rectangular rug is large enough that all four legs of pulled-back chairs remain on the rug.
Add shelves for greater flexibility. A wall of library shelves in this dining room enhances the cozy cabin feel and offers homeowners the option of converting the space into an office.
Walls covered in subtle blue grass cloth create a serene space that’s inviting and warm.
Think beyond drywall for your walls and ceiling. This dining room is completely finished with wood. A warm wood ceiling and floor treatment paired with painted wood walls adds vintage character to the space.
Separate spaces by using a portier. This dining and living room are adjoined by a large cased opening. Curtain panels make the space more versatile, add softness to the dining room, and provide privacy when necessary.
Gray doesn’t have to be sterile. A collection of blue and green dishware pops against the cool grays and whites of this space.
Make sure all of your dining room materials and surfaces are spill-proof. These host chairs, designed in a modified Parsons style, are upholstered in durable outdoor fabric to withstand upset cups and plates.
Don’t feel tied to one style. Modern black dining chairs sit alongside traditional armchairs in this eclectic yet elegant dining space.
Try a nontraditional color scheme. This formal dining room jazzes up a traditional foundation with unexpected color combinations. The graphic green upholstered chairs play off of the distinctive orange-and-gold wallpaper. Gilded accents pick up the metallics in the pattern of the paper.
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Set the mood with lush window treatments. Luxurious curtains hung near the ceiling give grand scale to this dining room.
Dining rooms can easily be made into multiuse spaces. A large dining table work surface makes this room a perfect place to double as the homeowner’s design office. Books and samples can quickly be stowed in cabinets when guests come over.
Establish a historic style. These homeowners took inspiration from British colonial style, and they limited their color palette to crisp white and ebony. The furnishings in this dining space are classic American or English shapes.
When selecting your finishes, think about the wear and tear that your dining room may experience beyond spills. The white oak plank flooring with a limed finish in this coastal cottage dining room is perfect for disguising sand tracked in from the beach. A clear wax on top keeps it sealed and hardy.
If you had to sacrfice part of your dining room to your workspace, get the best of both worlds with a pretty desk. For parties, this blogger clears off this stately oak piece to use as a buffet.
Employ this bit of visual trickery to make any small room seem bigger: A mirror’s reflection is great at faking extra space, and bounces light around the room to make it seem airier.
Surrounded by a set of Queen Anne chairs scooped up at a secondhand shop in Charleston, this iron-and-wood dining room table crafted by Charles Calhoun creates a relaxed, rustic room.
Take a look at the following 20 small dining room ideas and see if you get inspired to get going on decorating your small dining room.
The repetitive shape of books on a shelf can act as a pattern in your dining room. Rows of books in built-in shelves make a beautiful patterned backdrop for the dining table in this space. These shelves were crafted from gypsum drywall, instead of wood, for a more modern profile.
Small spaces are often the perfect place to install built-in storage. An awkward corner becomes a built-in buffet or bar in this dining room.
Encourage conversation with a round table. To keep things intimate, your table shouldn’t exceed 40-inches in diameter. This round table is surrounded by an eclectic collection of hole-caned chairs.
Play with furniture styles to achieve a personalized look. Just unify with color. These red lacquer bamboo-style side chairs add a bold punch of color that coordinates with the cabinet interiors of this space.
In this interior, pairing grays, blues, and pops of bright green with neutrals keeps the color scheme serene. Striped slipcovered chairs are an easy nautical touch. Blue nubbly linen curtains with pretty patterned trim are like the rest of the decor: refined but relaxed.
Two banquettes are better than one! This clever set-up makes room for an entire family in a tight corner — and offers hidden storage under the seats.
You don’t need peppermints or candy canes to make a bold statement with this red-and-white color scheme.
Highlight a grand focal piece by pairing it with neutral accents. A shell-encrusted china cabinet is the star of this dining space, and other neutral furnishings don’t compete for attention.
Not only do slipcovers lend a casual cottage look to a space, but they also make a dining room more user-friendly. These monogrammed covers can easily be tossed in the wash in case of spills.
26 of 80 Photo Charles Walton IV / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
An oval table is the perfect companion for this curved banquette.
Add storage to a small dining area with a built-in china cabinet. You’ll not only save floorspace, but you’ll also have the opportunity to integrate architectural details like decorative trimwork.
Instead of refinishing antique pieces, let the natural character shine. Antique iron chairs surround a rustic table in this dining room. These vintage items lend stylish history to the newly constructed space.
A built-in shelf breaks up this very vertical space and offers a place to display plates and other accents.
This delicately patterned Idarica Gazzoni wallpaper with a trompe l’oeil chair rail frames the preppy, coral-hued dining room.
A brick floor is a great choice when you want a rustic, farm-style look. The various colors of the brick flooring inspired the color scheme in this dining space.
30 of 80 Photography: Laura Moss, Styling: Natasha Louise King
A large round table in a square dining room makes conversations easier and most have leaves for extra seating.
Unlike chairs, a bench can seat more than one person (a handful of kids, if you’re lucky!) and tucks completely out of the way when not in use.
Both built-in bookcases and banquettes are meant to be directly next to the wall, offering as much seating, storage, and open floor space as possible — so when combined, they’re a like small dining room superhero.