If you have a dining room, there’s a good chance you don’t use it very often. Most people would prefer to congregate around the kitchen table and the dining room is hardly ever used. It’s really so much easier to spend time in the kitchen than having to drag everything into the dining room, which is a real chore.
Dining rooms also seem to be viewed as a formal place that is only used during special occasions. That said, we are going to offer you some wonderful ideas to transform your dining room so you can start enjoying it every day.
Here are some of our best dining room design ideas to help you turn that room into something fresh, new, and inviting. These gorgeous rooms will entice you to start turning that space into a room you are going to love to be in.
Blending Modern With Traditional:
Take what is considered a traditional look and add some contemporary accents that will blend nicely with your antiques and formal profile. A lovely lacquered Parsons table makes a modern stand in this townhome in Philadelphia.
Turn Your Dining Room Into Something Else:
As so many people prefer to eat in the kitchen, they are turning their dining rooms into a more functional purpose such as a library or office. Books, art, and wonderful light fills this beautiful Manhattan library room.
Upholstery Ideas To Mix And Match:
Feel free to go with more than one color or print for your dining room chairs. By mixing and matching, you can create your own unique design and taste. Consider these chairs in this New York apartment with two in printed stripes and two in a solid color. It adds just the right touch to add some interest to your dining room.
Design With A Classic One Color:
In some cases, staying with one color will allow you to focus on your food and guests and not lose them in the design. Instead, take an artwork and hang it in the room for balance and that serves as a great focal point.
Having A Display Might Do The Trick:
This lovely sunroom has a fabulous china cabinet to showcase their collection of dishes and serving pieces. Look for a hand-painted wallpaper like this trellis wallpaper for a really gorgeous look.
A Fresh Coat Of Paint:
People have known for years how a new coat of paint can transfer a room or the furnishings in the room. Try giving your bamboo table a facelift by painting it white like this set in a cottage in the Bahamas. The table will fit perfectly in any beach environment.
Create Drama With Black:
If your taste runs to brave and bold try painting your walls black for a very dramatic look. This NY dining room is decorated with a magnificent dining table and 19th-century chairs.
There are very few items that will turn a dining room into total elegance like a chandelier can. If your dining room has always been casual, a crystal chandelier will instantly turn it into something very formal. This dining room in California has a lovely chandelier and decorated with a faux ebony table and chairs, a lovely carpet and cotton print curtains.
Display Your Artwork:
If you’ve decided to transform your dining area into a room for showing off your artwork, make sure your décor works with the collection. Everything from the color of the walls, the curtains, and carpet should accentuate your large painting on the wall.
A Festive Occasion:
During the holidays, you want to have a large table that will seat everyone who has come to visit. A long, rectangular table is classic and is a perfect choice.
Adding contrast to your dining room ideas can actually be quite easy to create. Choose a neutral light color for your walls and then choose darker elements to make the room pop out. This room has a custom-made table and walls painted in a Cloud White from Benjamin Moore.
Dining Room Benches:
If you are planning on a lot of people, bring in benches instead of individual chairs. You can seat more people. Depending on your style of design, you can have a rustic look with natural wood or choose benches that have been upholstered.
Different Chair Styles:
If traditional is something you run from, instead of using chairs that are all the same, surround your table with different styles of chairs for a playful, enjoyable feel.
Are Bold Colors Your Taste?
Whether your taste runs to modern or traditional, adding a bold color to your wall will make your dining room come to life. This room offers a dynamic raspberry and brilliant yellow and it looks fantastic!
Two Dining Room Tables:
If a rectangular table just doesn’t seem to fit your dining room design, use two square tables to increase the number of seats.
Dining rooms can become very special places that draw people in. Coming up with a few dining room ideas can transform that room into something quite spectacular! Whether you want to have dinner parties or turn the room into a different purpose, we hope some of these designs will get your creative juices flowing!