74 Stylish Dining Room Ideas, From Formal to Family-Friendly (2022)

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If you're anything like us, you love to eat and spend time with your friends and family, preferably against a stylish backdrop. Translation: Your happy place is probably the dining room. To make sure it's in tip-top shape for dinner parties and everyday use, we scoured the archives and rounded up over 74 of the chicest dining room decor examples in a variety of styles, from modern to industrial, traditional to eclectic, shabby chic, and more. Whether you want to redecorate or you simply need a little inspiration, we've got a designer-approved blueprint for you to recreate at home. Get ready to take notes on the stunning dining room decorating ideas that are sure to impress both you and your dinner guests (no matter how inedible the pot roast is—kidding!).

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Brie Williams

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Balance Warmth With Formality

A matching table and chair set creates cohesion in this eclectic dining nook designed by Ariene Bethea. Bolster pillows and custom throws make the corner nook extra cozy and multi-purpose. Though it feels tailored, it's still approachable and warm.

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Brittany Ambridge

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Separate Zones With Ceiling Wallpaper

A sunny shade of sisal wallpaper connects the open kitchen to the dining room and separates it from the seating area in this great room designed by Halden Interiors.

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Nicole Franzen

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Think Outside the Obvious Layout Options

An offset, extra-large circular table flatters the shape of the window nook without appearing too cramped, as it's not crammed right up against the windows nor smack dab in the middle of the room. While the colors are muted and the materials are understated, the goemtric shapes throughout add tons of intrigue.

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BARBARA CORSICO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Enable Indoor/Outdoor Flow

Kingston Lafferty Design created an indoor/outdoor dining room by extending a built-in table on both ends of the wall. They're connected by a large window with accordion glass doors for seamless flow when larger parties are dining and visually by the glossy tiles. Visually, they're a stylish statement and outside, a durable, weatherproof material. Plants also make the two spaces feel like they're in conversation with each other.

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Stephen Kent Johnson

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Customize a Banquette

Custom back cushions that match the seats create both cohesion and comfort in this dining nook designed by Studio Shamshiri. The wooden wall paneling warms up the darker elements and also reflects the more casual chairs across the table.

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Heidi Caillier Design

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Stay Nimble

Whether you live in a small studio apartment or you're designing a guest area in your home, this micro dining room designed by Heidi Caillier will steer you in the right direction. A slim antique table can seat four if needed (there's an extra stool off the side in the sitting area to the left, not pictured here), but is otherwise nestled against the wall to open up the floor plan. When not being used to work or eat it, it can function as a makeshift kitchen island and prep area.

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Nicole Franzen

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Build a Library Wall

Animate the walls while also maximizing storage space with a custom wall-to-wall bookshelf in the dining room. Not only will this guarantee plenty of meal-time talking points, but it also eliminated the need for investing in expensive wall art for the dining room, a books add tons of color and style.

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Build In Outlets

Does your dining table also double as a homework zone, cooking prep space, or home office? Optimize your table with outlets, as Heidi Caillier did here. (Bonus if they're pretty brass!)

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Nicolas Gourguechon

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Make Vintage Chairs Comfy With Cushions

Spice up a gallery wall with various sized frames and contrasting pop of color in the middle. If you've opted for an eclectic array of vintage chairs, make them feel cozy with a tie-on cushion, as Devin Kirk did in this playful dining room.

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Thomas Loof

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Use Durable Fabric

Interior designer Welsey Moon clustered some lucite tulip chairs with upholstered seats around a casual Corian-topped table base. These pieces lighten the more formal mood of the deep blue velvet banquette, parquet floors, and antique mirror. And while that blue velvet may look fancy-schmancy, it's actually upholstered in outdoor-friendly fabric so it's super durable.

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Studio DB

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Spotlight a Fireplace

Designed by Studio DB, this dinning room is such a nice blend of warm and cool tones. The pale blue-gray and crisp white walls and light fixture as well as the color-block marble table are energizing while the artwork, chairs, and sconces bring in warmth. The fireplace itself also delivers, creating a cozier environment.

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Tamsin Johnson

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Create an Eat-In Kitchen

Tamsin Johnson used sleek stainless steel and striking marble in this kitchen, giving the eating area a glamorous and modern backdrop to compliment the dining room decor. It feels more formal than a typical kitchen nook, allowing the homeowners to use it as a proper place to entertain.

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Kendall McCaugherty

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Create Flow Between Spaces

The open floor plan in this Chicago family apartment designed by Bruce Fox called for cohesion between the dining and living room areas. That soft peachy paint and deep pink sofa are reflected in the printed armchair at the head of the dining table and also mimic the rosy glow of the pendant light. The color scheme was inspired by a photograph taken of the familay in London during spring, when the city was veiledin

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Joshua McHugh

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Create High Contrast

In this dining room by Raji RM, the large-scale mural anchors the room and sets the tone. While it speaks to the classic dining set and sconces, it feels fresh against the crisp white coat of paint, blond wood flooring, and pair of contemporary pendants.

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Heidi Caillier Design

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Rework Vintage Items

Though contemporary in look and feel, this dining room designed by Heidi Caillier also boasts a lived-in, historied character. That's thanks to the vintage pieces, from the carpet to the light fixture, as well as the nods to farmhouse style, like the display of decorative plates and wooden table.

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Roland Bello

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Put Your Best Work On Display

If you throw a lot of dinner parties, your dining room is the perfect place to put your best artwork on display. The striking Kehinde Wiley painting defines the color scheme in this dining room designed by Miles Redd, from the reupholstered lime green chairs to the wallpaper and moldings.

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Annie Schlechter

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Don't Be Too Precious s

New York City-based architect and designer Anik Pearson gave this remote Utah dining room a perfectly balanced personality. The polished details and fine craftsmanship along with bold pops of color, and beautiful artwork elevate the more rustic qualities without looking out of place or too precious. The end result is a refined ranch style.

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Brittany Ambridge

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Set a Mood

Designer Keesha Franklin of Halden Interiors was tasked with redecorating this home of a recent widow, so she took advantage of every opportunity possible to brighten up and make a place that inspired healing and hope. "She needed it to be a happy place," says the designer. This included the dining room, where a yellow ceiling energizes and lights up the room like sunshine.

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Shade Degges

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Rehab Your Basement

Designer Jae Joo gave this cellar in a Boston rowhouse a sleek upgrade with polished dark gray and black dining chairs and floral vases atop a nondescript table. She also painted the exposed brick and concrete floors a light gray and added a laid-back, neutral-hued striped rug. Rather than fighting with the bones, like the exposed stone, the new pieces complement them.

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Manu Rodríguez

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Sneak In Storage

The playful pendant and colorful wallpaper set the tone for this fun-filled family dining room designed by Rayman Boozer. A built-in drawer under the banquette serves as hidden storage, too.

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Romanek Design Studio

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Reflect the Location

This Malibu dining room by Romanek Design Studio is a lesson in stylish restraint. The firm honored the SoCal backdrop with modern staples, industrial elements, a neutral color palette, and nature-inspired materials.

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Simon Watson

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Use Unexpected Paint

Consider painting your walls a unique shade in a high gloss sheen for a more formal, and intimate atmosphere, that's also exciting and cheerful. "What makes this color happy is how saturated it is," says decorator Suzanne Kasler of these walls (painted in Seven Lakes by Glidden). Surrounded by eclectic yet traditional decor, the room also has a dignified European air to it.

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Nicole Hollis Studio

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Go Monochrome

Alternate seating between benches and chairs but use the same finishes and upholstery for a consistent, clean look, as Nicole Hollis Studio did here. For a similarly modern and monochromatic dining room, arrange black and white art asymmetrically to give the eye a break from the geometric symmetric of the rest of the space.

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Thomas Loof

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Hand-Paint Your Floors

In the breakfast room of a 1930s home, floors were painted with an octagonal honeycomb pattern. The bold color and eye-catching graphic make a modern statement in this otherwise traditional dining room. Floral curtains and walls add to the lighthearted feel.

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Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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Enhance Your Space

Unlike most dining rooms, this one by Leanne Ford Interiors doesn't use a large pendant light as the focal point. Instead, the focus is on the space itself. To enhance the beauty of a space like this one, work with raw materials like concrete, jute, and wood, and keep those beams exposed. An abstract painting in light clay tones elevates the dining nook even more.

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Angie Seckinger

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Try Lacquer

This dining room in a family home designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors gets a dose of glam from lacquered blue paint. The upholstered chairs and beige and cream carpet lighten the mood.

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Arent & Pyke

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Perch by a Window

This dining room designed by Arent & Pyke is absolute goals. From the mix of dining chair styles to the colored glass vases, architectural framework, and that expansive view, it's a special backdrop for casual family meals and formal dinner parties alike.

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JESSIE PREZA

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Make Multi-Use

Designer and homeowner Fitz Pullins opted for a bold blue that's perfect for both daytime fun and dressier evenings, the ideal balance for a bonus dining space. A stool is great for extending mealtime into game night.

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nicoleHollis

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Add Some Shine

In this modern dining room by NICOLEHOLLIS, the bronze accents catch our eye and keep things interesting without creating visual chaos. So if you want to experiment with metallic accents, take note.

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Anne Pyne

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Make It Moody

This moody dining room designed by Anne Pyne proves that formal doesn't necessarily mean fussy. Rich jewel one fabrics and lush layers of patterns bring the room to life, but they're used with restraint so the modern art gallery-esque table and light fixture can also assert a more edgy and serious tone.

FAQs

What can I transform my dining room into? ›

If you don't use your formal dining room for dining, turn it into a home office. This is a great spot not only to set up a desk and shelving, but a space to stash mail and display the family activities calendar.

How do you make a small dining room look elegant? ›

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How do I soften the look of my dining room? ›

Curtains, drapes, and rugs are important to the look and feel of the room. Choose the right window dressing and area rugs will make the space warm and inviting.

Are formal dining rooms outdated? ›

Now, new generations of homeowners are less likely to be interested in having a formal dining room or the tables that fill them. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that 43 percent of millennials prefer the look and feel of an open concept layout and casual dinner parties.

How do you use an empty dining room? ›

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How do I make a homey dining room? ›

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  5. Consider alternate seating.
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What should be kept on dining table? ›

Editors' choices
  • Plates.
  • Cutlery sets.
  • Glasses.
  • Cups.
  • Trays.
  • Napkin holders.
  • Drink Coasters.
  • Sugar Bowls.

What is the best shape table for a small dining room? ›

Round. A round table works well in small rooms and smaller square shaped rooms. It creates a cozy and intimate setting, so it's the best shape for a small group of people.

How do most people fit in a small dining room? ›

By pushing the table against a wall or into a corner, banquettes not only save you floor space, but also put bench seating on two sides of the table rather than just one. This further maximizes the number of people you can host (relatively) comfortably at once.

What is a small dining room called? ›

dinette. / (daɪˈnɛt) / noun. an alcove or small area for use as a dining room.

Are closed kitchens making a comeback? ›

Interior designers, architects and builders all have some thoughts. Kitchens open to the family room have long reigned supreme, but the closed-off kitchen — or at least partially closed-off kitchen — is making a comeback. While they may not be relegated to separate rooms, the trend is towards defined zones.

How important is a formal dining room? ›

Reasons to Have a Formal Dining Room

As you get older, having people over for formal meals might happen more often, and having that space available makes it much easier to make and serve the meal. If you don't have that room designed as a dining room, then you might regret it when you have your boss over for a meal.

What makes a dining room formal? ›

Formal dining rooms tend to be conservative and dark in both color choices and lighting. Dark wood floors and rich paneling aren't uncommon. For a more formal, intimate atmosphere, lighting is usually kept to a minimum. Diners talk in hushed tones and may dress the part with formal or semi-formal attire.

How can I make my dining table look nice? ›

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Are placemats out of style? ›

Like formal dining rooms and fine china, placemats have mostly fallen out of style in favor of more minimalist, casual table settings. It makes sense. After all, they're just one more thing—to store, to set out, to wash, and then to put away again.

Do you leave placemats out? ›

Leaving placemats only on the table is also an option, and can serve as a reminder no to let the table get too cluttered with mail or other odds and ends that come into the house.

How do you revamp a dining room chair? ›

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How do I update my mahogany table? ›

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How do you update cherry furniture? ›

Just scruff up the surface of the cherry wood furniture piece with 220-grit sandpaper. What is this? This will give the primer and paint a better base to stick to, and will help get rid of imperfections in the finish, like dents and dings! After sanding, wipe off the dust and debris, and make sure it's all gone.

How do you make old chairs look new? ›

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How do you update an old chair? ›

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How do you make old mahogany furniture look modern? ›

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How do you make old wood furniture look modern? ›

Updating your furniture is now easy with our simple and creative ideas:
  1. #1. Strip Old Painted Finishes. ...
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  3. #3. Add a Fresh Coat of Spray Paint. ...
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  5. #5. Refinishing Furniture. ...
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How can I make my dining table look nice? ›

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Is cherry furniture out of style? ›

“We have a lot of different woods here and a lot of exotic woods, but Cherry doesn't go out of style. Whether it's a desk, a dining table, a bedroom, an end table, it really lends itself to that traditional look,” said Smith.

What colors go best with cherry wood furniture? ›

Colors that coordinate with cherry are generally warm, including beige, gold, and light red. If you want to contrast with the cherry, pick out a cool color such as green or blue. What is this? Warm colors will accent the red undertones in the cherry while cool colors will make the cherry pop and stand out.

How do you make dark wood furniture look modern? ›

Embrace dark wood furniture with deep colors.

Instead of trying to balance a deep stain with light, airy colors, embrace a moody palette of saturated paint colors. In a bedroom, try setting off dark cherry wood furniture with charcoal gray walls to create a cozy, cocoon-like space.

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