Dining room design ideas have moved beyond strictly formal to a range of styles. Modern minimalist, retro, French country, coastal – there is so much design freedom that it’s easy to create a dining experience that can work for every day as well as for more formal occasions.
Inspiring dining room design ideas
Coastal – Bring the relaxed feel of the beach into your dining room. White walls and chairs, pine furnishings, windows with sheer curtains or none at all, and splashes of sunny accent colors like coral, celadon or robin egg blue combine to create the effect of dining al fresco – without the sand between your toes! Finish that decor with neutral flooring in wood-look laminate like Oyster Bay pine or washed stone looks in luxury vinyl tile.
Sassy Retro – Go retro with a chrome dinette, place settings and accessories all coordinated in one bold, statement color like fire engine red. Team it with a funky pendant lamp and a kitschy wall clock. On the flip side of style-forward dining room design ideas, make an elegant, modern statement with a glass and steel table set. Use frosted glass in lighting and accessories like vases. Make artwork a focal point for a gallery-like feel. For both these dining room design ideas, select a great neutral such as adrift pine laminate or go dramatic with a walnut hardwood in cocoa brown.
French Country – Capture the spirit of the French countryside with this unique style that combines cheerful colors and old world charm. It’s the element of surprise that gives French country its je ne sais quoi. This style encourages a mix-and-match approach like canvas-covered straight back chairs and a rustic metal table dressed in checked linens combined with a chandelier, gilded mirror and objets d'art. The color palette is typically cerulean blues, egg-yolk yellows and bright whites. The floors that match this décor are hand-scraped or wide plank hardwood.
Small Space Surprise – Transforming a hallway into a dining area is one of the more unusual dining room design ideas starting to trend. Visually expand a small space by keeping the palette monochromatic and furnishing the area with a round table and armless dining chairs. Add a tall mirror and install a low-hanging chandelier or cluster of pendant light for soft illumination. Flooring in wood-look laminate or parquet vinyl tile adds a classy touch.
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