74 Dining Room Ideas So Good, Your Guests Won't Want to Leave

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dining room with peach walls
Kendall McCaugherty © Hall+Merr

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!).

dining nook ideas
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.

dining room with wallpaper ceiling
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.

modern eclectic dining room
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.

indoor outdoor dining room with tiles
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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.

dining nook with custom banquette seating
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.

small dining nook in blue kitchen
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.

dining room ideas
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!)

small diing room
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.

eclectic blue dining room
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.

Room, Furniture, Dining room, Interior design, Orange, Property, Table, Yellow, Floor, Chair,
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.

eat-in kitchen ideas
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.

pink dining and living room
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

classic dining room with mural artwork and two pendants
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.

shabby chic dining room ideas
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.

dining room with kehinde wiley painting
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.

dining room with red table
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.

dinning room with yellow ceiling
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.

small basement dining room with contemporary decor
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.

dining room with wallpaper
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.

modern california style dining room with round table
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.

blue dining room
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.

black and white modern dining room
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.

Christopher Maya New York House
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.

Industrial dining room style
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.

lacquer paint ideas
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.

small blue dining room
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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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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.

formal dining room with green chairs
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.

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