Although the way we dine has evolved over the years, the dining room is still the perfect place to share meal times and memorable moments with friends and family. This multifunctional room is used for everything from daily dinner time with the kids, to weekly Sunday roasts with the extended family and the ever-so-occasional lavish dinner party, so it’s crucial the interior design style matches the versatility of the space.
As well as this, it is important that your dining room interior matches your unique personal style and is adapted to your way of life, to ensure it is both livable and functional.
With options including modern open plan kitchen-diners and the more traditional separate room to dine in, there are lots of elements to consider when planning your dining area interior. Whether you dream of hosting an intimate soiree with close friends, or are looking for inspiration to incorporate a dining area into your kitchen, we’ve gathered plenty of dining room decor inspiration to help you out.
Take a look at these 32 awe-inspiring dining room designs that’ll have you wanting to refresh your dining room interior before your next meal time.
With its richly veneered walls and intrinsically curved doors, this grand dining room, designed by Keech Green for a client in North London, is evocative of a 1920s glamour — think F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Alabaster bowl, suspended from the ceiling, gives a soft glow, perfect for “moody” dinners, whilst the upholstered dining chairs (in gold and cream fabrics) not only complement the deep mahogany but are also comfortable enough to sit on for the longest of banquets. The painting in the background provides the perfect art-deco “coup de grace”.
This dining room, with its relaxed and earthy tones, is the perfect venue for a dinner party or gathering. The smaller details bring the modern concepts together with plenty of black accents to draw your eye, without becoming dim and uncomfortable.
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Here, the client’s brief was to achieve a hotel boutique vibe. A durable fabric was required on the dining chairs and they had to be hard wearing as my client had a young family. Morph Designs designed a bespoke dining table and upholstered the chairs in a bullet-proof wipeable fabric. A dresser was included in the room in order to store all the client’s dinner sets and appliances. The colour palette we used to achieve this look was pebble tones mixed with black. We chose to have the dresser finished to an ivory colour, which created a feature and neutral backdrop.
Adding wooden Venetian blinds created a slick appearance and avoided fabrics in the room. Chrome accessories such as lanterns, ceramic ginger jars and cabinetry handles visually popped and added extra glamour to the space. All surfaces used within this design were practical and hard wearing plus will look great for many years to come.
I love this dining room for its harmonious colour and sleek interior design. The stylish leather chairs stand out instantly, coordinating well with the neutral colour of the wall and flooring. The painting also accents the wall to complement the whole decor of this beautifully set-up dining room interior.
The comforting, tactile, simplicity of this soft light filled dining space just draws me in. I want to sit at that table with a coffee, just enjoying the peace. Conversely an evening meal with family/friends in a chilled relaxed state of mind, the gentle, calming colour scheme, and twinkling string lights open the way for deep meaningful conversation, or a hearty meal and a good laugh. This room says ‘come in, join me, recline, make yourself at home here with me, let’s break bread together’. I suspect the owner of this gorgeous room, Dutch blogger Judith Huls was thinking exactly that, its relaxed ambience carefully curated to enhance the light (so important in the northeastern hemisphere).
Soft tactile blond woods and plush lux elements in the accessories, soft furnishings and floor coverings add contrast and comfort to the scheme. Pick a chair according to your mood or recline on the lounger, the informal mismatched dining arrangement just adds further to the relaxed welcoming vibe. Hygge mission= accomplished.
I love this look as it is simple and chic. I love to throw themed dinners and events, and a design like this allows me to transform the space to create a different dining environment each time. For everyday use, it is clean and functional too.
Unless you purposely want to create a separate formal dining room, an open-plan solution where the dining area is linked to the kitchen is practical, flexible and maximises space. It allows families and friends to congregate around the table that is in the heart of a home. French doors leading to the garden or patio is excellent for summer barbeques. A built-in seat can be a fantastic addition as it is comfortable and provides some storage too.
For this dining room at a stud-farm in New South Wales, Australia, I wanted to create a traditional albeit grand space, evocative of the client’s equestrian heritage in the United States. Lining the walls with a grass cloth by Ralph Lauren instantly warms the room, giving an almost earthy aspect to it. The curtains and chair (in blue fabrics by Colefax & Fowler) complement the wall covering, whilst the leather dining chairs (By Ralph Lauren) add a contrasting material/texture, therefore creating a layered effect. The “baronial” chandelier is by Vaughan and the floor lamp and side table by Nicholas Haslam; the equine painting is from the client’s private collection.
For an understated luxury look, consider adding dark furniture in a neutral interior scheme. It creates dynamic in the room and halts attention on details. Wood is the material of choice for creating a homely laid-back environment. Here we used a dining table and chairs with simple soft curved shapes. Oversized pendants create a statement and separate the dining area in an open-plan space.
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The dining room I currently love the most is my own. I love colour and I love space, so for the dining area of my new kitchen I wanted to keep the vibe as relaxed and open as possible – hence the white walls and colour pops. The table is positioned for the best view out onto the garden and suits how I like to dine – informally with friends and family ‘helping themselves’, rather than anything too stuffy. I particularly like to use orange in my schemes; as an accent colour, it gives energy and a happy glow. The orange lampshade is from Ikea and I had the pendant lamp customised with a rose-copper interior paint job at my local car body shop.
I love this dining area we created within a lounge/dining room to appeal to the younger market. Warm copper tones used with greys and burnt orange accessories – so easy to achieve and won’t break the bank. Simply purchase a glass round table with wooden base and add grey upholstered padded, quilted chairs. Dress the table with copper placemats, coasters and napkin rings, adding white napkins and crockery. Finish off with an ice bucket, champagne and glasses and the room is set to enjoy a wonderful evening in simple luxury with friends.
A chic yet comfortable dining area is something I have always tried to achieve when it comes to styling my own dining room. For me, it is about having a beautiful dining area to dine in, without compromising how comfortable it is. It also isn’t very hard to achieve.
Choose pastel colours and gold accents to decorate with to achieve a chic look. Get cushioned and buttoned dining chairs and stools, this way you can be comfortable. Or you can just stick some fur on your chairs. Head for a statement with your chandelier – a classical sparkly chandelier always works well when you’re trying to create a chic vibe.
I’m currently obsessed with all things white and blue; a white base opens up and brightens any room and can be a great way to freshen and create the illusion of space in a dining room. Splashes of blue will give a Mediterranean feel to the decor; think mismatched printed plates, cups and bowls. With a cool colour palette like this, textiles are important to make the room feel cosier; add some cushions in different shades of blue, a simply printed table cloth and even a high pile textured rug, giving you a bright, open feel to your dining room, while still remaining inviting and cosy.
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I particularly like this dining area as it was fully bespoke and I was allowed to design the glass table as well as the bookcase incorporating a bar area. A truly entertaining space allowing a flow from the entertaining area at one end and food preparation at the other enabling all parties to interact. The interior features hidden speakers providing music across the floor, with subtle as well as dynamic lighting adding a wow-factor.
This calm and simple scheme is created using crisp whites and cool blue tones, for a refreshing contemporary take on monochrome. The dark wood grounds the scheme and brings warmth that is further balanced by the taupe dining chairs, altogether making for a welcoming dining setting.
This dining room is very arresting. I love how contemporary it is – the jewel colours and richness of texture. The best dining rooms have a fabulous atmosphere; a relaxed environment for sharing food, company and conversation. Here, the teal walls and royal blue chairs contrast wonderfully with the ochre of the carpet. The natural wood table is curved and with the addition of comfortable chairs allows for a feeling of togetherness. The natural light streams in from the side and statement lights above, along with subtle wall sconces allowing the mood of the room to be fabulous day or night. The beautiful photograph of a lady in traditional Spanish costume is a theme throughout the hotel where this dining room is situated and creates a powerful statement. The richness of the palette reflects the colours of the countryside around, giving a strong sense of place. The stillness and drama of this room create the perfect backdrop for lively entertaining.
Gathering together to eat is a tradition as old as time but very few urban homes have the space for a dedicated dining room. More often than not, the dining space is an adjunct to the kitchen and little more than a kitchen table. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but I love the intimacy that a comfortable dining room offers, it’s that romantic notion of drawn out after dinner discussions. To make a dining room successful, creating the right atmosphere for entertaining is essential; leave the clutter and chaos behind. The reason I love this room albeit from a restaurant rather than a residential property is that it is sophisticated, subtle and softly sensual. Using textures such as velvet and large welcoming sofas instead of chairs gives a completely decadent feel. Add the contrast of deep blues with soft warm tones and subdued lighting and it’s a room that encourages lingering conversation.
This traditional dining room has been given a makeover to bring it right up to date. Previously dark, dated and cluttered, it is now light and fresh with a smart contemporary feel. This was achieved with a light neutral colour scheme and the addition of wallpaper on one wall in the same design as the fabric used for the Roman blinds. The fire surround was painted white to complement the bespoke white shelves which we designed for the alcoves. Putting a simple, curved shelf in the alcoves instead of base cupboards increases the sense of space in the room. The existing dining chairs were re-upholstered in a beautiful aqua fabric to complement the Roman blinds and wallpaper.
Oversize and upscale: this is my interior design mantra when planning a dining area or dining room scheme (if, of course, you have the space and a generous ceiling height). I like the symmetry of chair placement around dining tables, it’s very visually pleasing. It’s like setting ‘the stage’ literally for dinner or an event, making everything look stylish.
To me, the space in between the table and ceiling is so important, it’s the ideal space for a feature light. Whether you opt for pendants in a row or one, horizontal feature light like this monochrome glass one, make sure you ascertain head clearance when leaning over the table. What appeals to me about this round table by Poliform (The Concorde Marble Table) is it has a spinning Lazy Susan in the middle. So much fun! Great for styling your vases, ceramics and candles and you can just spin it around to arrange things.
The concept of wabi-sabi is based on the idea that ‘imperfection is perfection’ and it comes from Zen Buddhism. Wabi-sabi is all about simplicity and modesty. Opt for natural fabrics, rough finishes, natural stone, metal and wood. In this image, a rough teak table and garden bench with Eames Vitra armchairs works nicely in a wabi-sabi style dining area. To support this natural and calm atmosphere, the whole dining and living area is painted in a Farrow & Ball blue-grey colour, with a eucalyptus tree adding to the ambience. If your eucalyptus sticks out on one side more than on the other do not worry – this is exactly what you are after!
Dining rooms can often conjure up ideas of formality and discomfort. When designing this one for a young couple we were inspired by Scandinavian design, and the three components that define it: functionality, simplicity and beauty. I think this room captures all of those ideas, allowing for long, enjoyable meals.
I’m finding it rare to come across a designated dining room in homes now, as eating spaces are now being housed in kitchens. As this is now where we are formally entertaining, I find it important to create a feeling of separation between the two areas so you can relax while hosting a Sunday lunch, instead of feeling that you are sitting amid your washing up.
This luxury apartment, like many in London, is bijou in size and had an open-plan kitchen and dining area which could end up being utilitarian if approached without thought. But with a client as glamorous and sociable as she wished her dining space to be, we decided to wrap the room in Eglomise tiles and install a large herringbone dining table surrounded with plump upholstered chairs to create the perfect setting for long, languid evenings drinking wine and sharing tales with friends. Layering metallic linen curtains over soft voiles gave her the additional option of greater or lesser intimacy.
When designing a contemporary open-plan kitchen/dining room it’s key to ensure both areas complement one another whilst also achieving a distinct separation that highlights their respective functions.
By using the same flooring throughout, the spaces are seamlessly drawn together; as does the use of similar hues for the units, walls and ceilings. In contrast, a distinct focus between the kitchen and dining areas was achieved by enhancing existing structural fixtures with decorative elements such as cornices and 3D wall-covering. Accessories, lighting and soft furnishings in different colours, texture and materials were introduced to add additional depth and interest.
We created this dining space alongside our Interiors Consultant, Nina Laty. It was created as part of a new-build, 600 sqm ‘house for entertaining’ on the Côte d’Azur. It’s a super-glamorous space with a geometric theme, in a wood-panelled room and featuring a bespoke, glass-topped table, designed by Rugiano, with a mother-of-pearl leather surround and legs in a diamond pattern, seating twelve. A stand-out glass chandelier hangs directly over the table. To the left, there is an oyster-coloured credenza in a gloss finish, whilst a large piece of abstract art, chosen for its geometrical pattern, sits at the centre.
The top trend in interior design this year is all about incorporating natural elements into your space, and plants are on the top of the list. Plants along with the colour green have a balancing and grounding effect on us on an emotional and physical level. They also cleanse the air and remove toxins from our home. This is a beautiful example of how to create a space that brings this outside in.
This dining room was designed for a summer house in the South of France. The client wanted to keep the traditional soul of the room while injecting some touches of modernity. We designed it to associate a blend of rustic features and contemporary lines. The bespoke table, made of a large wooden top and steel legs, and the Tolix chairs and stools, add an industrial feel. The benches, the old hay rake, the jar and the dresser (hand painted after purchase) were sourced in vintage and antique shops. The room has kept its simplicity and authenticity but feels modern. A perfect combination to welcome friends and family to a nice meal.
We love this dining room setting for its relaxed and informal style. The perfect place for family meals or a coffee and the Sunday papers. This double aspect room allows plenty of light to stream through the windows, lifting the warmth and colours of the wood. The beautifully designed Carl Hanson dining chairs add style and comfort; while the extendable oak dining table offers flexibility. We chose the Tom Dixon pendant lights as the brushed brass adds interest and texture to the scheme and their soft glow makes this a warm and inviting room.
My clients bought a bespoke dining table when they honeymooned on Bali Island, Indonesia and wanted to make this space feel like they were back on the Island. We used an Ikat pattern for cushions and a plain beige colour for the box cushions. Definitely using Ikat pattern, artisan textiles makes the feeling organic. Their dining area is for family or with friends to relax and enjoy. I love to use colour and texture to help people relive their happy memories.
This glamorous dining spare is part of the interior of an amazing duplex apartment on the 36th and 37th floors of South Bank Tower, with incredible full-height glazed views over the Thames and London’s west-end, especially at sunset! We didn’t want to compartmentalise that view or create any kind internal competition with it in the design and so the dining area is part of a flowing, open-plan treatment for the living space and features a bespoke dining table, all ready for entertaining guests, in book-matched walnut with scalloped edges, set beneath a bronze-hooped Baroncelli chandelier. Chinaware is by Kelly Wearstler.
The dining room I love the most is the one we designed for a private client at One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. It has a gorgeous feature wall that combines gold and silver leaf panels with a mottled ombre paint effect. On the opposite wall, the bronze profile and glass bespoke joinery are framed by a tortoiseshell and tiger eye mosaic which is subtly backlit. Over the dining table, the exquisitely coloured blown glass chandelier pendants emit a warm glow that adds to the ambience of the room.
Dining rooms are generally social spaces – where people get together to share a meal and conversation. This dining room has a bright, bold rug giving it a cheerful vibe during the day, whilst creating a more dramatic feel in the evening. The colours in the rug are picked out in the curtains, although these are softer in tone so as not to be too overpowering. The “Starling Flight” painting by Eberhard Ross, paired with the Zettel’z pendant light adds a calming effect to the scheme. An extending dining table gives flexibility to the room, allowing for smaller, more intimate dinners as well as for larger gatherings.
We’ve certainly been inspired by this delightful selection of dining room decor ideas to impress, from some of our favourite interior experts, and we hope that you have too.