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 27 awe-inspiring dining room designs that’ll have you wanting to refresh your dining room interior before your next meal time.
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.
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.
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.
Retro cool at its finest: I love that the circular table in a fresh white gloss finish and two-tone high gloss chairs add a sense of style to this compact space. The burnt orange feature wall and luxe rug add depth and texture to the scheme, and the tantalising pops of orange and lime stimulate the appetite. Perfection.
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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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.
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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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.
There’s no better way to get your dinner guests talking than serving up a bold dining room scheme showcasing your eclectic style. With its Moroccan rug and African basket display, this deep blue dining room offers the perfect combination of global influences, cheeky vintage touches and contemporary interior style – love!
This neutral scheme is elegant and sophisticated, with an updated contemporary aesthetic using modern textures in the metallic wallpaper and statement glass dining table. The darker sideboard grounds the scheme, against the luxurious carpet and chic upholstered chairs, while the glass table makes the room look larger whilst also serving as an integral feature of the design.
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 place mats, 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 glamorous yet comfortable dining area is a great combination. You can have a beautiful dining area to dine in, without compromising on how comfortable it is. It isn’t very hard to achieve either.
Choose subtle and calming tones to decorate with to achieve a classy look. Get cushioned and buttoned dining chairs and stools, this way you can be comfortable. To get the glamorous look, head for quite a statement with your chandelier – a classical sparkly chandelier will blend well with the calming subtle tones of your decor.
The interior here is very well balanced in terms of colours and style. The layers of grey and warm pinkish copper are the perfect canvas of this mix between contemporary and traditional style. The decorated wall on the back adds a pinch of luxury and glamour.
It is very easy to opt for the standard centred layout in a dining room, but don’t be afraid to use a banquette affixed to one wall to offset the room. This can be particularly useful in a rear dining room that might open to French doors at one end, and you want to keep one side clear for traffic. This also allows you to use that wall to hang some art that can become a more integral part of the dining area than usual. I love the way this has been done in this Greenwich Village apartment, using dark furniture to ground the design, and clear, almost invisible, hanging lighting that doesn’t get in the way, both of which allow the colourful artworks to really make a statement.
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.
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 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.
This simple yet purposeful dining room scheme is so successful due it’s symmetrical layout: perfectly proportioned dining table for good conversation, comfortable chairs for long, memorable meals and atmospheric, layered lighting. It is a room of function as well as design.
Oversize and upscale – this is always my interior design mantra when planning a dining area or dining room scheme – ceiling height permitting, of course. There is something very visually pleasing about the setting out of a dining table, surrounded by a set of chairs. I believe it’s the symmetry of the arrangement – chairs parallel on each side of the main feature table, chair legs neatly in a row. The best part though is the space created in between. You are literally setting the scene for the opportunity to use some amazing feature lights. The space from the ceiling down, where one will sit to both socialise & dine becomes the stage or backdrop to show off some superb lighting. These round beauties are by Dutch design firm MOOOI. The Non-Random spherical lights come in various sizes, and I love how the black adds punctuation to the otherwise neutral decor. Their lightweight construction of woven and intertwined fibreglass coated in resin which you can see through keeps them lightweight and airy.
Always consider what your dining chairs will look like from behind. We circumnavigate chairs 360 degrees, so their profile is important. The quilting on these chairs adds a textural softness to the space, softening the minimal clean lines of the decor. Dining areas really are a stage-set, which means they can be re-styled to your heart’s content!
The concept of Wabi Sabi is based on the idea of ‘imperfection is perfection’ and it comes from Zen Buddhism. Wabi Sabi is all about simplicity and modesty. Sounds appealing? Go for natural fabrics, edgy and rough finishes. Natural stone, metal and wood will do their job as well. Rough teak table and garden bench with Eames Vitra armchairs, with mirroring bases, work nicely in Wabi Sabi dining area. To support this natural and calm atmosphere, the whole dining and living area are painted in Farrow & Ball blue-grey colour, with a vase with eucalyptus 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!
I love this dining room which is part of the Heritage Collection from Luxury Living. The warm tones and neutral colour palette ooze elegance and the use of the royal blue adds a pop of colour for a luxurious and stylish feel too. Symmetry in the room along with the large circular rug (which mimics the same shape as the furniture) is a key way of drawing the eye towards the dining table, so it becomes the focal point of the room. The use of florals and accessories really helps to bring a scheme together as well as adding some femininity too.
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.
We’ve certainly been inspired by this delightful selection of dining room ideas to impress, from some of our favourite interior experts, and we hope that you have too.