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Rose Villa
Rose Villa
Austyn Moreno Media Group
Inspiration for a 1960s dining room remodel in Other
Occupied Home Staging
Occupied Home Staging
My Beautiful Home Staging
Country dining room photo in Oklahoma City
Calligaris Omnia Dining Table
Calligaris Omnia Dining Table
Hold It Contemporary Home
Calligaris' distinctive table designs and dynamic extension systems have the ability to transform a simple table into a striking piece of design. The Omnia table is an excellent example of style and ingenuity. With a very thin, almost fluctuating top and distinctively shaped legs, this table fuses modern appeal with traditional craftsmanship. This versatile table is available in different sizes and combinations. Choose from a wood or ceramic glass table top, as well as fixed or extendible versions. The Bess Chair pairs perfectly with the Omnia Dining Table, featuring wooden legs, a padded shell, and your choice of either leather or fabric upholstery. Accessorize your dining set with a pair of Volans Suspension Lamps and an Arabia Rug.
Summer Dream Home 2017
Summer Dream Home 2017
J & V Painting
Example of a large trendy medium tone wood floor and brown floor enclosed dining room design in Dallas with white walls and no fireplace
#projectwelakeitalot
#projectwelakeitalot
The Habitat Collective
Christine Michelle Photography
Example of a trendy gray floor dining room design in Miami with white walls
Modern Farmhouse
Modern Farmhouse
Redbud Custom Homes
Casey Fry
Inspiration for a farmhouse great room remodel in Austin
The Oxford II (2016 Fall Parade of Homes - Woodbury)
The Oxford II (2016 Fall Parade of Homes - Woodbury)
Country Joe Homes
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional light wood floor enclosed dining room remodel in Minneapolis with gray walls
Modern Beach House
Modern Beach House
Nima Design LLC
SGM Photography
Mid-sized trendy great room photo in New York with gray walls
Mid Century Interior Renovation
Mid Century Interior Renovation
KOSS design+build, pllc
View of great room from dining area. Rick Brazil Photography
Example of a 1950s concrete floor and gray floor kitchen/dining room combo design in Phoenix with a tile fireplace, white walls and a two-sided fireplace
Montana Ski-In-Ski-Out Chalet
Montana Ski-In-Ski-Out Chalet
CENTENNIAL WOODS
Example of a small mountain style light wood floor kitchen/dining room combo design in Denver with brown walls and no fireplace
Glenview Classic
Glenview Classic
Dual Concept Design
A transitional dining room, where we incorporated the clients' antique dining table and paired it up with chairs that are a mix of upholstery and wooden accents. A traditional navy and cream rug anchors the furniture, and dark gray walls with accents of brass, mirror and some color in the artwork and accessories pull the space together.
Traditional w/ Transitional Flair
Traditional w/ Transitional Flair
Melissa Broffman Interior Design
Jesse Snyder Photography
Enclosed dining room - large traditional medium tone wood floor enclosed dining room idea in DC Metro with gray walls and no fireplace
"The Woodburn" in Homearama 2018
"The Woodburn" in Homearama 2018
Designs on Madison
Grupenhof Photography
Example of a cottage dining room design in Cincinnati
NJ Country House - Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
NJ Country House - Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
Curated Nest
Formal dining room: This light-drenched dining room in suburban New Jersery was transformed into a serene and comfortable space, with both luxurious elements and livability for families. Moody grasscloth wallpaper lines the entire room above the wainscoting and two aged brass lantern pendants line up with the tall windows. We added linen drapery for softness with stylish wood cube finials to coordinate with the wood of the farmhouse table and chairs. We chose a distressed wood dining table with a soft texture to will hide blemishes over time, as this is a family-family space. We kept the space neutral in tone to both allow for vibrant tablescapes during large family gatherings, and to let the many textures create visual depth. Photo Credit: Erin Coren, Curated Nest Interiors
Luxe 2
Luxe 2
Hri Design
Example of a trendy medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room design in Denver with brown walls
Maison Noir
Maison Noir
CM Natural Designs
This builder-house was purchased by a young couple with high taste and style. In order to personalize and elevate it, each room was given special attention down to the smallest details. Inspiration was gathered from multiple European influences, especially French style. The outcome was a home that makes you never want to leave.
Contemporary
Contemporary
Kitchens by Eileen
Example of a transitional medium tone wood floor kitchen/dining room combo design in Philadelphia
Captain's House on Cape Cod
Captain's House on Cape Cod
Bee's Knees Design, LLC
Inspiration for a mid-sized country medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in Boston with beige walls, a standard fireplace and a plaster fireplace
Dorf Residence
Dorf Residence
Todd Zwigard Architects
Great room - large rustic medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room idea in New York with white walls
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The opposite of bustling, multifunctional rooms like the kitchen, the dining room is a simple space devoted solely to hosting and feasting. While it’s a room that may be used infrequently, it is ideal for large get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations. When perusing dining room ideas, consider what kind of lighting, furniture and decorative accents will transform the space into an entertaining mecca.

Achieving an effective dining room design can be a little tricky. However, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your furniture; as the focal point of the room, your table should be your biggest investment. Take time to consider various furniture pieces and what works best for your needs. Don’t be afraid to splurge — a good table can last you decades! Once you have this cornerstone piece figured out, you can then focus on implementing your favorite dining room decorating ideas and storage options.

What kind of dining room furniture should I get?

Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, as do their accompanying tables. As you browse dining room ideas, consider a few things. What is your dining room layout? How often do you entertain? How many people usually attend? What kind of events do you like organizing - big dinners or intimate gatherings? What kind of dining rooms are you personally drawn to at other homes? If you don’t host anything because you are hindered by your current dining room design, consider what kind of soirees you would ideally throw and work from there.

If you want a dining table with options, purchase one with a leaf so you can accommodate varying numbers of guests. Keep in mind that to ensure visitors won’t be bumping elbows with their fellow dinner guests, each person needs about two feet of eating space (typically the table manufacturer will be able to recommend the amount of people that can comfortably sit at the table).

In terms of shapes, round tables are optimal for achieving some of the smaller dining room design ideas you might see. They fit into tight areas and have no sharp corners to bump into when you’re serving a hot casserole or pouring a glass of water. Round pedestal tables are also useful alternatives - they offer more legroom than conventional designs. For a larger space, a square table works well, and a rectangular table is ideal for a long, narrow room.

No matter shape, size or material, make sure you measure table-to-wall clearance. To do this, measure the space around the room. Try to leave 42-48" between your table and the walls so diners can sit down and get up easily from their chairs. If there is furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48” measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall.

What kind of dining room decor should I have?

When looking for dining room decorating ideas, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm this refined space with too much clutter. However, simple does not mean plain, and this is a room where you can take some stylistic liberties. When decorating dining rooms, think about color schemes (after choosing your table, of course!). Usage of color can really make or break dining room designs, and the cohesion of a matching furniture set allows for colorful decor choices. Try light blue or gray walls for an elegant look, or go timeless with a black and white theme. If you want to stick to white paint, throw in some gold or copper accents, or splashes of bright colors to keep it interesting; geometric patterns, custom-painted ceilings and unique wallpapers are also effective at livening up a dining area.

Top off your dining room remodel with a statement light fixture, some inspirational artwork and a large mirror to reflect more light throughout the room. Lastly, don’t forget the dining room table decor! A seasonal centerpiece, table runner or plant arrangement can immediately brighten up the entire space.

How do I add storage to my dining room?

When choosing storage for dining rooms, focus on functionality. Do you want to have a place to lay out food? Do you want more storage? Do you want to showcase any items? Take a look at various dining room pictures to see how others have incorporated storage and pull the ideas you like for your own.

A china cabinet or hutch is a great way to store and display dishes or art pieces. If you need storage as well as a place to lay out food, sideboards - a long, low storage piece with short legs (also known as a “buffet”) - typically are your best bets as they have cabinets. “Servers” tend to be smaller, more formal and lighter in scale than sideboards; they can have drawers and an open bottom on taller legs, or they may have cabinets. Credenzas tend to be long, low cabinets on slender legs, often with sliding doors. Lastly, if you’re going to be using your dining area primarily for cocktail hour (or even if you’re not), consider investing in a rolling bar cart or a permanent wet bar. The dining room ideas you can choose from are really endless, so try not to get overwhelmed and remember you can always change the design down the road!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 740,068 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Nima Design LLC and CENTENNIAL WOODS. Look through dining room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.