If you're anything like us, you love to eat, spend time with your friends and family, and geek out on all things design. That also means your happy place is probably the dining room. To make sure it's in tip-top shape for dinner parties and everyday use, we rounded up 55 of the chicest dining rooms we've ever seen 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 design-approved blueprint for you to recreate at home. Get ready to take notes on the stunning dining room ideas sure to impress both you and your dinner party guests (no matter how inedible the pot roast is—kidding!).
In this Palm Beach dining room designed by Bunny Williams, a custom-painted sisal rug by Stark subtly evokes the shore with an oversized wave and chain pattern. The aqua blue walls are finished with a custom tinted Venetian plaster. A sleek, resin-topped table stylishly coexists with with antiques, such as the 18th century Italian console and 19th century English mahogany cabinet from Alexander Cohane. Contemporary art infuses a youthful vibe.
Lend a little humor to your home with this eye-catching textual art piece. Showcasing the words "coffee... until it's time for wine", it offers a lighthearted joke at the expense of those who can't get their day started without caffeine and live for a nice glass of cabernet. Crafted from natural reclaimed wood, this design is perfect for more rustic spaces as it features a distressed gray and brown finish.
Designer, decoupage artist, and shop-owner John Derian embraced the intimacy of the small dining room in his New York shop by cladding the walls in a large scale cabbage rose wallpaper he designed based on a 19th century Currier & Ives painting. An eclectic mix of seating, including a slipcovered sofa piled with pillows and vintage side and arm chairs, further amps up the cozy feel. Derian set the table with his own tableware collection, which features floral images from old instructional texts.
Teleport your abode to the desert with this absolutely eye-catching canvas print, featuring a photograph of a striking rock formation at sunset. Hang it up on an off-white or deep charcoal wall in the living room to let to offset its earthy tones, then add faded ikat rugs and neutral-toned burlap pillows into the space to lean into a Southwestern aesthetic in your environment. To transform your kitchen into a trendy coffee shop, try hanging this piece with sepia-toned photos and weathered wall...
Turn an empty entryway wall or spare space over your sofa into a decorative display with this eye-catching canvas print. Showcasing a colorful scene of a seaside kitchen, it features illustrations of wine, produce, and a vase of vibrant blooms in hues of pink, orange, and blue. Made in the USA, this piece is printed on canvas and wrapped around a rectangular frame for a look that rivals any gallery.
In this dining room by designer Michel Biehn, contemporary art mixes easily with Chinese pottery and French antiques. French chandelier, 18th-c. Hemp and nettle tablecloth acquired by Michel Biehn in Kathmandu. Wooden milk dishes from 18-c. Medallion 18th-c. dining chairs, signed by Séné, in original leather. Photographs by John Stewart. Chinese, American, Korean and French Vases.
The vibrant colors and detail in this Dahlia flower piece are almost eye popping. Looking quite delicate, the flower seems almost lifelike as the colors and subtle shades blend to create the piece. The creation is painted painstakingly on one side of a piece of glass and then viewed from the other to bring out interesting depth, dimension, and nuance. Flower pieces can be used to decorate and enhance many styles of home décor and this one will brighten up any space.
For rectangular dining tables, ideally allow a minimum of 24″-28″ of table length per person and some additional inches at the corners (how much space is needed at the corners depends upon the table width – more additional space is needed for narrower tables than for wider tables). Always consider the location of the table’s legs/base in determining how many people it will comfortably seat. Also consider the width of your dining chairs – if you have wider than average chairs, the amount of table length per person will need to be greater.