Whether your style is formal or family friendly, use these design tips and decorating ideas to update your dining room.Is your dining room in need of a little attention? We’ve gathered some of our favorite dining rooms for some inspiration. From formal settings to family-friendly spaces, we have dining room decorating ideas that are sure to fit your needs. Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and it sometimes takes a creative eye to find the perfect space for one in your home. These dining room ideas will help you think outside the box when it comes to finding the perfect spot. From the bold and colorful, to casual and rustic, you’ll find the perfect inspiration in these stylish dining room decorating ideas.

Ambience is everything. The use of a stained ladder holding up three ballroom chandeliers grace this in-home eatery. The butcher block “prep”-style dining table is surrounded by rustic whitewashed metal bistro chairs and covered in a miller’s sackcloth table runner. Spruced with painted gourds and a built-in buffet, this straight-line dining area gives edgy touches to the word classic.
Clean lines and a sense of openness is always a winning combination for a morning or day room, especially at meal times when the sun is up and shining. With cross back and soft button-tufted parson’s chairs around a butcher-block table with a center rail, this room features a sentimental wall hanging surrounded by an open two-piece L-shaped scroll frame.

There are literally hundreds of ways to do lighting fixtures. Most people who are looking for that “unique” factor head for junkyards or cruise throw-aways looking for ideas. Recycling sturdy toss-outs, like a small crate box or old horse stable lantern, and outfitting it with bronze or metallic light fixtures can perk up a dark area with some style.
Does your dining room need some serious decor assistance? I have seen so many lovely dining room decor ideas lately and quickly came to realize my own was downright dull. With only a table and chairs and your run of the mill hardware store lighting, my dining room was functional but far from pretty. Searching far and wide on Pinterest for some ideas, I quickly realized the best ones were almost all DIY! With the rustic farmhouse look being oh so popular, I knew I was really in luck. I found step by step tutorials for shelving, tables, centerpieces and wall accents, chairs, clocks and curious, plus a few other fun ideas I just had to share with you. If you are looking for some do it yourself ideas that will fit almost any budget or some crafty ways to express your creativity in your dining room, these awesome projects are perfect!

Exposed wooden rafters and wooden beams are great for creating roomy Mediterranean spaces such as this one. The natural texture of the wood goes well with the clay floor tiles. A seemingly contradicting traditionally styled dining table set and glass chandelier surprisingly goes well with the whole aesthetic and creates a classical luxury vibe in the space. Dining rooms with French doors bring in an extra sense of ambiance and beauty as shown here.

This gallery showcases beautiful formal dining room ideas you can use for your own room designs. A formal dining room is a great place for entertaining and should convey the feeling of elegance and sophistication for family and friends. Below you’ll find creative ways top interior designers are decorating their formal dining rooms as well as get popular dining room furniture ideas and tips for room layouts.


Inspired by the lush landscape just outside the windows (which were salvaged from an old train depot!), the homeowner of this 105-year-old Victorian farmhouse filled the dining room with rustic wood elements and pops of green. The Beech wishbone chairs, which are lacquered in an apple green, pop against the large antique hutch that stores the homeowner's collection of copper Moscow mule mugs and green and white china. A pale pink Oriental rug with subtle hints of sky blue and chartreuse rounds out the mix.
The table and chairs act as the focal point of your dining room, but show the rest of your space some love, too. "Do something unexpected," advises Rachel Bliefnick, founder of the design blog This Is Our Bliss. "Give your ceiling an interesting paint treatment, or put punchy pillows on your dining chairs and then layer a bold rug over your existing one."
1. Less is More – As the late Bruce Lee once said, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” A mark of a good designer is their inclination to do subtractive design as opposed to additive. This includes creating efficient yet bold layouts with rectilinear shapes and making sure to make classy and discreet material choices.
Open kitchens, or “open concept kitchens,” can do wonders to transform your home. And while there are a wide variety of ways to design and execute an open concept floor plan, perhaps the most popular route is opening up a kitchen to a dining room. Here is an in-depth guide on how to execute opening up a wall between kitchen and dining room, as well as an overview of the benefits of making this move in your home.

The table and chairs act as the focal point of your dining room, but show the rest of your space some love, too. "Do something unexpected," advises Rachel Bliefnick, founder of the design blog This Is Our Bliss. "Give your ceiling an interesting paint treatment, or put punchy pillows on your dining chairs and then layer a bold rug over your existing one."


Exposed wooden rafters and wooden beams are great for creating roomy Mediterranean spaces such as this one. The natural texture of the wood goes well with the clay floor tiles. A seemingly contradicting traditionally styled dining table set and glass chandelier surprisingly goes well with the whole aesthetic and creates a classical luxury vibe in the space. Dining rooms with French doors bring in an extra sense of ambiance and beauty as shown here.
A wooden scroll with inscribed sentiment hanging on a thick burlap string is a focal point in this designer’s dream room. Two candlestick lamps in contrasting colors on an unfinished bread table completes the sleek sophisticated look, along with a rustic grocery store scale cloaked in greenery, a metal crate holding gourds and sprigs of fresh herbs.
We were blessed in so many ways by this project. Thankfully the wall was not load bearing. Our contractor traded us his labor for the hot tub. We were able to safely remove the hot tub when there were many moments that we weren’t sure it would make it! Plus, we were able to track down 9 year old discontinued flooring. God was certainly at work through the whole process and we are so grateful!
Hi Larson! Thank you so much for your kind words! I am, indeed, soooo glad we painted them white! It modernized the space so much. I love your idea of painting them and leaving the trim. If you don’t love wood trim you could always paint that as well. It is totally your preference. Just be prepared for a lot of work! If you are doing the whole house a sprayer might be recommended. 😉 I used the color Shiplap by Magnolia/Kilz Brand. It is a softer white with grey undertones and is lovely. I hope you love your transformation!
The classy wooden dining table finds a good match with the leather and velvet upholstered dining chairs surrounding it; the Persian area rug, wrought iron candle holders and wooden side console all match the aesthetic of the room. The clay floor tiles, white fireplace and mantle, and exposed wooden beams of the ceiling really create a sophisticated and rich ambiance in this formal dining room.
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