Your dining room should serve as the hub for family meals, but when dated decor or built-up clutter causes you to relocate to the kitchen or TV room instead, you end up underutilizing one of your home's most central rooms. Give your dining room the makeover it deserves with these fresh and modern design ideas. Whether you're looking for inexpensive quick fixes or inspiration for a total do-over, these stunning spaces will motivate you to make some big changes — and sit down with the kids or friends for more memorable dinners.

A treasured and charm-ridden wood carved light fixture, white-washed barrel top dining tables, stainless steel and and a whimsical combination of semi-circles help make this sparkling open space eat-in kitchen clean and inviting. Lively conversation, a blaring television, and tabletop chatter are all elements that keep the cook cooking and wondering how to make it all taste better.
General stores are a reminder of warm cozy days gone by. As a theory for room décor, those memories return full on by design. One-dimensional wall hangings, an antique-looking corner buffet with drawers, straight back accent chair, and mesh wire centerpiece with shadow box holder and a tin tub accent evokes memories of pies baking, noses twitching, and mouths watering.
The homeowners wanted to have a fresh, bright dining room, so designer Ashley Whittaker helped them pick a showstopping lettuce green shade for the shiny lacquered walls and then kicked it up a notch with bright coral upholstered dining chairs. Painted lantern sconces and a sleek, four-arm, unlacquered brass chandelier play off the casual mood established by the sweet/tart color scheme.
However, the major trick was getting it out of the house! Once the wall was gone it fit well through the opening, but on the way out of the house there was only centimeters of space to fit it through our double doors. Let’s just say there were a lot of moments of shear panic as I watched 5 men man-handle the hot tub out of the house without assistance from machinery.
Today, open concept kitchens are used to instantly modernize homes, and create a more consistently functional space. Renovating your existing kitchen by opening it up is also a more cost-efficient option than adding on to your home, which many homeowners also choose to do. By opening the walls that surround the kitchen and “allowing the sightlines to expand beyond the kitchen, you create the perception of more space without the cost of creating more square footage”.
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.
Formal dining room ideas with an open floor plan can benefit by being very accommodating to entertaining guests. Not only does this room enjoy an abundance of natural light it also has a beautiful view of the outdoor patio and beyond. This contemporary dining room has a blue and white color palette that really makes the room pop. The dark wood stain on the floor boards makes for a good contrast to the navy color theme and goes well with the dark wood dining table and beige dining chairs.
Boxy shapes and tin-pan metals make up the theme of this eating area masterpiece. It doubles as a game room and triples as a simple gathering place to plan family events. The repurposed stove vent overhead lighting and canned greenery, with mismatched bench seating and cross back chairs surrounding a long bench table make this country-style room a unique display.
3. Design is Emotional – Consider that the dining room will be the one room in the house you’ll probably be dealing with at least once a day, every day. For most of us, the dining room is also the room that starts your day, being the room that one eats breakfast in. As such, it is equally important with a formal dining space that how you feel within the space lifts you up and is an inviting and attractive place for you and your guests.

Would you have ever known a hot tub used to be sunken in the floor where our dining room table sits? This transformation made our home into a space I enjoy daily. Being able to see out our large picture windows in both the dining room and living room was only made possible by removing the wall to transform the space into an open concept. I can’t imagine it any other way now.


From the days of leftover wood yard boards and unused chickenwire comes a spirited throwback whitewashed cupboard buffet designed to hold and display dishes or anything else your heart desires. With two mesh wire door panels up top, scalloped edges, and a spindle-legged hutch with shiplap model backing, this double-door double-drawer piece is a conversation starter all on its own.

Liven up your space by featuring pretty prints on rugs, window treatments, pillows nad more. Block print dhurrie rugs can command a pretty penny. To get the look for less, use a pretty wall stencil to apply a pattern to a large piece of artist canvas or drop cloth with a foam stencil brush. For an 8' by 10' rug, you'll need about a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. Wash stencil every other use to keep paint from clumping and elaving unwanted marks on the rug. 
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.
DO use cohesive design elements. Just because you’re combining two rooms that were once “separate” doesn’t mean you can keep them completely design-independent of each other. The best designers will tell you to pick a few cohesive elements and integrate them in all spaces now connected by your open floor plan. For example, similar colored trimmings or accent colors throughout will create a connected aesthetic and prevent rooms from competing with each other.

Today, open concept kitchens are used to instantly modernize homes, and create a more consistently functional space. Renovating your existing kitchen by opening it up is also a more cost-efficient option than adding on to your home, which many homeowners also choose to do. By opening the walls that surround the kitchen and “allowing the sightlines to expand beyond the kitchen, you create the perception of more space without the cost of creating more square footage”.
Liven up your space by featuring pretty prints on rugs, window treatments, pillows nad more. Block print dhurrie rugs can command a pretty penny. To get the look for less, use a pretty wall stencil to apply a pattern to a large piece of artist canvas or drop cloth with a foam stencil brush. For an 8' by 10' rug, you'll need about a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. Wash stencil every other use to keep paint from clumping and elaving unwanted marks on the rug. 
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