Dining Room design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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What is the perfect dining room?

Ah, the perfect dining room. The truth is that perfection is a very personal thing. The ideal dining room will be one which meets your needs, makes you and your family feel comfortable and is elegant, beautiful and harmonious. This sounds hard to achieve, but in reality there are an infinite number of ways to style dining rooms that you can fall in love with. Common hallmarks of a well styled dining room include the right balance of table and floor space, clever use of decorations like carpets and accessories, skillful lighting and intelligent use of space. With a little design savvy, anyone’s dining room can be easy to navigate and a fun place to spend meal times, but how it looks will vary from person to person – so let your creativity flow.

Dining room ideas & inspiration

Finding inspiration is the starting point for any successful interior design project, and dining rooms are no exception. Thankfully, homify makes it easy to browse a huge variety of dining room styles, from artful modern arrangements to classic rustic styles and minimalist chic. All that designers need to do is scroll through the design suggestions on homify’s online catalogue. If you find an idea that appeals, simply add it to your Ideabook, which functions as a scrapbook containing every last piece of information you might need. Armed with a little research on the homify website, you can browse your ideas for as long as necessary and then decide upon a dazzling dining room design that really excites the imagination.

How do I design my dining room?

Care and attention are needed when devising a well designed dining room. Certain key elements need to be taken care of. For example, choosing the right table is vital. Do you want an elegant wooden table to complement brickwork walls or a daring glass-topped table with a modernist slant? Secondly, think about lighting. This is a crucial part of anyone’s dining room décor. After all, no-one wants to dine in the dark, so choose ample lighting placed near the table to shed some light on the delicacies that you will be serving up. You might also want to design a dining room which blends into other spaces like the kitchen or the living room. Open plan designs can work well, but take care to ensure that the dining area is demarcated from food preparation areas. You want to focus attention on the area around the table, and create a feast for the eyes, not just the tastebuds.

What to watch out for when designing my dining room?

Think about how the people you invite into your home will experience the finished room. A good dining room is impressive. It’s a place to entertain your guests, and make the right impression. But don’t make it overwhelming to the eye. Restrained elegance is the watchword, so use muted tones of wallpaper, classy wooden textures and style the space of the dining room to create an intimacy that will add atmosphere to any dinner party event. Colour is really important in this regard. Darker tones are an effective way to create a focal point around the table, particularly in larger rooms. If you do choose an open plan solution, try to isolate the dining area using clever lighting or carpentry, rather than bold transitions of colour. Access is another key consideration. Make sure that the dining area is connected to the kitchen. Ideally, it will also have access to lounge areas, to complete the succession from kitchen, to table to after dinner relaxation.

Which colors for my dining room?

The right colour scheme can make or break a living room design, so pick wisely. Generally, it’s best to avoid brighter vivid options such as pink. Look for a balance of elegant colours that match your table and dining room cabinets. Blue and white works well, although pure white walls and wooden tables can add a minimalist appeal as well. With a white colour scheme, you can easily switch between visual impressions by using dining room décor such as paintings, upholstery and carpets or rugs. A two tone effect using white and black can also create a striking and attractive finish. Some people also firmly believe that red is the colour to choose as it is thought to stimulate the appetite. That may or may not be true, but a tastefully arranged red dining room can certainly create a delicious appearance.

Tips for decorating my dining room

Skilfully chosen and arranged dining room decorations can add to the intimacy of your meals, and make the room a more inviting place for the whole family to spend time. Add some colour to the room without compromising on the aesthetic theme by using coloured lamp shades hung above the table. You can also add a little artistic charm without overpowering the space by choosing a gorgeous set of curtains or drapes for the window and chairs. Wallpaper is another area to think about. Combining a beautiful wallpaper design with wooden panelling is a classic strategy to create an attractive dining space. Alternatively, wall-mounted decorations can harmonise with the table and chair set to create a more cohesive room which has no loose edges. It’s all about adding character and charm without losing the harmony of the design.

What to watch out for when buying dining room furniture

The furniture that you buy for your dining room should always be selected with the design as a whole in your mind. Even if the walls and flooring are meticulously chosen and the accessories add to the room, a design can be spoiled by clunky, ugly chair and table sets. The table is always going to be the centre of any dining room, so go for a size that enables everyone to get around it with ease, without leaving too much open space around the edges. If space is an issue, you might consider using benches or seating that is mounted onto one wall, or use the corner of the room as in a restaurant. If your design revolves around colour, it might be possible to use cheaper (or shabby chic) chairs that can be easily changed when your tastes shift. But generally quality tables and chairs are essential.

Decorating ideas for small dining rooms

There are many wonderful small dining room ideas for those with less space to work with. In fact, the smaller the room, the more intimate the dining experience, so having restricted space can actually work in your favour. However, everyone needs enough space to dine in comfort, so choose a suitable table shape and size. Light is a crucial problem in smaller rooms, and wall-mounted lamps directed at the table can be a good solution. Natural light from windows is ideal, however, so make the most of sunlight if it is available. Colour-wise light colours will prevent the dining room feeling cramped. Ergonomic seating is also a good choice. Benches with storage underneath is an elegant way to add good-looking seating for the dining room and to store essential items at the same time.

Which style for my dining room?

How to: Country style dining rooms

Natural light and space are hallmarks of the country style, which seeks to create a traditional, solid dining room which harks back to centuries old dining traditions. Sturdy dining furniture, elegant wooden flooring and the use of white carpentry for the cabinets are common elements of the country style, as are benches around the walls and underneath the windows. Soft carpeting is often also combined with wooden walls to superb, timeless effect.

How to: Modern dining rooms

Modern dining rooms seek to make a statement, while providing a comfortable place to take your meals. Accessories are kept to a bare minimum (while the ones that are used tend to make a bigger splash). Glass and wooden tables combine with contemporary seating options and spacious dimensions to conjure up simplified, streamlined rooms which really make an impact. Artful mixtures of colour can also be a great choice, adding some crafty charm to modernist dining room styles.

How to: Eclectic style dining rooms

In the eclectic style, anything goes. Well, within reason. Eclectic spaces are comprised of a variety of elements. The key thing to remember is combining these elements skilfully to create imaginative spaces that still retain their internal harmony. Experiment with glass topped tables, solid wooden cabinets and accessories like chalices or chandeliers to create a uniquely personal dining room design. He results can be extraordinary, but the eclectic style takes strong planning to get it right.

How to: Scandinavian style dining rooms

The Scandinavian interior design style is similar to minimalist design techniques. Expect to see plenty of wood, from the dining table to chairs, benches, cabinets, floors and walls. White painted elements often sit alongside the richness of fine natural hardwoods, while muted by vibrant colours can also be included. Ornamentation is never excessive in the Scandinavian style, but the odd decoration is generally welcomed.

How to: Minimalist dining rooms

The minimalist style of dining room takes the basic elements of the dining room and boils them down to the bare essentials. Pure white walls or exposed brickwork combines with slender, regular tables and chairs and storage spaces are always integrated neatly into the structure of the room so that they are hardly noticed. It’s the very simplicity and elegance that makes Minimalist dining room spaces so impressive.