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!).
Designed by Studio DB, this dinning room is such a nice blend of warm and cool tones. The pale blue-gray and crisp white walls and light fixture as well as the color-block marble table are energizing while the artwork, chairs, and sconces bring in warmth. The fireplace itself also delivers, creating a cozier environment.
Tamsin Johnson used sleek stainless steel and striking marble in this kitchen, giving the dining area a more glamorous, modern, and stylish backdrop. It feels more formal than a typical kitchen nook, allowing the homeowners to use it as a proper place to entertain.
Though contemporary in look and feel, this dining room designed by Heidi Caillier also boasts a lived-in, historied character. That’s thanks to the vintage pieces, from the carpet to the light fixture, as well as the nods to farmhouse style, like the display of decorative plates and wooden table.
Consider painting your walls a darker shade for a moodier, more formal, and intimate atmosphere. Heather Hilliard chose complementary seat cushions for cohesion but added some cane and wood accents for contrast.
This dining room in a family home designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors gets a dose of glam from lacquered blue paint. The upholstered chairs and beige and cream carpet lighten the mood.
Unlike most dining rooms, this one doesn’t use a large pendant light as the focal point. Instead, the focus is on the space itself. To enhance the beauty of a space like this one, work with raw materials like concrete, jute, and wood, and keep those beams exposed. An abstract painting in light clay tones elevates the dining nook even more.
Leanne Ford Interiors amplified the room with mirrored walls and then added texture with a vintage chairs, a rustic dining chairs, an oversized paper pendant, and a shag rug. For a similarly laidback look, lean eclectic artwork against the walls instead of hanging them.
In this modern dining room by NICOLEHOLLIS, the bronze accents catch our eye and keep things interesting without creating visual chaos. So if you want to experiment with metallic accents, take note.
A large wooden table is a classic dining room staple, but if you want to inspire creativity, opt for a painted one like this. Splatter paint sets the free-spirited scene, while the storage wall ensures order and organization.
A statement wall or ceiling in a fun, on-trend color is a great way to keep things fresh and interesting. We’re loving the way this lavender hue contrasts with the rustic turquoise pieces and traditional red barrel chairs in this cozy dining room.
Ample storage space is key to both the form and function of any dining room. Opt for a spacious buffet for both extra surface room for serving and decor display as well as internal drawers for plating and silverware. Here, Tamsin Johnson matches it to dining table and draws our focus to the artwork above.
To truly get the most out of a room, it’s best to invest in multi-functional pieces that enhance the space’s versatility. So Kentucky-based interior designer Chenault James opted for a table that converts from a coffee table to a dining table to a ping-pong table.
Clutter is kept to a minimum in this dining room designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, and the soothing color scheme ensures a grounded atmosphere. Bring in earthy colors and materials for a similar feel. Then add contrast with sculptural lighting, large-scale abstract art, and clean-lined furniture.
When all you have room for is a small dining nook, make sure each piece carries its weight. Designed by 2LG Studios, this space definitely meets that mark. From the curved chrome frame of the dining chairs to the round pedestal table, square sconce and geometric candleholder, it’s a gorgeous exploration of shape and design.
With three dimensional artwork animating one wall, an asymmetrical pendant light overhead, and a fig tree livening up a corner, this dining room by Heidi Caillier incorporates texture and dimension in all the right ways.
This dining room designed by Arent & Pyke is absolute goals. From the mix of dining chair styles to the colored glass vases, architectural framework, and that expansive view, it’s a special backdrop for casual family meals and formal dinner parties alike.
When you’re working within a neutral color scheme but still want to take design risks in the dining room, curate your furniture wisely. Something structurally unique will do the trick.
This circa-1790 dining room in the Catskills region of New York is making us swoon. The ceiling is painted a high-gloss blush, which gives the room a candlelit glow and really enhances the gorgeous Art Deco carpet. The contrast of the curvy modern dining chairs against the gilt-framed portrait is even cooler.
When your formal dining room is also your everyday dining area, invest in pieces that fuse form and function. This built-in velvet banquette is cozy and comfortable, but it also looks dressy. The same is true for those beautiful barrel chairs. And unusual lighting and wallpaper are easy ways to add character without taking up surface space.
This giant light fixture doubles as a work of art and draws our attention up to the details in the ceiling. If you have a bold wallpaper like this one, try hanging a mirror over the buffet instead of artwork.
When you don’t have a ton of space for a long dining table, opt for something round. It’s easier to slide an extra chair up when guests are over, and it inspires good conversation. Bring the circle motif to life with a spherical pendant light.
Blush tones and turquoise work well together in this modern dining room. The black accents sharpen up the whimsical elements, like the gorgeous pendant and wall art.
Everything in this dining room looks like it tells a story. The rustic wood pieces and eclectic white seating create a sense of comfort and easy elegance. In contrast, the scale of the pendant feels decidedly modern.
This dining room is proof that there’s no such thing as too much color or pattern. Go bold with a hand-painted wall mural and ornate gold chandelier. Then soften things up with a jute rug and upholstered raspberry seats. Pro tip: Always keep an accent chair in the corner in case you need an extra seat for a guest.
When executed well, an eye-catching gallery is the way to go. Case in point? This California-inspired dining room designed by NICOLEHOLLIS. Though casual in color and material, the attention to detail and symmetry gives the whole space a more refined aesthetic.
De Gournay’s hand-painted tea paper gives a Connecticut dining room its femininity, while the mirror was found at an antiques show.
In smaller spaces, where a bistro table is all you can squeeze in, choose fun accent chairs and consider built-in benches. A casual gallery wall will spice things up without taking up any precious square footage.
This Arent & Pyke-designed dining room is beyond dreamy, mostly thanks to the rose-colored sheers that cast a happy glow on the entire space. They help soften the formal elements throughout.
So you live in a tiny apartment or bungalow without an actual dining room? Break up space in the kitchen with an eat-in bar. Metal bar stools are slim space-savers, and you can easily add a cozy feel with sheepskin throws on the seats.
We’re really digging the modern overtures in this clean-lined dining room. Symmetrically exquisite, take notes on this space if you want your own dining room to be sophisticated, forward-thinking, and gallery-esque.