Dining Room Ideas and Designs

Quirk Case Study
Quirk Case Study
Roundhouse Urbo matt lacquer bespoke kitchen in Farrow & Ball Railings with rough sawn horizontal grain Oak veneer bi-fold wall unit and work surfaces in Silestone Lagoon. Photography by Nick Kane.
Forest Lodge
Forest Lodge
PAD Studio
Located within a clearing of New Forest Woodland PAD were commissioned to design a bespoke contemporary mobile dwelling. The mobile dwelling conforms to the 1968 Caravan Act and will be capable of being lifted once erected. The air tight, highly insulated dwelling is constructed to PassivHaus standards and CSH Level 4. Solar PV will be utilised and rainwater harvesting implemented. Internally the dwelling is of the highest standard and fitted out with bespoke joinery to maximise spaciousness. Open plan rooms with minimal corridors and lots of natural light will help the dwellings to appear much bigger than the restricted dimensions of 6.8m wide x 20m long. Construction of the units were completed in Yorkshire. The fitted out unit was then transported on lorries and craned into position. This project featured on BBC 2's 'Building Dream Homes', Episode 14.
Contemporary Living apartment
Contemporary Living apartment
Veronica Rodriguez Interior Photography
Photography by VR Interior Photography. Veronica Rodriguez Photographer.
London Family Home
London Family Home
Shanade McAllister-Fisher Design
Contemporary dining space. Photo by Nathalie Priem
West Midlands Country House
West Midlands Country House
Oakley Moore Interior Design
This beautiful Georgian home located in a stunning part of the Worcestershire countryside has magnificent views on every side. When the clients bought the house it required redecorating throughout. The brief was to bring the outside in and frame the views, to create a colourful country house with an upbeat vibe, a country house with a bite whilst being mindful of the architectural heritage of the property.
Award Winning Eaton Place penthouse by Fenton Whelan
Award Winning Eaton Place penthouse by Fenton Whelan
Bespoke abstract hand knotted rug for the dining room woven with finest Tibetan wool and Botanic silk
For many of us, our dining rooms are combined with our kitchens or living rooms and so it’s hard to give them a defined style or design, whereas many people who do have a separate dining room often overlook redesigning the space because it is used fairly infrequently. However, if you can make your dining room or dining room area an inviting but practical space to eat with friends and family, then you’ll have no excuse not to be the ever gracious dinner party host and make the most of your dining space.

Dining room ideas can range from the dramatic overhaul of layout, walls, doors, fireplaces or lighting features, to the refresh of furniture such as dining tables and chairs, or even smaller details such as dinnerware, cutlery, chair covers and small decorative features. So whether you are looking to completely redesign your dining room or you’re just looking for some dining room decorating ideas, you’re bound to find some inspiration from other homeowners, designers and stylists who’ve uploaded images of their dining rooms on Houzz.

How should I choose my dining room table?

Dining tables can be large, imposing pieces of furniture and so it’s a good idea to choose your table first and plan your decor around them. Comfort and ease of movement in dining rooms is key – even though we spend most of our time sitting, it’s preferable not to dine in cramped quarters (and crucial as a host to be able to move around the table to serve your guests). When choosing your dining room table, consider the number of people you expect to regularly seat – the perfect size for a dining table allows an intimate meal without feeling crowded. A round table leaves plenty of room for serving food at its centre, but a rectangular table is more flexible for seating extra guests at either end. If you’re after true versatility, drop leaf or extendable dining room tables are the most convenient option.

The material of your selected table will set the character of your room. Glass dining tables look sleek and modern, whilst a pine or oak dining table will lend dining rooms a rustic country vibe. For a more traditional dining table opt for a dark polished wood like mahogany. Check out all the dining room decorating ideas on Houzz to see how different materials of dining table are incorporated into different rooms.

What are the best dining chairs for my table?

If your table hasn’t been sold with matching chairs then you have some extra flexibility to select dining chairs that suit your desired dining room feel. For traditional dining rooms you will want to opt for a full set of high backed formal dining chairs, whether these are upholstered, leather or wood framed. If you are looking for a more informal dining room, then a selection of mismatched chairs in different materials such as moulded plastic and even metal can be a great way to achieve this. For a really relaxed dining experience, you could even opt for a full length bench, which has the additional advantage of saving space as it can be tucked away under the table when not in use.

How should I decorate my dining room?

Elegant, neutral palettes are the safest dining room decorating ideas for smaller rooms, creating a calm dining environment for your guests. Pattern in a dining room can be a great choice to create drama but in order to not overwhelm your guests you might want to stick to a few stand-out elements – for example, wallpaper, curtains or chair covers. If you are lucky enough to have a large formal dining room then you could consider bold, opulent shades for your walls to create a grander feel. Your tableware and serveware should ideally be chosen to coordinate with your decor choices, but if all else fails keep it white, bright and simple.

Lighting is also key to your dining room decor – aim for dimmable light that you can adjust to create the mood that will allow your guests to relax but still be able to see their food. Low pendant lights directly over the dining table are both practical and striking, or for large formal dining rooms you may want to opt for a traditional chandelier hung from the centre of the room. Additional wall sconces along the walls can be a great way to brighten up the room for late night dinner parties, and don’t forget how a couple of candles along your dining room table can add a delicate, finishing touch.

Discover more of these popular design photo ideas.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 729,789 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Turner Pocock and Samantha Johnson Design. Look through dining room photos in different colours and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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