Tired of your old dining room setup? Or maybe you just bought a new house and have a dining room for the first time in your adult life. Either way, you need some dining room ideas that express your personality and don’t feel “stuffy”—no matter how formal the room is. Get inspired to transform your interior with these dining room decor ideas that fit a wide range of styles.
1. Open-Concept Modern Farmhouse
This dining room is elegant and perfectly on trend but still manages to feel like a welcoming place where the kids could do their homework after school. That’s thanks to the knotty pine farmhouse table, comfy leather chairs, and bronze candelabra-style chandelier.
2. Modern Small Dining Room
Just because you have a long, narrow condo or a shotgun house doesn’t mean you can’t have a dining area. The key is sticking to a narrow dining room table and small chairs. If you have an open-concept living area, don’t forget to add a rug to help visually separate your dining space from your other “rooms.”
3. Modern Industrial
What’s the first thing you notice in this photo? The sleek live-edge wooden table? The cute white modern chairs? For us, it’s the show-stopping focal point—the oversized pendant light. If you’re looking for attention-stealing dining room lighting ideas, you can’t go wrong copying this one.
Eclectic can be hard to pull off because there is an art to coordinating mismatched furniture. This house nails the concept by keeping everything anchored with a soft neutral color palette that has a few pops of color thrown in. We especially love the picture frame moulding painted to match the dove gray walls, a perfect example of modern wall panel design.
5. Mid-Century Meets Modern Farmhouse
Equally at home in a beach house or city apartment, this dining room blends mid-century rattan chairs with farmhouse touches. Combining the two decor styles may sound like a bit much, but this room proves that it can be done well as long as you pick no more than one or two pieces from each style.
6. Cozy Transitional
Yes, this is the most traditional of all of the dining room ideas, but it’s a far cry from your mother’s dining room. This transitional space pays homage to traditional dining rooms with classic board-and-batten dining room walls, but the tufted gray chairs feel cozy and modern. The royal blue rug with gray swirls adds to the contemporary look.
7. Modern Boho with Plants
Want a fast way to inject some life into a stuffy dining room? Incorporate plants! They’ll add color while enhancing your indoor air quality. Plus, they look particularly adorable with an all-white modern boho design theme. If you don’t have any natural light to work with, opt for low-light houseplants.
8. Dreamy Abstract
Basing your dining room decor around a giant abstract painting is a great place to start when designing you space. The painting here stands out against the dark gray wall but ties in perfectly to the dreamy gray, navy, and blush pink color scheme.
9. Modern Minimalism
Even without the view, this dining room impresses with its sleek minimalist design. The black-and-white color scheme is simple and timeless, though a funky black-and-white chandelier does add a bit of fun.
10. Rustic Glamour
Rustic glamour might seem like an oxymoron, but it can works with the right pieces. Here, we see it executed flawlessly with a simple rectangular dining table paired with luxe gray and green velvet chairs.
11. Modern Round Table
If you've got the space, take a page from King Arthur’s book and go for a round table. Everyone will feel included in the conversation at your next dinner party. Bonus points if you find mid-century modern chairs like these for a Palm Springs vibe no matter where you live.
12. Cozy Formal
Sure, this dining room seems pretty traditional at first glance. There’s wainscotting and an elegant brass chandelier. And OK, there may be a built-in china hutch. But then you start to notice the details that keep it from looking too formal—the comfy stuffed chairs, the whimsical tree trunk painting, and the polka dot chair cushions.
13. Rustic Communal
Want to snuggle up close to your loved ones? Then a rustic communal dining table with benches on either side is exactly what you need. Plus, when you combine it with white walls and a distressed buffet, you can make it work with a variety of decor styles, from beachy to modern farmhouse.
14. Coastal Elegance
For a coastal vibe, copy this intimate cerulean dining room. It’s perfect for a small space, yet makes a big impact with its blue beadboard walls, cute little built-ins, and cozy banquette seating tucked in close to the window.
15. Pops of Color
Embrace a relaxed casualness in your dining room with the help of comfy throw pillows tossed on a banquette and a cheerful table setting. These stacked yellow and seafoam green plates feel put together yet informal.
16. Edgy Pastels
This dining room combines soft and edgy elements for a unique take on a modern look. Black dining chairs sit atop a pastel rug with pink and blue swirls, and a gold sputnik chandelier dangles over the round wood table. It’s a look that would work in many spaces, from a sprawling suburban mansion to a small condo in the city.
Easy Dining Room Design Ideas
There’s no need to give your dining room a complete ceiling-to-floor makeover in order to update it. Here are a few simple tips to try when you want a new look fast.
17. Ghost Your Dining Chairs
Try one of the latest dining room design trends—ghost chairs. Replace your existing chairs with these fashionable plastic chairs and catapult your dining room into 2022.
18. Swap in a Bench
Don’t want to replace all your chairs? No problem! Keep a few and add a bench for a modern touch.
19. Pick a Statement Table
A new dining table goes a long way toward updating your dining room, even more so when it’s a statement table with a unique shape.
20. Decorate for the Season
The best dining room table decor ideas utilize seasonal plants and low-profile decorations to create a gorgeous tablescape that people can still see past.
21. Suspend Some Greenery
This is especially great for those who don’t have a light fixture or chandelier above their table and requires no electric work.