Ideas for Dining Rooms
What’s a home without good food, and what’s good food without a proper place to eat it? Arguably the most important part of the home, a good dining room will set the tone for good entertainment and conversation – and provide the essential comfort you need for great-tasting meals.
If your dining room is feeling a little dull, you’ve come to the right place. Whether your style is modern or traditional (or somewhere in between) these dining room ideas are sure to spark your most creative ideas for styling the dining room of your dreams.
Modern Dining Room Ideas
A modern dining room incorporates a main canvas of clean and simple lines and textures – making it easy to add pops of colors and accents and still keep a fresh, uncluttered design. For a completely modern look, keep the chairs, table, buffet server and any other major piece all in one uniform material, such as a sleek metal or finished wood.
For more of a mid-century modern feel, opt for retro-inspired detailing on contemporary designs. Tapered legs and vinyl seating on a monochrome metal chair blends 70s vintage with contemporary minimalism, for a touch of style in a classic silhouette.
Of course, modern does not have to mean totally devoid of soft edges and weathered charm. If you lean modern, but find it tough to exclude cozy textures and rustic décor, go for an all-wood palette. One of the most versatile materials in interior decorating, wood – especially in a sleek silhouette – offers both the clean definition of the modern style and a seamless transition for eclectic frills.
Traditional Dining Room Ideas
When styling a traditional dining room, embrace curves, upholstery and dark hues – and remember that the more formal your pieces and silhouettes, the more traditional your dining room. Chairs with arms, tables with pedestal legs and benches with nailhead trims come together to create a refined sophistication of the traditional style.
One of the easiest ways to seal in the the look of a traditional dining room is through an area rug. Match a white dining set with a white rug for uniform luxury – or try a heavier neutral for balance and contrast.
Whichever colors and materials you choose, remember that the traditional style thrives off natural beauty. Warm tones and earthy textures – especially when set in a breezy, sunlit corner – will keep the elegance comfortable and the air light in any traditional style dining room.