Sleek, light reflecting mirrored furniture combined with warming berry hues, gives this Swedish-style scheme a contemporary
feel. Delicate floral wallpaper adds further interest and helps soften the look.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Personal Style Mixed seating looks like it was collected over time - one chair has barley-twist legs, and a dark wood bench sits along one
side of the table. Distressed wood and weathered paint finishes impart a subtle coastal look. Slipcovers in two colors fit
over the chair backs.
Invite Drama Set off a room's entry. Use tieback draperies in lieu of doors for a softer, more romantic effect. To double your style, select
two different fabrics, one for each side.
Mixing Modern This dining room is multi-functional, serving as a foyer, library, and dining space. Built-in shelves, oversize French doors,
and modern chairs complement and freshen up this ornate, antique table without distracting from it.
Oriental Inspiration One-of-a-kind pieces, quirky treasures, and new purchases give this dining room style inspired from the East.
Cottage Dining Large timbers and rustic yet elegant furniture bring nature inside. Burnt reds and oranges evoke traditional mountain style.
Style Mix A traditional chair rail and wainscot are painted a crisp white and provide a tailored backdrop for the more casual burlap
window shades, slipcovered chairs, and rustic farm table. Traditional, rustic, and vintage mix together seamlessly.
Fashionable Curves Mix a sleek, modern table with curvaceous chairs. Add depth with two-tone walls.
Modern Oriental A chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper is the starting point for this vibrant scheme. Benches in turquoise linen and a sleek table
act as a foil to the flamboyant pattern and encapsulate this modern take on a classic style.
City Chic Luxurious fabrics for chairs and curtains give this dining room a real sense of grandeur, while glossy furniture and colored
glassware create a sophisticated mood against a rich backdrop of chocolate and cranberry.
Four-Star Experience A fresh green palette and plenty of pattern enliven this cottage dining room. Owner John Loecke calls his style "new traditional."
"If you're going to layer pattern," he says, "be sure that the dominant color works back into the room" Here, green prints
on the walls and curtains relate to the green woodwork and painted floor.
Low-Maintenance Space Two of the dining room chairs are slip-covered in a washable fabric -- great for four active boys.
A high-gloss finish makes these dark brown walls especially dramatic. Light-colored fabrics and ceiling color balance the
rich, chocolate walls.
New Look Dazzle dinner guests with a silver-and-sage tableau that embraces both old and new. Whimsical print napkins, colorful ribbon,
and a low flower arrangement bring color and interest to the space while still letting guests chat.
Quirky Pieces In this funky dining spot, various styles and time periods are unified by a neutral palette. The mixture of looks and interesting
pieces creates a quirky but comfortable dining nook.
Clean and Crisp Enlist your dining room to serve double duty. Select a table and chairs that are casual enough for everyday activities - breakfast,
shell sorting, or putting together puzzles - but can be easily dressed up for entertaining.
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV
Eat Outdoors Four comfy chairs and a low table combine to make a casual dining spot right outside the kitchen.
Easy Romance Create romantic lighting for an outdoor dinner party by suspending votives (we used mini recycled-glass tea light lanterns)
at varying heights from low-hanging branches.
White and Relaxed Mis-matched thrift store chairs are unified with a fresh coat of paint and candy-striped blue and green fabric. A chandelier
adds glamour to the thrifty dining room.
Dining Under a Dome A barrel-vaulted ceiling adds interest to this neutral dining room.
Cool Green Dining outdoors is irresistible with a spot as cool as this. "Silver Sheen" hedges define the outdoor dining/work space, and
wisteria vines cover the arbor. Though it doesn't look like it, the understated dining set came from a garage sale and the
chic chandelier came from Ikea.
Make A Statement Mix styles with a mod, multifunctional sideboard and a handmade, rustic dining room table. Make a statement with a graphic
rug or a piece of artwork.
When in Monochrome Reinvent white neoclassical chairs with metallic gold seat cushions, and put a glamorous slant on elegant black and white.
Formal Affair In this coastal dining room, fabrics in similar shades but various patterns bring personality to this small space. A round
dining room table is a better use of square footage in this dining room. Consider miniskirt slipcovers for a tailored yet
A Casual Case This porch-turned-dining room is effortlessly chic. Wicker chairs are spruced up with bolster pillows, and a hanging lantern
brings extra charm to this entertaining spot.
White Done Right White slipcovers unify the dining room chairs. A simple fir wreath on each window adds a touch of elegance.
Book Smarts This snug spot serves two purposes as both a dining area and a library. What could be cozier and more romantic than hosting
an intimate dinner party in this old-world library?
Tea Time Floor-to-ceiling fabric makes a room feel cozy and luxurious. In this dining room, a stylized teapot pattern engulfs the small
space with softness.
Laurey W. Glenn; Robbie Caponetto
Simple Dining Spot This dining nook adjacent to the kitchen features a built-in bench outfitted with a custom cushion and topped with coordinating
pillows in persimmon and aqua. The simple zinc-topped table complements the casual mood of the room.
Master Mix In this dining room, old meets new to great effect. Traditional upholstered dining chairs mix with modern hide-covered host
chairs around an industrial table covered with a French oak top.
Classic Vinyl These classic dining chairs are covered in vinyl to protect against soggy-from-the-beach bathing suits.
Old World Elegance Using a dark palette throughout this spacious dining room makes it feel more intimate. The dark-washed wood panels add a rustic
backdrop to the elegant dining room accessories.
A minimalist dining room looks out on the garden. Iron garden chairs around a sculptural table keep the focus on the scene
beyond the window.
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV
Punchy Mix This light-filled dining room is conveniently situated in the middle of the house between the kitchen and living room. The
room is an eclectic mix of furniture styles and fabrics unified by red with a light green ceiling to add interest.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Vision in White There's something serene about a white-on-white dining room. When you feel like adding color, try a splash of turquoise, such
as this pair of paddles propped just so in the corner.
Wooden Weave Woven baskets lend a casual feel to any room. This dining room takes homespun to heart with a basket-weave ceiling, which
adds visual interest and texture to an often ignored space.
Natural Ornamentation To bring the beach into your dining room, hang a shell-crusted chandelier. Keep the sand-and-sea theme going with neutral
table linens and blue dishes. At dinner parties, forgo matched settings for ones that look thrown together on a whim.
Pretty Persuasion The rich textures of this dining room -- the cool robin's egg blue of the walls, the warm wood of the floors, and the velvety
fabric of the upholstered chairs -- make it inviting. Just add candlelight, and you'll feel like you're in the middle of a
Jane Austen novel.
Modern Spin White linen slipcovers are paired with a traditional wooden table and a reupholstered garage sale chair to create a chic,
modern dining space. The taupe walls add dimension and frame the rounded ceiling and windows.
Small Wonders Though this petite dining room only seats four, certain elements make the room seem much larger. The deep chocolate brown
of the walls to makes them recede, and by raising the chandelier, the hostess can use a tall flower arrangements, injecting
glamour into cramped quarters.
Color Choices The neutral colors in this chic dining room create a calm, relaxed look here.
Pale pink certainly seems like an odd choice for a modern dining room, but in this cool California cottage, it just works.
Cottage Cool Rough-hewn beams add structural support and architectural interest to a vaulted ceiling. Left unpainted, the natural beauty
of the wood lends authenticity to any room.
Notice the Details
Formal dining room chairs have a more relaxed feel with neutral linen slipcovers. The half skirt still reveals each chair's
turned legs, while simple ties add a custom dressmaker detail.
Twist on Traditional A large domed pendant with simple lines and a matte finish highlights the dining table as a focal point. Here, the stripes
of this neutral stripe runs horizontally on the curtain panels (a technique called "railroading") as a creative twist on a
Cottage Living, Paul Whicheloe
Wow Factor Created an intimate feel in a small dining room with a dark striped wall finish, applied using torn cardboard boxes.
Colorful Twist The needlepoint rug, with splashes of pink and a hint of blue against a lime green background, inspired this dining room’s
creative color palette.
A vibrant turquoise covers the walls and a set of vintage chairs in the dining room. A bold color like this one is all the
statement you need to distinguish a room. White trim adds crisp contrast. A set of pop art prints of The Beatles reflects
the family’s love of music, especially the Fab Four.
Fresh Take The room's square shape called for a round table, which is better for conversation and entertaining. An oversized lantern
is a fresh alternative to a traditional chandelier.
Dining Nook Customize a kitchen corner with a banquette. It saves space and looks built-in. Warm, chocolate browns make this dining nook
feel both cozy and elegant.