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.
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.
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.
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.
One-of-a-kind pieces, quirky treasures, and new purchases give this dining room style inspired from the East.
Large timbers and rustic yet elegant furniture bring nature inside. Burnt reds and oranges evoke traditional mountain style.
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.
Mix a sleek, modern table with curvaceous chairs. Add depth with two-tone walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four comfy chairs and a low table combine to make a casual dining spot right outside the kitchen.
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.
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.
A barrel-vaulted ceiling adds interest to this neutral dining room.
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.
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.
Reinvent white neoclassical chairs with metallic gold seat cushions, and put a glamorous slant on elegant black and white.
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 casual treatment.
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 slipcovers unify the dining room chairs. A simple fir wreath on each window adds a touch of elegance.
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?
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.
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.
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.
These classic dining chairs are covered in vinyl to protect against soggy-from-the-beach bathing suits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 classic pattern.
Created an intimate feel in a small dining room with a dark striped wall finish, applied using torn cardboard boxes.
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.
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.
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.