Nordic Elegance Dining Room
Dan Duchars

Nordic Elegance

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.

Personal Style Dining Room
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 Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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 Dining Room
Roger Davies

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-Inspired Dining room
Thomas J. Story

Oriental Inspiration

One-of-a-kind pieces, quirky treasures, and new purchases give this dining room style inspired from the East.

Cottage Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Cottage Dining

Large timbers and rustic yet elegant furniture bring nature inside. Burnt reds and oranges evoke traditional mountain style.

Mixed Style Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

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.

Grey Dining Room
Paul Raeside

Fashionable Curves

Mix a sleek, modern table with curvaceous chairs. Add depth with two-tone walls.

Modern Oriental Dining Room
Dan Duchars

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.

Urban Chic Dining Room
Dan Duchars

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.

Green and Purple Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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 Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Low-Maintenance Space

Two of the dining room chairs are slip-covered in a washable fabric -- great for four active boys.

Brown Dining Room
Dominique Vorillon

Traditional Entertaining

A high-gloss finish makes these dark brown walls especially dramatic. Light-colored fabrics and ceiling color balance the rich, chocolate walls.

New Look Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

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.

Cozy, Quirky Dining Room
Tim Street-Porter

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 Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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.

Porch Dining Room
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.

Ultimate Outdoor Dining
Thomas J. Story

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.

Relaxed Dining Room
Richard Leo Johnson

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.

Domed Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Dining Under a Dome

A barrel-vaulted ceiling adds interest to this neutral dining room.

Cool Green Dining
Marion Brenner

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 Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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 Dining Room
Mel Yates

When in Monochrome

Reinvent white neoclassical chairs with metallic gold seat cushions, and put a glamorous slant on elegant black and white.

Formal Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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 casual treatment.

Casual Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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 Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

White Done Right

White slipcovers unify the dining room chairs. A simple fir wreath on each window adds a touch of elegance.

Cozy Dining Room and Library
Roger Davies

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?

Coastal Living Seawatch Idea House Dining Room
Tria Giovan

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.

Simple Dining Spot
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.

New and Old Mixed
Dominique Vorillon

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
Laura Moss

Classic Vinyl

These classic dining chairs are covered in vinyl to protect against soggy-from-the-beach bathing suits.

Cozy Dining Room
Pieter Estersohn

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.

Garden-Inspired Dining Room
Jonn Coolidge

Garden view

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.


Punchy Mix Dining Room
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.

Vision in White Dining Room
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.

Cozy Dining Room
Thomas J. Story

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 Dining Room
Lisa Romerein

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.

Cozy Dining Room
Jeff McNamara

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.

Diverse dining room furnishings
Jeremy Samuelson

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.

The petite dining room “really only seats four people,” says McMillan. To combat the space limitations, McMillan painted opposing walls a deep chocolate brown to make them recede. She also raised the chandelier high so she could use tall flower arrangemen
Tria Giovan

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.

Calming dining room
Jean Allsopp

Color Choices

The neutral colors in this chic dining room create a calm, relaxed look here.

pink cottage dining room
Roger Davies

Pastel Pink

Pale pink certainly seems like an odd choice for a modern dining room, but in this cool California cottage, it just works.

dining area with exposed wood beams
Tim Street-Porter

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.

dining chairs with slipcovers
Carlos Emilio

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.

dining space
Roger Davies

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 classic pattern.

Dining room with striped wall finish
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 Dining Room
 Tria Giovan

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.

Bright Blue Dining Room

Big Blue

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.


vintage-modern dining room
Erica George Dines

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.

Chocolate Brown Dining Nook
Dominique Vorillon

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.

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