Dining Room Designs

Achieving an effective dining room design can be a little tricky. However, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your furniture; as the focal point of the room, your table should be your biggest investment. Take time to consider various furniture pieces and what works best for your needs. Don’t be afraid to splurge — a good table can last you decades! Once you have this cornerstone piece figured out, you can then focus on implementing your favorite dining room decorating ideas and storage options. What kind of dining room furniture should I get? Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, as do their accompanying tables. As you browse dining room ideas, consider a few things. What is your dining room layout? How often do you entertain? How many people usually attend? What kind of events do you like organizing – big dinners or intimate gatherings? What kind of dining rooms are you personally drawn to at other homes? If you don’t host anything because you are hindered by your current dining room design, consider what kind of soirees you would ideally throw and work from there. If you want a dining table with options, purchase one with a leaf so you can accommodate varying numbers of guests. Keep in mind that to ensure visitors won’t be bumping elbows with their fellow dinner guests, each person needs about two feet of eating space (typically the table manufacturer will be able to recommend the amount of people that can comfortably sit at the table). In terms of shapes, round tables are optimal for achieving some of the smaller dining room design ideas you might see. They fit into tight areas and have no sharp corners to bump into when you’re serving a hot casserole or pouring a glass of water. Round pedestal tables are also useful alternatives – they offer more legroom than conventional designs. For a larger space, a square table works well, and a rectangular table is ideal for a long, narrow room. No matter shape, size or material, make sure you measure table-to-wall clearance. To do this, measure the space around the room. Try to leave 42-48″ between your table and the walls so diners can sit down and get up easily from their chairs. If there is furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48” measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall. What kind of dining room decor should I have? When looking for dining room decorating ideas, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm this refined space with too much clutter. However, simple does not mean plain, and this is a room where you can take some stylistic liberties. When decorating dining rooms, think about color schemes (after choosing your table, of course!). Usage of color can really make or break dining room designs, and the cohesion of a matching furniture set allows for colorful decor choices. Try light blue or gray walls for an elegant look, or go timeless with a black and white theme. If you want to stick to white paint, throw in some gold or copper accents, or splashes of bright colors to keep it interesting; geometric patterns, custom-painted ceilings and unique wallpapers are also effective at livening up a dining area. Top off your dining room remodel with a statement light fixture, some inspirational artwork and a large mirror to reflect more light throughout the room. Lastly, don’t forget the dining room table decor! A seasonal centerpiece, table runner or plant arrangement can immediately brighten up the entire space. How do I add storage to my dining room? When choosing storage for dining rooms, focus on functionality. Do you want to have a place to lay out food? Do you want more storage? Do you want to showcase any items? Take a look at various dining room pictures to see how others have incorporated storage and pull the ideas you like for your own. A china cabinet or hutch is a great way to store and display dishes or art pieces. If you need storage as well as a place to lay out food, sideboards – a long, low storage piece with short legs (also known as a “buffet”) – typically are your best bets as they have cabinets. “Servers” tend to be smaller, more formal and lighter in scale than sideboards; they can have drawers and an open bottom on taller legs, or they may have cabinets. Credenzas tend to be long, low cabinets on slender legs, often with sliding doors. Lastly, if you’re going to be using your dining area primarily for cocktail hour (or even if you’re not), consider investing in a rolling bar cart or a permanent wet bar. The dining room ideas you can choose from are really endless, so try not to get overwhelmed and remember you can always change the design down the road!dining room designs 1By Bridget Mallon Jan 31, 2017 Don’t let your dining table sit forgotten until Thanksgiving. Take a cue from these well-appointed designer spaces and create a room you and your family will actually want to eat in. View Gallery 25 Photos 1 of 25 2 of 25 3 of 25 4 of 25 5 of 25 6 of 25 7 of 25 8 of 25 9 of 25 10 of 25 11 of 25 12 of 25 13 of 25 14 of 25 15 of 25 16 of 25 17 of 25 18 of 25 19 of 25 20 of 25 21 of 25 22 of 25 23 of 25 24 of 25 25 of 25 1 of 25 A set of 1954 chairs by Osvaldo Borsani surrounds the custom-made dining table; the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman, and the painting is by Robert Melee. Tour the rest of the home here. Björn Wallander 2 of 25 Circa-1935 chairs by Kaare Klint surround the custom-made dining table, the chandelier by Frederik Molenschot is from the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, and the vintage floor lamp was bought at the Saint-Ouen flea market; the painting is by Marc Quinn, and the doors and floor are oak. Tour the rest of the home here. Jean-François Jaussaud 3 of 25 A 1920s light fixture by O.C. White Co. hangs above a George II mahogany table in the dining room, the chairs are custom made, and the console is from the 19th century; the 1897 seascape is by Paul Kuhstohs, and the portrait was found at a Paris flea market. Tour the rest of the home here. Douglas Friedman Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 4 of 25 The gateleg table and English chairs are from the 19th century, the billiard light fixture is antique, and the mural of Provincetown Harbor was painted by Rafael Arana. Tour the rest of the home here. Produced by Robert Rufino; Photography by Douglas Friedman 5 of 25 The 19th-century dining table and chairs, with cushions in a Bennison fabric, are Italian, as are the 19th-century consoles and chandelier; the wood door frames are painted in faux marble, the antique painted chinoiserie wallpaper was duplicated by craftsmen in some sections, and the 19th-century rug is Persian. Tour the rest of the home here. Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 6 of 25 In the dining room-cum-library, chairs by Castillo are covered in a cut-velvet stripe by Robert Allen with backs in a Jim Thomson fabric. The lacquer-and-brass table is by Maison Jansen; the walls and bookshelves are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Rectory Red. Tour the rest of the home here. Photography by Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 of 25 A French oak table is paired with 1950s chairs by Jules Wabbes and a circa-1950 French chandelier in the dining room; églomisé mirrors, framed in cerused oak, surround an 1830s marble fireplace, and the chevron floor is antique fumed oak. Tour the rest of the home here. Douglas Friedman 8 of 25 The dining room table and chairs are custom made, and the light fixtures are by Hervé Van der Straeten; striped wallpaper by Osborne & Little and flooring of Carrara and Nero Marquina marble were installed in custom patterns. Tour the rest of the home here. Photography by Simon Upton 9 of 25 The dining chairs, made to match the client’s vintage pair by Jacques Quinet, and settees are upholstered in a Pollack fabric, the table and light fixture are custom designs, the walls are covered in a suede by Élitis, and the painting is by Charline von Heyl. Tour the rest of the home here. Photography by Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 10 of 25 A chandelier by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö Belysning hangs above a custom-made table in the kitchen; the chairs are by Magis, and the rug is sisal. Tour the rest of the home here. Kristoffer Johnsson Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 11 of 25 Chairs by Boca do Lobo surround a dining table by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia, the floor lamps are by Casamilano, and the custom-made ceiling fixture is by Art et Floritude. Tour the rest of the home here. 12 of 25 The dining table is by Hervé Van der Straeten, the Charlotte Perriand chairs are from Cassina, the custom light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman, and the flooring is white oak; the video portraits of Lady Gaga are by Robert Wilson, the ceramics are by Cody Hoyt, and the series of drawings is by Jose Dávila. Tour the rest of the home here. Richard Powers Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 13 of 25 Eames chairs surround a 19th-century Mexican table in the dining room; a light fixture by Olafur Eliasson and a sculpture by Yishai Jusidman flank a painting by Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and the rug by Jose Dávila was inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller. Tour the rest of the home here. Simon Upton 14 of 25 A Lindsey Adelman light fixture, a custom-made table, and Mies van der Rohe chairs upholstered in a Jerry Pair leather in the dining room; the candlesticks are by Jeff Zimmerman, and the walls are painted in Donald Kaufman’s DKC-84. Tour the rest of the home here. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC PIASECKI; PRODUCED BY CYNTHIA FRANK 15 of 25 Painted Chippendale-style chairs surround a dining table covered with Marimekko fabric; the striped rug is by Dash & Albert, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Lily Lavender. Tour the rest of the home here. Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 16 of 25 In the lacquered dining room, original and reproduction Jansen chairs upholstered in a Lee Jofa velvet surround a table by Oscar de la Renta; the gilt-wood chandelier is early 19th century, and the Samarkand rug is from Doris Leslie Blau. Tour the rest of the home here. William Waldron 17 of 25 Jacques Adnet chairs surround a 1940s dining table by Roger Thibier, the chandelier is from the 1840s, and the rug is custom made; the drawing is by Konstantin Kakanias, the sconce is by Willy Daro, and the walls are sheathed in a custom-made wallpaper. Tour the rest of the home here. Simon Upton 18 of 25 The dining room’s chandelier and chairs are from C. Bell, the grapevine table is by Jayson Home & Garden, and the pillows are by Madeline Weinrib; the hand-colored photograph is by Peter Beard. Tour the rest of the home here. Photographer: Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 19 of 25 An antique opaline-glass pendant light hangs above the marble dining table, which is surrounded by vintage chairs; the 19th-century gilt sunburst mirror is French, the Oushak rug is antique, the walls and ceiling are Venetian plaster, and the custom-made kitchen cabinets are cypress. Tour the rest of the home here. Photography by Richard Powers 20 of 25 The dining room chairs include two originals by Maison Leleu, from Maison Gerard, as well as reproductions, all covered in a nubuck from Cortina Leathers; the resin-top table is a custom design, the painting is by Christian Marclay, and five Italian pendants form a single light fixture. Tour the rest of the home here. Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 21 of 25 The dining table came from a Sotheby’s auction, the antique chairs were purchased at Doyle New York, and the chandelier is a Paris flea-market find; the photograph is by Nathaniel Kramer, and the rug is by Stark. Tour the rest of the home here. Simon Upton Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 22 of 25 Jacques Adnet chairs from the 1950s surround the custom-made dining table, the chandelier is by Peter Mikic, and the walls are upholstered in an Old World Weavers damask; the painting is by Jackie Saccoccio, and the floor is white oak. Tour the rest of the home here. Photography by William Waldron 23 of 25 A set of chairs by Carlo di Carli surrounds a dining table by Gio Ponti, a painting by Jonathan Saiz hangs above a 1950s rosewood console by Ico Parisi, and the lamp is by Les Dalo; the walls are painted in a pale gray by Guittet. Tour the rest of the home here. Björn Wallander 24 of 25 The dining room’s chairs, upholstered in a Claremont mohair velvet, are custom made, as is the table by Blackman Cruz; the pendant lights are by David Wiseman, and the painting is by Nick Namarari. Tour the rest of the home here. Produced by Deborah Sharpe; Photography by Mikkel Vang Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 25 of 25 Vintage Augusto Savini chairs surround a dining table by Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger; the chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman, and the wall is paneled in stained zebrawood. Tour the rest of the home here. Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by Douglas Friedman Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Next 20 Dining Chairs That Will Take Your Space To The Next Level Skip Ad Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

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