Want to give your dining room a contemporary refresh? Bringing your space into the present is easier than you may think. The key ingredients for nailing this timely aesthetic are open layouts, well-made furniture, utilization of technology, and eclectic accents. If this sounds ever-changing, that's because it is. Seeing is believing. Scroll on for 13 contemporary dining room ideas that will inspire your next design makeover.
1. Mix up seating.
2. Bring in organic elements.
3. Find a fabulous chandelier.
4. Or, opt for multiple fixtures.
If you're looking for a jaw-dropping contemporary dining room idea, look no further than this space designed by Raili Clasen. The artfully arranged grouping of custom pendants is undeniable proof. The scale and juxtaposition against the white walls and light wood make a major impact in this setup.
5. Introduce whimsical touches.
6. Welcome white walls.
7. Keep it low key.
Designed by Mikelle Mabey, this low-key Utah dining area is impeccably styled though not overly precious. The key to setting the tone in this bright and airy meets industrial space is a mixture of clean lines and natural textures, then layering in artwork, lighting, and other personal touches.
8. Create a focal point.
It's no secret that we love a good focal point. In this Tribeca bachelor pad designed by Consort, warm walnut millwork and dark finishes reinforce the contemporary masculine sensibility. Unexpected elements — such as oversize tree branches displayed in a vase — feel super fresh and draw attention to the gorgeous BDDW dining table.
9. Embrace white and wood.
The combination of white and light wood is quickly becoming a "classic." And it makes total sense. The pairing is crisp and oh-so-grammable, yet still retains a bit of earthiness that plays well in contemporary digs like this West Village dining room designed by Sheep and Stone. We love the fringe wall hanging, too.
10. Don’t shy away from eclecticism.
Coley Arnold, co-owner of Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market, proves that natural materials and eclectic accents are also hallmarks of contemporary design. A rustic bench, an antique buffet handed down from her parents, a patterned area rug, and lots of vintage treasures come together in her dazzling dining room.
11. Don’t be afraid of black.
12. Incorporate eye-catching art.
13. Celebrate minimalism.
When minimalism is the goal, every piece matters. An abundance of wood counterbalances the white walls in this Santa Monica dining room designed by Jenn Feldman. Carefully selected accessories — such as the midcentury chandelier and the large abstract print — punch up the personality. And the end result is streamlined, not stark.