No matter how you're using it, ideally it should be comfortable, usable, and, of course, aesthetically pleasing. So, whether you're setting up this space for the first time or ready for a total refresh, here are some dining room ideas to consider.
Once you're clear on the answers to these questions, you can start honing in on dining room ideas that are best for you.
You can make it a multipurpose room by adding a variety of furniture, like a cozy lounge chair and side table (depending on your space or layout of your home), or simply keep it as an eating area with a table, some dining chairs, and storage, like a buffet or sideboard. You'll also want to consider your overall design style; whether you'd like to paint your walls or go with wallpaper; lighting choices; and general decor possibilities, such as artwork and rugs. All of this will factor into creating the vibe that is just right for you.
Dining Room Styles
Before you start designing the room, consider the style you want to express. A few popular ideas include:
Bohemian: To capture a bohemian dining room style, let your plants or chairs be the pops of color, and keep your walls neutral. Copper lighting, layered rugs, and throw cushions can also help you achieve the boho dining room of your dreams. If you're daring, you might consider adding bright botanical wallpaper or other eye-catching patterns.
Midcentury: Simple, clean lines make up most midcentury modern dining rooms, where craftsmanship and sleek design collide. Think Serge Mouille's iconic 1958 three-arm ceiling lamp or an Eames molded fiberglass armchair.
Industrial: If you love the look and feel of raw materials (think glass, brick, wood, and metal), industrial-style decor is something to consider. Function over aesthetic is the name of the game, and lucky for you, many designs in this style are pleasing to the eye. These industrial chandeliers and pendant lights are proof.
Dining Room Lighting Options
Getting the lighting just right is important, and ideally it comes from more than one source. Some dining room lighting ideas include the following:
Wall sconce: These fix to the walls with light that typically shines upward. There are many different wall sconces to choose from, including picture lights and candle sconces (like this gorgeous brass DIY). A word of caution: Aside from that DIY, you'll need an electrician to install this type of lighting.
Semi-flush mount lighting: Like flush-mount lighting, this type goes on your ceiling. The base of the light will hang right below your ceiling.
Recessed or track lighting: Recessed and track lighting are more utilitarian in nature. They do the job of lighting a room and work with just about every style.
Lamps: A floor lamp could add a bit more light to your room and make it feel a little homier, if you have the space.
Dining Room Colors
Oftentimes, the dining room is where people experiment with color — although true minimalists tend to keep things neutral. Some trending dining room colors include:
Blue: Blue can add a bit of elegance to your dining room and work with metallic accents. Go for a lighter, more vibrant blue for a playful vibe, or a darker, navy blue for a more royal setting.
Dining Room Storage Options
If you have space for storage in your dining room, you're in luck with several picture-perfect choices. While serving a functional purpose, dining room storage pieces also offer an opportunity to show off your design style.
China cabinet: A china cabinet will give your space a traditional feel and display your most prized possessions.
Bar cart: A bar cart is ideal if you have a small space, and/or you have an impressive array of liquor and barware you want to display.
Buffet, credenza, or sideboard: Let your guests serve themselves on a buffet table, credenza, or sideboard, which could include some lamps and picture frames to make it really stand out.
A bench with storage underneath: If you have a window in your dining room, a bench for both additional seating and storage could make guests feel even more comfortable and give you a place to store your china, sterling silver, serving platters, and candlesticks.
Dining Room Furniture and Decor
You have many choices when it comes to dining room furniture. Start with the dining room table. If you have a narrow space or a larger dining room, you could buy a rectangular or elongated oval table. On the other hand, round and square tables are better for smaller dining rooms. You can take the middle-of-the-road approach and get a table with extendable leaves, so you have the option to host larger dinner parties.
In terms of where to place your table, make sure it goes wherever people can easily get in and out of their chairs; you don't want them crammed up against a wall. You can align the table with a wall or another piece of furniture in order to center it. To make the dining area more distinct, consider adding a rug underneath the table.
For the chairs, you can have one uniform look, or you can mix and match styles or have different chairs at the heads of the table and the sides. That way, it won't have as much of a boardroom feel. If you have the room, consider adding a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, buffet, china cabinet, bar cart, or a bench with storage.
Where to Shop
Well-made, design-inspired furniture and decor that won't break the bank. From accessories, to serving ware, to big-ticket items (like dining tables, chairs, and bars), this is one-stop shopping.
Pier 1 offers a mix of traditional and modern dining room options. You'll be sure to find what you need in-store or online.