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Michele's Kitchen Renovation
Michele's Kitchen Renovation
MMI Design
Inspiration for a timeless dining room remodel in Houston
Weybridge Lane
Weybridge Lane
Houck Construction Inc.
Transitional dark wood floor and brown floor dining room photo in Los Angeles with gray walls
Thomasdale Final Dining
Thomasdale Final Dining
QuarterLab Design Build
We are in love with our Client's dining table, chair and hanging fixture.
Kitchen/dining room combo - 1950s concrete floor and gray floor kitchen/dining room combo idea in Austin with orange walls and no fireplace
Camelot New Build
Camelot New Build
BANDD DESIGN
The down-to-earth interiors in this Austin home are filled with attractive textures, colors, and wallpapers. Project designed by Sara Barney’s Austin interior design studio BANDD DESIGN. They serve the entire Austin area and its surrounding towns, with an emphasis on Round Rock, Lake Travis, West Lake Hills, and Tarrytown. For more about BANDD DESIGN, click here: https://bandddesign.com/ To learn more about this project, click here: https://bandddesign.com/austin-camelot-interior-design/
Seaside Villa - Dining Room
Seaside Villa - Dining Room
SM Design Associates (SMDA)
Dining room with a beautiful marble fireplace and wine cellar.
Dining room - contemporary light wood floor and beige floor dining room idea in Orange County with gray walls, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace
Cottonwood Drive
Cottonwood Drive
Jane Henderson Interior Design
Dining room - country dining room idea in Detroit
Northridge Remodel
Northridge Remodel
Studio McGee
Large transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor enclosed dining room photo in Salt Lake City with multicolored walls and no fireplace
bench seating under window
bench seating under window
Jan Neiges, CMKBD with NKBA
purelee photography
Inspiration for a large coastal brown floor and dark wood floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in Denver with white walls
Oak Street
Oak Street
Michael Abraham Architecture
Interior Design - Elizabeth Krueger Design Photos - Mike Schwartz
Dining room - transitional light wood floor and beige floor dining room idea in Chicago with beige walls
Bob-O-Link | 2018
Bob-O-Link | 2018
Coats Homes
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary light wood floor and beige floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in Dallas with white walls and no fireplace
Golf Getaway
Golf Getaway
Dan Rak Design
Dining room - dining room idea in Raleigh
Mediterranean Dining Room
Mediterranean Dining Room
Example of a large tuscan marble floor and multicolored floor enclosed dining room design in Orlando with beige walls and no fireplace
Harborview Renovation
Harborview Renovation
Bosworth Architect LLC
Inspiration for a large transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Boston with white walls
Custom Homes
Custom Homes
Castle Rock Custom Homes
Example of a mid-sized transitional dark wood floor kitchen/dining room combo design in Orlando with gray walls and no fireplace
Midland Modern Home
Midland Modern Home
Overland Partners Architecture + Urban Design
Example of a minimalist dining room design in Other
Cleveland Park Residence
Cleveland Park Residence
Overmyer Architects
Photographer: Angie Seckinger | Interior: Cameron Ruppert Interiors | Builder: Thorsen Construction
Dining room - traditional dark wood floor and brown floor dining room idea in DC Metro with blue walls
1951 mid-century modern home remodel Before &  After
1951 mid-century modern home remodel Before & After
Michelle Lord Interiors
Mid-century kitchen, casual dining room
Mid-sized 1950s dining room photo in Los Angeles
Naturally Modern Residence
Naturally Modern Residence
City Homes, LLC
Dining room - contemporary dining room idea in Minneapolis
58th Street
58th Street
K&L Interiors
Dining room with original craftsman elements and updated furniture
Enclosed dining room - transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor enclosed dining room idea in Seattle with beige walls and no fireplace

The opposite of bustling, multifunctional rooms like the kitchen, the dining room is a simple space devoted solely to hosting and feasting. While it’s a room that may be used infrequently, it is ideal for large get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations. When perusing dining room ideas, consider what kind of lighting, furniture and decorative accents will transform the space into an entertaining mecca.

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!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 713,338 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Bosworth Architect LLC and Dan Rak Design. Look through dining room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.