Modern Dining Room Ideas

Looking for stylish dining room ideas? You’ve clicked on the right page! Your dining room is all about entertaining friends and family in a comfortable and inviting environment.

If your dining room is currently a mishmash of the kids’ homework area, your craft room, or hubby’s home office—something’s gotta give! Your dining room can serve multiple functions, but it should be an organized and attractive space. Whether you entertain on a large scale or simply like cooking for two, we’ll show you how to put together a dining space that speaks to your signature style.

Have fun with different furniture styles to give your dining room a personalized look. Add a bold color to the room—like this gorgeous turquoise blue—to make the white built-ins, upholstery and area rug sing and give the room a cohesive feel.

When selecting finishes for your dining room, think about the practicality of the furniture and amount of abuse the space will experience. For this growing family, the wood and vinyl chairs are a stylish and easy to clean choice. The simple table is made from durable and economical rubber wood designed to withstand years of bumps, scratches and spills. The hardwood flooring has a protective surface to protect it from playful pets and little ones.

Be creative with storage solutions in the dining room. Small dining spaces in an open concept plan are often perfect for built-in storage pieces. The wall of cabinets and shelving in this space can be used as a buffet and for dinnerware, serving pieces, and household storage.

Natural light helps give a dining room an undeniable appeal. The deep sage green on the walls enhances the effect. The leather parsons chairs, wall wreath and traditional lighting ups the room’s style quotient. The espresso brown leather of the chairs and dining table unites the space.

Don’t forget you can use your dining room for multiple purposes. This large dining room table gives you plenty of work surface to create a temporary home office. The addition of storage pieces would certainly come in handy as a hiding place to quickly stash the paperwork during an impromptu dinner party. Add at least one interesting element for a dose of style. The silver spherical light fixture gives this minimal room just the right touch.

In many newer homes, the dining room may actually be part of an open concept plan combining living, dining and kitchen areas. Take a cue from this dining space to ensure your furnishings create continuity within the space. The delicious neutrals in the dining area flow right into the kitchen. An easy way to achieve this look is by using the same wall color throughout.

We think this dining room with the arched pass-through and doorway make quite a stylish statement! Adding to the look is the generous dining table ready to host lots of fun-filled meals with family and friends. You get the feeling this room was designed with entertaining in mind.

This is not your grandma’s formal dining room, is it? That’s quite alright with us! We are digging the cool organic look of this space. Contemporary furnishings and lighting make the room feel light and breezy. The graphic black-and-white rug defines the space and gives it a fun, hip vibe.

Here’s a way to create a sophisticated family-friendly dining room. Times and tastes are changing and the perceptions of proper dining spaces are evolving as well. A growing number of homeowners are open to having televisions visible from their eating spaces. This trend is partly due to the advent of open concept floor plans, but there are even those who think it’s totally acceptable to install a flat screen in the dining room!

Save some money on your dining room design by complementing the pieces you have on hand with furniture sourced from yard sales and thrift stores. This homeowner wanted a shabby chic look, so she brought in the flea market chairs and painted them white to coordinate with the existing table and buffet.

Take design inspiration from vintage dining room furniture pieces. The mid century curved backed dining chairs and art deco table prompted the moderne direction of this contemporary dining room. The abstract bubbles in the chandelier and rug pattern, as well as the free form wall art contribute to the stylish look.

Choose an eye-catching pendant fixture to reinforce your dining room design. This clean, streamlined and contemporary dining space needed something special to pull the room together. Sure the stacked stone feature wall is a show-stopper, but there was still something missing. The red multi-jar pendant adds just the right touch of style.

Even if you’re not a big fan of earth tones, you can still appreciate the warmth of this dining room. The look is anything but boring. An assortment of deep wood tones is complemented with earthy cinnabar accessories and rich table linens. The silk floral arrangement is the icing on the cake.

If the neutrals in your dining room are beginning to lull you to sleep, wake things up by injecting another color. In this case, chic black comes to the rescue. White fabric runners create broad stripes across the table and also serve as de facto placemats. The black-and-white china and gold flatware create a nice accent and dress up the stylish space just enough.

Dinner for two? Make your small dining room an integral part of your home. Choose seating that is comfortable and classic. These distinctive tufted chairs make you want to linger over dinner and they also add a touch of glam. The wall art and checkerboard flooring look great. The addition of a cool chandelier would round out the space.

A dining area doesn’t need to make any particular design statement to be attractive and functional. This one is understated and graceful without causing any commotion. The round glass table and leather chairs fit with the simple furnishings of the home. The light laminate flooring is a nice contrast with the dark furniture.

Highlight an impressive focal point by pairing it with subdued furniture and accessories. The feature wall and view to the outside are the main focus of this dining room. The neutral furnishings are understated and complement rather than compete with those elements.

The homeowner wanted to detract from the absence of windows in this dining room. She instead chose to emphasize the tall walls by using vertical stripes. This tone on tone effect with a wash of glaze and the addition of the mirror above the fireplace makes the space feel light and bright.

This oddly shaped dining room space needed some help to overcome its angles. The vibrant lime green shade took the space to a whole new level. The bright glossy wall color and artwork, a creation by the homeowner, give the homeowner’s older furnishings a new and trendy feel.

Bench seating is a wonderful choice if you have a dining room that’s a bit short on space. It adds plenty of additional seating without taking up much room. The upholstery pattern picks up the tones in the walls and chairs.

Don’t feel like you have to be committed to a single style. This courtyard dining room has a modern glass table that sits right alongside Louis armchairs and a geometric area rug underfoot. This dining space is tasteful, eclectic and lovely.

If you have a dining room that feels too formal, you can add color and pattern to tone it down a bit. Adding a casual feel to this space was accomplished by bringing in lots of colorful artwork, a large chandelier with coppery fabric shades, and dining chairs with a fun, contemporary pattern.

Even elegant dining room can handle a few family heirlooms without looking like a museum. Antiques make great conversation starters for the consummate host. In this example, the homeowner inherited her grandmother’s dining table. The vase on the table and tureen on the buffet belonged to her great aunt. These select pieces play nicely with the other furnishings and maintain the contemporary feel.

This dining room is a lesson on creating depth with texture. Try it in your own home by mixing different types of fabrics. Here, the upholstered dining chairs feature an exotic paisley chintz and the backs are covered in a coordinating solid velvet. A very appetizing combo!

Add a touch of the unexpected to your dining room by injecting a fun pattern into the mix. The traditional Jacobean design on these dining chairs gives the understated room a lively punch of detail and color.

A bright white dining room looks totally hip and au courant with its lack of adornment. The minimal vibe and simple lines of the table and chairs carry a lot of visual weight. Round shapes are repeated in the chairs, tabletop and shimmering capiz shell chandelier. The gold of the light fixture is all the glitz this room needs.

The homeowners of this dining room used a balanced layout to follow the symmetry throughout the rest of the home. The only other furniture besides the table and chairs is the built-in buffet and serving counter that divides the space from the kitchen.

We like the a of openness, but it isn’t always about the actual dimensions of a room. This smallish dining room is the ideal place to pass the time enjoying a cappuccino, checking your email, reading a book or playing a game with the kids. It feels bigger than its limited square footage because everything is white. The orange chair and bud vase add color, but don’t hinder the open feel of the space.

Include at least one distinctive piece in your dining room. This one happens to have six—the avant-garde chairs in an arresting shade of periwinkle blue. They definitely jazz up the room and become the focal point. All the furnishings, including the table, lighting and wall shelf, underscore the modern sensibility of the chairs.

Fine details like the texture and finish of your table linens work to set the mood in your dining space. This oval table and chairs are covered in an organic linen tablecloth and upholstery. The light gray band around the edge of the tablecloth adds a simple yet stylish touch to the ensemble.

Have you always dreamed of having a super long dining table to seat all of your family and friends at one time? Well, these homeowners finally made it happen. The dining room is narrow, which was initially a huge design problem. They recently found this long dining table and it solved their skinny space dilemma.

Round dining tables are perfect for encouraging mealtime conversation. To keep things real and intimate, avoid tables exceeding a diameter of 60 inches. The smaller size will still allow you to seat five or six guests comfortably. Keep the look around the table light by using a combination of open and solid back chairs.

Reflecting its tropical locale, this home’s dining room is decked out in a variety of natural materials—from a sisal area rug to island-inspired chairs made from split rattan. The traditional table keeps the look from being overly kitschy.

To showcase the fabulous vista just outside your dining room, keep the furnishings and accessories as simple as possible. The dining table in this space is positioned off to the side of the room so as not to obscure the view. A single vase tops the table and simple curtain panels soften the windows.

Repeating shapes and colors in a dining room creates rhythm and emphasizes the furnishings. The red upholstery, candles and napkins add a splash of color to the dinner proceedings. The repetition of rectangular shapes—the table, chair backs and candles—enhance the flow within the space.

Mix your dining room finishes to create a casual look. These wicker and wood chairs are paired with a round glass top table and a built-in granite counter. The variety of textures and finishes provides a collected-over-time look and classic appeal.

Show off architectural features by painting them in a contrasting color. The neutral room definitely needed some visual interest. When painted in chalkboard black, the niches on the back wall were transformed into the focal points of the room.

Here’s a helpful hint for families with kids and pets. When you are choosing surfaces for your dining room, make sure they are spill and stain-proof. These chairs, in an updated parsons style, are upholstered in durable and dark leather. Brown leather wipes clean and hides any traces of dirt. The dark ceramic tile and dining table are also easy-clean wonders.

Keep your dining furniture consistent with a heritage home. While modern furniture would work fine in this DC row house, the traditional table and chairs are a much better fit. To break up the expansive brick wall, the homeowners decided to add an oversized floor mirror on the wall. The mirror also opens up the small dining room.

Traditionally considered a formal space, today’s dining rooms more often than not have a casual feel. The less formal trestle table is mixed with proper Louis chairs and comfy wingback chairs placed at the head of the table. The buffet, lamp and chandelier all contribute to its relaxed and timeless charm.

Even though this modern dining room features crisp, clean lines, the designer managed to create a calming effect with color. The walls are covered in a subtle peach grass cloth to create a space that’s warm and welcoming. Marble tile flooring in the same hue further establishes that serene feel.

While some would say this dining is formal, we say it is anything but! The curvaceous turned silver legs, purple wall with mirrored grid, and fanciful buffet lamps give this supposedly grown-up space a whimsical spin. There’s definitely nothing stuffy about this space!

This craftsman bungalow dining room features signature built-in cabinets and sideboard, but the arts and crafts influence stops there. Pale yellow walls, a country harvest table with chunky legs, and slipcovered dining chairs give this classic architecture an updated look.


Stefanie is the owner of Interior Charm . A self-proclaimed interior design junkie, she is all about helping people make their homes beautiful