99 Incredibly Inspiring Interior Design & Decorating Blog Posts

We give you the blog posts of 2015 that have captivated our collective decorating hearts and minds.

If you’re obsessed with interior design and home decorating like we are, you probably have several daily reads that inspire you to new heights. These talented influencers may even shape your personal design aesthetic and purchasing decisions. At the very least they’ve sparked your imagination and given you courage to take on a room makeover.

The creative minds behind interior design blogs invite us into their world on a daily basis with posts that offer up new and exciting ideas expressed through incredible images, clever DIY projects and unique design perspectives. Problem is, at the end of the year it’s difficult to remember which were your favorites.

To that end, we’ve put together a list of the most memorable interior design and decorating posts of the year. That way, you’ll have the best of the best right here in one place to reference as often as you like. So, in no particular order, we give you the blog posts of 2015 that have captivated our collective decorating hearts and minds.

1. How to Decorate Around a TV – Simply Grove

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Kirsten tackles one of the most confounding decorating dilemmas facing interior design professionals and novices alike. Flat screen TVs are out there and in your face, but she’s sourced decorating ideas that will blow your mind and solve what could be considered your biggest design challenge ever! If you need more help, Kirsten followed up this post with a part deux a few weeks later.

2. Mobilia Amsterdam – Binti Home Blog

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How would you like to take a stroll through one of the premiere modern home furnishings stores on earth? We’ve never been to a Mobilia, so we were really excited when Souraya featured the Amsterdam location in a July post. The Canadian retailer carries the finest interior and furniture brands, which is apparent by the photos. Loving the peach color palette throughout.

3. Dramatic Kitchen Makeover Reveal~Before and After – The Yellow Cape Cod

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If you love huge kitchen makeovers, this post will certainly get your creative juices flowing. Sarah Macklem transforms what was once a kitschy, retro kitchen into a traditionally designed, state-of-the-art food prep, dining and living space all rolled into one. This is a fabulous before and after gallery!

4. The Best of Barstools – The English Room

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Charleston, South Carolina interior designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips gets on the right track when it comes to selecting the perfect barstool. She shows us a variety of styles and price points, making it easy to find one that works in your home and with your budget.

5. 5 Things Every Well-Designed Room Needs – Lark & Linen

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Lark & Linen is the brainchild of Jacquelyn Clark and she always comes through with invaluable blog posts like this one. If you are embarking on a room decorating project, this post is the next best thing to taking an interior design class! It’s chock-full of images and great info about design principles, elements and accessories that are must-haves for any space.

6. Ways to Use Corrugated Metal in Interior Design – Mountain Modern Life

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Katie and Eric have a rustic-modern design sensibility and hatch some really creative ideas—for example the brilliant use of corrugated sheet metal INSIDE the home! Once relegated to roofing and siding for out buildings, this sustainable material can now take center stage in any room of the house. Our creative duo shows us how to do it with style.

7. Which Decor Type are You? – Happy Interior Blog

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Igor created his blog to make us all happy about our interiors and our lives. Earlier this year he devised eight categories of decor personae based on how each one would style a simple bookshelf. If you’re not sure where you fall design-wise, this is a great way to delve into your true design personality. Check out this nifty little exercise and see which one resonates with you.

8. 5 Ways to Love the Home You Have – Stone Gable

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We have to tip our hat to Yvonne for this feel-good post. The one negative about following interior design and decorating blogs is that we sometimes get down on our own house because it doesn’t live up to the perfection we see online. From finding inspiration within to refusing to compare our home to others, she gives us a new perspective on our digs and grants us permission to love our home the way it is.

9. Modern Farmhouse – Desire to Inspire

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A Canadian and an Aussie (Kim and Jo to you) give us a wide-ranging look at the world of interior design from two completely different points of view. Jo’s post on farmhouse modern style caught our eye and made us feel utterly blissful. This home is a symphony of neutrals featuring mid century modern touches juxtaposed against rustic architecture. To us, the look is the epitome of 2015.

10. Living Through a Major Construction or Remodeling Project – Home Bunch

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Luciane is the founder and editor of this highly informational interior design blog. We can’t get enough of her posts—especially the one about surviving a major home renovation. She’s got great insight and it sounds like she’s experienced the horrors and gratification that are part of a minor or major reno. It contains great advice for anyone considering a remodel of any scale. This one is a keeper.

11. Loft Living Room & Entryway Makeover Reveal! – Vintage Revivals

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Mandi is fearless when it comes to tackling any home decor related DIY project. We appreciate her “love your guts” motto and the fact that she shares her disasters as well as her triumphs. Our favorite reveal from this year features the latest incarnation of her living room and entry. We were with her every step of the way as she and Court installed the brick veneer. Spoiler alert? No, you’ll have to see it for yourself!

12. A Library in the Dining Room – Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

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Tiffany must have read our mind. How many of you have dreamed of having a library in the house? What better space to transform than a dining room? It’s rarely used and contains a large table for reading and wall space for bookcases. Lets face it, many of our homes are space-challenged so creating a multi-use room is brilliant. This little post is full of big inspiration.

13. Make White Walls Work for You – Homedit

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Stefan and his group of talented contributors seem to have a knack for identifying upcoming trends. This post about white walls was published 10 months before three major paint manufacturers named white as their color of the year for 2016. Are the writers at Homedit psychic? Possibly. More likely they’re just in tune with what’s popular in interior design. Whichever the case, this post will turn your white wall frown upside down!

14. Top 15 Contemporary Staircase Designs – Patricia Gray Interior Design

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Patricia’s an award winning interior designer and fine artist from Vancouver who really knows her stuff. In this blog post she takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the most remarkable staircases we’ve ever seen. Curves and straight lines and angles, oh my! There’s nothing pedestrian about these flights of stairs. In fact, they’re more like flights of fancy!

15. Monochrome with Wood and Green Plants – Decordots

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There’s no denying Scandinavian style is white hot in Estonia thanks to Anu. She captures the spirit of the Nordic design aesthetic with her visually pleasing blog posts. Her stark palette is captivating and the minimal vibe is addictive. This post is a tranquil black-and-white still life of her living room punctuated by the greenery of delicate potted plants. Stunning.

16. Popcorn Ceilings and How We Fake Planked Them – Nesting Place

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This fix is simply incredible! Popcorn ceilings are the bane of existence for homeowners. Unless you’re doing a full-on renovation, popcorn removal is a messy undertaking that frankly send chills up our spine. The Nester has found a way to camouflage the offending ceiling texture without the muss and fuss. How? One word—luan. Enough said. We’re giddy!

17. Midcentury masterpiece 1955 time capsule “tile house” in Minneapolis – Retro Renovation

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If you appreciate mid century architecture and design AND have a secret love affair with tile, you’ll be in retro heaven when you see Pam’s post from September! She refers to this Minneapolis house as a “time capsule” masterpiece that is “mind-blowing exquisite”. The tile work is beyond compare—and it’s no wonder—the designers of the home owned their own tile company. Need we say more?

18. Inspiration #418 – Blood and Champagne

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Thomas Murphy’s image galleries are inspirational—hence the titles. It’s really hard to say which of his “inspiration” posts we liked best this year. #418 really grabbed our attention. From patchwork dining chairs and hypnotic tile patterns to cage lighting and smooth concrete surfaces, we are enthralled with the hodgepodge of design elements captured in this single post.

19. Using (or Not Using) Wood Flooring in Kitchens – Little Green Notebook

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Jenny has a dilemma—whether to use wood flooring in two kitchen remodels. We agree, the warm look of wood is wonderful underfoot, but tile is probably more practical. Don’t know if you’ll reach a definitive decision after checking out her post, but the images she shares offer up a wealth of fabulous options whichever direction you go. What say you—wood or tile?

20. 15 Adorable Sea Themed Kids Room Ideas – Amazing Interior Design

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We want to let you know up front these are not your ordinary run-of-the-mill kids rooms. Not that we would expect anything ordinary from Fiyaa. This post is peppered with nautical themes and crazy underwater scenes that could be right out of a Disney movie. These magical rooms are spaces where children can get lost for hours in imaginary play—how great is that, Mom?

21. Beautiful Dark Colored Walls – Coco Lapine Design

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You wonder why Sarah’s blog posts look so…European. She’s a Belgian designer living in Berlin, which might explain things. Her gallery of dark wall colors speaks to us on so many levels. The play of dark and light, depth and subtle drama is truly enchanting. Her choices never cease to amaze. Spend time with Sarah—you won’t be sorry.

22. One Room Challenge Final Reveal – Because It’s Awesome

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We’re big fans of the One Room Challenge, and BIA rose to the occasion with great aplomb! The ORC is a biannual event wherein bloggers are invited to take on the challenge of redesigning a single room. This post is BIA’s Spring 2015 reveal. Her ordinary kitchen was transformed with a delightful mix of traditional and mid century elements that work together splendidly to create a homey, transitional space.

23. My Ideal Workspace – Lottilou

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Lottilou has a distinct bohemian design personality with a twist of eco-anthropology. With that said, she wows us with images that reflect her personal style, sometimes creating visuals of her dream house, mood boards and wishlists to die for. This time, she takes us into her ideal home workspace through a series of images. Each one looks to be extremely inviting, stylish and functional.

24. Latest Home Interior Trends 2015 – Love Chic Living

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We get such a kick out of posts that deal with trends for the year. Jen put together a smashing list of what she determined to be the hot picks of 2015. We’ve seen all of her predictions come to pass on the pages of magazines and in home furnishing stores—with the exception of paint-dipped art. Maybe we’re just not hanging out in the right places. No doubt some of these will be trending in 2016 as well, so you’d better check it out!

25. Home Tour from Utah Valley Parade of Homes – Favorite Paint Colors

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Showhouses are a fantastic way to experience a variety of interior design styles and the latest in color palettes, surfaces, furniture and accessories. However, Kristin has a different focus when she takes on a home tour. She identifies and describes the paints she encounters—which makes perfect sense when you realize the entire motivation for her blog is to share her love of paint colors. This post is a super resource if you’re considering a change in interior paint or you’re simply a color junkie!

26. 25 Ways to Restyle Your Home – The Inspired Room

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We’ve been following Melissa for a few years and never tire of her advice, personal home tours and DIY projects. This gem of a post has enough suggestions to fill a book! This list shares 25 easy restyling tips, making it possible to freshen up rooms without spending a fortune. Number 25 is our favorite. See what you think!

27. A Stylish Home with Retro Details – Homesick

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Mette shows us an understated yet stylish home with incredible retro details. We adore the eat-in kitchen with the bare particleboard paneled wall! From the original wood flooring to the crown molding detail, everything about this home is perfection. Vintage furniture pieces and curated accessories add to the minimal and simplistic style.

28. Re-Love Project…Before and After – The Painted Hive

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This has to be one of our favorite step-by-step furniture transformations. Nobody can upcycle like Kristine. She takes an ugly duckling white melamine cabinet and turns it into a beautiful mid century modern swan for the Re-Love Project. If you have a little woodworking know-how, you too can re-imagine a thrift store castaway into a fabulous focal point for your home.

29. Summer Tour of Homes 2015 – Rooms for Rent Blog

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Bre keeps it real with a lens trained on her renovated 1846 farmhouse. Are you desperate for inspiration and looking for ideas galore? Please do yourself a favor and stop by this blog post. Every room in the house is decorated down to the smallest impeccable detail. Bre even provides a list of sources by room so you can recreate the look in your own home. If she’d let us, we’d move in tomorrow!

30. Target Dorm Decor Essentials – Thou Swell

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Kevin, the creator of this blog, is a young college student—so who better to do a post about dorm decor? Mind you, we’re not overly fond of sponsored blog posts, but this one is a great tutorial for dorm room newbies on a budget. It’s obvious Kevin has his finger on the pulse of interior design and decor. We love his suggestions, stylish selections and spot on color palettes.

31. Is Gray Here to Stay? – Provident Home Design

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No, we’re not talking about the weather. Tamara bravely takes on one of the most asked interior design questions of the year. We’re not going to give this one away, so you’ll just have to read the entire post. We will tell you we’re kind of disappointed and pleased at the same time, if that helps at all!

32. Scandinavian Home in Biarritz with a Bohemian Touch – L’Essenziale

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We’ve always dreamed of visiting Biarritz so when we spotted this post by Anna, we just had to pause and take it all in. This is not your typical Scandinavian style home—it’s got the white and neutrals, but there’s something else afoot—a kind of rough around the edges feel and vintage off-kilter quality. We think you’ll dig it too.

33. Making Small Rooms Look Larger – Emerald Interior Design

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This post shares wonderful ideas that were once the deep dark secrets of interior designers. For those who are space challenged, these tips will truly change your lives for the better! When you’re in the midst of trying to solve a spatial dilemma, it’s often difficult to come up with an easy solution. Karen’s common sense suggestions will leave you scratching your head and wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

34. It Was an Old Railway Depot – Planete Deco

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Lilly Rose introduces us to a grand dame that was once a railroad depot, but has been magically transformed into a country home full of character and history. She describes the renovated building as “a soul between a New York loft and a Créole ranch”. We’re smitten with the brick and metalwork. You’ll be too.

35. Storage Beds: Innovation and Customization – Home Trotter

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Michela at Home-Trotter offers up the best in Italian design. Here in the States we just don’t have many options when it comes to stylish storage beds. Obviously, Italy is way ahead of the game. Check these out—you’ll be blown away! And don’t let the language barrier scare you away—just use Google translate like we do!

36. Go Tropical with Fresh Prints – Angelica Angeli

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Tropical prints were one of the big trends of the year and that’s why we’ve included this beautiful post from Angelica. Whether you want edgy or exotic, she’s featured wallpaper, textiles and live plants that are easy to incorporate into your home. We have a feeling this trend will be around for a while, so it’s probably smart to click on the link.

37. Eloquence: Swedish Antiques – Velvet and Linen

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Brooke of Patina Farm shares one of her preferred places for client shopping excursions. If you can’t make it to their store in Culver City, you have to take a moment to gaze upon the dreamy eye candy she’s put together for you. For fans of Gustavian design—you’ll go absolutely crazy for Eloquence.

38. How to Make Fabulous DIY Curtains from Sheets – Homeagination

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Linda, a seasoned interiors writer and enthusiastic design aficionado, shares her super easy tutorial for making inexpensive and stylish curtains from ordinary bed sheets. Whether you sew or not, you can create fabulous designer curtain panels that coordinate with your bedding—because they are bedding!

39. Simple, Yet Beautiful Christmas Decorating Ideas – My Scandinavian Home

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The title of this post says it all. These decorating ideas take their cue from the peaceful, snow covered Nordic landscape. Less is more in this version of holiday style—which we totally identify with. Simple stars, white candles, minimal wreaths and an unadorned fir create the perfect holiday card for you.

40. Collier Hills Before and After Makeover – BluLabel Bungalow

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We’d love to see more of Erika’s makeovers. In fact, we think she should have her own TV show. It’s hard to pick the one we like best, but we think the Collier Hills living room is a standout. The mix of pattern and subtle color looks so darned sophisticated and is light years ahead of the “before” images.

41. The BHG Innovation Home is Out! – Lauren Liess

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Lauren is such a gifted designer. She decorated the Better Homes and Gardens Innovation Home and shows it off for us in this popular post from September. The residence is a brilliant convergence of the latest in technology and interior design. She deftly weaves blues throughout the home to create a cohesive and casual look.

42. Homes: Porn for Modernist Architecture Geeks – Your Home is Lovely

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Kate gives us a look at her kitchen and the kitchen of her dreams in a Span house. Don’t know what a Span house is? Well, we’re not going to tell you—you’ll have to check out her post. You’ll not only learn something new, you’ll get an up close and personal look at a British mid century modern dwelling.

43. Round Bistro Table with Concrete Top – Knock off Decor

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Are you sick and tired of seeing inflated home furnishing prices? These posts are a treasure trove of ideas that replicate high-end items for a fraction of the cost. The original round bistro table from Pottery Barn was $624 USD before it was discontinued. You can build the smaller version for under $30!

44. 7 Kitchen Trends to Consider for Your Next Renovations – Savvy Home Blog

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Gabrielle is a decor and lifestyle doyenne who will never steer you wrong. Take kitchen renovation trends for example—she’s got it down to an art! If you choose one or more of these ideas for your upcoming remodel, you’ll have a timeless look that will work for years to come. Just think Shaker style cabinets.

45. Inspiration for Fall Decorating – World of Interiors

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Husband and wife interior design team Sabine and Peter don’t post very often, but when they do…wow! The colors and textures in their fall inspiration post are, well, nothing less than inspirational. Accessories, artwork, upholstery and furniture are so simple and elegant—very European country.

46. A Semicircular Apartment with Modern Design – Design Shell

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We’ve dealt with some unusual decorating challenges over the years, but we’ve never tackled anything like this. Daniela takes us on a tour of an apartment in a mid century building in San Francisco that just so happens to be semicircular. Curved windows and walls abound—even in the master bathroom! Pop by to see how the designer ultimately solved the geometry problem.

47. Bedroom Inspiration | Ebony Walls – Marcus Design

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Nancy is crushing on deep, ebony bedroom walls. This post has attracted a great deal of attention, so she’s not the only one out there that craves a dark and cozy sanctuary. We have to admit it looks awfully chic and has a comforting cocoon-like feel. You really need to see it and then you can answer our question: Would you paint the crown molding to match the walls or leave it white? Hmmm…

48. Statement Making Range Hoods – Design Chic

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If you’ve ever lived in a cookie cutter apartment, it’s doubtful you considered range hoods as a design statement. In most cases, they’re a utilitarian eyesore rather than a thing of beauty. Mother-daughter bloggers and online retailers Beth and Kristy are here to change your mind in this post brimming with gorgeous, yes we said gorgeous, range hoods for your kitchen.

49. Before and After: Client Freakin Fabulous – Amber Interiors

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It appears Amber somehow found the coolest clients ever. After seeing the befores and afters in this post, we can see why they might be giddy about her work. The entire house was transformed from super traditional to a hipster’s dream. You may not be in the market for a total renovation, but you can steal a few killer ideas from this post to update a room or two.

50. One House’s Décor in 1999, 2008 and 2015 – Cote de Texas

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Thank you, Joni for taking us on an interior design trip in your time machine. It’s fascinating to see the design evolution of the same house over the years. We like all of the incarnations, but are especially fond of the current aesthetic. The contemporary interpretation is soft, casual and unfussy—just the way we like things. However, if someone offered one of the earlier versions of the house, we’d surely take it!

51. Boho Kitchen Reveal: The Whole Enchilada – The Jungalow

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Every wondered what a Boho kitchen looks like? Justine would love to show you. From emerald glass subway tiles to copper accents, this kitchen has it all going on. We won’t even mention how we’re hyperventilating over the amazing floor tiles. It’s just something you have to see to believe!

52. Accessorizing Bookshelves with Natural Elements – McGrath II

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Accessorizing floor–to-ceiling bookshelves can be a daunting task even for design professionals like Suzanne and Lauren. Let’s throw another wrench into the works and say you have to style a massive bookcase using natural elements. Yikes! Thankfully this post includes a detailed sketch on where and how to place everything plus their suggestions for natural elements. Ready, set, accessorize!

53. Round Top Antiques Week Fall 2015 – Becki Griffin’s Curious Details

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If you’ve never been to Round Rock for Market Days, you better pull on your cowboy boots and head on down. It’s one of the largest antique markets in the region where you can pick up anything from vintage neon signs and cool furniture to architectural salvage and one-of-a-kind accessories. Becki’s post gives you a tour of several of her favorite vendors. If that doesn’t motivate you to make the trip to Texas Hill country, nothing will!

54. Home of Anne Kleinbloesem – Bloesemliving

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In this selected post, Irene takes us through the Eindhoven residence of Anne Kleinbloesem. Her rooms have a clean and minimal sensibility while retaining the cozy vibe of an older home. Each room has its own unique personality but manages to create a cohesive whole. You’d expect nothing less from an interior designer’s home.

55. Tiled Kitchens – The Perfect Bath

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We’re having a kitchen tile moment. We’re not talking about puny tiled backsplashes. We mean massive—expansive tiled walls from countertop to ceiling and in some cases, floor to ceiling. Barbara’s post discusses the latest kitchen tile trend that is taking the design world by storm. Are you fearless enough to commit to kitchen wall tile rather than paint?

56. Leopard is a Neutral – Hunted Interior

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We’ve been staunch supporters of leopard over the years. So let’s all jump for joy over Kristin’s post that categorically states that leopard is a neutral. We always knew this in our hearts, but encountered more push back than acceptance. Anyway, to prove her point Kristin uses her go-to leopard fabric and subtle accessories to style her living room.

57. Quick Bedroom Makeover – A Merry Mishap

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Quick and easy makeovers are the best and this post fits the bill. Jennifer puts together a down and dirty redo that consists of bedding, minimal accessories, lighting, an area rug and a couple of plants. For such a small investment, the impact is bigger than life. This is the perfect makeover for apartments or dorm rooms.

58. Fall House Tour – The Wicker House

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We love it when bloggers open their homes to readers. It makes the online relationship a bit more personal. After all, the home is a window into the soul. Emily takes a breather before the holidays to give us a look at her home. As we toured the rooms, we recognized all the unforgettable projects she’s highlighted over the last 12 months.

59. Simple Ideas to Add Beautiful Art to the Kitchen – Like Modern

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One room we might skimp on or even forego using artwork in is the kitchen. Unless you have huge expanses of bare walls, it’s probably the last thing on your mind after you’ve spent months selecting appliances, cabinetry, flooring and countertops, etc. This post will show you how and where to tastefully display art in the heart of your home. There are even a couple of tricks we hadn’t thought of!

60. DIY Herringbone Wall – City Farmhouse

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We’ve seen a number of these herringbone tutorials online, but Jen’s is the tops as far as we’re concerned. We find the neutral color scheme makes the wall technique look more like expensive wallpaper than a DIY project. This is a trendy look that is perfect for any focal wall. And as Jen pointed out, it’s easy to paint over it when you’re ready for a change—sure beats removing wallpaper!

61. Ready for our bathroom transformation? – The Niche Home

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We’re so pleased to see a bathroom transformation for a change. Seems as though everyone’s into kitchens this year. Camille transformed a blah yet roomy bathroom with as she described it, “a shower that screamed YMCA circa 1982”. From the jade penny tile to the mid century credenza, the look is au courant. Our crush? The retro sconces and use of brass fixtures.

62. Upcycling Your Staircase – Room Envy

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A staircase is not the first thing you would consider upcycling. Rachel says it’s about time we include our stairs as part of home makeover projects. She shares a simple shabby chic DIY for stair treads and risers. And it doesn’t stop there—click on the house to home link in the post for more fun ideas!

63. 10 Beautiful Rooms…Clouds – Mad About the House

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We’ve got our head in the clouds and so should you thanks to Kate’s post about cloud motifs in the home. These clouds won’t get you wet—if anything, they’ll give you the warm fuzzies. There’s just something about clouds as ornamentation. Clouds on wallpaper, painted directly onto walls and framed as art—all heavenly additions to any room.

64. How to Select Fabrics: Four Important Tips – Classic Casual Home

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When decorating a room, does the thought of picking fabrics send you into an anxiety attack? Mary Ann says to chill and follow her tips to make fabric selections easy peasy lemon squeezy. Fabric selection is her favorite part of a decorating project, so who better to learn from. It just takes a little thought and answers to a couple of questions and you’ll conquer your fabric fears!

65. Some Recent Work (And Some Client Love) – Simple Lovely

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A nexus of natural elements and organic shapes brings Joselyn and her favorite clients together. She had them hooked with the mood board. Nothing makes a designer happier than finding out a client shares their design aesthetic. The look she created for them is understated and effortless—the perfect reflection of her clients’ tastes…and her own.

66. Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets – Gray House Studio

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Happiness is the theme of this DIY post that turns bathroom chaos into an organized dream. Brent and Courtney take a few hours to add a shelves to an under sink bathroom cabinet. You know the ones—just one big opening with the drainage pipe dominating the space. With a little skill and effort they managed to reconfigure the cabinet to its maximum storage capacity.

67. How’s That Holding Up? – Inspired by Charm

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Michael provides a great service to his readers with a post that lets us know how some of the furnishings he’s purchased over the years are holding up. These are not discontinued items—they’re all still available for purchase online and in-store. So take a look and get his impartial opinion of these popular furniture pieces from well-known retailers.

68. The Barn Room Dressed for Summer – For the Love of a House

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The summer romance of her New Hampshire barn room comes to life with Joan’s pictorial post. The shiplap paneled space features soft neutrals, rustic touches, exquisite lighting, comfortable seating and inspiring artwork. This casual and perfectly appointed space gets our seal of approval for the ultimate summer room.

69. The Loft Amsterdam | Winter Edition – Vosgesparis

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The star of this post is a loft situated in an old vaudeville theater located in Amsterdam’s city center. The conservatory-style windows provide a view of the canal and light up the 26-foot high ceilings. The cavernous space feels surprisingly warm and cozy even in winter. Loft #2, as it is known, is impeccably styled and serves as a periodic conceptual pop-up shop as part of The Playing Circle.

70. Decorate a Wall with Pictures – Home Shabby Home

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Wall decoration fascinates Mara. In this post she conducts a mini class that demonstrates how to display a range of artwork in any space. She focuses on gallery-style arrangements over sofas, desks and beds that completely change the look of a room. You don’t need to be fluent in Italian to get the drift of this post. Her photo gallery tells the story.

71. Accent Wall Inspiration – Coco + Kelly

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Cassandra is a darling of the home decor/lifestyle blog genre. Her post about accent wall colors struck a chord with us because it’s something everyone can do and doesn’t cost a fortune. Paint provides instant gratification and is utterly transformative. Her choice of images showcases a variety of beautiful colors that create emphasis without overwhelming the spaces.

72. To Tuft or Not To Tuft – Color Outside the Lines

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This is a fantastic example of what you can accomplish even if you live in a rental. Artie is one clever decorator who transformed a dark and dingy apartment into a magazine-worthy home. His design sense is impeccable. His post gave us a wealth of wonderful decorating ideas. Whether you rent or own, you’ll thank us for this one.

73. The Way We Live: A Haverhill Mansion – Cocoon Home

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Debra is a designer who loves texture, botanicals and mixed patterns. So it’s no wonder this home of an old Massachusetts friend appeals to her. The mansion skillfully weaves history with heirlooms and creativity to provide an unexpected twist on New England tradition. The eclectic and welcoming environment is definitely worth a click and a tour.

74. 6 Must-Have Picture Hangers for Art and Wall Decor – Teal and Lime

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This may not bring about world peace, but Jackie certainly rocked our world with this post. How many times have you attempted to hang art and decorative items only to end up with a bunch of nail holes in the drywall? Worry no more. Jackie has selected 6 hangers that will change your life for the better. We’ve personally used two of her choices and can vouch for their performance and ease of use.

75. Style Advice – Make an Entrance – Home Styling

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Ana is a former TV producer, decorator and blogger from Portugal. We think her gallery of foyers is an indispensable resource to help you create a welcoming and sophisticated introduction to your home. Remember, your front entry forms the first impression of your home to guests, so it’s critical to get things off to a good start. From gorgeous wall coverings to elegant console tables she leaves nothing to chance.

76. Coastal Style Blog – House of Turquoise

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Yes Erin, we are drooling because we adore the color turquoise and coastal style as much as you. In this mesmerizing post, she gives us a sneak peak into Coastal Style, a home, fashion and lifestyle blog by Australian interior designer Melissah. The images of her turquoise-filled beach house fit right into Erin’s niche. It’s a look that’s forever summer and drop dead gorgeous.

77. An Architect’s Attic Apartment with Custom Furniture – Home Designing

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This apartment is loft living at its finest. It could be anywhere in the world, but just so happens to be located in Sophia, Bulgaria. An architect and interior designer pair put their mark on the small and inviting space. The historical nature of the building gives the apartment much of its rugged yet sophisticated personality.

78. Laura’s Living Room: Ikea Billy Bookshelves Hack – The Makerista

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OMG, this is the most brilliant hack we’ve seen in recent memory! Gwen, with the help of her client’s carpenter friend, took basic old Billy bookcases from IKEA and transformed them into an elegant built-in bookcase wall complete with a rolling library ladder. Swooning. Over. This. Hack.

79. Megan Czaj’s Oblio stool is designed for people who can’t sit still – Confessions of a Design Geek

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Are you a kinesthete? In other words, are you one of people who need to be in constant motion in order to be productive? If so, or if you’re just geeky about cutting-edge furniture design, you will go nuts over the stool that helps keep you moving while seated. Kate introduces us to this amazingly simple design that might just take the office furniture world by storm.

80. DC Design House 2015 – My Notting Hill

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Sit back, relax and let Michelle guide you on the ultimate interior design tour though the annual DC Design House in McLean, Virginia. The home is a new build that captures the spirit of an old American farmhouse replete with contemporary finishes and decor. We like to call these “idea homes” because they provide tons of inspiration and motivation to make changes in our homes. We bet you’ll be planning a few changes of your own by the time you scroll through the gallery.

81. 4 Interior Design Trends for 2016 – Thrifty Home

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Becky pulled out her crystal ball to share what’s new on the interior design front for next year. This is a great little post and just enough to whet our appetite. Now we’re anxious to find out what other trends are on the horizon for 2016. You’ll seem like a real visionary by using these ideas in your home right now—remember, there’s no time like the present!

82. Flashback Friday: Boiling the Paint off Door Hardware – Brooklyn Limestone

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Here’s a fabulous DIY project from the past that Stefanie reposted this year. If you have inherited or purchased antique door hardware that is crusted with age and layers of stubborn paint, this tutorial will make quick work of removing all the gunk and grime. She said it’s one of her first posts and apologizes for the bad photography and formatting. We think it’s easy to follow and looks great!

83. The Folding Game – The Designer Pad

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You know what comes to mind when you think about folding tables and chairs? Institutional eyesores that are common at business meetings and the occasional wedding reception. Why can’t someone create stylish folding furniture? They’re here and now and resemble beautiful origami crafted from wood, plastics and aluminum. Eduardo gives us a taste of these unique, elegant and functional designs in this featured post.

84. Kate McHugh’s Earthy, Modern Silver Lake Home – Old Brand New

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Dabito is a Renaissance man and cultural influencer in the world of design. His blog and lifestyle melds old with new which is why he caught our eye. This particular post is what we think epitomizes his design philosophy. Interior designer McHugh’s home combines vintage and a hint of glam. Dabito describes it as “stories told in the union of old and new.”

85. A Unique and Fresh Copenhagen Residence – Nordic Design

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Scandinavian design is extremely popular and has captured our heart, but it can tend to be a bit boring in its monochrome blandness. Catherine shares this fabulously unique Nordic home styled by the multifaceted design firm, Spatial Code. What makes this one so unique? One word: color.

86. A Tiny House in Indiana – House*Tweaking

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Blog creator Dana admits to being “slightly obsessed” with tiny houses. What a coincidence? We are too! These diminutive homes have everything one needs, but on a really small scale. They’re a fraction of the price of a conventional home and will cost even less if you take it off-grid. The featured couple and their tiny home success story may be the impetus you need to downsize and join the movement!

87. Working Your Styling Skills Outside – Abigail Ahern

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London-based interior designer, Abigail Ahern has made a mark for herself by pushing “the boundaries to totally reinvent spaces” and to inspire others to create their perfect home. She’s obsessed with interiors and that includes bringing the best of the indoors out. This idea-packed post shows you how she styles outdoor spaces with the same elements you’d use inside your home. Complete with yummy images and descriptions.

88. Casa Zinc: Reclaimed Hotel Design – COCOCOZY

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Coco takes us to a magical boutique hotel in La Barra, Uruguay totally constructed and decorated with found objects collected over a 30-year period. One of our writers lived near La Barra for several years but sadly never made it to Casa Zinc for a visit. Both you and she will be enchanted by its vintage charm and welcoming appeal. We would love to have a house just like it!

89. A Classic Hamptons House on Further Lake Farm – Hooked on Houses

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If you’re hooked on touring houses of the famous and the ordinary then Julia’s blog will fulfill your desires. This popular post whisks us off to a traditional shingled house in the Hamptons. Some may consider it a farmhouse, but once you see it, the word estate might be a better description for the 17,000 square foot home built on 5.8 acres in East Hampton, New York.

90. White and Gray Wall Mural – A Perfect Gray

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This is a quirky little post that shows us the same wall mural installed five different ways. The etched landscape from Anthropologie has a vintage quality and would make an artistic statement in any room. We challenge you to choose the one you like best and find the perfect spot to hang this handsome mural in your home.

91. It’s Hip to Hang: Bedside Lighting – Design Lovers Blog

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Everyone’s been crushing on pendant lighting this year. Why not free up the space on your nightstands and create a hip vibe with trendy pendants? Jill offers up a number of creative pendant ideas that convey vintage, industrial, boho, traditional, country and modern style. Whichever one you choose, these pendants will light your bedside in style.

92. Master Bath Reveal – Amy Meier Design

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Imagine the ideal his and hers bathroom. What does it consist of? Amy takes us into a master bathroom she completed for her lucky clients. This bath is nothing short of amazing with cabochon flooring, a custom iron shower enclosure, salvaged marble and dreamy alabaster globe pendant lighting. The outcome is a traditional space that is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine.

93. The Klein’s First Home + Before Photos – Oh, I Design

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Jessica came up with a genius idea that could help us all when moving into a new home. She took pictures of each room and made notations right on the photos of all the intended changes such as backsplash, paint, flooring, appliances, fixtures and window coverings. This post is a game changer that will make your move, renovations and decorating go much smoother.

94. Juliette – Leibal

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After spending a few minutes looking through Leo’s posts you’ve probably figured out he’s crazy about minimalism in architecture, interiors, furniture and products. He features the Juliette house as another example of modern simplicity. The Montreal residence was constructed around an 1880 building. Little of the original structure is visible from the interior—except perhaps for the masonry wall in the stairwell.

95. 16 Kitchens with Black Kitchen Cabinets Done 16 Different Ways – Sarah Sarna Home Decor

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You would have to be totally fearless to install black cabinets in a kitchen. As Sarah says, “A black kitchen is not for the faint of heart or the design novice.” But we have to admit they’re beyond fantastic. Let’s not think about the greasy fingerprints or scuff marks. Just enjoy this post filled with the most gorgeous black kitchens you’ll ever see!

96. A Gracious Houston Home – La Dolce Vita

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Houston designer Paloma Contreras takes us on a whirlwind tour of a stylish Woodlands home tastefully appointed by her close friend Brian Fontenot. The architecture and interior design looks as though it should reside in an older, more refined neighborhood in the city rather than the suburbs of Houston. Paloma describes it as fresh, timeless and elegant. We concur.

97. This Teenager’s Room Has Built-in Bed and Storage for Almost Everything – The Contemporist

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This room is the dream of every parent who is raising a teenager. Most teen rooms are a dumping ground for almost everything. It’s virtually impossible to get them to put their belongings away…unless they have a super cool space like this one with a built-in bed and storage everywhere.

98. Blue and White with Elissa Cullman, Victoria Hagan, Andrew Brown, J+G Design, Rollins Ingram and Ralph Lauren – The Pink Pagoda

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Blue and white is considered a classic combination for the home. It can express elegance, a casual vibe or even a playful air. Use a little or a lot to express your design personality. Something as simple as blue glassware in a white kitchen can create a fresh and carefree look. TPP’s post shares a gallery of rooms and vignettes by top designers to get you into the blue-and-white mood.

99. 20 Quirky Floor Poufs – Message Note

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Get your floor pouf love on by checking out Ksena’s post that features 20 of the funkiest on the planet! Whether you choose a pouf for the kids, pets or adult seating, you’ll get a kick out of her whimsical and upscale selections. We want them all!

Small White Kitchen Ideas

Surrender to the beauty of white kitchen cabinets.

White kitchen cabinets pose a conundrum. They are beautiful, add light to the darkest of kitchens and work with any decorating scheme.

However, they can show stains. Fortunately, a monthly cleaning with a solution of warm water, baking soda and vinegar will keep those cabinets shiny. Go ahead, wave the white flag, surrender to the beauty of white kitchen cabinets.

Corner Pantry

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Homeowners who like to entertain should follow the lead of this white and bright corner pantry. The upper glass-front cabinets are the perfect place to display your coveted China collection while the beadboard front bottom cabinets are a stylish place to stash your linens and other kitchen supplies.

Modern and Bright

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These homeowners know how to properly use white kitchen cabinets. The white raised paneled cabinetry pop against the creamy-white walls and the the green granite countertop is the perfect balance for the black appliances. The decorative baskets on the top of the upper cabinets fill in the dead space and add a shot of color.

Luxurious and Contemporary

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Contemporary touches are found throughout this kitchen. Features such as the upscale oven with raised burner cooktop and the double sink, each with its own faucet, lend convenience and style. The white cabinetry stand out against the tile backsplash which perfectly incorporates the kitchen’s other two colors, the tan walls and stainless steel appliances.

Wine, Anyone?

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Wow. This kitchen makes a major design impact. The innovative use of windows instead of a traditional backsplash paired with the glass door to the wine closet is enough to make anyone swoon. The white cabinetry paired with the white walls lends a sense of calm while the ornate gold pendant lighting add a slight touch of drama.

Small and Stylish

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This small kitchen doesn’t skimp on the design details. The refrigerator blends in because it’s covered by cabinet panels which match the other panels. The butcher block countertop serves as both a cutting board and serving surface. The use of stainless steel for the appliances, cabinet handles and ventilation hood provides a sense of cohesion.

Airy and Modern

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This kitchen may only have lower cabinetry, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking for storage space. The everyday appliances are easily accessible on section of countertop, leaving the remainder of countertop open for prepping and serving meals. The blond-colored tile floor and light brown tile wall keeps the space feeling modern and airy.

Modern Loft

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Thoughtful designer touches abound in this small kitchen. The combination of flat-paneled white cabinetry and white walls help the kitchen feel spacious. The matching stainless steel sink, stove and cooktop provide sleek cohesion. The rich dark tones of the countertop gives the entire space a contemporary feel.

Trendy and Cool

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Any avant garde chef would be right at home in this kitchen. The sleek flat-paneled white cabinets combined with the double ovens make this space feel and look more like a food lab than a homey kitchen. The room’s major feature, the cylindrical ventilation hood, is both an art statement and much-needed appliance.

Family Kitchen

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This family kitchen is ready for anything. Imagine making your favorite recipes in this stylish, yet comfortable kitchen. The classic style cabinets work nicely with the contemporary stove with raised burner cooktop. The use of beadboard on the side of the cabinets adds an unexpected country feel.

New yet Retro

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Retro touches blend in seamlessly with modern conveniences in this professionally designed kitchen. The antique pendant lighting, vintage-inspired valance and display of treasured China are the retro touches that make this modern kitchen stand out. Thoughtful design touches, such as the red stove knobs that match the red dutch oven, add a shot of whimsy.

White on White

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White cabinets bring light to this otherwise dark corner. This corner kitchen unit looks bright and spacious due to the fact that the appliances are white and match the cabinetry and walls. A few assorted decorative items and kitchen tools bring in some colors that break up the monochromatic palette.

Chic Country

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Where to begin? This chic country kitchen has it all: an abundance of custom white cabinetry in both the kitchen and the pantry, marble countertops, plus restaurant-quality stove and refrigerator. The addition of natural and artificial greenery and plants bring nature inside and the dark hardwood floors lend a subtle country touch.

Modern and Spacious

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This futuristic kitchen is the ideal blend of functionality and style. The two distinct cooking surfaces allow for multiple cooks to easily work together and the expansive side-by-side refrigerator-freezer can store a month’s worth of supplies. The large island, a portion of which floats over four acrylic stools, doubles as a prepping and entertaining space.

Wooden Wonder

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This kitchen will stop you in your tracks. The use of white flat-paneled cabinetry creates a soothing, spa-like atmosphere when used in this wood-planked room. The peninsula is home to the undermount sink and induction cooktop as well as a quirky pass-through. This pass-through under the peninsula reveals a section of cube-shaped storage.

Black and White

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Behold this sleek, spacious and modern kitchen. The cabinetry, walls and countertop are all white, but this space is far from boring. The ultra-modern ventilation hood is also white, but notice how the Plexiglas shield mimics the black grids of the cabinetry. Masterful!

Country Family Kitchen

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The pairing of white cabinetry with white marble countertops elevate this kitchen from charming to glamorous. Strategic use of the color red, such as for the canisters and picture frame, make these decorative accents stand out.

Style and Function

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This kitchen is a place to get stuff done. You can cook dinner on the restaurant-style cooktop, bake bread in one of the ovens, take care of paperwork at the built-in desk and talk to four family members at the same time. The false cabinet panels over the cabinetry make the cabinets appear larger than they are as well create a regal look.

Fun and Funky

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The mix of white lower cabinets and frosted glass-front upper cabinets creates a kitchen that is fun and functional. Funky features include the chartreuse accessories, futuristic ventilation hood and the upper glass-front cabinets that you flip up to open.

Round the Corner

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This kitchen makes the most of the space it’s in. White walls, cabinetry and backsplash create a calm, serene environment that is enhanced by the touches of dark woodwork. The woodwork is continued on the corner wall, which is also home to built-in wine storage cubbies.

Classic Details

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Classic details abound in this kitchen. Note the tile floor, marble backsplash and vintage-inspired stove. The use of gray trim on the white cabinetry not only lends a patina but matches the stainless steel details of the appliances. The view of the veranda only enhances the beauty of this dream kitchen.

Working Kitchen

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Imagine the meals you and your fellow gourmands could create in this space. There’s ample amounts of countertop space where one could work, as well as spaces dedicated to certain tasks. Check out the workspace where one could whip up bread or cookie dough with the Kitchenaid mixer. The stainless steel backsplash lends a commercial kitchen feel.

Cabinets Galore

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This kitchen has no shortage of functional and stylish cabinetry. The use of white cabinetry around the room’s perimeter contrasts beautifully to the brown cabinetry used for the kitchen island. The homeowners’ choice to use under cabinet, recessed and pendant lighting brings in ample light to this large space.

Fantastic Flat-Panels

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Sleek and stylish, this kitchen packs a lot into a small space. The use of floor-to-ceiling cabinets on either end anchor this space and allow for the workspace to be centrally located. The small cooktop and sink require smart and efficient use of both cookware and dishware.


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Retro-Inspired touches abound in this small kitchen. White subway tiles amplify the classic feel of the classic white cabinetry. High-end touches such as marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and raised-burner stove lend style which is only amplified by the display of antique tea cups. The vintage pendant lights beautifully finish the space.

Modern and Upscale

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Upscale and modern touches such as the high-end stove and marble backsplash make this kitchen swoon-worthy. The ventilation hood covered by white cabinetry that matches the other cabinetry is a skillful design touch. The gleaming hardwood floor lends warmth.

Gorgeous Family Kitchen

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Wow. This family kitchen doesn’t scrimp on the gorgeous and timeless details. The subway tile, featuring several shades of light gray and cream, not only complement the classic white cabinetry but the high-end stainless steel appliances too. Details, such as the space for stools to be tucked in under the kitchen island, provide for extra floor space when family isn’t visiting the cook.

A Home Cook’s Dream

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This classic kitchen is a home cook’s dream. The large double-sided refrigerator and freezer unit provides enough space for several months worth of food while the raised-burner cooktop is a gourmand’s dream cooking space. The abundance of solid slab stone countertop provides tons of style and usable workspace.

Modern Luxury Dining Room Decor

Create a dining room reminiscent of a European villa, Park Avenue penthouse or grand country estate.

When it comes to taking on a Modern Luxury Dining Room Decor makeover, you have some big decisions to make that will impact the overall look and feel of the space. Furniture pieces, wall color, lighting, and flooring are probably the most important choices, as they will set the tone of the room. Furniture placement will determine if your dining room feels intimate or expansive. Artwork and accessories are the finishing touches that give your dining room its distinctive personality.

Beyond the physical elements, a deluxe dining room needs the inspiration to bring your design vision to fruition. Let your imagination run wild and create a dining room reminiscent of a European villa, Park Avenue penthouse or grand country estate. The choice is up to you. To help the cause, we’ve combed the vast reaches of the design universe to share our favorite dining rooms, which are certain to spark plenty of sumptuous design ideas.

Tuscan Tableau

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A Tuscan style dining room is the perfect environment to share special times with family and friends. Create warmth and comfort through rich wood tones, natural stone flooring, Italian-inspired pottery and artwork featuring beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and vineyards.

Formal Flair

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Even the smallest touch of pattern on chairs can brighten up a dining space. Luxurious upholstery in a contemporary floral keeps the traditional table and chairs from feeling too old-fashioned. The oversized scrollwork chandelier creates the sculptural centerpiece of the dining room.

British Colonial Feel

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Bring the exotic and romantic mood of British Colonial style to your dining room. The tropical feel is the product of Great Britain’s world dominance during the 19th century. Influences from India, East Africa and the West Indies give this room the look of well-traveled refinement.

Traditional Luxe

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This dining room has all the traditional elements we love. The gold colored walls are a throwback to the days of royalty, adding a sense of luxury that isn’t seen much anymore. The mahogany Duncan Phyfe dining table, dramatic mirror, sumptuous silk curtains and crystal chandelier create drama beyond compare.

Chocolate and Cream

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Luxurious dining rooms come in many forms. Take this transitional gem, for example. The monochromatic mocha tones with a splash of cream in the accessories and dining benches make for a dining room oozing with casual sophistication.

Mixed Seating

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Wingback head chairs and Louis-style chairs at the same table might seem a little intimidating. Although, these traditional and antique pieces mix nicely when there is a unifying element such as color. This dining room keeps it light and airy with a neutral palette and hints of soft blue.

Open Plan Dining

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In this urban townhouse, a color scheme of blue, brown and white is paired with brushed brass, dark wood and natural stone flooring. This combination gives the dining room a cool, elegant vibe. Transitional furniture pieces bridge the gap between dining and living spaces.

Pomp and Circumstance

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Symmetry can make a dining room feel downright fancy. This room looks like a formal banquet hall just by incorporating the principles of formal symmetry – where each side of the room mirrors the other. The symmetry is also found on the table itself with matching floral centerpieces positioned at either end of the table.

Circular Theme

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This dining room was not original to the home. The small space was actually a first-floor bedroom. The homeowners added wainscoting to the walls and painted out the fireplace in bright white. The black-and-white color palette creates wonderful contrast and the repeating circles throughout the room ties everything together.

Color Attraction

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The curves of these parsons chairs are the perfect fit for this contemporary dining room. The mix of patterns and solids break up space and the unexpected addition of the blush area rug gives the dining room a luxurious feel.

Spanish Colonial Vibe

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The ironwork of the dining room chandelier and carved wood detail references the Spanish Colonial architecture of this Los Angeles home. The vintage dining table is paired with hand carved chairs from Mexico creating an inviting space for dining and entertaining.

Ethereal Feel

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Light and airy was the direction from the homeowner to the designer. The dark contemporary dining table and the white upholstered chairs is really all that’s needed to create a simply luxurious dining room. Sumptuous curtain panels and fairy-like chandelier combine to highlight this otherworldly space.

Antique Accents

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Layers are the way to go when incorporating antiques into your dining room design. You don’t want it to look and feel like a museum, so include layers of color, texture and lighting to give new life to vintage furniture pieces.

Gray All The Way

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Light gray walls, matching window treatments and a white table are perfect for this light-filled room above the city. Keep the look grounded with some texture like these classic upholstered dining chairs in rich charcoal velvet.

Teal Feel

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A deep walnut table and upholstered teal chairs complement this dining room’s peacock blue and cream color palette. The circular detail in the tray ceiling mimics the shape of the table and a sparkling chandelier provides just the right tough of luxury in the elegant space.

Regency Respite

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The pretty curves of the chairs and dining table made this room cohesive without feeling too formal. The elaborate wallpaper pattern is coordinating, rather than competing with the simple lines of the room.

Outdoor Essence

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The lines between indoor and outdoor completely blur thanks to the architect who wanted homeowners to enjoy al fresco dining while inside. To make the connection complete, the colors in the room pick up the hues of the sand and surf in view just beyond the terrace.

Room of Substance

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A hand carved buffet and antique French chairs with paisley upholstery grace the expansive dining room table. At the windows, panels of open weave linen add a casual note to this formal dining room.

Luxurious Decor

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Too much wood in a small dining room can be a bit overwhelming. Think carefully about the pieces you bring in. This homeowner added off-white upholstered chairs and curtains to keep things from becoming too visually heavy. A handsome addition to this space would be a neutral area rug to break up the wood flooring.

European Elegance

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A grand chandelier hangs above the dark mahogany table in this formal dining room. The Aubusson rug was made to complement the fabrics, flooring and wall treatment. The massive fireplace warms the space and adds loads of atmosphere.

Uptown Glamour

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A chair rail and wainscoting were painted crisp white to provide a classically tailored background for the upholstered chairs, silver leafed sideboard and espresso dining table. Traditional, antique and contemporary mix together beautifully in this dining room.

Soft and Sweet

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The designer of this dining room installed a reflective blush and pewter wallcovering to give the space sparkle and feminine sensibility. At night with the chandelier light, the walls have a soft reflective quality that adds to the romance of the room.

By the Fire

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Focal points like the fireplace and multi tier chandelier really stands out when the dining room is tailored and sophisticated. Gray walls, upholstered swoop arm chairs, a glass table and dark wood floors create a cozy, yet luxurious dining space.

Statement Lighting

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There’s nothing quite like a dining room with a grand ceiling fixture. This Mediterranean dining room tucked beside by the grand staircase features an amazing reproduction based on an antique lighting fixture spotted in Rome.

Classic Design

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Gorgeous antique cane back dining chairs with bamboo detailing look beautiful with the ebony trestle table. Luxurious silk curtains flank the stunning view and add a hint of color and texture to the neutral dining room.

Ornate Space

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Matching the coffered ceiling with your accent wall creates a sense of cohesiveness in a dining room that borrows from variety of design styles. The muted russet paint color picks up reddish undertones in the furniture and flooring.

Proper Elegance

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Just like the morning sun peeking through cottony white clouds, this dining room color palette is a lucky coincidence. When the designer brought in these sunny yellow chairs, the mood of the room completely changed and instantly went from subdued to cheery.

Multi Purpose Room

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You probably don’t need a formal dining room 24/7/365. This example is perfect for hosting holiday get-togethers, yet cozy enough for lounging after dinner on a Sunday afternoon. If you’re short on real estate in other rooms, bring accent seating into the dining room to create additional living space.

Aubergine Dream

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This deep color could be viewed as a daring choice for a dining room. To keep the room from feeling too closed in, add contrasting molding to break up the dark color. The combination of ecru and eggplant gives the room a stately feel.

Aquatic Backdrop

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Nothing makes a dining room more inviting than a custom harvest table big enough to accommodate large family dinners. To keep the wood paneled room light, the homeowner chose slender upholstered chairs in cream and created an impressive wall aquarium as a focal point.

Subtle Touches

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This dining room is tricky because it is so open. The modern, white lacquer dining table and crystal chandelier in aqua delineate the space. The graceful lines and nailhead trim of the contemporary chairs give the dining room certain savoir-faire.

Regal Repast

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Luxurious fabrics on the table, chairs and curtains give this dining room a sense of grandeur. The inlay flooring, trim molding and etched glass wall add a stylish twist when paired with the bold color palette of red, black, gold and white.

Brilliant Light

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This monochromatic room is anything but dull with its soft, reflective wallpaper, mirrored wall and sophisticated touches of black. The sparkle from the chandelier adds just the right amount of glamour.

Dining Drama

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The dining room of this Toronto penthouse mixes modern, whimsical and traditional elements to create a way out take on luxury. The interpretive Louis chairs, black lacquer buffet, and fringed chandelier create a space Phillipe Starck would love.

Casual Luxury

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This dining room has room for a small round table and four chairs. That’s all. The designer decided to give this tight space character by concentrating on the fifth wall. Much can be done to add style to a ceiling with wallpaper, coffering or a beautiful tray effect like this one.

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Create a dining room that will rival the best eateries in town.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.