Dining Room Ideas and Designs

Brighton Period Townhouse
Brighton Period Townhouse
Elixir Interior Design
Ryan Wicks Photography
This is an example of a medium sized traditional kitchen/dining room in Sussex with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Современный Столовая
Современный Столовая
This is an example of a contemporary open plan dining room in London with white walls, carpet and grey floors.
HEREFORD RAOD
HEREFORD RAOD
Modern Architectural Practice
Photo of a medium sized contemporary dining room in London with banquette seating, brown walls, grey floors and wood walls.
Sandringham Road
Sandringham Road
Gresford Architects Ltd
Photo of a medium sized scandinavian dining room in Oxfordshire with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Lewes Concrete House
Lewes Concrete House
Chapter Eight Design | Interior Design Studio
Inspired by concrete skate parks, this family home in rural Lewes was featured in Grand Designs. Our brief was to inject colour and texture to offset the cold concrete surfaces of the property. Within the walls of this architectural wonder, we created bespoke soft furnishings and specified iconic contemporary furniture, adding warmth to the industrial interior.
Victorian Residence
Victorian Residence
Knox + Vox
Photo of a medium sized traditional enclosed dining room in Sussex with grey walls, painted wood flooring, a wood burning stove, a tiled fireplace surround and black floors.
Evans Kitchen Case Study
Evans Kitchen Case Study
Roundhouse
Roundhouse Urbo matt lacquer bespoke kitchen in Farrow & Ball Blue Black and Strong White with Burnished Copper Matt Metallic on wall cabinet. Worktop in Carrara marble and splashback in Bronze Mirror glass. Photography by Nick Kane
Rough sawn contemporary oak kitchen
Rough sawn contemporary oak kitchen
Culshaw Kitchen Makers
Riven engineered oak doors provide a striking effect on this contemporary kitchen. Silestone worktops around the perimeter of the kitchen contrast nicely with the grey worktop on the island unit. This kitchen features clever storage solutions including secondary drawers within drawers to keep the look uncluttered yet functional, lifting locker door with Blum Aventos HF hinges to give unrestricted access to the cabinet interior and internal larder racking that provides a stylish and practical storage solution. The kitchen also houses integrated appliances such as fridge freezer and dishwasher. A black AGA range provides heat and a Faber Northia hood takes care of the cooking extraction. A bespoke sideboard and shelves were also crafted for the dining area of the kitchen. Photos: Ian Hampson (www.icadworx.co.uk)
Contemporary Family Extension in South West London
Contemporary Family Extension in South West London
Magic Projects London Ltd
veronica rodriguez
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in London with white walls and beige floors.
SE24 - Dulwich Home
SE24 - Dulwich Home
Simon Whitehead Architects
This is an example of a large contemporary open plan dining room in London with light hardwood flooring and black floors.
After, Swallowfield Road, London SE7
After, Swallowfield Road, London SE7
Titman Design
Warren King Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary kitchen/dining room in London with white walls and white floors.
Stylish South Kensington, SW7
Stylish South Kensington, SW7
Jemimah Barnett
Photographer: Graham Atkins-Hughes | Art print via Desenio.com, framed in the UK by EasyFrame | Lava stone dining table from Swoon | Indigo upholstered dining chairs from West Elm | Round jute rug in 'Mushroom' from West Elm | Curtains and blinds in Harlequin fabric 'Fossil'. made in the UK by CurtainsLondon.com | Floor lamp & orchids from Coach House | Eichholtz 'Bernardi' chandelier in size 'large' via Houseology | Floors are the Quickstep long boards in 'Oak Natural', from One Stop Flooring
Bishops Row Dining Room
Bishops Row Dining Room
Octagon Developments
Design ideas for a large contemporary dining room in London with grey walls.
Pinheiro House
Pinheiro House
OVRLL
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in London with brown walls and beige floors.
Bookshelves, Cannonmills, Edinburgh
Bookshelves, Cannonmills, Edinburgh
Fernandes-Binns Architects
This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Edinburgh.
Apartment for Misha Andersen
Apartment for Misha Andersen
Anna Stathaki | Photography
©Anna Stathaki
Photo of a contemporary dining room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Newton Terrace
Newton Terrace
Habitus Design Ltd.
adding new chairs to complement existing vintage Ercol table, vintage sideboard modified to create AV unit, walls in Peignoir from Farrow and Ball, accent in Babouche
Clarkston Rd dining area
Clarkston Rd dining area
Karen Parry Architect
This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Glasgow.
Westbourne Gardens
Westbourne Gardens
Domus Nova
Photo of a scandinavian kitchen/dining room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace and beige floors.
Newly renovated Edwardian/Art Deco Period Home
Newly renovated Edwardian/Art Deco Period Home
Des Ewing Residential Architects
Large traditional kitchen/dining room in London with grey walls, concrete flooring and grey floors.
For many of us, our dining rooms are combined with our kitchens or living rooms and so it’s hard to give them a defined style or design, whereas many people who do have a separate dining room often overlook redesigning the space because it is used fairly infrequently. However, if you can make your dining room or dining room area an inviting but practical space to eat with friends and family, then you’ll have no excuse not to be the ever gracious dinner party host and make the most of your dining space.

Dining room ideas can range from the dramatic overhaul of layout, walls, doors, fireplaces or lighting features, to the refresh of furniture such as dining tables and chairs, or even smaller details such as dinnerware, cutlery, chair covers and small decorative features. So whether you are looking to completely redesign your dining room or you’re just looking for some dining room decorating ideas, you’re bound to find some inspiration from other homeowners, designers and stylists who’ve uploaded images of their dining rooms on Houzz.

How should I choose my dining room table?


Dining tables can be large, imposing pieces of furniture and so it’s a good idea to choose your table first and plan your decor around them. Comfort and ease of movement in dining rooms is key – even though we spend most of our time sitting, it’s preferable not to dine in cramped quarters (and crucial as a host to be able to move around the table to serve your guests). When choosing your dining room table, consider the number of people you expect to regularly seat – the perfect size for a dining table allows an intimate meal without feeling crowded. A round table leaves plenty of room for serving food at its centre, but a rectangular table is more flexible for seating extra guests at either end. If you’re after true versatility, drop leaf or extendable dining room tables are the most convenient option.

The material of your selected table will set the character of your room. Glass dining tables look sleek and modern, whilst a pine or oak dining table will lend dining rooms a rustic country vibe. For a more traditional dining table opt for a dark polished wood like mahogany. Check out all the dining room decorating ideas on Houzz to see how different materials of dining table are incorporated into different rooms.

What are the best dining chairs for my table?


If your table hasn’t been sold with matching chairs then you have some extra flexibility to select dining chairs that suit your desired dining room feel. For traditional dining rooms you will want to opt for a full set of high backed formal dining chairs, whether these are upholstered, leather or wood framed. If you are looking for a more informal dining room, then a selection of mismatched chairs in different materials such as moulded plastic and even metal can be a great way to achieve this. For a really relaxed dining experience, you could even opt for a full length bench, which has the additional advantage of saving space as it can be tucked away under the table when not in use.

How should I decorate my dining room?


Elegant, neutral palettes are the safest dining room decorating ideas for smaller rooms, creating a calm dining environment for your guests. Pattern in a dining room can be a great choice to create drama but in order to not overwhelm your guests you might want to stick to a few stand-out elements – for example, wallpaper, curtains or chair covers. If you are lucky enough to have a large formal dining room then you could consider bold, opulent shades for your walls to create a grander feel. Your tableware and serveware should ideally be chosen to coordinate with your decor choices, but if all else fails keep it white, bright and simple.

Lighting is also key to your dining room decor – aim for dimmable light that you can adjust to create the mood that will allow your guests to relax but still be able to see their food. Low pendant lights directly over the dining table are both practical and striking, or for large formal dining rooms you may want to opt for a traditional chandelier hung from the centre of the room. Additional wall sconces along the walls can be a great way to brighten up the room for late night dinner parties, and don’t forget how a couple of candles along your dining room table can add a delicate, finishing touch.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 720,232 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Roundhouse and Gresford Architects Ltd. Look through dining room photos in different colours and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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