As well as this, it is important that your dining room interior matches your unique personal style and is adapted to your way of life, to ensure it is both livable and functional.
With options including modern open plan kitchen-diners and the more traditional separate room to dine in, there are lots of elements to consider when planning your dining area interior. Whether you dream of hosting an intimate soiree with close friends, or are looking for inspiration to incorporate a dining area into your kitchen, we’ve gathered plenty of dining room decor inspiration to help you out.
With its richly veneered walls and intrinsically curved doors, this grand dining room, designed by Keech Green for a client in North London, is evocative of a 1920s glamour — think F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Alabaster bowl, suspended from the ceiling, gives a soft glow, perfect for “moody” dinners, whilst the upholstered dining chairs (in gold and cream fabrics) not only complement the deep mahogany but are also comfortable enough to sit on for the longest of banquets. The painting in the background provides the perfect art-deco “coup de grace”.
Francesca Stone, Interior Designer
This dining room, with its relaxed and earthy tones, is the perfect venue for a dinner party or gathering. The smaller details bring the modern concepts together with plenty of black accents to draw your eye, without becoming dim and uncomfortable.
Samantha Morphew, Interior Designer
Here, the client’s brief was to achieve a hotel boutique vibe. A durable fabric was required on the dining chairs and they had to be hard wearing as my client had a young family. Morph Designs designed a bespoke dining table and upholstered the chairs in a bullet-proof wipeable fabric. A dresser was included in the room in order to store all the client’s dinner sets and appliances. The colour palette we used to achieve this look was pebble tones mixed with black. We chose to have the dresser finished to an ivory colour, which created a feature and neutral backdrop.
Adding wooden Venetian blinds created a slick appearance and avoided fabrics in the room. Chrome accessories such as lanterns, ceramic ginger jars and cabinetry handles visually popped and added extra glamour to the space. All surfaces used within this design were practical and hard wearing plus will look great for many years to come.
Tara Eghdam, Interior Designer
I love this dining room for its harmonious colour and sleek interior design. The stylish leather chairs stand out instantly, coordinating well with the neutral colour of the wall and flooring. The painting also accents the wall to complement the whole decor of this beautifully set-up dining room interior.
Zoe Durrant, Interior Designer
The comforting, tactile, simplicity of this soft light filled dining space just draws me in. I want to sit at that table with a coffee, just enjoying the peace. Conversely an evening meal with family/friends in a chilled relaxed state of mind, the gentle, calming colour scheme, and twinkling string lights open the way for deep meaningful conversation, or a hearty meal and a good laugh. This room says ‘come in, join me, recline, make yourself at home here with me, let’s break bread together’. I suspect the owner of this gorgeous room, Dutch blogger Judith Huls was thinking exactly that, its relaxed ambience carefully curated to enhance the light (so important in the northeastern hemisphere).
Soft tactile blond woods and plush lux elements in the accessories, soft furnishings and floor coverings add contrast and comfort to the scheme. Pick a chair according to your mood or recline on the lounger, the informal mismatched dining arrangement just adds further to the relaxed welcoming vibe. Hygge mission= accomplished.
Laura Pearson-Smith, A Life With Frills
I love this look as it is simple and chic. I love to throw themed dinners and events, and a design like this allows me to transform the space to create a different dining environment each time. For everyday use, it is clean and functional too.
Ksenia Pavlova, Interior Designer
Unless you purposely want to create a separate formal dining room, an open-plan solution where the dining area is linked to the kitchen is practical, flexible and maximises space. It allows families and friends to congregate around the table that is in the heart of a home. French doors leading to the garden or patio is excellent for summer barbeques. A built-in seat can be a fantastic addition as it is comfortable and provides some storage too.
Thomson Carpenter, Interior Designer
For this dining room at a stud-farm in New South Wales, Australia, I wanted to create a traditional albeit grand space, evocative of the client’s equestrian heritage in the United States. Lining the walls with a grass cloth by Ralph Lauren instantly warms the room, giving an almost earthy aspect to it. The curtains and chair (in blue fabrics by Colefax & Fowler) complement the wall covering, whilst the leather dining chairs (By Ralph Lauren) add a contrasting material/texture, therefore creating a layered effect. The “baronial” chandelier is by Vaughan and the floor lamp and side table by Nicholas Haslam; the equine painting is from the client’s private collection.
Olga Alexeeva, Black and Milk
For an understated luxury look, consider adding dark furniture in a neutral interior scheme. It creates dynamic in the room and halts attention on details. Wood is the material of choice for creating a homely laid-back environment. Here we used a dining table and chairs with simple soft curved shapes. Oversized pendants create a statement and separate the dining area in an open-plan space.