In many homes, the dining room is often seen as a more formal, sometimes even stuffy, space in the house. Today’s modern families tend to take a more relaxed approach to getting together to eat, whether it’s dinner at the kitchen table, breakfast at a comfortable dinner, or lunch on kitchen island. Dining room tables appear to be reserved for lavish events and holiday celebrations.
However, we can learn a thing or two from world-renowned interior decorators, whose attention to the dining room speaks for itself – the dining room is special and must be the main center for entertainment and family gatherings. No matter your style, there are dining room decorations to suit your taste, from timeless elegance with quieter antiques and color palettes to taking the risk of designs with saturated colors or thick wallpapers. Designers find smart ways to make small spaces feel bigger and continue to dream of inspirational improvements for walls, lighting, furniture, and floors.
1. Stripes Ahead
After learning that his client’s favorite color is green, designer Andrew Howard looked for ways to incorporate green throughout this multilevel South Carolina region. Howard customizes Kravet and Stephen Floyd Design’s textured grass wallcoverings with bold lines that are bold to enliven the dining room. Neutral curtain fabric from Zak + Fox makes bright trim colors (Guacamole by Benjamin Moore).
2. Luminous Lacquer
In this Georgian brick-style house by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, classic blue lacquered walls and silver-paper ceilings reflect light from roaring fireplaces and antique chandeliers. Ceiling paper is by Brunschwig & Fils, and velvet lining by Schumacher.
3. Modern Revolution
The drums used by costumed members Williamsburg Fife and Drums Corp inspired a delightful blue and yellow palette in this dining room designer by Anthony Baratta for Colonial Williamsburg. The braided carpet from Capel Rugs enhances the color of the room. Trim paint is Damask Gold and bottom wall paint is Lafayette Blue, both by Benjamin Moore.
4. An Artful Mix
Modern meets traditional in this refined space, where designer David Scott pairs furniture made by contemporary artists, such as Zhipeng Tan’s desk and chandelier by glass master artist Jeff Zimmerman, with a French chalk painted chair in the 1790s. Natural textures, such as leather carpet from Doris Leslie Blau and wallpaper varnish raffia from Phillip Jeffries, decorate the room, while neutral curtains and trims from Holland & Sherry and sky-blue ceilings create a light and airy atmosphere. The painting is by Larry Poons.
5. Classic Blue & White
Stick to a simple color palette that allows designer Phoebe Howard to play with patterns in this Palm Beach dining room. Wallcoverings, inspired by 16th-century bedcover ottoman, by Katie Leede & Company. Carved dining chairs from Dennis & Leen, along with palm trees and plantations from Maitland-Smith and striped carpets, nod to the nearby beach.
6. Shine On
The varnished walls in the yellow shade of the school bus provide a stuffy atmosphere that is not too stuffy in the dining room of Long Island, New York since the beginning. Designer Katie Ridder strengthened the playful atmosphere by pulling rattan chairs from Janus et Cie onto carved wooden tables, from The Raj Company, and by jumping over rugs rather than choosing painted floors, inspired by Moroccan checkered tile patterns. The curtains came from Harbinger, and the chandelier from Avery & Dash.
7. Peaches and Green
This is Locust Valley, New York, a dining room by designer Meg Braff taking color cues from a pair of antique chinoiserie panels flanking the entrance. The punch table cloth by Lulu DK and the grass cloth wall coverings by Meg Braff Designs provide a relaxed contrast with more formal antiques, such as the Regency chair from Rumi Antiques, the Baltic crystal chandelier, and other decorations, such as green apple curtains. and mosquito nets, both in material from Holland & Sherry. Black lacquered credenza, by Jansen, grounds pastel space with sophisticated polish.
8. Seaside Elegance
In the Palm Beach dining room designed by Bunny Williams, sisal carpets specially painted by Stark subtly evoke the beach with big waves and chain patterns. Aqua blue walls are finished with custom colored Venetian plaster. A sleek and stylish table with a lifestyle side by side with antiques, such as the 18th-century Italian console and 19th-century English mahogany cabinet from Alexander Cohane. Contemporary art instills youthful vibes.
In the dining room designed by Charles Spada, the Boiserie panel frames the Creil plate collection. . Antique French chairs covered in leather. Blinds are cotton Marvic Textiles.
10. Paneled Perfection
In this dining room by designer Henri Samuel, eight French antique panels reflect the owner’s desire to collect. Russian pendant lamp. French chair with Le Manach silk. Strasbourg Strasbourg cabbage, French console, and Aubusson rugs, all antique. Table linens, Lygia Mattos. Windows in Veraseta silk.