Everyone gathers around the table for meals, which is why this is a space you want to feel proud of — no matter the size. Reclaim it from that stack of mail!
The easiest way to spruce up your dining room based on your mood: Create a neutral design, then keep an assortment of colorful runners around to add a pop of color instantly.
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Even though the table and light fixtures in this room steal the show, it's the playful window treatments that bring the space to life and make it memorable.
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Just because your dining room is on the cozier side doesn't mean you have to skip on a bold sconce. This gold globe pendant makes a statement flying solo — and would look just as good as a trio over a larger dining room table or island.
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Gone are the days of matchy-matchy dining sets. Find a table you love, like the , then surround it with complementary chair pairings like ornate cane and plush upholstery.
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Create a clean look with transparent dining chairs (wipeable, so great for kids!). Then mix in a variety of textures, like matte-painted walls, a polished table and earthy jute blinds.
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Tone down an ornate heirloom table with a knotted wood plank. Top it with a plush cushion or a pillow for added comfort.
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Your breakfast table gets extra charming with the combination of metal bistro-style chairs and farm-style vintage seating.
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Fill a kitchen corner with a low profile couch (look for one covered in an easy-to-clean fabric like Sunbrella), then nestle in a square table. Genius!
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Instead of using the traditional dining room, escape to a more casual sunroom or screened-in seating area for a fresh approach to the dinner party. Guests will feel right at home in the relaxed space!
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The always-in-style combo of black and white acts as a great starting palette. From there, pop in playful accents like green and yellow.
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Swap out a block island for one that has ample seating (or a dining table), then hang stunning fixtures.
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Give formal seats a playful edge by painting them in a happy hue (orange!) and covering the cushions in a preppy tartan print.
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Take a tip from this Connecticut farmhouse by hanging a larger-than-life piece of art. Bonus tip: Hang art low so that it will be at eye-level when your guests are sitting.
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This vibrant Utah home's dining room is cool in color palette, but achieves serious impact with a unique jar centerpiece.
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This Toronto family wasn't afraid to mix rustic with luxe decor in their dining room — the combination of a blocky wood table with circular gold pendant lamps is surprisingly polished and fresh.
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White Thonet-style chairs juxtapose a dark wooden table in this Hoboken, New Jersey, apartment. The effect? A clean color palette with a timeless vibe.
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Our advice: Let beach houses be beach houses. Oceanic influences are obvious in this New Jersey beach house, and how dreamy is this multi-toned blue dining nook?
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couldn't resist this check pattern and we can see why. Try adding something optically pleasing to your dining room table — it's a perfect place to add some flair.
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