18 Stunning Dining Rooms That'll Make You Want to Entertain Every Weekend

And just might inspire your next makeover.

Mike Garten

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!

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Casey Dunn
Colorful Runner

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.

Shop a similar look: runner, $15,

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Jason Hartog
Vibrant Curtains

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.

Shop a similar look: curtains ($25 and more, ), table and bench (), leather chair, ($200, ), chandelier ($574, ) 

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Emily Johnston
Statement Lighting

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.

Shop a similar look: gold globe pendant, $63 and more,

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Max Kim-Bee
Table Pride

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. 

Shop a similar look: upholstered chairs, $345 for a 2-pack,

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Max Kim-Bee
Trendy Chairs

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. 

Shop a similar look: transparent chairs, $175 for a 2-pack,

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Alec Hemer
Rustic Bench

Tone down an ornate heirloom table with a knotted wood plank. Top it with a plush cushion or a pillow for added comfort.

Shop a similar look: bench, $150,

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Farm-to-Table Nook

Your breakfast table gets extra charming with the combination of metal bistro-style chairs and farm-style vintage seating. 

Shop a similar look: bistro chairs, $162,

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James Merrell
Dinner Table Sectional

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!

Shop a similar look: sectional, $680,

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Max Kim-Bee
Outside Inspiration

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!

Shop a similar look: orb chandelier, $145,

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Buff Strickland
Classic Colors

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.

Shop a similar look: chairs, $109 for a 2-pack,

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Roger Davies
Functional Island

Swap out a block island for one that has ample seating (or a dining table), then hang stunning fixtures.

Shop a similar look: yellow bar stools, $104,

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Francesco Lagnese
Playful Plaid

Give formal seats a playful edge by painting them in a happy hue (orange!) and covering the cushions in a preppy tartan print.

Shop a similar look: chairs, $285,

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Jane Beiles
Oversized Art

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.

Shop a similar look: oversized art, $32 and more,

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Kate Osbourne
Tablescape Decor

This vibrant Utah home's dining room is cool in color palette, but achieves serious impact with a unique jar centerpiece. 

Shop a similar look: white jar set, $36 for a 3-pack,

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Justice Darragh
Opposites Attract

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.

Shop a similar look: table, $1,499,

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Contrasting Colors

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.

Shop a similar look: chairs, $109,

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Jacob Snavely
Nautical Decor

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?

Shop a similar look: blue chairs, $232 for a 4-pack,

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Driven By Decor
Buffalo Print

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.

Shop a similar look: runner, $15 and more,

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