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Publication Date: 2016-10-25


10 Dining Room Design Ideas

Whether your taste is modern glam or vintage inspired, you'll be sure to find design inspiration in this roundup of our favorite dining rooms created by top talents.


1. Casual Elegance. The dining room is the first thing you see when you enter this suburban Chicago family farmhouse. Interior design firm Lewis Giannoulias used a grasscloth wall covering, an antique farm table, comfortable chairs and flowing drapes set the stage for an intimate dinner party, a holiday blowout or anything in between. See more of the home here>

2. A Contemporary Update. For this bucolic 1920's home in Seattle's leafy Magnolia neighborhood, Brian Paquette created a space that was modern yet family-friendly. In the dining room, the team played off the leaded windows with custom wall sconces by Jason Koharik. A custom color version of Paquette's Nantes wallpaper from Studio Four NYC graces the walls and is paired with ombre drapes by Zak+Fox. The dining chairs are by Nickey Kehoe, and the chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman. The end result is a contemporary look that works within the historical context of the home. See more of the home here>

3. Vintage Detailing. Interior designer Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis used a mix of modern and traditional styles in this clean-lined home located in Coconut Grove, Florida. Jonathan Adler’s floral striped wallcovering provides a vintage foil for antiques and family heirlooms in the dining room, including a rock crystal chandelier and a 1940’s sideboard from Susan R. Lifestyle Boutique. See more of the home here>

4. Sleek & Sculptural. To refresh this apartment located in Manhattan's ​famed ​Apthorp Building, architecture and interior design firm Elias Associates ​chose bold color and modern furnishings. In the dining room, the Saarinen marble-topped dining table and sculptural chairs were the starting point for the design and create a modern contrast to the classical architectural elements of the space. A 1950's Gino Sarfatti light fixture and Warp & Weft's color-blocked Horizon Adriatic rug round out the look. See more of the home here>

5. Unexpected Artwork. In the dining room of her Alamo, California, home, designer Kriste Michelini added visual interest with Sarah A. Smith's art installation on the far wall and David Weeks' sculptural mobile light fixture. Completing the space are a traditional parquet table, Design Within Reach's Bottega chairs and a bench by HenryBuilt. See more of the home here>

6. A Sense of History. In the dining room of this 1730's Westchester home, the original built-in wooden cabinet and wood panel floors were polished back to life. Designer Kara Mann re-covered two Victorian wicker chairs, which are from Chicago’s Revival, with green leather upholstery for a more modern look. The dining table is from Rose Tarlow. See more of the home here>

7. Custom Accents. For this waterfront home just outside New Orleans, architect Ken Tate and designer Ann Holden combined elements that are typical of French Louisiana architecture with details that have a distinctly French West Indies-inspired look. In the formal dining room, the walls are covered in a hand painted canvas mural created by Gracie and Sons in New York City that features a sepia-toned depiction of the Louisiana swampland. The artist was flown over the actual swamps for a first-hand viewing. See more of the home here>

8. A Fireplace Focal Point. The dining room is the jewel of this Greenwich, Connecticut, home by Harrison Design with its many facets of fine detail and restrained ornamentation. Arched, mirrored doors flank the painted wood paneled fireplace and lead to a silver closet on the left and a butler’s pantry on the right. The antiqued-mirror Chippendale paneled wainscot is carried around the room and fireplace. See more of the home here>

9. Luxurious Finishes & Textures. In the formal dining room of this Malibu home, design firm Platner & Co paired its Noir dining table and silver leaf buffet with delicate 20th century Charles X style crystal chandeliers from Therien. The lacquered dining chairs are upholstered in Peggy Platner silk fabric, and the rug is custom designed by Tai Ping. Artwork by Picasso hangs above the buffet. See more of the home here>

10. A Flexible Layout. In this Miami Beach home, interior designer Charlotte Dunagan of Dunagan Diverio Design Group knew the focus would be the client's collection of colorful paintings and sculptures. In the dining room, a striking painting by Julio Larraz is the centerpiece while dual Bon dining tables with custom Monica James armchairs allow for flexibility. A pass through window from the adjacent kitchen provides views of the water. See more of the home here>


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