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Publication Date: 2016-11-22

Design Insights

6 Experts on the Best Dining Room Design Ideas

With dining rooms playing such an important role around the holidays, we asked top designers to share with us their advice for creating a warm, welcoming look. Below, see the stylish rooms they've created along with details about how to design a standout space.


"I love a dining room that's quiet and intimate with soft light that encourages guests to spend hours talking. In this Los Angeles home, we wrapped the room in walnut paneling and chose klismos-style chairs, a form that has provided comfortable seating since ancient times."

Dan Fink, of Dan Fink Studio

“Introduce vintage pieces and unexpected accents to personalize a dining space. We used 19th century Portuguese tiles for the mantle surround; a 1920‘s Swedish silver-and-cut glass chandelier; and a set of vintage dining chairs covered in suede and velvet in this dining room in an effort to ‘de-spec’ what was, indeed, a new spec house. The live ferns on the horn plant stands bring additional life to this inviting space.”
Joe Nahem, of Fox-Nahem Associates

“Fabric wall coverings, rich drapery, and upholstered seating create a cozy, inviting feel in a dining room. The dining room above needed to be used for entertaining as well as weeknight dining, so it was designed to be both elegant and casual. This look was achieved with textured fabrics, like the deep plum silk velvet on the walls and soft cream taffeta curtains with embroidered edge, along with the off-center placement of the table, settee seating, and choice of sputnik flushmount instead of chandelier.”

Rinat Lavi, of Rinat Lavi Interiors

“Our clients were young and creating their first home together, so we chose classic pieces that could grow with them. We integrated their wonderful fresh and bohemian taste for a finished look that is relaxed and happy.” 

Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen, of Logan Killen Interiors

“When designing a dining room, always allow for comfortable and accommodating chairs so dinner guests stay past dessert. This dining room above fits parties both big and small with a table that expands to seat 18. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the room has floor-to-ceiling windows that open completely to the outdoors, allowing for al fresco dining when desired.”

Tommy Chambers, of Tommy Chambers Interiors, Inc.

"Dining room design is a balancing act between function and style. Don't be afraid to go bold with funky head chairs and lighting. This is a glamorous dining room on an urban beachfront where welcoming blues from the ocean and sky mix with brass and mirrored finishes to create a refreshing space."

Steven Santosuosso & Mary Flo Ouellette, of Squarehouse Studios

“With a large, open plan layout, carve out a dedicated dining area with furnishings and visual cues. In this apartment, which is on the third floor of a high rise building, the dining, living, and kitchen areas are essentially within one large room. We used the credenza not only for storage but also as a functional divider to give the dining space some separation. The fabric on the bench mirrors the colors and leaves outside to expand the feel of the indoor area.

George Brazil, of SagreraBrazil Design


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