Trendy Dining Room Ideas

Formal dining rooms often don’t have a place in modern homes. Few people want a formal separate dining room. For most homeowners, they want a multifunctional space where cooking, conversing, and eating are not separated. Even if the dining area is separate, we want a comfortable, relaxed place to eat and spend time with others. Contemporary dining areas can use all sorts of style ideas to make them warm and welcoming. If you like to host dinner parties or you just want somewhere for your family to enjoy daily meals, your dining room can become a place that meets your needs. Let’s take a look at trending design ideas.

Have Fun with Seating

The traditional focus of a dining room is a rectangular table with matching chairs. Keep in mind that your chairs don’t have to match your table. They don’t even have to match each other as long as each one sits comfortably under your dining table. If you do choose mismatched chairs, it’s important to make sure the one thing they have in common is that they’re the same height so that you and your fellow diners aren’t looking up or down at each other. In a modern home, you can make your dining room more stylish by playing around with different styles and types of chairs. Try browsing RJ Living’s range of dining chairs for some ideas of styles that could work for you. There are different shapes, materials, and styles that might match what you’re looking for. You can even explore upholstered chairs or maybe something different like bench seating or cozy banquette seating. Pottery Barn has an informative article to help you choose new chairs if you need more information.

Install Eye-Catching Lighting

The right lighting fixture can really elevate any dining space. There are so many different styles, and they can add something different to your dining room. Graham’s Living‘s post, How to Choose The Perfect Dining Room Light Fixture, suggests that you  take into account your space and existing furniture.  For many of us, the obvious place for a show-stopping light fixture is right over the dining table. Hanging lights make lighting fixtures more eye-catching, and they change how the room is lit too. But there are other places to play with lighting, from neon signs on the wall to lamps at different levels. Look for statement lighting to give your dining space some essential personality.

Explore Different Table Shapes and Sizes

The dining room table is obviously the key feature in the room. Traditionally rectangular tables have always been popular. There are different shapes to consider including round tables, oval tables, and options in between. You can explore different materials for the table including glass, metal, and different types of wood or even stone. I love tables with an extension. You may remember I replaced my rectangular table with a circular one with 2 extensions. During the holidays, I can welcome more people to my dining table by enlarging the table. In the new year, I put the extensions away and enjoy my small round table.

Curate Your Artwork

Adding artwork to your dining room is a great way to make sure it doesn’t look too ordinary. It gives you a chance to personalize the space and give it some more style. There are different types of artwork you can add to your dining room, including art you can hang on the walls and other items you could use to dress up the table or other parts of the room. Find art that you connect with, not just art that is the latest trend.

Now it’s time for the fun part. What changes would you like to make to your dining area? White dining rooms are still popular, but colors are being used more now too. If you want more color in your dining area, introduce a color with linens, art, rugs, or lamps. The table and chairs can still be a traditional wood, white, or whatever you choose. The object is to make your dining room a stylish space where you feel at home and can enjoy being there. A place that welcomes family and friends.

This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

8 thoughts to “Trendy Dining Room Ideas”

    1. I understand loving your table. Having room – yes that’s true when you have company – but I think 1 or 2 people at a big table doesn’t feel right – that’s why I love my round table it’s perfect for a few people. My sister has a large table no extensions. She has kept a small folding table for times she had a crowd and adds it to the end of her table. Is it beautiful no but who cares? It works. She only has to use it maybe once a year. Since the death of her husband she hasn’t used it at all. Everyone invites her to their holiday meals. My nephew and his wife come over frequently but that doesn’t require more room.

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