Dining Room Ideas from Real Homes That Are Guaranteed to Inspire Your Own
Your dining room is a space of deep connection, memorable family meals, and the center of holiday gatherings. Yet for as important as this space can be, when it comes to revamping your own home, you're probably more focused on redesigns in other rooms, such as the kitchen or bathroom. We urge you to reconsider. While a beautiful kitchen and a luxurious bathroom are two undeniably nice amenities, if you have you choose just one project to tackle right now, don't discount the power of a well-appointed dining room. After all, in many ways, it's the heart of the home. If you've been searching for innovative dining room ideas, look no further. We've pulled together some of the most gorgeous dining room designs from real homes to give you instant inspiration.
First and foremost, if you're on the prowl for dining room ideas for a renovation project, don't feel like you need to start entirely from scratch. In fact, we suggest starting small. Think about what aspects of your space you want to draw attention to and where you want to pull focus. Do you have built-in-bookshelves where you can display family photos and artwork? Does your dining room have gorgeous natural light? Do you have an accent wall painted in a bold color? When considering a redesign, ask yourself "What about this space stands out the most?" and then expand your ideas from there.
Also consider where you want to splurge. Maybe you want to make the statement piece in your dining room a marble table, in which case the rest of your décor may be more understated or sourced from second-hand stores. Or maybe you want to reupholster your tufted dining room chairs in a luxury fabric. Another beautiful route is to invest in art and make an original painting the centerpiece of your space. Think about where you want to sink in the most resources and then work from there.
Whatever your end goal, use these photos as a way to start thinking about how you'll liven up your room. As long as the end result is a space where you and your family can create lasting memories, you've done exactly what you set out to do.
Mismatched Dining Chairs
When it comes to unique ideas, this small dining room uses mismatched chairs as a great way to add extra visual interest.
Focus on Natural Light
Choose a bold statement piece, like patterned fabric chairs, and then pull the room together by hanging a piece of artwork with pops of complementing colors, like Dania Ahmad did here.
Natural Wood Beams
If your dining room has dark wood beams, use that as a source of inspiration and heighten their natural beauty by playing into the cozy ski lodge aesthetic, as seen in chef Clare de Boer's home, pictured here.
Narrow Dining Space
Bright Black and White
Modern "Beachy" Dining Room
Make Storage a Display Piece
Instead of storing items, like your collection of straw hats, make them a display piece by hanging them on the wall (and you'll also save some precious closet space). Alex Bates and Andrew Hoffman's Fire Island home is the epitome of beachy-meets-rustic.