The best dining room designs incorporate memorable style and a good traffic flow to encourage friends and family to wish to use the space. This all begins with selecting the right furniture for the your room. If you get a dining set that is too large for the floorplan, it can overwhelm the space and prevent people from being able to move around the room. On the other hand, if the furniture is scaled too small, furniture the room may feel cold and empty. I also love purchasing a dining table that has leaves because you can scale it up or down depending on how many guests you are expecting for each event. Another key element is the decor scheme of the space. This is a good room to utilize more formal decor, so get creative and utilize finishes and furnishing that you may not feel comfortable with in other areas of the home. This room is a fantastic example of this. The designer used your traditional dining room ideas like rich panelling, but made them more exciting by installing it on the ceiling ilas well as the walls. Dont be afraid to have fun with your decor and try new things in this space.
If you are trying to incoporate modern dining room ideas into your home but dont know where to begin, I generally suggest starting with the furniture. There are a lot of design elements in these rooms that combine to create the style you want, but, perhaps the most influential is the dining set and coordinating pieces. We all remember the classic table and chairs found in our grandparents stuffy dining room that we were rarely allowed to enter. If you want contemporary design in your home, you need to stay away from dining room ideas that mimic that style. Instead look for pieces that have sleek lines, unique materials and eclectic color palettes. Take these dining chairs for example. They are a beautiful simple upholstered option in a monochromatic palette that will accent any color scheme. The retro black chair legs give a pop of that modern decor scheme we are talking about. However, they still remain somewhat design neutral so they can be paired with a myriad of other pieces.
In todays design world, traditional dining room sets are a thing of the past. No longer are we purchasing a large dining table with matching hutch and buffet. Rather, the best looks incorporate and eclectic grouping of furniture that features both traditional and modern elements. This room is a great example of todays most popular dining room ideas used all in one space. What I love most about their design, is that they utilized the same shade as the stain in the rest of their dining room colors. The homeowners selected a neutral color palette throughout the dining area and attached living room, then brought in some style through beautiful exposed wood beams. The dining set features a similar rich wood with fun black accents, and the rust colored curtains mimic the tone. It is a great way to tie the two spaces together, while still creating a bit of a barrier between the two rooms. I encourage you to think outside of the box the next time you are looking at those traditional dining room sets, and instead think about unique ways you can incorporate color and style throughout your design.
Dining room wall decor is an important element in creating a single unified design throughout your space. I find that many times we forget about what is adorning our walls because we are too focused on picking out furniture, paint, flooring and fixtures. The right decorative accents can transform the space from a finished room to a fantastic high end design. Wall decor does not necessarily have to be art. You could add unexpected elements such as unique dining room lighting like sconces or spot lights. Or, you could install stately drapery like in this room. Between the gorgeous views out the window and the luxe fabric of the curtains, the dining room really has that wow factor. Another possibility can be utilizing a fun painting technique like a faux finish or large stripe to bring design interest to the space. The possibilities are truly endless. If you need more inspiration than this, I would suggest checking out dining room ideas online or in your favorite magazine. They are such good resources for the latest trends and techniques in high end home decor.
I love an eclectically styled modern dining room like this one. Each detail was thoughtfully selected to pair perfectly with the theme of the space nature brought indoors. The gigantic picture window is the focal point of the room. This bold architectural design essentially acts as a large piece of art, drawing the eye to the gorgeous vibrant green landscaping outside. Nature was the inspiration piece for this room, and all of the dining room ideas they utilized tie into this theme. For example, the funky contemporary chandelier mimics the look of a long tree branch that just happens to be suspended in the middle of the room. Similarly, the gorgeous piece of abstract art displayed over the sideboard continues the tree branch theme but, this time, uses bold jewel toned colors. Finally, the modern furniture pieces they selected feature organic materials such as a lovely polished maple wood, and a muted grey tweed fabric. Although the overall design features a number of somewhat disjointed elements, they all work together to create this fabulously unique look.
Great dining room design does not have to be hard to create. We like to tell our clients that there are a few primary elements you need to focus on in order produce that fantastic designer look every time. First decide on what dining room decor scheme you want to focus on. Although this may seem complicated, it really isnt. Do you prefer more traditional decor elements like wood panelling, brass chandeliers and a subtle color palette. Or do you gravitate to bolder more contemporary designs with sleek lines, exclectic fixtures and bold pops of color. Once you determine this, you will better understand what types of dining room ideas you should be looking for. I personally love a more modern style like in this room. The unique architectural elements combined with shiny wood floors and whimsical wall decor, work together to create such a lovely look. Perhaps the most important piece of design advice I have for you, especially when talking about dining room design, is simply incorporate what you love. You can never go wrong there.