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Design tips for styling your Dining room

Design tips for styling your Dining room

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Whether it is a separate space or a part of another room, styling the dining room can get a bit challenging. The design of your dining room can greatly affect your mood and emotions. Having your meals in a well-designed space that matches your taste can boost your positivity and make you feel better.

Here are some tips to help you style your dining room:


Generally, it’s best to place the table in the center of the room. However, if you want to integrate it with the living room area, you can go for an open plan. Then you’ll place the dining room in the corner and pick the shape you want.

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Photo courtesy: arhomes
Layout of dining room and living room open plan Photo courtesy:
Layout of dining room and living room open plan - Photo courtesy:


Dining Table

When you design your dining room, first, you got to choose a table that’s well-proportioned to the size of the room. Also you have to consider the amount of people who will be seated. If your space is rather small, then go for a round table to save some space.

Choose the table with a diameter not larger than 50 inches, in order to make it easier for members to have conversation across the table. However, if you would like to have space for up to eight people, then a rectangular or oval table will work better.

Modern dining room design by Studio Pepe for Spotti Milano - Photo courtesy:
Modern dining room by Studio Pepe for Spotti Milano - Photo courtesy:

As for the material, it is good to go for wood or marble since they are more durable last longer. Then, you can pick the color and the upholstery according to your style. Also don’t be afraid to use some metallic additions. Gold, silver, brass or iron can fit in with every color and pattern.


Choose the chairs should to be proportionate to the height of the table. Always keep in mind to choose a chair comfortable enough for a two hour long meal. In order to avoid giving the feeling your room is cluttered, keep approximately three feet of space open behind your chairs. This leaves space for you and your guests to get up and down from the table.

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Sideboard / Buffet

If your dining area is rather small and you would like to make it feel lighter and spacious then you’d better go for a sideboard with open shelving or glass cabinet doors. A buffet with closed cabinetry looks heavy. Generally it will be better for a larger dining space.

As for its size, make sure that your sideboard isn’t too deep as you need at least 24 inches of space between pieces of furniture for comfortable circulation. The sideboard should also be comfortable for serving. Therefore it can be of an average 36 inches in height.

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Photo courtesy: sideboardsandbuffets

Decoration Tip: When you accessorize your buffet, it’s good to make it at three levels. Do this with a lamp (high), candlesticks (middle), and add another lower level object.

It is also nice to add a backdrop to your sideboard or buffet. You can have large piece of art, a mirror, or even a couple framed pieces to create a gallery wall.

Wall colors

If you want to spice up your dining area, don’t hesitate to go for a wild color on the walls. This will instantly make your space more vibrant. Generally, a dining room should have warm colors on the wall, such as a rich, deep rust or dark green or blue.

You can also match a patterned wall paper with your chosen furniture upholstery. However, if you prefer a simple neutral color in the walls, you can then add the colored elements elsewhere. This can be in a painting for instance or from other accessories like the carpet or cushions.

Dining room design Photo courtesy: Regan Baker Design
Photo courtesy: Regan Baker Design


Floral Arrangement

If you are a flower lover, then it is a great opportunity to make a statement and add flowers to your dining room. A well designed flower center piece can add a special essence to your dining room enhance your mood.

dining room design Photo courtesy: Nina Maya Interiors
Photo courtesy: Nina Maya Interiors

Defining with Rug

In an open plan reception, you’ll need to define the dining area space. Adding a rug can perfectly do this job. You can go creative with the patterns and textures you want to mix with your furniture.

Dining room design -Photo courtesy: vanillawood
Photo courtesy: vanillawood

Art work

Every space can be totally changed by adding an art work if you wanted. The dining room is not an exception. Adding inspiring artwork to your dining room can set your positive mood.

Dining room design Photo courtesy: Simon Upton
Photo courtesy: Simon Upton


Lighting is one of the most important elements to your dining room. It either makes or breaks the general look and feel. Using fancy chandelier can instantly elevate your dining space and make it more special. Chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes. You can go for a glass or crystal chandelier or even linear one if you want to keep it simple.

However, don’t forget to install dimmer switch in order to adjust brightness. Besides, make sure to keep chandeliers or pendant lighting out of your face by installing at least 30 inches over the table.

Dining room design Photo courtesy: PROSVIRIN DESIGN
Photo courtesy: PROSVIRIN DESIGN


If your dining room has a window then your choice of curtains should be made well. Curtains can add softness to your interior space that is already full of furniture. Make sure to choose the suitable length of drapers. Your curtains should at least touch the floor. If you would prefer longer ones then go for it but never make it too short. Designers have agreed that having short curtains is generally a common mistake that should be avoided in interior spaces.

Mix and match your curtains with the tablecloth or chair fabrics. You can always go for a pop pattern that adds to your dining room design through contrast.

If you want more design tips, check how to design your living room here.

Dining room design Photo courtesy: Leslie Cotter Interiors
Photo courtesy: Leslie Cotter Interiors

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