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Querbes
Querbes
Terry M. Elston, Builder
Wood-Mode Kitchen with Francois & Co Limestone Hood, Wolf & Sub-Zero Appliances Walker Zanger Stone Mosaic Tile with Quartzite counter tops, with Reclaimed Chestnut Flooring, as well as a Franke Pot Filler. Photo credit: Mary Ann Elston
Log home with mushroom wood trim accent and skip-planed Traiblazer floor
Log home with mushroom wood trim accent and skip-planed Traiblazer floor
Trestlewood
Photo taken by June Cannon, Trestlewood; Tailblaze floor and mushroom wood accent
Inspiration for a mid-sized rustic medium tone wood floor and beige floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in Salt Lake City with beige walls and no fireplace
Corte Madera Family Home
Corte Madera Family Home
K Interiors
Inspiration for a large contemporary enclosed dining room remodel in San Francisco with white walls and no fireplace
Modern Italian dining tables
Modern Italian dining tables
OH LA LA !
ITALIAN MODERN DINING TABLES Stylish dining tables for an unforgettable dining experience. Contemporary fixed- top and extendable dining tables. The wood top dining tables adds a touch of sophistication to your dining room. Functionality and elegance for the ultimate dining and lifestyle experience. Wood tables, acrylic tables, glass tables, metal tables-the options are endless!
Urban Living - Pacific Heights
Urban Living - Pacific Heights
JayJeffers
JDG designed the interiors of this smartly tailored Pacific Heights home for a client with a great eye for art, antiques and custom furnishings. Photos by Matthew Millman
J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio
J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio
J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Elegant dark wood floor dining room photo in Atlanta with green walls
Portland Modern Living
Portland Modern Living
The Works
1950s dining room photo in Portland
River Road Cottage
River Road Cottage
Sullivan Building & Design Group
Formal Dining area - Interior renovation
Example of a mountain style dark wood floor dining room design in Philadelphia with white walls
Kenyon Street
Kenyon Street
Studio Miel
Danish dining room photo in DC Metro
Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard
Janine Dowling Design Inc.
Janine Dowling Design, Inc. www.janinedowling.com Photographer: Michael Partenio
Mid-sized beach style light wood floor and beige floor dining room photo in Boston with white walls and no fireplace
photos 10-21
photos 10-21
BW Interiors
Inspiration for a contemporary dark wood floor dining room remodel in Chicago
A Spanish Revival/ Spanish Colonial
A Spanish Revival/ Spanish Colonial
South Coast Architects, Inc.
Spanish Revival,Spanish Colonial,The Kitchen area was designed with entertaining in mind with a full-scale Prep-Kitchen located behind the exposed Kitchen within the Great Room.
Merricks Kitchen
Merricks Kitchen
Merrick Design and Build Inc.
We were delighted to remodel the kitchen of our CEO’s home . The tiny kitchen was hanging on by a thread. We blew out a wall incorporating the dining room into the space and added a new sunny dining room off the back of the home. The warm wood cabinets and black accents fit with the style of the home and the personality of our home owners. We hope you find them inspiring.
Farmhouse Dining Room
Farmhouse Dining Room
Allison Ramsey Architects
Cottage medium tone wood floor and brown floor dining room photo in Atlanta with white walls
Buckhead Client's Ski Retreat - Dining Room
Buckhead Client's Ski Retreat - Dining Room
New Mood Design LLC
Level Three: The dining room's focal point is a sculptural table in Koa wood with bronzed aluminum legs. The comfortable dining chairs, with removable covers in an easy-care fabric, are solidly designed yet pillow soft. Photograph © Darren Edwards, San Diego
Lake House Retreat
Lake House Retreat
Morgante Wilson Architects
Morgante Wilson Architects designed a custom dining table which can break out into four seating groups. Sconces from Hubbardton Forge sit atop the fireplace. Werner Straube Photography
Manhasset, NY Townhouse
Manhasset, NY Townhouse
In Two Design
Sari Sunshine & Beth Freeberg Photography By: Fine Photography By Stephanie -Stephanie Faust
Inspiration for a transitional medium tone wood floor dining room remodel in New York with white walls
Mid-century Re-modern
Mid-century Re-modern
SHKS Architects
The kitchen was redesigned to accommodate more cooks in the kitchen by improving movement in and through the kitchen. A new glass door connects to an outdoor eating area. Photo credit: Dale Lang
Mountain Cabin
Mountain Cabin
Tidewater Lumber and Moulding, Inc.
Dining room - rustic dining room idea in Charleston with a two-sided fireplace
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The opposite of bustling, multifunctional rooms like the kitchen, the dining room is a simple space devoted solely to hosting and feasting. While it’s a room that may be used infrequently, it is ideal for large get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations. When perusing dining room ideas, consider what kind of lighting, furniture and decorative accents will transform the space into an entertaining mecca.

Achieving an effective dining room design can be a little tricky. However, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your furniture; as the focal point of the room, your table should be your biggest investment. Take time to consider various furniture pieces and what works best for your needs. Don’t be afraid to splurge — a good table can last you decades! Once you have this cornerstone piece figured out, you can then focus on implementing your favorite dining room decorating ideas and storage options.

What kind of dining room furniture should I get?

Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, as do their accompanying tables. As you browse dining room ideas, consider a few things. What is your dining room layout? How often do you entertain? How many people usually attend? What kind of events do you like organizing - big dinners or intimate gatherings? What kind of dining rooms are you personally drawn to at other homes? If you don’t host anything because you are hindered by your current dining room design, consider what kind of soirees you would ideally throw and work from there.

If you want a dining table with options, purchase one with a leaf so you can accommodate varying numbers of guests. Keep in mind that to ensure visitors won’t be bumping elbows with their fellow dinner guests, each person needs about two feet of eating space (typically the table manufacturer will be able to recommend the amount of people that can comfortably sit at the table).

In terms of shapes, round tables are optimal for achieving some of the smaller dining room design ideas you might see. They fit into tight areas and have no sharp corners to bump into when you’re serving a hot casserole or pouring a glass of water. Round pedestal tables are also useful alternatives - they offer more legroom than conventional designs. For a larger space, a square table works well, and a rectangular table is ideal for a long, narrow room.

No matter shape, size or material, make sure you measure table-to-wall clearance. To do this, measure the space around the room. Try to leave 42-48" between your table and the walls so diners can sit down and get up easily from their chairs. If there is furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48” measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall.

What kind of dining room decor should I have?

When looking for dining room decorating ideas, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm this refined space with too much clutter. However, simple does not mean plain, and this is a room where you can take some stylistic liberties. When decorating dining rooms, think about color schemes (after choosing your table, of course!). Usage of color can really make or break dining room designs, and the cohesion of a matching furniture set allows for colorful decor choices. Try light blue or gray walls for an elegant look, or go timeless with a black and white theme. If you want to stick to white paint, throw in some gold or copper accents, or splashes of bright colors to keep it interesting; geometric patterns, custom-painted ceilings and unique wallpapers are also effective at livening up a dining area.

Top off your dining room remodel with a statement light fixture, some inspirational artwork and a large mirror to reflect more light throughout the room. Lastly, don’t forget the dining room table decor! A seasonal centerpiece, table runner or plant arrangement can immediately brighten up the entire space.

How do I add storage to my dining room?

When choosing storage for dining rooms, focus on functionality. Do you want to have a place to lay out food? Do you want more storage? Do you want to showcase any items? Take a look at various dining room pictures to see how others have incorporated storage and pull the ideas you like for your own.

A china cabinet or hutch is a great way to store and display dishes or art pieces. If you need storage as well as a place to lay out food, sideboards - a long, low storage piece with short legs (also known as a “buffet”) - typically are your best bets as they have cabinets. “Servers” tend to be smaller, more formal and lighter in scale than sideboards; they can have drawers and an open bottom on taller legs, or they may have cabinets. Credenzas tend to be long, low cabinets on slender legs, often with sliding doors. Lastly, if you’re going to be using your dining area primarily for cocktail hour (or even if you’re not), consider investing in a rolling bar cart or a permanent wet bar. The dining room ideas you can choose from are really endless, so try not to get overwhelmed and remember you can always change the design down the road!


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