10 Dining Room Decorating Ideas

Follow our simple design updates to create a dining room that is a welcomed gathering place for family and friends.

tgr3gory dining room triptych

Decorate a Shade

Dress up a plain drum shade with ribbon. A subtle gray-blue ribbon accents the shade in this dining room, complementing the wall color. Choose a bolder hue, such as turquoise or fuchsia, to create more contrast and add a pop of color. Design by Rate My Spacer tgr3gory.

Paint Your Walls

Add interest and pattern to your walls with a striped paint treatment. For this dining room, RMSer creativelydreaming uses leftover paint from her living room makeover to take her dining room walls from boring to beautiful.

Update Lighting

Modernize your dining room with industrial-style lighting. Balance their streamlined look by combining the lighting with natural furnishings, like distressed wood tables and wicker chairs. Design by RMSer Rethink Design Studio.

Add Slipcovers

Tired of your chairs? Slipcovers are an easy solution for changing the look of any upholstered chair. For added sophistication, have slipcovers made with your monogram. Design by RMSer ebonie.

Tetbury traditional blue dining room

Display a Collection

Make a style statement by displaying a favorite collection of dishes. RMSer Tetbury paints the hallway leading up to the dining room a deep blue, perfectly accenting her vintage Staffordshire dish grouping.

Create a Stunning Ceiling

Don't forget the fifth wall – the ceiling. Add architectural details, paint a unique design or do both, like RMSer CasaSmithDesigns, who creates an Old World-inspired ceiling with rustic beams and custom artwork in muted primary hues.

Go all out With Lighting

Eye-catching chandeliers are the hallmark of a well-designed dining room. RMSer matq dresses up this contemporary space with a glamorous chandelier.

Personalize Your Space

Find something that's uniquely you. RMSer envelopedesign displays a favorite mural of horses to add an eclectic touch to his traditional dining room. The streamlined table and chairs are balanced by the rustic quality of the wine barrel chandelier and tree branches.

Update With Wallpaper

It's not your grandmother's wallpaper anymore. Today's wallpaper options range from cool graphics to updated florals, like the damask print designer Judith Balis used in this dining room.

TABCAD traditional breakfast nook

Eclectic Seating

Mix and match your seating. Turn a nook into a cozy, casual dining area with banquette seating and even a wingback chair.

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