11 Before-and-After Dining Room Makeovers

See how interior designers transform unappetizing and unsightly spaces into decadent, fine dining designs.

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August 13, 2019

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Before: Dingy Dining

Dingy carpet, dusty walls and dark wood furniture leave a lot to be desired in this California home. A bulky wood dining set is surrounded with cluttered accessories and several mismatched plates displayed on the wall.

After: Fresh Eats

Interior designer Natalie Meyers transforms the outdated dining room with several coats of bright-white paint on the walls and ceiling and cool gray hardwoods underfoot. Eames-inspired dining chairs invite guests to gather around a minimalist-style wood dining table at the center of the room. Artwork and accessories are kept to a minimum in the space and an inky, three-arm pendant makes an edgy statement overhead.

Before: Unsavory Breakfast Nook

This marigold breakfast nook is anything but inviting. The space appears thrown together with ill-fitting window dressings, a dated chandelier, grimy tile floors and mismatched, plastic folding chairs.

After: Fresh-Cooked + Cozy

Lambert Home designers coat the walls with bright-greige paint crisp and add white trim to brighten the breakfast nook. They replace the tawdry window valances with natural rolling shades allow ample sunlight in the space. Light grey, plank-style tiles line the floor and serve as a neutral base for a French country dining set. An impressive iron chandelier dangles above the table to illuminate the space.

Before: Dark + Rustic

Dark hardwood floors pair with dark, wood-planked ceiling to overwhelm this rustic, farmhouse dining room. The deep-stained floors and ceiling engulf the traditional mahogany dining set in the center of the room and give the space a cramped and dated appearance.

After: Drool-Worthy Art Deco

Interior designer Lucie Ayers takes the dark and rustic space and flips it on its head to create this dynamic, art deco-inspired modern dining room. Ayres coats the walls and ceiling with ultra-white paint and darkens the floors with a near-black stain to achieve an updated, high-contrast design. A swanky, Art Deco-style crystal chandelier dazzles above a black circular table and modern, gilded Chippendale dining chairs to illuminate the space.

Before: Cavernous + Creepy

Grimy tile floors, aggressive aqua cabinets and a dirt-smudged ceiling? This open floorplan kitchen is packed with dated and dirty elements that will make you lose your appetite.

After: Fresh Farmhouse Flair

Blissful Design Studio executes a total transformation in this space. The once creepy and cavernous dining room is now energizing, elegant and laid-back with gray-washed hardwood floors and dove gray walls. The neutral hues serve as backdrop to a stunning, rustic farmhouse dining table set and a pair of custom-upholstered, head dining chairs. A modern brass chandelier brings warmth and a touch of glamour to the airy dining space.

Before: Traditional Palate

This marigold breakfast nook is brimming with potential. The dated and dark wall color and simple, traditional furnishings distract from the stunning windows, substation trim and handsome hardwood floors.

After: Trendy Taste

Interior designer Minhnuyet Hardy polishes the nook with cool gray paint, punchy geometric window treatments and cool, contemporary furnishings. Snowy upholstered dining chairs surround a midcentury modern tulip table and a brass chandelier brings warmth and panache to the design.

Before: Lackluster Traditional

A traditional mahogany table pairs with an ornate chandelier and surrounded by unsightly ochre walls. This executive dining room lacks warmth and personality and is abundant in dated details and uninspired furnishings.

After: Distinctive + Dramatic

Designer Minhnuyet Hardy turns the once-drab design into a dreamy and dramatic dining room. Moody charcoal walls serve as a backdrop to rich wooden furniture, buttery velvet dining chairs and luxe, shaded light fixtures.

Before: Busy Accessories

Marble sculptures, faux floral arrangements and gaudy urns clutter the perimeter of this traditional dining room. The small accents overwhelm the space, create a disheveled appearance in the space and distract from the dining table at the center of the room.

After: Understated Accents

The remodeled charcoal dining room appears fresh, clean and luxurious by keeping unnecessary accessories to a minimum. Minhnuyet Hardy enhances the design by installing a sizeable set of abstract paintings to one wall and custom, embroidered drapes to the other. Two, petite potted boxwoods are styled alongside bone inlaid boxes to bring color and dimension to a minimalist-style metal console against the wall.

Before: Boring Beige

Beige tile floors, cloudy brown walls and a pair of creepy, porcelain theater masks staring down at the table? This unadorned breakfast nook is anything but inviting. It feels cold, sterile and lacks the softness and personality that makes a house a home.

After: Relaxed + Refined

Marie Flanigan shows off her design chops with this dramatic makeover. Flanigan brightens the space with white paint and replaces the sterile tile floors with warm, mid-tone hardwoods throughout. Cozy upholstered chairs tuck into a handsome farmhouse table and a set of charming, gingham Roman shades dress the windows to filter the afternoon sunlight.

Before: All-Around Brown

This dated dining room is enveloped in different shades of brown. It sports cloudy mocha walls, glossy hardwood floors and an espresso-stained formal dining table. A wooden corner cabinet and matching buffet add to the boring, all-brown color scheme of the room.

After: Dreamy + Creamy

The only brown in this space? A decadent, dark chocolate-stained wooden dining table surrounded by glamorous, ivory-upholstered dining chairs. The walls are enhanced with striking wainscoting and brightened with dove gray paint. The hardwood floors are covered with an elegant, ivory area rug and tailored white drapes dress the windows to bring a soft and romantic element to the design.

Before: Unrealized Potential

Cardboard boxes clutter the floor and a dingy, dated area rug distracts from the potential of this dining room. Floor-to-ceiling windows promise to provide dinner with a view and the exposed beam ceilings are begging to be enhanced with a new coat of paint.

After: Unmatched Expansive Views

Potential, realized. Cardboard boxes are replaced with a contemporary dining set and the dingy area rug is replaced with this airy, silver alternative. The beamed ceiling is enlivened with white paint and the striking windows deliver on their promise, providing the space an expansive view of harbor and horizon below.

Before: Dining Room

The orange-y paneled walls, red leather arm chair and drab carpet served this family room well many years ago. That said, the dated elements do not fulfill the new homeowners’ needs for a charming, contemporary family dining room.

After: Elevated Charm

Orange, no more! The wood panels are ripped out and replaced crisp-white paint. The main wall of the space is filled with custom, French blue built-in cabinets with serveware storage and a professional coffee station. Wide-plank hardwood floors bring texture and character to the space and a classic, blonde wood table beckons guests and family alike to gather around and share a meal.

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