5 Stylish Dining Room Decorating Ideas

I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She has some ideas for decorating your dining room!

5 Stylish Dining Room Decorating Ideas

For every family, the dining room serves a different purpose. Perhaps every dinner takes place there, or special Sunday meals with the whole family in tow. Or, you may be one of those families who save the dining room for extra-special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays.

No matter how you use it, you acknowledge the fact that your dining room is special. You want that reflected in your décor, too, since a dining room is typically a touch more formal than a casual kitchen or breakfast nook.

If you want to spruce up your dining room, don’t worry: the following are five of the most common decorating ideas to make your space into the centerpiece it should be.

  1. Choose a Chandelier

There’s perhaps no more important accessory in the dining room than the chandelier. For one, it sets the design tone for your space: a more traditional chandelier would best suit a formal dining room, for example. The chandelier also, obviously, illuminates your dining room table as you eat dinner. The right lighting is crucial for setting the mood, whether you want intimate low lighting or a bright, cheerful glow. Choose a chandelier that matches the ambiance you seek.

  1. Highlight Architectural Details

Many home designers will make a point to add intricate, eye-catching details to differentiate the dining room from other, less formal areas of the home. As such, they add crown molding, columns, wainscoting and other details to make sure the space is special.

Don’t shy away from highlighting these elements. Instead, paint your walls in a contrasting hue to highlight your crown molding, for example. You should also welcome such features as fireplaces and exposed brick walls, as they, too, add character and uniqueness to your dining area.

  1. Define Your Style

Another easy way to decide on a look for your dining room is to figure out what your style is. You may be a traditionalist, in which case wood furniture and rich colors will do the trick. Modern tastes may require no-frills furniture and cool neutral tones. And if you’re rustic, a handcrafted log table would easily become the centerpiece of your space and flaunt your style at the same time.

If you’re not sure what your style is just yet, flip through design magazines or peruse Pinterest boards. There, you’ll find all different types of dining room designs, likely labeled by style, too. This will help you find out if you’re modern, bohemian, shabby chic, rustic, modern or somewhere in between.

  1. Find a Fitting Table

Are you serving two or 20? Your dining room is, first and foremost, built for dining. If you buy the wrong table for the crowd you plan to host, then the space will never be able to serve its true purpose. You’ll have to be realistic about the size and scope of the piece you plan to buy, but make sure the piece you choose will suit you and your entertaining needs for years to come.

  1. Finish It Off With Fabric and Art

You’ve chosen your paint, your table and settled your design style. No dining room will be complete, though, without a bit of richness to give it that special-affair flair. The first place to invest is in the artwork you hang on your walls. Choose something that ties your palette together, or let the artwork bring a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space. Either way, you will have an instant focal point.

It’s also important to think about the fabric with which you’ll cover your dining room chairs and create curtains. You might also want to consider an area rug to tie the space together. In conjunction with the rest of the fabric elements you buy, this will add just a bit more richness to your dining room and finish off the look of the space.

Just like that, you have a finished dining room — or, you will once you get started. So, start shopping for chandeliers, defining your design style or picking an eye-catching piece of art. From there, your design will be inspired and completed with your personal touch. There’s no better design scheme than that, after all.


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


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