9 Modern Dining Room Ideas For Fall Entertaining

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The holidays are just around the corner! And now is the perfect time to give your dining room a stylish refresh (or a total overhaul!). In the spirit of entertaining season, we’ve dreamed up these dining room looks to help you get party-ready for fall, winter, and beyond.

If super-glam or rustic dining rooms aren’t quite your thing, here’s some modern inspiration from the other side of the style spectrum. Ideal for smaller spaces and for those who enjoy a more clean-lined look, modern dining rooms can provide the main gathering space in your home with sleek, streamlined appeal.

Read on to see nine different modern dining room ideas from our designers along with tips for bringing the look into your home.

dining roomThe Look: Mod Visionary

Mid-century forms with a contemporary undertone are at the heart of this clean-lined and colorful dining room look.

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The Key Elements

Classic mid-century-style designs with tapered legs, warm and natural woods, and organic forms are essentials to this contemporary look. So are pops of color, like notes of green and yellow in art and accents, which pepper the space with personality. Pull in matching chairs and a bench for functional, streamlined designs that play up a perfectly tailored feel.

Perfect For…

Those who want to dabble in the mid-century modern look but also like to play safe and keep their decor and accent pieces more classic.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Rustic

This look mixes rustic and mid-century-inspired elements together for a cozier take on modern that has become one of our most popular styles.

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The Key Elements

With this look, you’ll want to pull in bold mid-century-inspired shapes, such as a dining table that has rounded legs and edges, wishbone chairs, and a sputnik-style light fixture, to name a few.

Offset those with rustic elements, such as a woven credenza, a traditional-patterned rug, and organic touches, like artisanal pottery and mini succulents. You can even take a slightly more eclectic approach here by propping up an oversized art piece on a credenza versus hanging it on the wall. It will add a slightly more relaxed vibe to your space.

Perfect For…

Those who love modern spaces with a warm, comfy feel that’s not too formal. Specifically, you love modern designs made with polished metals and natural materials.

dining roomThe Look: Minimal Modern

When it comes to a minimalist approach, it’s all about choosing a few key sleek and sculptural pieces that truly shine in your space.

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The Key Elements

Naturally, less is more here, so choose designs that have strong shapes and silhouettes. You’ll always want pieces in gorgeous natural materials so that those textures can provide a bit of depth to your space. Think a dark-wood table and dining chairs with slender tapered legs, a light-hued rug with bold textures, and artwork that have a light, visual quality, such as figure drawings or graphic black-and-white prints with an airy, modernist look and feel. Of course, you’ll want to keep all your ornamentation and styling to a minimum here to let the key pieces shine.

Perfect For…

Anyone looking to streamline their aesthetic or try to embrace a more spare approach in their spaces.

dining roomThe Look: Scandinavian Modern

The name says it all with this look, which is all about grouping together iconic designer-style pieces. The key is to take a modern minimalist approach with key classic pieces.

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The Key Elements

Consider wishbone chairs in their original light wood and a Scandinavian saucer pendant. Take the same detailed approach to smaller accent pieces, like the Eames bird we included. But overall you’ll want to keep styling to a minimal just as you would do with a minimalist approach, but play up some big color, as in this oversized modern geometric art piece.

Perfect For…

Modern design lovers and minimalists who prefer to stay true to classic mid-century forms and styles.

dining roomThe Look: Mid-Century Industrial

Equal parts modern and sleek, there’s a bold warmth to this look that is at once cozy and industrial.

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The Key Elements

Dark woods are the foundation of this look, as are metal and industrial accents, like the steel light fixture, the monochrome charcoal-and-white palette, and graphic rug with an edgy motif. When choosing furniture, consider the urban-chic look and go for pieces that have a loft-style feel, such as these dining chairs with sculptural backs and legs along with a gateleg table.

Perfect For…

Those who love Mid-Century style but also a bit of city edge to their spaces.

dining roomThe Look: Mid-Century Boho

There’s an element of glam style and warmth to this look, which mixes a mid-century aesthetic with eclectic styling and boho accents.

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The Key Elements

It’s all about foundational modern designs juxtaposed with organic shapes and natural materials here, meaning bring on the jute, leather, and stone pieces. The woven chairs and natural-fiber rug combined with the angular white table is a great example of that here.

Instead of adding lots of small accents, let the beautiful textures and materials themselves be the ornamentation in your room. The only exception? Add lots of plants and greenery, which are essential, vibrant touches that complete this look.

Perfect For…

Anyone who loves a mix of modernism with natural materials and a warm palette.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Farmhouse

Perhaps the one look that has a touch of everything, it’s equal parts rustic, traditional, industrial, and modern all at once. It’s modern farmhouse! And if you needed one more reason to love this style, it has the Joanna Gaines farmhouse elegance that we just can’t get enough of.

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The Key Elements

A bold streamlined table is usually the best centerpiece for this look. With that we decided to pull in rustic Shaker-style chairs with a twist, along with an industrial-style cabinet, light fixture, and mirror, all of which add a modern edge as well as foster an overall warm, cozy vibe.

To play up a rustic farmhouse elegance, don’t forget to add a burst of color—classic pairings usually work best in this look, as in the classic blue-and-white rug and two-toned ceramic lamp here. If you’re one for more color and pattern, you can even play up an eclectic slant with some fun, quirky art and pops of whimsical pattern.

Perfect For…

Anyone who doesn’t feel they’re totally modern or totally rustic. This is a great look that feels modern, classic, and elegant all at once.

dining roomThe Look: Mod Enthusiast

If you want a tried-and-true approach to a modern dining room, this classic-meets-contemporary look is it.

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The Key Elements

Combine mid-century-inspired forms with contemporary accents for a look that’s a refreshed and of-the-moment take on modern style. Keep to sleek, contemporary-style dining chairs and a table that has a streamlined base. Do the same with your lighting and opt for a bold light fixture that makes a statement, as in this globe design, without feeling over-the-top.

Not into globe lights? Try a more angular light fixture that has branching arms for the same effect. Then finish by playing up warm materials, like leather, brass, and wood, and a more traditional rug to cozy it all up.

Perfect For…

Contemporary design lovers who also crave spaces that feel inviting and cozy. There’s a classic color element here that helps ease up the hard contemporary look of the furnishings.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Glam

If you like something a little more chic and polished, this is the look for you.

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The Key Elements

Pair luxurious materials, like velvet, brass and gold, and burl wood, with elegant contemporary pieces and upholstery. Upholstered dining chairs with thin legs always do the trick as does a stone-surface table and polished ceramics. Keep to a muted color palette of soft blues or elegant pastels so that your look doesn’t go over-the-top. The overall scale is key here so do play with proportions in your art and chandelier for a dramatic effect.

Perfect For…

People who love a touch of glamour and shine in their gathering spaces. There’s also a slightly more formal air to this look, but it still feels warm and welcoming.

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