Get Inspired For Your Dining Room Design With These 10 Ideas

Dining rooms might not seem like the most exciting space to design. They’re pretty basic, right? Just a table and some chairs. Or are they?

Since 2018, dining rooms have more than doubled in popularity among Modsy customers. That’s because you can actually insert a lot of personality and style into a dining room design. It’s a space where you have a basic blueprint to work with—but with that, you can really create a space that reflects your design style and coordinates with the rest of your home.

Ready to tackle your dining room? Get inspired for the possibilities with these 10 dining room designs!

The Look: Boho Eclectic

Inspired by a Southwestern desert color palette, boho eclectic style results in a bold and colorful space that still maintains a touch of modern minimalism. With mid-century lines and a minimal aesthetic, it’s a look that’s relaxed while still looking pulled together.

The Key Elements

Boho Eclectic comes to life with the use of organic shapes, natural materials, geometric patterns, and clean lines. Colors show up in earthy neutrals—from browns and nudes to terracotta, mustard yellow, and dusty pink. In this space, we love the contrast of the smooth, stone table with the warmth and texture of woven leather chairs. Each piece in this room is a bit unexpected but shows off a lot of personality—like the large-scale wall art and the pink rug.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You love minimalism, but with pops of color and texture. This look is restrained but full of personality.

The Look: California Casual

You may not live in California, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the relaxed but refined look that is California casual. This style comes to life through the artful combination of rustic, traditional, and industrial styles. It’s a look that’s rooted in comfort and is great for big families or if you like entertaining.

The Key Elements

California casual requires comfortable furnishings, a smattering of natural textures, and a palette of neutral hues. So, when designing this space we used a lot of natural textures—like the farmhouse table, cane chairs, and trio of baskets in the corner. These more rustic elements are contrasted by the sculptural light fixture—a modern take on a more traditional style that balances out some of the coastal elements. In fact, contrast is a big part of this look, most notably in the high-contrast but neutral color palette. We love the mix of lighter natural tones with black accents.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You like a laid back and cool look, rooted in traditions. We love that this style effortlessly mixes styles, creating a space that feels timeless but fresh.

The Look: Organic Modern

This no-frills style is an updated take on mid-century modern. More pared-down than traditional MCM, organic modernism relies on clean mid-century lines while introducing organic and earthy materials, shapes, and textures, along with a more neutral color palette.

The Key Elements

Soft, curved forms are key to this style. In this space, you’ll find it in the curved chairs and pendant light—which soften the harder lines of the table and cabinet. Organic modernism is also rooted in a more neutral color palette. White is the anchor of this space; the dining room table and the pendant light create a centerpiece around which everything else is designed.

But the organic element is brought in through the woven cabinet, with its texture and natural warmth. Overall, ornamentation is found in sculptural furniture and materials that play with geometry. The mix of materials brings dimension, and the neutral color palette keeps the look modern and minimal.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You want to embrace a sleek, sophisticated style that feels modern, warm, and inviting.

The Look: Modern Rustic

Inspired by laid back west coast style, modern rustic style is rooted in the comfort of rustic design but relies on design elements of mid-century modern with a boho twist.

The Key Elements

This style is nothing if not warm and inviting. We love the warm palette of reds and pinks—most notably found in the rug, which gives this space a vintage flair. Proof that a dining room can be colorful! This color is contrasted with natural materials and neutral textures which further warm up the space.

We love that this style mixes so many different styles with such a sense of ease. The foundational furniture, like the table and the buffet, have a more rustic element. The iconic wishbone chairs bring in a dose of mid-century modern appeal. Meanwhile, the sculptural light fixture adds modern polish while the gold accents add warmth.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You love modern, trendy styles with lots of personality—but in a format that feels warm and approachable.

The Look: Modern Minimalist

This dining room is proof that a space with minimal ornamentation can look warm and inviting. Modern minimalism features the clean lines of modernism and the subtle ornamentation of minimalism—but it also incorporates natural materials to warm up the style.

The Key Elements

For a modern minimalist space, keep to a neutral color palette. But don’t stop there. Add warmth through gorgeous natural wood pieces—but make sure the pieces feature clean, modern lines. With no added frills, wood grain becomes the ornament in the space.

In this space, a gray accent wall pops against the wood tones and adds dimension. To keep the look from being too straightforward, we added a bit of flair with an industrial-inspired light fixture and through our choice of dining room chairs. By mixing up the chairs at the end of the table, you get a slightly eclectic look, without losing any formality.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You enjoy a modern, no-frills look but lean toward warmer tones.

The Look: Playful Eclectic

Playful eclectic style is just that: a cheerful mix of colors, shapes, and patterns that result in a look that’s both unique and playful.

The Key Elements

Soft lines and shapes are a hallmark of this style. You’ll notice that there are very few sharp edges or hard lines in this space! The shapes found in the furniture, as well as the geometric prints, give this space a modern edge, but with more whimsy than your typical modern space. And don’t forget the playful mix of colors! The pastel palette feels fresh and youthful, and the bucket-style chairs are perfect for both kids and adults. The warm wood table helps ground the space and keep it from looking too childish or eclectic.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You like a cheerful, whimsical style that still feels sleek and modern.

The Look: Rustic Minimal

Embrace cozy, cool vibes with rustic minimal style. With Scandinavian-inspired elements, organic shapes, and plenty of texture, you have a look that embodies cozy simplicity!

The Key Elements

This style is filled with natural textures, which add visual warmth—like the cane chairs, jute rug, and shiplap walls. While there’s not a lot of color in this space, there’s a lot of contrast with the use of various wood tones. Layered textiles also help keep this space cozy and give it some depth. To add a bit of modern sophistication, we opted for iconic Jeanneret chairs, while the spherical, woven light fixture adds visual interest.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You want a space that feels cozy but also easy breezy.

The Look: Minimalist Maximalist

We love the boldness of this minimalist-maximalist dining room. This style filters a minimalist’s “less is more” aesthetic through a maximalist’s love of color, contrast, and luxe materials.

The Key Elements

A key element of minimalist maximalist style? Bold statements. While there aren’t many design elements in this space, what is present makes a statement. The bold wall color. The pedestal dining table. The velvet chairs. The light fixture. Outside these statement pieces, this space doesn’t feature much ornamentation—rather, sculptural forms do the talking, without much added frill.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You love a bold look, filled with personality, that doesn’t feel cluttered.

The Look: Classic Rustic

Love that classic rustic style? Then this is the dining room for you. Rustic style is all about warmth and livability—but it also has a formal edge which roots it in a more traditional style.

The Key Elements

This style features a neutral color palette with pops of warm fall hues that can be used year-round—like orange rust, reds, gold, and warm brown. A mix of materials makes the look feel dynamic; in this space, we love the play between hard and soft in the wood table and upholstered chairs. While there are more vintage and traditional elements here—like those upholstered chairs and the vintage bar cart—the space is updated with slightly modern finishes, like the blown glass pendant and minimal ceramics.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You appreciate a more formal vibe but want a space that’s still approachable. This look is polished, yet 100% livable.

The Look: Inviting Industrial

Industrial spaces can feel a little harsh and cold. So we love this more inviting take on industrial style. This style feels like it’s livable and rooted in comfort, while still featuring those industrial shapes and materials we love.

The Key Elements

Key to inviting industrial style is a high-contrast neutral palette—something this dining room has in spades. But it’s also important to have blatantly industrial elements to keep the look grounded in industrial style, in this case in the light fixtures. This whole room has a minimal approach to styling, but patterns help cozy up the space. The chairs have a mid-century silhouette that’s minimal and comfortable, and plants add a pop of color and life to warm up the space.

This is the perfect style for you if…

You love industrial design elements but want a space that feels a little more warm and inviting.

 

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