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How To Decorate a Minimalist Dining Room

These days, our dining rooms are seeing a lot of action, functioning as a workspace and a place for meals every day. As we continue to spend more time at home, now more than ever an organized and clutter-free modern dining space is essential.

Consider the minimalist dining room. Grounded in minimalist furnishings, simple accents, and neutral colors, the look is just what we all need—less stuff, more space. While the minimalist interior design aesthetic can often range from clean-lined to totally spare, we’re fans of both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. Which means we believe that you can have comfortable furnishings and a pared-down space without going the empty room route.

It’s about mixing together a streamlined wood dining table with cool Mid-Century chairs, hanging a contemporary and design-forward light fixture while keeping your white walls bare, or keeping everything in the room neutral with the exception of a textured natural-fiber rug that has a captivating geometric pattern.

If you love the idea of a minimalist dining room but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Read on for 8 things to keep in mind to bring the look home.

1. Clear Out Clutter

Following the “less is more” mantra, your minimalist dining area should be about having the right foundation pieces and free of clutter. Fewer furnishings also leaves you more walk-around room and makes the space easier to clean and maintain.

The Design Essentials: Minimal dining table with clean lines. Mid-Century style chairs that are open and airy. A sculptural modern chandelier that reflects the streamlined shape of the table.

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2. Stay Neutral

A neutral palette is essential for capturing the minimalist look. In a minimalist dining room, that means crisp neutrals, like ivory, charcoal, and light-wood tones, or a monochrome black-and-white palette. The idea is to pull back on color so that furniture forms do the talking.

The Design Essentials: Modern light-wood dining table that blends into the room. Contemporary upholstered dining chairs in white or beige tones. Large-scale abstract art in black-and-white.

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3. Opt for Streamlined Forms

Minimalist dining rooms are frill-free, which means that in addition to zero clutter these spaces feature streamlined minimalist furniture that have strong lines. So skip designs with lots of ornamentation. Think a smooth white cylindrical vase with a gunmetal grey rectangular mirror.

The Design Essentials: Streamlined and minimalist dining table with a cool silhouette. Slim open console shelf with bold lines. Modern neutral striped rug that directs focus to the dining area.

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4. Play Up Symmetry

With dining rooms, symmetry is key for a sense of balance and cohesiveness. It’s even more important in a minimalist space where there aren’t a lot of accents. Focus on your layout and arranging your table, chairs, and art to appear intentionally, and evenly, put in place.

The Design Essentials: Modern dining table that has a sturdy base. A set of six or eight chairs that fit snugly along the table. Striped or natural-fiber rug that centers the dining space.

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5. Have Lots of Natural Materials

Minimalist interior design isn’t limited to white rooms and spare furnishings. To warm up a minimalist dining room, natural materials and textures will keep your space from feeling flat and boring. Lean into pieces that show natural wood grains, nubby rugs, and woven details. See it as adding more without adding more clutter.

The Design Essentials: Hefty wood dining table with visible graining. Patterned natural-fiber rug. Wood-and-woven-fiber cupboard with strong visual texturing.

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6. Embrace Negative Space

In a minimalist dining area, it’s okay to have empty walls. Instead, style your surfaces with a few curated accents, like a sculptural vase, vessel or object. A good minimalist decor approach is to style as you normally would, then remove half the items. This will highlight the beauty of the pieces you keep.

The Design Essentials: A selection of vases and bowls that have captivating modern forms. Woven chair that can draw attention to a corner. A cool contemporary pendant that stands in for a work of art.

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7. Play With Geometry

Similar to natural materials, your minimalist dining area can benefit from geometric designs and shapes. Here, the furnishings all have beautiful sculptural forms but are also practical for the overall space. Remember form follows function!

The Design Essentials: Linear carved wood dining table with rectangular cutouts. Large round steel mirror and industrial pendant lamp that add visual interest. Wishbone chairs and wiry barstools that are comfy and eye-catching.

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8. Amplify Contrast

In addition to textures and shapes, minimalist dining rooms are all about contrast. It’s what brings the space to life. Mix light and dark hues, bold and soft materials, rectangular and round shapes, hard and smooth surfaces. Just be sure you stay with your minimalist neutral palette.

The Design Essentials: Dark-metal minimalist dining chairs. Subtly patterned textiles featuring modern motifs. A bold-color wall that’s balanced with decor in crisp white and black tones.

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Stylist Picks: Our 9 Favorite Modern Dining Room Chairs

modern dining room chairsModern dining room chairs are an essential part of any modern dining room setup. Once you’ve chosen the perfect dining table for your space, the chairs might feel like a bit of an afterthought. But modern dining room chairs are every bit as important as your table!

The good news is that they are much less expensive, so you can change them up frequently if you like to update your style now and then. All in all, the right set of chairs can make a major impact on the overall aesthetic of your dining room. Our designers rounded up their favorite modern dining room chairs to help you find the perfect set!

Kimi Chair, Charcoal Black

This Kimi Chair in Charcoal Black is a classic and timeless modern design. The chair is hand-carved from sungkai wood and the streamlined shape gives it a beautiful, finished look. It sports a beautifully crafted no-frills style and evokes the look of old school house chairs. The Kimi chair works great in modern, contemporary and even industrial interiors.

modern dining room chairsAston Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chair

The Aston Mid-Century Dining Chair features gorgeous mid-century lines and an ultra sophisticated shape. The design is elevated yet inviting—in fact, it’s so comfortable that you’ll want to sit here all day!

This chair comes with and without arms so you can use one or a mix of both. The neutral grey upholstery works with all sorts of styles and color schemes. This is the perfect chair if you love a traditional mid-century modern style with a slightly contemporary update.

Natural woven side chairDutch Dining Side Chair, Natural

This Dutch Dining Side Chair features a globally-inspired, minimalist design. We love it because it gives a fresh, coastal look to the modern dining room chair. The sleek shape works well with the pop of natural texture! It’s perfect for modern dining rooms and will also look great in coastal, eclectic, and even minimal spaces. Bonus: organic elements like this are a major trend in the design world.

modern dining room chairsTufted Dining Chair

For a dose of modern vintage charm, consider this gorgeous Tufted Dining Chair. The quilted leather is unique and elegant and we love the sophisticated shape. It’s a modern dining room chair with an industrial edge. The hard shape is softened by the glam undertones of antique brass metal and the quilted detail. This is a perfect chair if you want to make a statement in your room! It can also help if you’re trying to merge opposite styles into one cohesive design.

modern chairsLena Side Chair, Espresso

This Lena Side Chair in Espresso is a throwback to the retro style of the 50s and 60s. It has a streamlined shape and tapered leg detail that make it classy and cool. The organic, form-hugging shape cradles your body while you sit—one of the signature aspects of Mid-Century Modern design. This chair works great in any room that has other touches of modern style.

Paton Black Oak Windsor Dining Chair

The Paton Black Oak Windsor Dining Chair offers a modern update on the classic Windsor design. The streamlined shape is sleek and sophisticated but it still retains the traditional style. The deep black stain makes a lovely pop of contrast in a modern dining room. This is an essential modern dining room chair for the modern farmhouse style and it looks amazing paired with modern or rustic dining tables alike.

Scholar Side Chair Onyx

We can’t get enough of this Scholar Side Chair in Onyx! The timeless style blends with chic updates so it’s both old-school at modern at once. It has an awesome contrast of the black wood seat, back and legs against the brass details for a playful reimagining of the classic school desk chair. This chair works well in a glam dining room or even an industrial one with a chic flair.

Milford Dining Chair

The Milford Dining Chair is a classic example of a Campaign style piece. It features a wood frame with leather seat and woven leather back that come together in a modern eclectic style. It’s a modern dining room chair with a global, worldly vibe that we love and makes a great contrast to a metal or marble dining room table. The warmth of leather is a lovely addition to any space and it adds a lovely pop of natural material and texture to your dining room.

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