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April Edit: Best Dining Rooms of the Month

Now that most of us are working, studying and eating at home these days, dining rooms are getting a lot of extra attention. If you’re spending more time there, you might be on the lookout for dining room design ideas to spruce up your dining space. Or maybe you’re just getting inspired and need some modern or formal dining room ideas to kickstart your project.

How do you design dining rooms?

The best way to revamp your dining area is to start with your foundations and go from there. What size and shape is your dining space? What do you want to be the focal point? Are you looking for a traditional dining room with a wood table and dining chairs or do you have more modern dining room in mind? Once you have a sense of your interior design plan, you can move on to more specific elements of the dining space.

Dining Table

Your dining table is most likely going to be the focal point of your dining area. Do you need a large dining table? Expandable? Consider how many people you’ll need to seat on a regular basis and what else you might be using the dining table for. You can explore our guide to dining tables to get a sense of your options.

Your dining table will also set the stylistic tone for the rest of your space, so give some thought to what kind of look you want. Are you thinking about a formal dining room? Mid-century? Farmhouse? Explore our guide to dining table styles for more dining table ideas and the pros of these most-popular styles.

dining room designsDining Chairs

Next up is selecting your dining chairs! You’ll want to consider the chair material—ideally it will match your dining table (i.e. wood table and wood chairs) or add contrast (i.e. metal chairs and wood table). Upholstered chairs add comfort but can also pose a challenge to keep clean depending on your lifestyle and if you have kiddos who love eating with their hands!

Decide if you want all matching dining chairs or if you like dining room designs that mix and match a bit. For instance, you could add a bench on one side (great for kids) or make the two end chairs different to add a formal air.

Dining Room Decor

The style of your dining room will depend a lot on your decor! Dining room designs are a way to express your personal tastes and style with elements like light fixtures, rugs, table top decor, and more. These pieces can help determine the focal point of your space and add finishing touches and polish, whether you have a modern dining room or a traditional style.

Ready for some dining room inspiration? Read on to take a tour of 20 of our best dining room designs of the month!

dining room designsOrganic Modern Dining Room

This formal dining room design is a blend of modern and minimalist styles. It features a neutral color palette with a muted green backdrop that makes the light and dark contrasting elements pop. It’s very minimal in styling, but still comfortable. And the look feels balanced with the repetition of arches and circles in the round table, globe pendant, bookcase, and even the  fireplace.

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Country Cabin Charm

We love the rustic country style that makes this dining room feel just like home. It’s a very cozy and casual space with a two-tone matching dining set that’s very trendy in rustic, farmhouse dining room styles. The faded rug helps pull together the overall color scheme and the mason jar lighting fixture adds a trendy and simple element to the mix.

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dining room designsDine in Rustic Minimalist Style

We love how the rustic minimalist style of this dining room fits so well into the big open, airy space. The neutral color scheme gives it an earthy, organic essence and pops of black and white add a modern twist. The natural wood dining table creates a bold statement in this space and looks great with minimalist white ceramic decor. The geometric patterned rug adds visual interest and texture to the otherwise solid furniture pieces and color scheme.

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Coastal Comfort

For those of you who love dining a bright, airy space, this type of coastal style might be just what you need. It features a neutral color scheme with warm tones and sage green walls and casual style furniture in a formal setting. A round dining table with woven chairs feels beachy and laid back. And the light, washed wood in each of the materials makes the overall aesthetic feel soft and lived-in.

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Classic Elegance

This dining room blends traditional and classic style in a way that doesn’t feel stuffy or old-fashioned at all! The crisp whites and neutral palette give it a modern upgrade and touches of gold add sophistication and a little sass. The classic rug pattern in florals mimics the floral centerpiece on the table and the upholstered chairs paired with the two captains chairs offer a  more formal feel.

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dining room designsMid-Century to the Max

This dining room is mid-century modern all the way, with avocado green and blue as staple mid-century colors. The brass tapered legs add sparkle to the dining room and the dynamic rug adds a pop of color and pattern for heightened visual interest. And the atomic starburst lamp is one of the iconic looks of mid-century style, adding a sculptural element to the overall design.

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dining room designsGlam-a-Go-Go

Pairing mid-century modern with glam touches is a great way to give your dining room a totally unique and gorgeous style! Here, the distinctive mid-century features stand out, like the tapered legs on the dining chairs and the starburst chandelier. It creates a formal setting that’s great for entertaining—plus the white banquette provides a spot for extra storage. There’s a neutral color scheme with heavy use of brass, gold, and creamy whites to up the elegance of this setting and then the plush greenery adds extra texture.

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dining room designsContemporary Composure

This contemporary dining room style is cool, calm, and composed—perfect for big gatherings where you need a large dining setting and don’t want the space to feel overwhelming. It’s simple with no frills, the perfect practical dining room for a busy household. And the durable jute rug adds just the right amount of visual interest without creating too much distraction in the calm, collected space.

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dining room designsSeaside Sleek

We love the blend of modern and coastal styling in this sleek dining room. The black and white color palette gets tons of warmth from the wood tones and the metal light fixture blends both modern and coastal styles. The gallery wall adds a personal touch and an editorial aspect with the grid of black and white photos. Woven chairs are coastal but the sleek wooden table feels modern, and the patterned rug helps to balance out the two styles.

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dining room designsEarthy Eclectic

This dining room style uses a colorful, earthy palette and eclectic furniture pieces and decor to create a cool, collected look. The vintage rug pulls together the color scheme and the mid-century modern style dining chairs add a lovely decorative touch. A gallery wall in the same hues adds visual interest and cohesion and it creates a cozy, casual setting for a dinner gathering.

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dining room designsBoho Chic Treat

This dining room design uses an eclectic style to set the tone and incorporates bohemian style with rattan and tropical elements. The high top table and stools keep it casual and offer a unique take on the dining space. A floating wall shelf adds space for a funky, layered gallery wall. And the neutrals, green and yellow colors used feel tropical and beachy for laid-back dining vibes.

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Eclectic Elegance

We love how this eclectic dining room design uses a black and white color scheme with sand toned accents to warm up the space. The woven texture in wall art and pendant looks funky and modern in the space and the Moroccan style rug adds pattern, texture, and warmth, pulling the whole style together. Elegant style dining chairs add extra sophistication to the dining space.

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Sophisticated Safari

This dining room features a sophisticated design with a safari-style flair. It’s an organic and earthy space with a sense of adventure! The woven teak chairs add a casual feel and the abstract art ties in blues and greens throughout the color palette. The patterned rug feels global and lightens up the muted color scheme. And to top it all off, the beaded chandelier adds a stylish sculptural element.

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Eclectic Roots

We dig the mix of minimal, rustic, and modern styles in this eclectic design. It has a warm color scheme with warm tone woods, reds, and subtle pops of blues. The natural wood of the dining chairs and table and the woven elements of the decor and furniture pieces give it an organic feel. And there’s a delicate balance of light furniture complemented by larger forms.

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dining room designsEdgy Industrial

This look is as stylish and hip as a dining room design can get! The dining chairs feel retro with an S-shape, but the padded leather gives them an extra comfort. The black and white color scheme isn’t harsh because muted tones and the green accents help warm it up. Sleek edges are balanced by organic touches like plants and curved chairs to create a formal setting that still manages to be inviting.

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dining room designsLight and Lively

This stylish dining room blends mid-century modern and industrial style for an airy, light-filled look that your guests will love. The lighting and rugged table feel industrial and the tapered legs and furniture cover the mid-century aspect. It has a bright and lively color palette using retro-inspired hues but still offers a very sophisticated look with captain chairs and a styled buffet table.

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Rural Rustic

We love this elegant rural rustic dining room design featuring a neutral color scheme with pops of black for a little drama. It’s a serene setting with light colors and the upholstered chairs give it a soft texture. The rustic art and weathered wood add extra texture to the space. The handsome buffet and fireplace setting give it a formal look but using lightwood and casual furniture make it feel comfortable and laid-back.

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dining room designsCasual Kitchen Nook

This dining area is tucked away into a casual area of the kitchen to create a simple and compact dining nook—a great dining room layout idea for a small apartment! It uses a half bench and chairs to create a “booth” feel in the kitchen. The neutral color scheme and vintage style rug have mid-century appeal, and the whole look is pulled together by the greenery both indoors and out!

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dining room designsFormal Mid-Century Style

Mid-century modern is such a versatile style, it can go well in both casual and formal design schemes. This dining room design uses iconic Jenerette dining chairs (which have a great backstory) with their cane seats to create high style. And the setting in front of the fireplace is very formal with a touch of elegance. The straight lines of the table balance out the round pendant and mirror for a classy look overall.

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dining room designsClassy Coastal

This style is simple and sophisticated, with a classic blue, white, and sand palette contributing to the calming coastal vives. It is very seaside-themed but in the most elegant way. The furniture, colors, and materials give it a beach house feel and it is sophisticated with casual touches, like the bench seating and jute and woven textures.

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Layout Guide: Ideas For a Large Open Living-Dining Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing an open dining and living room layout, where the possibilities seem endless—and overwhelming.

The Space: A large open living-dining room with big windows and an amazing fireplace

The Style: Inviting Industrial

The Challenge: Designing an open living room layout that is functional, comfortable, and has a cohesive style across the different areas.

More space, more design opportunities, right? True, but that’s also part of the challenge when it comes to designing an open living-dining room. While you have more space to work with, it’s also easy to suddenly get caught up with all sorts of design and decor ideas.

What if I placed my sofa away from the fireplace? Is that weird or just impractical? A sectional and two chairs make the most sense, but what if I just stick to a sofa and go for a bigger communal dining table?

These are common questions that come up when you’re working with a spacious open living room. To provide some guidance and inspire your open living room design, we explore two different layout ideas for open concept spaces that offer style, function, and big comfort all at once. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for setting up your space.

Layout Idea #1: The Relaxed Gathering Living Room Layout

Equal parts modern, industrial, and livable, this layout is the perfect setup for a casual family home today. The emphasis is on laid-back comfort and simple style, and the boldly neutral palette adds warmth and an approachable vibe to the large open room.

 

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Why This Relaxed Layout Works

Family-Friendly Seating. If you’re working with an open living-dining room and want to keep a casual vibe, a large sectional sofa is a perfect choice. It’s family-friendly since it gives everyone tons of room to kick back and stretch out, and it also acts as a divider for your living and dining areas. Pull up a pair of armchairs and you’ve got a layout that’s big on comfort with good flow.

Casual Dining Area. With a smaller round table, you’ll have a relaxed dining area that’s simple and perfect for easy sit-down dinners. It’s great for a family of four with grown-up kids, or for those who prefer more free-flowing meal gatherings, like potlucks and pre-dinner snacks.

Good TV Placement. The TV mounted above the fireplace makes this an ideal layout if you love hosting movie nights or enjoy spending time keeping up with all the latest shows. The best part about this placement is that it makes watching TV easy from anywhere in the room, but it’s not the main focus in the space.

Modern and Comfy. Streamlined furnishings often can feel overly sleek and spare, but the pieces here are minimalist without feeling cold, thanks to the restrained color palette. The hint of brown in the dining chairs, the solid blues, and the subtle patterns all help to balance out the clean lines of the furnishings with touches of warmth.

Will This Open Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy casual gatherings that are laid-back and relaxed.
  • Love to host friends with kids for movie nights where everyone gets a seat.
  • Prefer having people over for no-fuss pre-dinner drinks instead of long dinners at the table.
  • Are all about a family-friendly space that can stand up to busy daily lives.

Layout Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Living Room Layout

Elegant and contemporary in style, this layout leans formal and is thoughtfully arranged for conversation. It has a high-contrast palette of dark grays, white tones, and light woods, all of which give it a polished and considered look and feel. The mix of luxurious materials helps tie together the different areas and adds to the elevated appeal of the open room.

 

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Why This Formal Layout Works

Symmetrical Seating. By placing two facing sofas in the living area, this layout instantly takes on a more formal look while keeping the flow of the room open. It’s an arrangement that’s great for conversations but is equally inviting and comfy for leaning back and putting up your feet.

Serious Dining Area. With a larger dining table that accommodates six people, the dining area is more primed for hosting long dinner parties. Combined with the formal seating area, it makes the overall room perfect for all sorts of entertaining, be it intimate book clubs or big fancy soirees. The fully stocked bar cart in the living room corner adds the finishing touch!

Lots of Vertical Storage. To keep the airy look and feel in this formal layout, the bookcases flanking the fireplace provide convenient vertical storage that opens up the floor space. It also acts as a showcase for accessories, photos, and objects while drawing focus to the fireplace.

Elegant and Cozy. This layout proves that you can have both formal style and comfort in an open space. The neutral color palette of varying gray and wood tones plays up a contemporary look that also feels warm and welcoming. Materials like velvet and sisal paired alongside wood graining add to that cozy feel.

Will This Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy a little formality in your living and dining space that’s still inviting.
  • Love hosting a good game night as much as you love a cocktail party.
  • Are a big home cook who likes hosting long sitdown dinners with family and friends regularly.
  • Appreciate a space that feels curated and collected when you come home each day.

 

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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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9 Rustic Dining Room Ideas That Are Ready for Fall

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Fall is in full swing, and that means hosting season is right around the corner! So if you’re thinking about giving your dining room a refresh (or a total overhaul!), now is the perfect time to get started. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve dreamed up some dining room looks that are ready for all the dinner parties and holiday gatherings ahead!

And when it comes to cozy dining spaces, you can’t beat the warm, relaxed ease that comes with a rustic style dining space. It’s family-friendly by nature, well-suited for large gatherings, and creates that comfy, homey vibe that speaks perfectly to fall. But there’s so much more to rustic than plaid and wood. Read on to see nine different rustic dining room ideas along with tips for bringing each look into your own home.

dining tableThe Look: Farmhouse Elegance

This elegant take on rustic farmhouse style is tried-and-true and it’s a look even Joanna Gaines would approve of. And if it’s good enough for Jo, what’s left to consider?

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The Key Elements

This is the kind of rustic dining room that checks all the boxes: Plaid textiles, weathered woods, classic Americana furnishings, like Windsor chairs or a turned leg table. There’s also a touch of industrial mixed into this look, so remember to opt for a steely light fixture or a sturdy glass-and-metal china cabinet if this is the look you’re going for.

As for the palette, it’s okay to go high-contrast. Think black combined with navy and white, which makes for a moodier take on a classic color scheme. It will all add up to a space that’s warm and welcoming and beautifully put-together.

Perfect For…

Anyone who loves the updated farmhouse look and feel. This approach is also surprisingly family-friendly without coming off as overly function-oriented, thanks to the strong industrial and Americana touches.

 

dining tableThe Look: Modern Rustic

One of the most popular looks among Modsy customers, this approach mixes rustic and mid-century elements together for a fresh take on rustic style.

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The Key Elements

A modern rustic dining room is all about the shapes and textures. You’ll find weathered woods and modern elements, such as brass and clean-lined ceramics, along with classic vintage Mid-century Modern forms (think iconic Wishbone chairs). Stick to warm hues that accentuate the rich wood tones. A vintage traditional rug in a warm palette will also make for the perfect anchor piece to ground the space.

Perfect For…

Those of you who like a rustic vibe but want a room the incorporates on-trend modern designs. If you love this look, also check out these colorful modern rustic ideas. This is the perfect set-up also if you love hosting big dinners and gatherings!

dining tableThe Look: Classic Rustic

If a more classic, feminine take on rustic is more up your alley, consider this light, whimsical approach to furnishings and colors in your dining room.

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The Key Elements

White-washed woods, light linens, and ornate designs are the foundation of the classic rustic dining room. Go for chairs that have traditional shapes but are upholstered in linen that give them a rustic spin. Consider a round pedestal wood table to pay up a more intimate vibe. And a rustic wood chandelier will really deliver the classic tone that sets the look apart.

Just be sure to keep to a super neutral palette or soft pastels (like eggshell blue). Those will go nicely with pops of gold and brass that add shine and warmth.

Perfect For…

More intimate and formal affairs. And if you like the warm comforts of a traditional rustic interior, such as that found in grand southern homes, this one’s for you.

dining roomThe Look: French-Country Formal

Bring in a bit of rustic countryside charm in your dining room with relaxed but slightly formal pieces. You’ll have a light and airy space that’s equally warm and welcoming.

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The Key Elements

Slipcover chairs are key to this look as is an antique-looking dining table in washed or worn wood. They’ll come together for a polished, slightly more feminine look that’s not too heavy or old-fashioned.

There’s also a bit of boldness to this style. After all, it wouldn’t be French Country inspired without a bit of ornate drama and flair. So hang a wood and crystal chandelier and bring in a large floor-to-ceiling mirror or sculptural wall piece for captivating focal points. Keep lighting neutral and natural hues here to really play up a sense of crispness and country charm.

Perfect For…

Those of you who obviously love the French Country look. But this is also a great dining room design if you enjoy hosting large gatherings in a space that’s formal but not stuffy. It’s a perfect balance.

rustic warmth dining roomThe Look: Urban Rustic

This is a popular look you’ve probably seen all over Instagram and Pinterest. There’s a minimalist quality to these rustic spaces, which immediately bring to mind a townhouse or brownstone in an urban city.

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The Key Elements

Start with a modern streamlined wood table. The linear form will be the anchor piece in the overall space. Pair it with mid-century-style chairs, like these Windsor-inspired designs, to continue the airy look and feel.

Otherwise, keep the rest of the room minimally styled, with sculptural light fixtures, and contemporary art and decor pieces that have bold shapes to bring in a modern edge. The idea is to balance out the few rustic and industrial furnishings with more eclectic accents that give it a cool, curated look.

Perfect For…

Those of you who love the modern farmhouse look but with an edge. Also if you’re a city-dweller who appreciates a few good design pieces and not a lot of clutter, this more minimalist approach will work beautifully for you.

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The Look: Scandinavian Simplicity

If you’re a devout minimalist and the urban rustic look isn’t spare enough for you, then this less-is-more approach might be. This is the kind of simplicity that would give Marie Kondo a run for her money.

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The Key Elements

Matching Scandinavian-style tables and chairs in light, blonde wood along with a complementing bench is really all you need as foundational pieces. From there, it’s all about playing up textures in every way possible—a jute rug, a cozy throw, a farmhouse light fixture…

When in doubt, just remember form follows function is the vibe you’re going for here, so keep it simple, clean-lined, and always unfussy.

Perfect For…

Scandinavian design enthusiasts or anyone who loves the look but want a cozier version of the simple, minimalist look.

coastal rustic diningThe Look: Coastal California Rustic

The name says it all and it’s probably a look you’re all too familiar with. It’s an easy blend of rustic beachside ease with polished California style.

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The Key Elements

Relaxed and refined, breezy and beautiful, this look is all about the balance of laid-back and luxe style. There are light-washed woods, woven accents, and natural textures galore, as well as a cool ocean-inspired blue-and-white palette. Pull in rattan chairs and a crisp white table instead of a wood one for an elevated rustic look.

You also have a little liberty with layering in some boho elements, be it a stylish sideboard with a global aesthetic or an embellished light fixture. Finish it with some nautical rope and art to tie it back to the coastal look.

Perfect For…

Those who love a relaxed dining space that’s made for big casual gatherings. There’s no formal seating and the atmosphere is easy, fun, and unhurried—but it’s still a dining space that has chic style.

rustic dining roomThe Look: Rustic Contemporary

Probably the sleekest of the bunch, this look is light on rustic and heavy on bold, streamlined designs. It’s our idea of contemporary style with just the right amount of warmth.

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The Key Elements

Contrast is key here. And we’re talking contrast in materials, such as lighter woods paired with really dark metals and tight linen upholstery. Also, make sure to mix together strong, sculptural furniture shapes—think a globe light fixture with curvy dining chairs, a round mirror, and a sharp angular sideboard. The true rustic touch should come from a traditional farmhouse trestle table. Then, just remember to keep the styling and palette minimal with a range of muted neutrals.

Perfect For…

Contemporary design lovers who love the sleek look but also want a space that feels welcoming. If you’re also not big on entertaining but enjoy hosting small meaningful gatherings with close friends now and again, consider this approach.

dining roomThe Look: Rustic Warmth

If you know us, you know that our most popular interiors capture our Rustic Warmth style. Not only is it super cozy and welcoming it’s also incredibly versatile in terms of style and decor, making it a perfectly family-friendly approach that still looks tailored and pulled-together.

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The Key Elements

You’ll want to start with the materials and color scheme here, and you should draw from the autumnal outdoors. Bring in darker woods and natural woven textures and bursts of yellow and orange tones.

Keep to classic farmhouse furnishings, such as x-back chairs, a communal table, traditional bar cabinet, and bamboo roman shades. Then just layer in rustic art and accents that play up a fall cabin vibe, such as colored glass vases, a barn clock, old weather vane, and rustic candlesticks.

Perfect For…

Anyone who’s all for bringing the fall spirit into your home in a big way. This is the ultimate arrangement for seasonal entertaining, be it brunch for four or potluck for a dozen family and friends.

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5 Tips For a Dining Room That Encourages Family Meals

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You know those especially long days where, by the time you’re finally home the last thing you want to do is cook a meal? You know there are groceries in the fridge but ordering takeout is so much easier. Us too. Making dinner at home is one of those things that we say we’ll do but we always seem to find an excuse to get out of it.

It’s not surprising then that sit-down family dinners are becoming a rarity in American homes.

On the flip side, many studies have shown that eating together is a great way for parents and children to deepen their bonds in today’s fast-paced world. But what gives when it comes to making more time to eat together at home?

A well-designed family dining room might just be your answer to making it all happen. Make your dining room a place that is comfortable and inviting so that it encourages family dinners. A dining room that’s dedicated to meals and family time can also reset old routines and inspire a new way of eating together.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up five tips to help you create a dining room that’s sure to get everyone around the table at dinner time.

Read on for 5 tips to create your perfect family dining room.

rustic family dining room1. Invest In A Dining Table (That Works For You)

First things first: If you want a dining room that encourages more family meals, a nice table can make all the difference. Think of your table as the centerpiece that everything else will be built on.

Choose one that fits your space and suits your family’s dining style. A long communal table is great for dinner parties if you like to have friends and family over. A shorter table or a round one is ideal for casual everyday meals and if you have a small family dining room.  A wood table can be especially kid-friendly and easy to clean. And, finally, a glass top option is great for small spaces.

contemporary dining room2. Find Comfy Chairs

The key to any great family dining room is comfortable seating. If you want a space that’s all about getting people to gather and dine together, it’s got to be comfortable.

Find chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for dessert or to finish that bottle of wine.

Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match—embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.

For kid-friendly seating, opt for chairs in leather (it’s easy to clean) or wood (upholstered ones are prone to stains). Or add a bench on one side for a seat that’s spacious with lots of room to move around.

dining room storage3. Incorporate Everyday Storage

Want your dining room to feel less utilitarian and more like a true family gathering spot? Take full advantage of the space by rounding it out with a credenza or buffet that can be used daily.

This is a great place to stash everyday dinnerware that you can pull out at meal time as well as for excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for). And you can dress it up as a self-service bar, food station, or just a simple decorative focal point during dinner parties.

dining room ideas4. Make A Statement

Warm up your dining decor so that it feels inviting. And don’t hesitate to take some interior design risks.

You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently. This makes it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier that makes it feel extra welcoming. This will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

family dining room5. Set The Mood

What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! And that’s just as important in your dining room. An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space.

If you can, opt for a dimmable pendant or add an extra table lamp to your credenza. And don’t forget to light a candle or two (or a dozen) to add that final touch. It all adds up to setting a cozy and inviting mood that gets everyone excited for time spent together around the table.

 

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Get Inspired by These 5 Dining Room Designs

You thought hosting season was over? Think again! With Easter and Passover on the horizon, major family gatherings are just around the corner. And even if you don’t celebrate those holidays, a delicious brunch is always a fun excuse to gather around the dining table and catch up with loved ones.

To help get you excited about hosting, we rounded up 5 of our favorite dining room designs for hosts of all styles. Peek inside these 5 dining room design ideas and get inspired for your own space.

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Read on to peek inside 5 of our favorite dining room designs and steal some ideas for yours.

Modsy dining room designMod Visionary

If a modern and trendy dining space is the look you’re after, tune in here. Our Mod Visionary style is all about pairing mid-century shapes with trendy colors and finishes for a space that looks great and is easy to live in.

Full of tapered legs and low-profile furniture, this is a great look if your dining room is on the smaller side. Mid-century inspired pieces open up your room and make it feel lighter and larger than it actually is.

Modsy dining room designRustic Warmth

Create a home that’s warm, inviting, and full of lived-in charm with our Rustic Warmth collection. Who doesn’t love a dining room that’s full of ultra cozy touches?

To get the look try pairing natural finishes in neutral tones with textures galore. For example, linen slipcovered chairs against a dark-washed wood dining table strike the perfect mood in this space.

Modsy dining room designRefined Rustic

Looking for a dining space that fuses classical design with traditional comfort? Look no further than our Refined Rustic collection.

Inside you’ll find refined pieces with vintage touches that together serve up a warm and timeless look. Opt for pieces with classic shapes rendered in weathered woods that aren’t afraid to show their texture. Top it all off with a classically-inspired rug in a warm hue (we love the burnt orange shade of the one shown above).

Modsy dining room designContemporary Minimalist

Light, airy, clean, and sophisticated. If this is how you’d describe your perfect dining room, then you’ll want to check out our Contemporary Minimalist style.

Get the look by pairing streamlined furniture with a neutral palette. Think sleek dining chairs pulled around a glass-top dining table. Be sure to take a minimal approach when styling your space – less is truly more in this style!

Modsy dining room designContemporary Connoisseur

Polished yet casual, cool yet contemporary – this dining room look is perfect if you like a more “beachy” style in your space.

Strike an easy, breezy coastal vibe by pairing natural materials with cool hues. Imagine rattan, jute, and linen alongside art and decor in all shades of blue!

 

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You Finally Have a Dining Room. Now What?

While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, a dining room, if you love to entertain, is a luxury.

At Modsy, we often get requests from homeowners that have moved from a small house or apartment into one that has a dedicated dining area for entertaining friends and family. It’s a space that can feel unfamiliar, which makes it especially challenging to figure out where to start when decorating. After all, the dining room is a space that should feel comfortable but also stylish enough to host parties and family holidays.

Use this guide to help you navigate all the key decisions to design your perfect dining room.

 

Deciding on Your Perfect Table

Before looking at all your dining table options, consider how you want to use the space. Will you host casual weekend dinners with friends or big holiday gatherings with family? Your entertaining style should be the starting point for informing the type of dining table you require.

For keeping it casual…

A long communal farmhouse table is great for its versatility—it can host big groups, function as a work surface, and it can also be dressed up with a tablecloth for formal occasions. Its natural wood tones make for a great foundation for choosing chairs and other decor to match.

For making it formal…

Try a round pedestal table, which will immediately conjure up classic, elegant appeal. One with extendable leaves will provide the flexibility for entertaining large crowds. A small round bistro table is also a stylish and space-saving option if you have less square-footage to work with.

 

Bringing in Good Seating

Comfort is key when it comes to choosing dining chairs and seating options. You want to ensure your guests feel relaxed and at ease during long meals. There’s no right or wrong, but look to the design details of your dining table as a guide for your seating (think tapered legs that coordinate, natural materials that complement each other, etc.)

If you want a casual mix…

Try pulling up a bench alongside a matching set of chairs for an easy-going eclectic look. This is a great way to incorporate flexible seating that is also kid-friendly.

If you want a chic grouping…

You can’t go wrong with a sophisticated set of matching chairs. Consider how the details will pair with your table and work from there—exposed wooden legs, a simple silhouette, neutral upholstery with tufting on the back. This works especially well if you’ve opted for a round table.

 

Choosing Rug or No Rug

Placing a rug underneath your table can help to ground and delineate your dining area, especially in an open living space. Even in a dedicated dining room, it can add stylish focus—just make sure your chair legs all stay on the rug, even when they’re pulled out. On the other hand, if you have beautiful wood floors to show off (or messy kids who love spaghetti), you may want to skip the rug altogether.

Try a sturdy rug…

In a natural fiber, such as jute or sisal, which are built to withstand foot traffic and wear and tear. If you use your dining room for both everyday and formal occasions, these are stylish workhorses that can go well with a range of decor.

Try a low-pile rug…

Such as a flat-weave or a kilim, if natural-fiber rugs is not your style. Low-pile rugs are the opposite of ones that are shaggy and fluffy, meaning they’ll be much more practical in an entertaining space as well as easy to clean with a vacuum.

 

Add Multiple Light Sources

Once you have your foundational pieces—table, chairs, rug—it’s time to make sure your room has good lighting. Most homes come with a simple overhead fixture that is usually far from sufficient. Additionally, the shapes and designs are less than spectacular. Approach choosing overhead lighting for your dining room like art—it should be bright and sculptural.

Switch in a pendant…

That has more than just one bulb as the light source. Many designs provide sputnik-style as well as multi-light constructions that can help bring both brightness and sculptural appeal to the space above your table. A chandelier also provides the same effect.

Switch it up with sconces…

These wall hanging fixtures are worth the hassle and investment. They add the perfect ambient lighting and they can be spread around a room. New designs even offer sconces with plugs, which means they can be easily installed no matter your space. Try to match the materials and styles of your sconces to your overhead fixture.

 

Creating Various Focal Points

No dining room is complete without a few stylish focal points. Be it a bar, an etagere, a console, or an oversize mirror or piece of art, there should be a range of intriguing spaces to look to within any dining room.

In a large space…

Bring in a credenza or a pair of etageres to fill with bowls, plates, linens, and other china for a fabulous display. Round it out with other books, vases, and other colorful accents. Or try turning an open-base console into a bar and stowing a pair of ottomans underneath—perfect if you need extra seating in a pinch.

In a small space…

An oversize piece of art or a statement mirror can really set any compact dining space apart. Just as they do in large spaces, they captivate the eye but also help to warm up your small space. Mirrors, in particular, will help to reflect light and give the illusion of more space and ceiling height.

 

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