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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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