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7 Ways to Put Your Empty Dining Room to Use

Some people just aren’t formal dining room people—and that’s ok! Maybe you have a more casual dining space in your living room or kitchen and don’t need a formal dining space. Or perhaps you just want to prioritize using that room for something else! Regardless of the reasoning, there are plenty of ways to put your dining room to use that don’t involve a table and chairs!

Especially right now, when we’re all spending a lot of time at home, it’s worth considering the function and practicality of each room in your home and make sure it’s working for you! And if a formal dining room isn’t what you need right now, don’t be afraid to move your table and chairs into storage and make it more of what you need right now.

Looking for some ideas of what to do with your empty dining room? Keep reading for some of our favorite unused dining room design ideas! (Pro tip: these ideas all work for spare rooms elsewhere in your house as well!)

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Make It a Playroom

If you have kids, a great way to switch up the use of your dining room is to create a playroom for them! This creates a dedicated zone for your kids’ toys and gives them a fun space that’s all their own! (And hopefully in doing this it saves some of your sanity, so your whole home isn’t littered with their stuff!)

Start by choosing a large, plush rug in a fun pattern, creating a soft space for your kids to play. For an extra dose of coziness, add a pouf, which makes for a fun seat or backrest while reading. We added some cute artwork to the walls, along with a blackboard for drawing or practicing letters. A kid-size table is perfect for coloring and crafts, and lining the back wall with a low bookcase gives them a place for toys, books, and baskets that are all within reach for small hands!

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Try a One-Person Office

One of our most practical empty dining room ideas is to make an open office for one! Most dining rooms don’t have doors that close them off from the rest of the house—but if you don’t mind the idea of not having a door, you can create a really nice home office in a space like this!

With this room design, we left the middle of the room open so the space didn’t feel cramped and is easy to walk through. We added in additional stools for when someone else stops into your home office to chat. And a narrow and tall wall-mounted bookcase offers ample storage and display surfaces without taking up a ton of floorspace. We opted for a soothing clay color on the wall and in the rug, mixed with other darker earth tones for a space that’s low-stress and promotes productivity.

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Or a Two-Person Office

Working from home with a partner? You can also create a home office for two in your dining room! To fit in two desks and storage, opt for smaller and more delicate furniture that will give a sense of airiness to the space. Putting the desks against a wall and perpendicular to one another helps make the best use of the space. And hanging a large piece of artwork in between creates some visual space between the two workspaces. With this arrangement, you still have room for a wall-mounted bookcase for office supplies and decor—a must-have for small spaces!

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Create a Guest Bedroom

Don’t have a guest room elsewhere in your home? Since they don’t require much space, you could easily turn even a small dining room into a guest bedroom. In this design, we opted for a bed that has built-in nightstands, which creates a minimal look and makes the room feel less cluttered and more open. Since dining rooms don’t have closets, a simple six-drawer dresser is a great add for guest’s clothes. (And you could even use a couple drawers for your own storage!) Opting for Roman shades rather than curtains keeps the windows unobstructed and allows for maximum natural light during the day.

If your dining room doesn’t have a closeable doorway, you could hang curtains for privacy. Or, if you don’t mind a larger project, you could have French doors installed!

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Add a Home Gym

Since so many gyms are still closed, we love the idea of creating a dedicated space to workout at home! This is one of our favorite spare room ideas of the moment. And a home gym design is easier to put together than you might think. We started by hanging up a pair of infinity mirrors to really establish that gym feeling—you gotta make sure your form is on-point, after all! (Plus, the mirrors reflect light and make the whole space feel more open and airy.) And we opted for a blue-green wall color that adds some energy to the space.

If you have an exercise machine or large equipment, like a bike, treadmill, or ballet bar, make sure to create space for that. Then, just be sure to include space for a floor mat for stretching and yoga, and perhaps a storage bench with baskets for easy organization of smaller equipment! We also hung up a hook near the bike for a towel. But, really, it’s all about making a space that works for your exercise needs and your preferred workout style—so personalize and change as needed!

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Relax in Your Reading Room

Are you one of those people who has always dreamed of having a home library, with a whole wall lined with books and a cozy chair to curl up in and read? Well, maybe it’s finally time to make that dream a reality! Transform your dining room into a reading room where you can escape to and totally relax, complete with a wall of deep bookcases. You can either max out the shelves with books, or integrate some decor and storage baskets on the shelves as well.

Besides shelving, we placed a comfy swivel chair in the corner, along with a side table for your beverage of choice, a pouf for putting up your feet, and a floor lamp for good reading light. Soft colors and natural materials throughout the space make for a soothing and serene setting.

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Chill in a TV Lounge

If you like the idea of having a TV-free living room, you could create a TV lounge in your empty dining room instead! This makes for a fun space that’s dedicated to relaxing, watching movies, and even reading.

To set up this space, opt for an apartment-size sofa and a cool lounge chair to offer enough seating for multiple people to relax but at a scale that won’t overwhelm the space. Mounting your TV on the wall and hanging a small shelf below it for electronics is a perfect alternative to a media cabinet and a great compact space-saver. A C-table is a great versatile and small surface for snacks and drinks—and since it’s on wheels, it’s easy to move it around to where you need it. And poufs are great footrests or extra seats, and can slide under the shelf when not in use!

And if binging TV shows isn’t your thing, you could also create a game room using similar elements! Just swap out the TV and shelf for a coffee table suited for games!

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These 7 Traditional Dining Rooms are Making Us Re-Think Our Mid-Century Obsession

Mid-century modern and eclectic styles have been trending for a while—but they’re not for everyone. If you don’t love the look of modern designs, you’re in luck. Because lately we’ve been seeing traditional and classic designs come back into the spotlight!

One area, specifically, where traditional and classic interior design elements are being embraced are in dining rooms. While many open-concept homes have done away with formal dining rooms in favor of open living rooms/dining rooms, they’re far from out of style. In fact, here at Modsy we’ve recently seen a rise in formal dining room designs! While super formal dining rooms were definitely out of vogue for a while, people are returning to them, with the desire to have a nice, dedicated space to gather around the table for meals.

What is traditional interior design style?

So, let’s dig a little deeper. What is traditional style? Well, it actually encompasses several different sub-categories of interior design—including rustic, classic formal, and American traditional.

Rustic design celebrates the vintage charm of pre-industrial design styles. Some of the traditional features you’ll notice in rustic styles are natural, weathered wood combined with simple accessories, architectural fragments, or one-of-a-kind pieces. Overall, this style is comfortable, warm, and inviting.

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Classic formal relies more on antique and heirloom pieces of furniture to create an elegant, formal feel to the space. Classic formal interiors have traditional elements and expected furniture arrangements and layouts. The patterns you’ll find in these spaces are classical, like damask, floral, chinoiserie, and toile, and you’ll find them layered in furniture upholstery, drapery, and bedding.

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On the other end of the spectrum, American traditional design is a bit understated and a less formal style than other traditional options. It’s based on an older American style that pulls inspiration from colonial and craftsman interiors. In these spaces, you’ll find dark leather and upholstery or muted, woven patterns, along with dark wood furnishing with minimal ornamental details.

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We love that there are so many different approaches to traditional, so you can find the design sub-set that best suits your style! Want to get the look of a traditional dining room in your own home? Keep reading for seven ways to bring a traditional dining room to life!

The Style: Rustic Warmth

Rustic Warmth gives you rustic-traditional vibes with some contemporary design elements. It’s a cozy but clean look that’s an approachable, practical take on rustic-traditional style.

The Key Elements

This style is full of traditional dining room elements—like the slipcovered and spindle chairs and the trestle table. But the contemporary nod comes in with the streamlined forms of the furniture. However, the rustic materials and natural textures keep this look decidedly grounded in the traditional sphere, featuring textures from rugged wood and chunky jute to linen and antiqued metals. As for the color palette, you’ll see a lot of high-contrast neturals—which keeps this space cozy but enlivened.

It’s perfect for…

Families, since the dining table and chairs are all solid and approachable. It’s also great if you like a hint of those rustic-traditional vibes but want a more contemporary approach.

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The Style: Farmhouse Chic

Rustic and glam elements combine to create this farmhouse chic look. It’s an interior design style that’s fresh and feminine but has plenty of cozy vibes, with some definite hints of luxury throughout.

The Key Elements

Farmhouse chic relies on traditional shapes in the furniture—like wingback dining chairs and this ornate pedestal dining table. But the mix of materials is both chic and rustic, from the weathered and distressed woods to velvet, brass, and decorative nailheads. There’s also a variety of natural materials in this space, with pops of jute, seagrass, and linen. The color palette is neutral and muted, but features pops of pastel pinks, blues, and yellows to warm it up—as does the natural light flooding into this room. And with those colors comes an eclectic mix of patterns, which gives this dining area a playful edge.

It’s perfect for…

Those who love both cozy and glam styles. They may be seemingly opposite design tastes, but this room is proof that they can co-exist. In a similar vein, it’s also perfect for those who like a little luxury but also want some countryside charm.

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The Style: Timeless Traditional

This look is where traditional design and classic formal elegance meet, for a look that’s timeless and traditional. This style has a stately, formal air, giving a sense of history to the spaces it’s in. We love that it creates a livable yet polished space.

The Key Elements

Key to the timeless traditional style is choosing foundational furniture for your dining area that are in traditional or classic formal styles. You can include a lot of antiques in this style—now is the time to choose pieces with great history or interesting stories of origin. Furniture in timeless, traditional dining rooms should be in dark wood tones or even black, and will feature ornate carved details—like spindles and fluted bases (peek this petite dining table). In this type of formal space, you’ll want to go with expected, traditional layouts. A statement chandelier helps create a focal point in the space. And, for any pops of colors and patterns, keep it traditional with damask, toile, chinoiserie, and oriental rugs.

It’s perfect for…

Anyone who loves a space with timeless appeal and antique elements. This one goes out to everyone who isn’t a fan of sleek, modern spaces.

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The Style: Refined Rustic

Classic and rustic styles combine to create refined rustic. Formal styling and elegant design elements keep this look in the traditional camp, with a timeless air. But this style also carries a sense of history with its smattering of vintage touches—while still being livable and warm.

The Key Elements

This style relies on rustic materials and shapes. For a dining area, think a distressed farmhouse dining table, slipcovered chairs, an antiqued oriental rug, and spindle dining chairs. As for the layout, you’ll notice that this style tends toward the formal, traditional dining room layout that’s symmetrical and expected—giving a sense of order and curation to the space (peek this guide to learn all about dining room layouts). You can finish off this look with vintage touches, like an antique-style mirror or a vintage-inspired chandelier. An added element that helps this style shine? Tons of natural light.

It’s perfect for…

Lovers of vintage spaces who gravitate toward classic, formal polish that’s warmed up with rustic elements.

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The Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

Classic formal design is softened with transitional and contemporary design elements. While, overall, this style has classic undertones, you’ll notice a more contemporary approach to finishing touches.

The Key Elements

The contemporary connoisseur look relies on classic foundations—like formal chairs, elegant accessories (like the chandelier, mirror, and sconces), traditional patterns, and a symmetrical layout. However, none of these pieces are full-on classic; rather, they all have slightly toned-down aesthetics. In this traditional dining room, you see this in the muted color palette and the streamlined captain chairs at either end of the table, both of which make this space more approachable. However, the soft, neutral color palette also features some pops of blues to add a cheery vibe to the space and is punctuated by pops of dark metal, which add a slightly contemporary air.

It’s perfect for…

Someone who wants a classic look but wants it to still feel approachable.

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The Style: Vintage Farmhouse

Vintage Farmhouse design is a mix of American traditional and rustic design elements. The traditional side is based on the older American style we mentioned earlier, which pulls inspiration from colonial and craftsman interiors. While American traditional is a very—you guessed it—traditional style that’s not necessarily “on-trend,” it’s still one of our favorites. It has stood the test of time for good reason. This is one of the more “masculine” approaches to traditional style and effortlessly pairs rustic touches with formal shapes and stately antiques.

The Key Elements

With vintage farmhouse design, you’ll often see dark upholstery, leather, and dark wood furnishings that have minimal ornamental details. In this traditional dining area, we opted for a small, round dining table to give it a more intimate vibe. Meanwhile, the blue wingback chairs are polished, stately, and have a formal air. Subtle pops of patterns found in the art, the ginger jar in the corner, and the texture on the rug drive home that vintage feeling—as does the dreamy color combo of blues and neutrals found in those patterns and throughout the dining room. Rustic materials come through in the distressed wood dining table and the antique metal chandelier.

It’s perfect for…

Those who want to fill their home with a sense of history with antique and vintage elements but still want to keep ornamentation to a minimum.

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The Style: Comfortably Classic

Classic formal is mixed with a bit of charm in this comfortably classic design. This style features a rustic sense of warmth and coziness, with a contemporary ease and approach to styling.

The Key Elements

Rustic materials are foundational to comfortably classic design. In this space, that means a distressed rug, an antique table, and distressed wood window frames-turned-mirror. However, the linen dining chairs add a crisp, clean vibe and their shapes add a contemporary flair. The relaxed arrangement feels more welcoming and family-friendly than other traditional dining room designs—and the swap of chairs on one side for a bench only adds to this feeling. (A bench is also great if you don’t want little ones near white upholstered chairs!) Finally, plants bring this space to life and add a welcome pop of green and texture!

It’s perfect for…

Those who want a classic space that’s still family-friendly, livable, and welcoming.

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5 Dining Room Designs that are Better than Brunch

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It’s safe to say that we’re all dining in at the moment—so maybe it’s time to give your dining room some love! You’re probably spending more time in it right now. Whether your dining table has become your temporary work-from-home office or you’re simply sitting down for more meals at home, it’s worth taking some time to give your dining room a spring refresh! And hey, it might inspire you to host a gourmet brunch for your family at home or remotely with your friends, bottomless mimosas and all!

How do I refresh my dining room for spring?

The first step in a spring refresh? Spring cleaning! This is a great opportunity to give your dining room a deep clean and sanitize all the hard surfaces. Other than sanitizing, our main spring cleaning essentials for a dining room include dusting, wiping down, and cleaning all fixtures, fans, baseboards, wall art, the table (obviously), and mirrors. Then, spot clean upholstered dining chairs or wipe down non-upholstered chairs. Finally, dusting those plant leaves—whether they’re real or fake—is a spring cleaning must!

Once the cleaning is done, you can get onto the fun: decorating ideas! One of our favorite dining room decor updates for spring includes swapping heavy drapes for breezier alternatives like a linen or a gauzy material. Centerpieces tend to be very seasonal, so for spring we love the idea of restyling centerpieces with smaller bud vases filled with seasonal greenery and blooms. Because fresh flowers and greenery can really breathe life into a space! It’s also time to store away winter dinnerware and restyle your credenza with some spring touches.

Want some specific tips and dining room ideas to refresh for spring? Keep reading for five spring-ready dining room designs to inspire you as you refresh your space!

dining room designThe Discerning Collector Dining Room

In this space, eclectic design meets minimalism for a seriously stunning dining room. While seemingly opposite styles, they actually do work together. In fact, for this look we took a cue from the minimalist-maximalist trend, which is the very best in the world of opposites attract. This is simply a spring-ready take on this style blend, with some added brightness!

The Key Elements

Key to this dining room look is a super neutral palette with a lot of contrasting elements. This type of contrast adds energy and vibrance to the space without requiring color. You’ll notice that all the furniture is very streamlined, with modern or minimal aesthetics. This space also features plenty of geometric shapes—found in the severe lines of the table, the sleek chairs, and the sculptural pendant.

Some of the eclectic nature of this style is found in the interesting mix of materials—from marble and metal to cloth, ceramics, wood, and woven seagrass. It’s a texture-palooza! These materials add ornament without adding extra stuff to the space. The furniture pieces themselves become the works of art. We especially love the sleek, frill-free forms of the chairs and the gorgeous veining found in the marble dining table. Overall the mix of textures is the perfect balance of a minimalist aesthetic and an eclectic approach to materials.

Why We Love It

If you love Leann Ford’s latest collection for Crate & Barrel, this dining room idea is for you. It has a sleek and trendy look, but it also pulls in elements of organic modernism with its earthy and organic shapes, materials, and textures. Pulling inspiration from the forms and materials of nature is a big design trend right now, and one that we’re all about, especially in this space! All of the natural materials help this space feel relaxing and approachable.

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dining room designThe Serene Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

This dining room is equal parts rustic, minimal, and mid-century modern. It’s the perfect look if you love modern farmhouse vibes but also enjoy cool, clean spaces. Somehow, this space effortlessly manages to be both fresh and cozy at the same time!

The Key Elements

This look is all about the tension between vintage and modern. How did we pull it off? We paired a vintage-style farmhouse table with sleek, mid-century wishbone dining chairs. The dining table is rugged and substantial, made of rough wood and featuring ornate carved details. Meanwhile, the chairs are delicate, made of a glossy, blonde wood with woven paper cord seats. The juxtaposition of these pieces embodies the push and pull between old and new, casual and refined.

Also essential to this look is a neutral color palette. The lack of color and contrast in this dining room gives the space a serene and airy vibe. You’ll notice that the only “colors” present are warm woods, creams, and whites—plus that beautiful pop of greenery, which brings the space to life. It’s an essential decor touch for spring! But the mix of natural textures found in the jute rug, the wood table, the woven chairs, the shell pendant, the gauzy curtains and the shiplap walls certainly keeps the look dynamic! There’s nothing flat or boring about this space.

Why We Love It

This dining room is a perfect spring-ready rendition of a modern farmhouse look. It’s fun to see the farmhouse style continue to evolve in new ways, and this space is just one more iteration of it. And it’s also great for hosting large family gatherings in the future—this trestle table can handle large groups and kids like nobody’s business!

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The Refined Rustic Dining Room

This small dining room beautifully combines rustic design elements with classic formal elegance, for a space that’s full of countryside charm! It creates a dining room that feels put together and polished but still has a relaxed vibe. Overall, it feels elegant, livable, and welcoming—one of our favorite dining room ideas to welcome in spring!

The Key Elements

For a refined rustic look, you want to start with some classic foundations. In this space, that means slipcovered dining chairs, a pedestal dining table, and an ornate chandelier. But you’ll notice that each of these pieces is infused with rustic, countryside touches. The whitewashed and distressed woods. The linen upholstery. The glass-front credenza. The artwork and the casual styling of the credenza also speak to the rustic nature of this style. But to keep it from leaning too rustic, you want to make sure there are still some ornate, refined touches—like the beaded chandelier, the sconces, the streamlined slipcovered chairs, and the carved table base. All of these pieces bring a sense of classic formal elegance to the space.

This space also features a neutral palette, but one that’s warmed up with small pops of color. The foundations are neutral or warm wood, but the pops of yellows and greens liven up the room. And the tulips certainly help with that, too!

Why We Love It

This dining room strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. It’s a cheery space that feels welcoming. The countryside charm puts you at ease and just feels right for spring. It’s a comforting style that’s perfect for these troubling, unstable times. We’re big fans of looking to classic and traditional decor elements for a sense of stability right now!

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dining room designThe Mod Collector Dining Room

This modern dining room is a fun mix of mid-century modern and eclectic ideas that make up one cohesive look. It has a youthful feeling, while also feeling like it effortlessly came together over time. It’s the perfect style for someone with a strong personality who wants their home to reflect who they are!

The Key Elements

The furniture found in this dining room features an informal mix of styles—a truly eclectic move. This tulip dining table with a marble top is a nod to classic Saarinen design. But the industrial chairs are a very different vibe, with a school-house feel to them. Meanwhile, the Sputnik chandelier comes straight out of the mid-century modern handbook!

This space also features an interesting and unlikely combination of patterns and materials. The patterns in this dining area are from all different “genres”—like the traditional rug, the geometric art, the industrial chairs, and the striped basket. And the materials in this space run quite the spectrum too—from marble and metal to textural materials like wool, leather, wood, and seagrass. Mastering the eclectic side of this style is all about layering on the visual and tactile textures in a space.

To really drive home the mod collector look in your dining room, you need a bold approach to color and contrast. This is most notable in the black accent wall. But between the wall color, the art, and the rug, you’ll notice that there are no limits when it comes to this color palette! The art pulls in blues, yellows, and greens while the rug adds reds and oranges to the mix. The key is simply balancing the ratio of color to neutrals. (More neutrals in a space keeps things balanced).

Why We Love It

This is a style that breaks (almost) all the rules. It’s a fun way to show off your personal style in your dining room! And with such a fun, interesting space, it makes eating in way more fun than going out—a feeling we all need right now!

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dining room designThe Rustic Boho Dining Room

A bohemian design sensibility meets a rustic approach to materials with rustic boho dining room. This smaller dining area is warm, inviting, and full of personality. It looks effortlessly on-trend, doesn’t it?

The Key Elements

Key to this dining room look is a mix of modern and traditional design ideas, pulled from different styles and time periods. The modern, sleek dining table contrasts with a more traditional china cabinet. The dining chairs have a distinctly mid-century modern profile. And the decor? It has a contemporary feel. All of these pieces mix together for a boho vibe that still creates a harmonious feeling.

The more rustic elements come into play with the choice of materials. Warm woods show off the natural beauty of the material, and opting for no-frills designs lets the wood grain do the talking. Woven chair seats add even more texture to the space. Meanwhile, the chunky knit wall hanging feels cozy and oh-so boho.

A signature element of boho style is a more eclectic and informal approach to layout. Unlike other dining room ideas, this one features a smaller table and more casual arrangement of chairs and furniture. Ultimately, you can push your space to be more or less boho with some simple layout choices.

Why We Love It

We love the cozy, informal hosting style that this rustic boho space creates. While it’s on-trend, it won’t feel dated in a few month’s or a year’s time. It’s also proof that small dining room designs don’t have to compromise on style!

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6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just hosting a morning brunch with friends, your dining room is at the center of it all. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress about your decor.

To help you avoid any pre-hosting stress, we rounded up our favorite tips to get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. Here are the dining room ideas we love and are sure to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties, brunches, and whatever else comes your way.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

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dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate valentines day dinner for two, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

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dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

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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.

Ready to be named the host with the most well-designed dining room this year? If you like what you see, start a project today and we’ll help you design your exact room in 3D.

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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