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The Ultimate Guide to Finding The Right Dining Room Storage for You

More than ever, our dining rooms have become spaces that demand hyper versatility and functionality. From serving as makeshift home offices to entertaining close family and friends, keeping the dining room neat and organized is key. The best way to create an organized space, is by making sure you have the right dining room storage.

Not sure what kind of storage is right for your needs? Our guide to the best storage furniture has you covered.

There are many types of dining room storage furniture, and what you choose needs to work for your lifestyle and needs. If you have kids, a buffet or chest with drawers and cupboards can be great for storing dinnerware along with any extra art and school supplies if your office is also your dining room; if you entertain a lot, a bar cart or cabinet might be the drinks station you need; or if you live alone in a small space, maybe it’s simply having a stylish tray to corral things on your dining table. All to say, there are many ways for how to add storage to a dining room, but it really comes down to what makes sense for you and your space.

Not sure what you need in your dining room? Check out our ultimate dining room checklist!

For guidance, we’ve rounded up stylish and functional pieces to consider for your dining room, what they’re each great for, and tips for styling them for your space. Find out more below!

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Bar Cart

Typically on casters or wheels, a bar cart is meant to be moved around for entertaining purposes. It’s your on-the-go drinks station for serving cocktails, wine, and even tea and coffee. For that reason, it’s a great dining room storage piece if you’re big on hosting family and friends. Whether you leave it in a corner or bring it to wherever the party is, make the most of your bar cart storage. In addition to liquor and glasses, use it for cookbooks, coasters, and small plates.

Style Tip: A bar cart has an instant grown-up look, and it can easily be styled up or down. Decorate it with plants, art, and sculptures to add a touch of your personal style.

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Bar Cabinet

For a stationary drinks station with enclosed storage, the bar cabinet is a compact, stylish, and functional option. It typically has a built-in open shelf for mixing cocktails and serving drinks. It also usually comes with doors that latch close, so it’s a smart dining room storage piece if you have young kids in the house.

Style Tip: A bar cabinet is a sophisticated and classy storage piece. What makes it great is that it hides bottles and clutter. Stock it with wine glasses, tumblers, barware, and cocktail shakers to make it feel like a real bar.

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Credenza or Buffet

For those with a dining room they use regularly, a buffet or credenza is the way to go. A credenza is a sideboard with closed cabinets that have either hidden or glass doors. It’s the ideal dining room storage piece for everything from everyday tableware to formal serving pieces. Credenzas and buffets tend to be large and pricey but they’re functional investment pieces that will last you for years.

Style Tip: Because credenzas and buffets offer so much storage space, use them for dining pieces you want to keep within easy reach. Think dinner plates, silverware, glasses, napkins, tablecloths, you name it.

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Console Shelf

Different from a credenza or buffet, a console shelf is perfect for less formal dining spaces. It’s typically more narrow in size and doesn’t have deep storage space. But because it is wider, it takes up less footprint and can easily be used along any wall. You also want to consider a console shelf if you’re looking for a dining room storage piece that can double as a decorative display. A console shelf with tiers will let you store smaller items on the open shelves, and one with drawers can be great for anything from silverware to takeout menus.

Style Tip: It’s great for storing and displaying decorative items, like cookbooks, picture frames, and plants. It always looks stylish when it’s topped with lamps, art, and a mirror hung above it.

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Dresser

Most people think of the dresser as a bedroom staple, but it can actually be the perfect dining room storage piece! The dresser is like a credenza but with lots of drawers instead of cabinets. And dressers typically have deep drawers, which makes them great for storing bigger items, like plates and platters, glassware and silverware, and stacks of bowls and table linens. It’s an unexpected and beautiful storage option for a large dining space.

Style Tip: Beyond storage, the top of a dresser can also easily be used as a bar, serving station, or a display surface. Or make it multipurpose and style the top for all of those uses!

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Portable Tray

Simple and small but versatile, trays are especially useful in compact dining spaces. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles, so you’re bound to find one (or several) that suits your needs and space. What also makes trays amazing dining room storage pieces is you can organize anything in them, be it candles and centerpieces or cocktail beverages and barware. Not to mention you can easily move them around for entertaining as needed.

Style Tip: You can mix random items in a tray and it’ll all look stylishly organized. But having a focus is always a good idea. Try using a tray for drinking glasses or coffee and tea sets or plates and napkins. It’s all about curating your trays and having fun doing it!

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Hutch

For a serious dining room storage piece, a hutch has both open shelving and closed cabinets and drawers. You’ve probably seen hutches in traditional and rustic dining rooms and kitchens. Hutches are large in scale and the shelves and cabinets usually come as one piece, but sometimes they can be detached. The combination of shelving and drawers gives hutches tons of storage and display possibilities.

Style Tip: You can store and display plates, bowls, and dinnerware on the shelves, then use the cubbies for linens and serving pieces; or you can line the shelves with decorative accents and stow kitchen items below and behind closed doors.

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Dining Cabinet

For an elevate approach to dining room storage, a tall dining cabinet is a chic addition to any space. In many cases, a dining cabinet can look like a display case or armoire. It’s large in size and typically has shelving and two front doors—some might have drawers also. If you like to keep all your special serving pieces and dinnerware that you save for formal occasions in one place (and visible), consider investing in a glass-fronted dining cabinet.

Style Tip: Try using a dining cabinet for larger items, such as platters, porcelain serving bowls, and small appliances you don’t need much. Or you can also fill a glass cabinet with your finest china collection to create a beautifully curated display.

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Storage Bench

Even if you keep all your dinnerware and tableware stored outside of your dining room, there’s still room to add in some sneaky storage solutions. A storage bench that opens up with a deep compartment can be a stylish option for those who don’t want bulky dining room storage furniture in the dining space. The bench can either be pulled up as a seat at your dining table or it can be placed along a wall for an elegant side seat that also holds extra pillows, throws, or other small accents.

Style Tip: To make the most of a storage bench for in the dining room, use its hidden compartment for entertaining essentials, like candles, small vases, matches, runners, and extra napkins, etc. Treat it as your party chest!

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Guide to Dining Chair Materials & Which Is Right for You

When you think of dining chairs, you might think they’re all function and no form. But that’s far from the truth. They can actually be fun statement pieces within your dining room! One of the best ways to get creative with dining room chairs is in the material. There are so many different types of dining chairs and materials to choose from—and what you land on can help influence or support the overall design style of your dining room. (Of course, the frame shape has a lot of bearing on the style of your dining room as well. Check out our guide to dining chair styles for more on that.)

Since they are highly functional pieces, it’s important to think about and which ones are best for your lifestyle. So, when thinking through dining room design ideas, you’ll want to consider your individual needs. If you have kids, you’ll probably want a material that’s easy to clean. If your dining room is doubling as a home office, you’ll want dining room chairs that are comfortable to sit in for a full workday. What you need depends on how you use your space, and who uses it. But from there, you can choose whatever dining chair material that suits your fancy!

Ready to dive in? Keep reading for our dining chair materials guide! We’ve rounded up a few of our stylists’ favorite dining room chair materials and why we love them!

Dining chair materials guide

NATURAL MATERIALS

Dining chairs made of natural materials encompass materials like woods, cane, rattan, and so much more. This is by far the largest category of dining room chair materials, as it encompasses such a broad range of materials that are often used in dining chairs. Read on for a bit more on some of the more popular natural materials for dining chairs.

Wicker

Wicker is made from pliable plant materials (like bamboo, willow, rattan, and reads) and can come to life in furniture in many different woven styles. It’s a lightweight but sturdy material, which will hold up well over time when treated with care. And, when weather treated, it’s generally safe for outdoor use as well. (Perfect for an outdoor dining set!)

Wicker pairs well with…

Dining tables made of other natural materials—like stone, wood, marble, and some metal tables. And wicker also pairs well with metal within the chair itself. The chairs featured above have wicker seats but feature delicate metal legs which add a more modern vibe to this more traditionally eclectic material.

This material is perfect for…

A more casual interior design style. It goes really well with rustic, coastal, and eclectic interior design styles.

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Teak

Teak is a tropical hardwood tree species that makes for beautiful and durable furniture. With its warmer tone, it adds nice organic warmth to a space, making a beautiful statement in dining spaces. Teak has beautiful coloring and can easily be combined with other materials. In the image above, teak chair frames are supplemented with woven seagrass seats which adds beautiful texture to the chairs.

Teak pairs well with…

Wood dining tables that are in a similar color family as your teak chair’s finish. It also pairs well with stone and marble.

This material is perfect for…

Eclectic spaces, mid-century modern styles, and even some minimalist and rustic styles. In fact, the use of teak furniture is big in the Japandi trend, a minimal but warm interior design style.

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Natural Wood

Natural wood dining chairs give dining rooms a beautiful earthy and natural quality to them. They come in a wide variety of different shapes and styles, making them one of the most versatile dining chair materials. In fact, they transition well between many styles—and the finish found on natural wood chairs tend to be more earthy and organic, since it’s not a stain but just a finish that seals and protects the wood without significantly changing the natural coloring. Because this is a sturdy natural material, natural wood chairs hold up well over time.

Natural wood pairs well with…

Almost everything—from natural wood dining tables to metal, stone, marble and painted wood in just about any color.

This material is perfect for…

Minimalists, mid-century modern style, and some traditional styles that veer more eclectic.

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Stained or Painted Wood

When it comes to wood dining chairs, there’s a lot more out there than the natural wood look. Stain shows off the natural grain and texture of a wood chair while giving it a darker finish. But wood can, of course, also be painted or manufactured with a darker finish—which means painted wood dining chairs can span from black and white to bolder colors like red, yellow, pink, or blue! Whatever the finish, stained or painted wood dining chairs give a more high-contrast look than natural wood dining chairs—while offering the same benefits.

Stained or painted wood pairs well with…

Metals, marbles, and stone. Depending on the stain or paint color, these chairs can also pair with other wood tones that are more refined. Just make sure that if you’re going for stained wood dining chairs and a wood dining table, that there’s enough contrast between the tones.

This material is perfect for…

A variety of styles. Chairs painted with a color other than black or white tend to suit a more eclectic style, while dining chairs with an ebony finish go well with glam or minimalist styles—or even some mid-century modern spaces. Stained dining chairs go well with mid-century modern spaces as well, but also suit traditional and classic spaces depending on the shape and style of the chair. Chairs that are painted white go well with traditional and coastal spaces. Needless to say, stained or painted wood dining chairs are quite versatile!

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Leathers

Leather dining chairs add a subtle pop of color to your dining room. There’s a sophistication that comes with leather, but different leather tones and finishes will give your dining room a different vibe. Leather dining chairs are often paired with metal legs, giving them a more sleek look.

Saddle Leather

Leather is a softer material, which makes it more comfortable than other dining chair materials. A saddle or cognac leather color is very versatile and adds nice warmth to a space. When treated well, it will hold up over time—though it will definitely develop a natural patina over years of use. (In our opinion, that only adds to the look—so don’t be afraid of visible aging or even small scratches and scuffs!)

Saddle leather pairs well with…

All dining table types—from wood and stone to metal and marble. This is such a stylistically versatile material, making it an all around all-star for dining chair materials.

This material is perfect for…

Mid-century styles and more transitional styles. It can also work well in eclectic spaces. Leather chairs also go well in a variety of spaces and can make excellent desk chairs or side chairs.

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Tobacco Leather

Tobacco leather has a darker finish which makes it naturally suited for more masculine and dramatic spaces. With that darker finish, it helps ground your space, and like all leathers, it will develop a beautiful patina as it wears naturally over time.

Tobacco leather pairs well with…

Wood and metal dining tables, as well as some stones that are more earthy and industrial.

This material is perfect for…

Industrial and minimal spaces, mid-century style, and some rustic styles.

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UPHOLSTERED

Upholstered dining chairs have a bit more of a formal vibe—the material used in the upholstery will definitely influence the style. Upholstered dining chairs can range from cottons and linens to velvet and vinyl. They can also be fully upholstered or slipcovered, or have metal or wooden legs or frames with upholstered backs and seats.

Upholstered Velvet

Velvet has an ability to elevate a look due to its richness in texture and material. So, dining chairs upholstered in velvet will add a sense of luxury to any dining room. However, velvet isn’t super easy to clean—so veer away from using it in homes with children (unless it’s a durable or performance velvet that is a darker color). Sometimes velvet dining chairs are entirely upholstered, like the ones above, while other styles have an upholstered seat frame, while the legs are metal or wood.

Velvet pairs well with…

Marble dining tables. Marble and velvet go beautifully together, as they’re both materials that have a glam, luxurious vibe. Velvet also pairs nicely with white and ebony colored tables, and tables with glass tabletops and gold or brass metallic accents.

This material is perfect for…

Glam and eclectic interior design styles, as well as maximalist lovers.

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Upholstered Frame

Upholstered dining chair frames—where the chair’s seat and back are upholstered in fabric, are one of the most popular styles of dining chairs. They’re also one of the most comfortable dining chair styles, as upholstered chairs also have some built-in padding. Most upholstered dining chairs have wooden frames. The fabric used in the upholstery—as well as the finish of the rest of the chair’s frame—will influence what style the chair pairs with best.

Upholstered chairs pair well with…

Stone, marble, concrete, and wood dining tables. Upholstered chairs also pair well with caning. In fact, there’s also a sub-set of upholstered chairs where the seat of the chair is upholstered in fabric but the back is caning, which adds additional visual interest to the chair.

This material is perfect for…

Traditional dining rooms. However dining chairs with upholstered frames can also go with some mid-century styles as well as contemporary, rustic, coastal, and transitional spaces.

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Slipcovers

Slipcovered dining chairs are great for more formal dining rooms, as they tend to give off a more refined look. Since most slipcovers can be taken off and washed, they’re generally kid-friendly! (Though only if it’s a performance fabric that’s washable—so make sure you look out for that when buying!) For a less formal look, you could use slipcovered chairs just at each end of your dining room table, then bring in a natural material chair along the lengths of your table. This adds structure to your dining room with less formality—and is one of the easiest ways to dip your toe into the mismatched dining chairs trend!

Slipcovered chairs pair well with…

All table types. Since they’re completely covered in fabric (and dining room tables are never made of fabric) there is no sense of competing materials. So they really can go with any dining table materials.

This material is perfect for…

Rustic, traditional, classic, and transitional styles—although it can be mixed into more eclectic styles as well.

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MANUFACTURED MATERIALS

Dining chairs made of more manufactured materials—like acrylic, polycarbonate, plastic, and metal—tend to be kid-friendly because they are so easy to clean. But, the material itself has a huge bearing on what style of dining room it’s suited to.

Acrylic

Acrylic dining chairs are super sleek and are perfect for those with modern design sensibilities. While they’re not the most comfortable dining chair material, they’re very easy to clean! All you have to do is whip them down. They work great in smaller or busier spaces, since acrylic doesn’t visually clutter a small space.

Acrylic pairs well with…

Mixed materials, like brass and marble (like the table pictured above). Acrylic also pairs well with a white lacquer table or a white concrete.

This material is perfect for…

Modern and glam dining rooms. Acrylic really lets the other materials in the space shine.

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Metal

Metal chairs are easy to maintain and will pretty much last forever. Like acrylic, they’re also very easy to clean. However, since they veer industrial in style, they can seem a little cold—so if you want to add more comfort and warmth to your dining room, we recommend using metal dining chairs as an accent paired with a more comfortable chair or bench to help break up the metal-on-metal in the space. You could also add seat cushions to metal chairs for added comfort.

Metal pairs well with…

Wooden dining tables. Pairing metal chairs and a wood table adds beautiful contrast to the space, and the finish of the table can help define the overall style of the space.

This material is perfect for…

Industrial dining rooms. But, when paired with the right pieces, they can also work well in transitional, rustic, and farmhouse spaces.

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How To Decorate a Minimalist Dining Room

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

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

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

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

1. Clear Out Clutter

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

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

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2. Stay Neutral

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

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

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3. Opt for Streamlined Forms

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

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

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4. Play Up Symmetry

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

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

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5. Have Lots of Natural Materials

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

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

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6. Embrace Negative Space

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

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

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7. Play With Geometry

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

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

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8. Amplify Contrast

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

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

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Dine In Style: Get the Look of These 10 Stunning Contemporary Dining Rooms

It’s easy to think of dining rooms as a very traditional space—but you can really design them to suit any interior design style. If you’re looking for decorating ideas for your dining room design, consider a contemporary style, which gives you an updated and approachable but still slightly formal look.

What is contemporary design?

But what exactly is contemporary interior design? And how does this style differ from modern or transitional design styles? Well, in contemporary design you’ll find a lot of clean lines and smooth surfaces. Furniture forms tend to have softer lines and more rounded edges than the stark, hard lines and forms of modern design. Color-wise, you’ll find lots of neutrals—whether creams and tans, black and white, or grays. Though, occasionally you’ll also see some bold color accents in a contemporary space! But, overall, a neutral color palette will help the focus remain on the shapes and lines within the space.

Contemporary design emphasizes simplicity. With minimal ornamentation, and a neutral color palette, the shapes and lines within the space are the main focal point. So, keep ornamentation at a minimum—but feel free to use texture and upholstery to keep things visually interesting.

Contemporary style is perfect for dining rooms as it creates a clean, welcoming environment to gather with family and friends. (Or the perfect low-distraction space to use as a makeshift home office.) Contemporary dining rooms feel modern while still having a lot of personality.

Interested in creating a contemporary dining room design? Or just want some dining room ideas to spark some inspiration? Keep reading for our 10 favorite contemporary dining room designs and get decorating ideas for dining room designs that will take your space to the next level!

Contemporary dining roomsSweet Simplicity

This dining room is a beautiful mix of contemporary transitional and minimalist styles, with a calm and open vibe. There are some high-contrast neutral moments, but it’s in a way that feels serene, not harsh.

The Key Elements

This dining room comes to life with comfortable, timeless classics, like these dark wood wishbone chairs. The dining table and chandelier have very modern but minimalist lines. We kept the ornamentation minimal—just art, greenery, and some choice ceramics. We even left the windows free of draperty to maximize the natural light for an open feel.

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Those who like iconic, timeless furniture with a minimalist aesthetic.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Chic Affair

This contemporary dining room is a little bit classic and a little bit transitional, resulting in a space that is very chic. While the decor is minimal, the pieces that are used are high-impact—like the oversized art, the sculptural chandelier, and the large orchid on the table.

The Key Elements

A neutral and soft color palette, with subtle pops of blue and green, give this dining room a feel of sophisticated calm. While the dining chairs have a classic look, with the combination of upholstery and polished wood, the soft lines and curves of the design give it a contemporary vibe. Brass elements also play with that classic vibe, but in updated forms, like the dainty brass lamp, the modern marble and brass dining table, and the stunning scalloped pendant light.

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Those who love beautiful, classical spaces, updated with contemporary touches.

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Contemporary dining roomsGet Lost In Conversation

This is a minimalist dining room if we ever saw one—but minimal with a very contemporary vibe. The minimalism comes through in the styling—where a simple bowl is all that’s on the table, paired with a tree in the corner and a contemporary trio of mirrors on the wall. And the lack of a rug gives this dining room a sleek look.

The Key Elements

We love contemporary dining room sets that are geared toward being truly livable. Case in point: Cozy upholstered chairs with arms are great for long meals at the table, filled with conversation. And the clean-lined wood frame gives them a contemporary look. A pendant light with a simple linen drum shade adds a bit of sculptural aspect to this arrangement, while the tiered mirrors on the wall help open up the space while standing in the place of art. A warm neutral color palette gives this contemporary dining room a very approachable feel.

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Those who value timeless colors and comfortable furniture.

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Contemporary dining roomsStep Right Up

This is one of our favorite dining room ideas for smaller spaces where you only have room for a dining nook. The bar-height table has a unique and unexpected shape, while the backless counter-height seating is very hip.

The Key Elements

To achieve this look, go for a mix of metal, wood and upholstery, where everything has clean lines. But that doesn’t mean hard edges! Incorporate curved forms throughout. A blue accent wall makes the neutrals in the furniture stand out, and we love the simple pop of the shibori print art. Since this is a smaller set-up, we went with an understated drum pendant for lighting—and added some candles on the table for added ambiance.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those with small spaces or who want the addition of a casual dining space where they can hang out near the kitchen. This is also a great design for entertaining, as it offers a bar-height surface for people to set food and drinks while mingling.

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Contemporary dining roomsEnthusiastically Mod

Mid-century modern and transitional elements combine in this contemporary dining room. We love how the neutral color palette is warmed up with a honey-toned wood table, taupe wall, and navy upholstered chairs.

The Key Elements

We incorporated contemporary elements in this dining room with the silver table frame, chair legs, and lamps, as well as the rug with its solid striation of blues and whites. But the mid-century modern elements—like the sideboard, tiered chandelier, and the tapered-leg chairs—help ground the look. We streamlined the accents, like the glass succulents and the iron sculpture and silver lamps on the sideboard, for a more modern twist.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those who like simple contemporary style with a hint of mid-century modern.

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Contemporary dining roomsInvite Industrial Over For Dinner

Industrial and contemporary elements meet in this high-contrast dining room. You see the contrast in the white of the table against the dark chairs and sideboard. But that’s not the only color element to take notice of. The pops of blue and yellow in the artwork add a fun, youthful vibe to the space. The tree in the corner also adds a pop of color, along with some organic texture.

The Key Elements

The white dining room table, along with the blue and white rug and the simple artwork, ground this room in the contemporary camp. But the industrial touches—like the black dining chairs, the blown glass and steel pendant light, and the metal and wood sideboard—add a rough-hewn, industrial element to the space. It makes for a very dynamic contrast! Aside from the blended styles, we also love that this dining room offers enough open space for entertaining, along with plenty of storage space!

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those who like a clean aesthetic but want to add some rough, industrial textures and elements.

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Contemporary dining roomsThe Contemporary Traditionalist

We love this cozy, contemporary dining nook. This mix of styling—traditional and transitional—is welcoming and homey. The simple, earth-tone color palette adds to this vibe, for a dining room that’s very practical and approachable.

The Key Elements

This dining room is all about the mix of elements. Traditional woods and upholstery, like leather, get updated forms for a mix of streamlined and classic. And the mix of chairs and a storage bench creates unique and flexible seating options. The solid jute rug is a lovely mix of rustic and contemporary styles. And the contemporary pendant light adds an updated touch (contrasting with the more traditional table) and doesn’t interfere with site lines for looking out the open windows.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those with kids, as the bench adds a cozy place to sit along with storage underneath. And when they want to sit in chairs, the leather is very easy to wipe down.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Table For Two

This dining room has a very classic vibe—but with more contemporary shapes and a higher-contrast color palette. We love how both the chairs and tables are in black-and-white, creating a sophisticated and dramatic foundation for this dining area. But blue drapes keep it grounded in a more classic look.

The Key Elements

To a contemporary spin on classic, it’s necessary to update the forms. Opt for clean lines—a mix of curves and straight lines for good balance, which you can see in the table, chairs, and bench. (Speaking of, we love the mix of a bench and chairs to make this space casual but classy.) Meanwhile, the seeded glass pendant adds a fun touch to the space. A pop of pattern comes in through the rug, and the simple botanical art print adds a sweet element.

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Those who love a sophisticated, classical look but want it updated with contemporary lines and a bit of contrast.

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Contemporary dining roomsNo Reason To Be Blue

This contemporary minimalist dining room is characterized by its simple decor and minimalist aesthetic. The result? A clean and open space that’s very welcoming.

The Key Elements

The foundational pieces in this room—the table and chairs—are the main element in this minimal space. And though loaded with style and made with contemporary lines, they’re neutral in color, which further drives home their contemporary vibe. To give this space some personality, we added pops of color in the rug, wall, and art—but all in soothing and serene greens and greys. Other than that, the decor is simple, with just the artwork and wood bowl on the table to give an organic touch to the space.

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Those who like minimal and transitional dining rooms but want to add some color ot the mix.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Touch Of Rustic Warmth

Rustic and transitional elements combine for an unexpected take on a contemporary dining room. A neutral color palette keeps this space grounded and approachable. And the fact that these are warm neutral of creamy whites, taupe, and browns speak to the rustic side of this style. And while the decor is simple, the way it’s layered on the buffet further drives home that rustic vibe.

The Key Elements

The forms found in the table and chairs—with their soft lines and curves—is what makes this dining room lean contemporary. But the leather tones, natural fiber rug, and natural wood dining table and buffet ground this table in the rustic camp. Upholstered captain chairs add an elegant touch to the space; they’re very transitional in style but the weathered wood trim adds a rustic element. And the modern cage light fixture in antique brass perfectly blends both styles together.

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Those who love a rustic aesthetic but appreciate the clean, soft lines of contemporary design.

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