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Dining Room Wall Decor Ideas

When it comes to hanging art, the dining room is probably not the first place that comes to mind.

Most people prioritize their living rooms and bedrooms—after all, you probably spend the bulk of your time in these spaces. But we’re here to make a case for decorating your dining room walls—which can make all the difference to the space!

Without a doubt, picking out dining room wall decor and art can feel like a challenge at first. What subject matter should you choose? Where should you hang art in your dining space? Should you go with one large piece or many smaller pieces?

While there are definitely practical details to consider, like the size of your space and the amount of empty wall space you have to work with, how you approach your dining room wall decor is ultimately up to you. For some guidance, we’ve rounded up 15 stylish ideas for decorating your dining room walls—from how to arrange your pieces to where best to hang art. Keep reading to find out more.

Just starting to furnish your dining space? Check out our essential guide to dining room furniture along with our top picks for dining room rugs. Or if you’re not sure you need an actual dining room, try these alternative uses for an empty dining room design.

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1. Layer Art Along A Buffet

If you have a buffet or sideboard cabinet in your dining space, transform the surface into a showcase for art and objects.

Arrange artworks in varying sizes: Try leaning a few pieces and hanging some up on the wall behind the cabinet to add depth and dimension. This is a great option for those who have a lot of art but not the wall space for all of them, or for apartment renters who want a more casual look that doesn’t require too many holes for hanging.

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2. Add A Single Oversized Piece

For spacious dining rooms or ones with high ceilings and long walls, hanging one large-scale artwork is the best way to create an instant focal point.

Consider an oversize painting with lots of color for a more classic dining room space, or opt for a graphic high-contrast piece that makes for a modern statement in a minimalist setting. The one rule of thumb here? The larger your dining room, the bigger the piece of art.

Need help finding the perfect work for your space? Check out our tips on how to choose art.

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3. Double The Impact With Diptych Art

For a streamlined dining room display, hang a diptych—which is one artwork that spans across two canvases. It’s a stylish option for large dining room walls, which are often easier to fill with fewer, bigger art pieces rather than lots of small artworks.

Additionally, a diptych can be pretty versatile when it comes to how you hang them. You can pair them side by side for a cohesive look or hang them separately on opposite walls to create a more dynamic yet still balanced look that visually ties your dining room together.

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4. Style Up A Gallery Wall

You can’t beat a classic gallery wall arranged around a subject or theme, or just curated from an eclectic selection of captivating artworks. If you can’t decide on a specific style or piece of dining room wall art, this is the best tried-and-true approach.

For those who already have a collection of prints or works, put them in different frames in varying sizes, which will provide more texture and depth when they’re hung together in a gallery wall arrangement. If you’re pulling together a lot of different pieces, lay them out on your floor and find a configuration that works for you first, and check out our tips on how to hang art.

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5. Floating Shelves With Art

Install floating shelves to display art while also adding open storage. In a dining space, floating shelves can be a great way to both store and display dining essentials.

Opt for two long rows of shelving, which allows you to lean art and decorative pieces on the top shelf, while filling the bottom shelf ones that offer space for dinnerware, glasses, and other tableware. If you’re working with a small dining room and need storage that doesn’t take up any floor space, this is the perfect solution.

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6. Open Up With Mirrors

An elegant alternative to art is to bring in an oversize statement mirror to function as dining room wall decor.

With a floor-to-ceiling mirror, choose one that suits your style and don’t be afraid to go tall and wide as long as it fits into your space. In a small dining room, a large mirror can help open up the room immensely by giving the illusion of more space while reflecting more light. However, this is not the most family-friendly option, so it’s not the best idea for dining rooms that are busy with young kids or pets every day.

 

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7. Show Off Unique Textured Walls

In a home where your dining room is surrounded with walls that have textured appeal, such as shiplap, brick, wood paneling, or even plaster, consider skipping art and wall decor altogether.

This is a great way to celebrate the interior architecture of your home by drawing focus to the unique textural details of your dining room walls. If you’re a minimalist, this is the perfect way to highlight your pared-down dining room furnishings through a contemporary clean-lined look.

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8. Make It Pop With Wallpaper

A spectacular wallpaper not only adds color, pattern, texture, and bold impact to your dining room, but it will also serve as a stylish backdrop for your furniture.

Depending on the style of wallpaper you choose, you can easily tailor the look and feel of your overall space to a unique style—be it a stripe, ikat, colorful block print, or even something fanciful like chinoiserie. Just remember that wallpaper is definitely more of a commitment than art, so just be sure you’re ready to take the leap!

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9. Display A Scenic Photograph

You can instantly change the mood and tone in your dining space with a large evocative photograph.

Whether black-and-white or sepia-toned, a large-scale landscape photograph or one depicting a panoramic exterior view functions as a window into another place. It can transport you from your dining space while adding a modern and personal touch. If you love taking your own photos, consider enlarging your favorite print, from your travels or everyday sightings, and turning it into a framed photo for your space.

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10. Brighten Up With Sconces

A pair of wall sconces is both practical and aesthetically elegant in any dining room. They’ll provide a balanced, symmetrical look to your space while also adding a bit of mood lighting.

With sconces, the design and style you choose doesn’t necessarily have to go with your furniture or lighting. In fact, a pair of sconces that are slightly different from the rest of your decor can make for bold, sculptural focal points on your walls that truly stand out. Consider ones with shades for darker, moodier lighting, or go with styles with exposed bulbs for a brighter light.

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11. Play Up Tall Plants

So plants aren’t necessarily wall decor, but a grouping of tall plants and greenery can make for a lush and lively backdrop in your dining space.

Lined up along a wall, tall plants and trees offer a vibrant dose of color, texture, and organic element unlike any art or wall decor. Not only do they bring a bit of brightness and life to your space, they also serve as sculptural accents which make for intriguing focal points that are spread out across your space. If you’re a plant lover, this is the perfect reason to bring in more!

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12. A Sculptural Chandelier

Another way to work in style and intrigue without decorating your dining room walls is to hang a bold sculptural chandelier.

Like a piece of eye-catching artwork itself, a uniquely designed chandelier will center the focus in your dining space. It’s a great way to add instant, sophisticated impact by drawing the eye upwards, and it also makes for functional lighting for your entire space. It’s perfect if you prefer a minimalist look in your dining space but still want an captivating, artful focal point that doesn’t crowd up your walls.

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13. Tapestry

An eclectic alternative to dining room wall art, an elegant woven hanging tapestry can lend a touch of softness as well as textural contrast.

Tapestries beautifully detailed works of art on their own. They come in a range of sizes, styles, colors, and shapes, so choose one that’s in keeping with your dining room furnishings. If your style leans boho or a tad rustic, a tapestry can be a great accent to pair with other patterns, colors, and textures.

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14. Gather Some Wall Baskets

Think of wall baskets as the perfect a sculptural take on the gallery wall. Instead of captivating artworks, a grouping of wall baskets provides the same color and textural appeal but with added depth.

Wall baskets bring a natural decor element to your dining space. In a small dining room, you can hang one behind your dining table for a singular statement piece; or gather a few into a curated arrangement on a small strip of wall. You can even work in a hanging wall basket into your gallery wall of framed art to give it an eclectic look. They’re wonderfully versatile accents in that way.

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15. Create A Mixed-Use Display

On the topic of eclectic gallery walls, consider combining different art and decor elements to create one that truly sets your dining room apart. Think a mix of large and small art pieces, wall sculptures and a floating shelf arrayed with accents and objects, and even a stunning chandelier to top it all off.

This is a great way to play up a look that’s a little more personal and reflects your varied tastes. Play up different art forms, like a mix of paintings and photos, and add favorite objects, like ceramics or mementos, to your console or shelf. The key is to get creative with a fun mix.

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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 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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