The dining room is an unusual space. It's dedicated to eating dinner. Even then, usually only formal dinners. You may only use your dining room a couple times a year, or if you make a point of it, weekly.
No matter how much you use your dining room now, chances are you'll use it a lot more if it's a place you love to be. Dining room decor can transform the space from a formal (and boring) place, to one you can't wait to use.
These 10 dining room decor ideas will add the drama you need to make your dining room a compelling place to be.
1. Feature Wall
The feature wall is the perfect way to liven up your dining room. All you have to do is concentrate on one wall to get the desired effect.
You can create a feature wall simply by painting one wall in a different color (the bolder the color the better). You can create a feature wall by adding a distinctive wallpaper. You can make a wall pop by adding an oversized piece of art. Or you can add some texture to a wall that will make it come alive.
Try a tin tile to add texture and pattern to a feature wall. These can also add a distinctive color that sets the tone for the entire design.
A banquette is a feature usually reserved for breakfast nooks, but why not add one to your dining room? They add a comfortable and less formal feel to the space but still offer all the seating you need at the table. It's a dramatic departure from the usual and will draw attention to your dining room.
You can build a banquette along any wall, but under a window is ideal. You won't have chair backs blocking the view. A comfortable banquette under a window also tends to double as a cozy reading nook in the sun.
3. Statement Lighting
Lighting is so important in the dining room. Not only functionally, but in design as well. Start with plenty of ambient lighting but then move your attention to a dramatic piece of lighting over the dining table.
Go classic with a crystal chandelier or set the tone with a linear, modern piece. You can almost consider your dining room statement lighting as an art installation. There are nearly endless possibilities so you can find something that perfectly suits your vibe.
Create lots of drama with the accents in the dining room. These are things that will catch the eye and can create a story but not overwhelm the space. Upholster the dining chairs in an interesting pattern. Go eclectic and mismatch your dining chairs. Introduce something trendy like acrylic or bring in a bench instead of chairs.
You can also accent your design with throw pillows, flower arrangements, and other decor you can easily trade out as your tastes and seasons shift.
5. Dining Table
The dining table is the centerpiece of your dining room. The more dramatic the table, the more dramatic the space. Try an unexpected material like concrete or acrylic. Or opt for a different shape.
Round tables can be difficult because, most of the time, dining rooms are rectangular. That shouldn't stop you though. Just get the right size table for your room and you can enjoy any shape table no matter the shape of the room.
If the dining room is an entity unto itself, it stands apart from the open concept and does its own thing. Because of this, you can get creative with the flooring without it being interruptive to the rest of the home's design.
Use a completely different flooring material from the rest of the house. Or use the same flooring but arrange it in a different pattern. Better yet, paint the existing flooring with colors and patterns that work for your design.
If you do have a dining room that has to play nicely with the rest of the house, use the rug trick. You can either place a rug under the dining area or paint one or use different flooring just in that area. It has a rug-like effect but allows you to separate the space.
The ceiling is an often overlooked space in the dining room that you can count on to add some drama to the design.
Paint it a different color, add some architectural elements (like coffered ceiling), or cover with tin ceiling tiles. Each has the benefit of setting the dining room apart with little impact on the functionality of the space.
A fireplace isn't just for the living room. The dining room is an excellent place to create some warmth and romantic atmosphere with a fireplace.
No matter what your style, there's a fireplace to match. Fireplaces aren't just for classic or rustic designs. You can add a wall-mounted electric fireplace that adds loads of modern drama. Consider a two sided or peninsula fireplace, if you have the set up for that, to create even more drama.
The buffet is a classic piece of dining room furniture that adds both functionality and style. It provides storage and a place for food during your holiday feasts.
Buffets come in many different shapes and sizes—this goes way beyond grandma's antique version. Just about any long flat surface can be a buffet. A large and unique console table can be a buffet. An elegant acrylic piece can be a buffet. The sky's the limit.
10. Architectural Elements
An easy way to add drama to the dining room is with architectural elements. An arched entryway, exposed beams on the ceilings, or a built-in banquette all work wonders.
Many architectural features are easy to add and don't cost much if you're up for a simple dining room project. Even adding crown molding can make a big difference in the feel of your space.
Dining rooms by nature are dramatic. You may save your dining room for special occasions, but that's all the more reason to embrace their dramatic nature. Give your dining room the boost it deserves. Try out one of these dining room decor ideas today.