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Querbes
Querbes
Terry M. Elston, Builder
Wood-Mode Kitchen with Francois & Co Limestone Hood, Wolf & Sub-Zero Appliances Walker Zanger Stone Mosaic Tile with Quartzite counter tops, with Reclaimed Chestnut Flooring, as well as a Franke Pot Filler. Photo credit: Mary Ann Elston
Keeping The View At Bay
Keeping The View At Bay
Morrison Interiors
Example of a small beach style gray floor dining room design in Orange County with white walls and no fireplace
Frontera Drive Pacific Palisades
Frontera Drive Pacific Palisades
MDG ESTATES
Inspiration for a timeless medium tone wood floor and brown floor enclosed dining room remodel in Los Angeles with gray walls and no fireplace
Woodbine
Woodbine
Cynthia Hayes Interior Design
Jeffrey Allen
Example of a mid-sized transitional light wood floor great room design in Providence with white walls and no fireplace
Project Wind Drift
Project Wind Drift
KJ Design Collective
Inspiration for a contemporary dark wood floor, brown floor and vaulted ceiling dining room remodel in Miami with white walls
Mazama Ranchero
Mazama Ranchero
CAST architecture
CAST architecture
Great room - small contemporary concrete floor great room idea in Seattle
Beautiful Lake Tahoe Home
Beautiful Lake Tahoe Home
Vista Pointe Architectural Systems LLC
Kelly and Stone Architects
Example of a mountain style dark wood floor and brown floor great room design in Other with beige walls
Design Excellence Award Winners - A Sampling of 20 Years of Professional Honors
Design Excellence Award Winners - A Sampling of 20 Years of Professional Honors
Pineapple House Interior Design
A wallpapered ceiling, black walls and high chair rail add contrast and personality to this dramatic dining room. Dark upholstered club chairs and dark wood floors bring the needed weight from the walls to the interior of the room.
Colonial Revival
Colonial Revival
Alisberg Parker
Benjamin Moore's Blue Note 2129-30 Photo by Wes Tarca
Inspiration for a transitional dark wood floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in New York with a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and blue walls
Beautiful Gray
Beautiful Gray
Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc.
Designer: Sheri Gibson; Photographer: kellyallison photography Rug, table and chairs from Restoration Hardware.
Elegant dark wood floor dining room photo in Chicago with gray walls and no fireplace
Linn Ranch
Linn Ranch
Big-D Signature
Photo Credit: JLF Architecture
Example of a large mountain style dark wood floor great room design in Jackson with brown walls and no fireplace
Contemporary Hillside Residence
Contemporary Hillside Residence
Suman Architects
Inspiration for a contemporary dining room remodel in Denver
Stone Canyon
Stone Canyon
Kym Rodger Design
Inspiration for a large contemporary dark wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Los Angeles with white walls and no fireplace
HARBERT RESIDENCE
HARBERT RESIDENCE
Marvin
Architect: Celeste Robbins, Robbins Architecture Inc. Photography By: Hedrich Blessing “Simple and sophisticated interior and exterior that harmonizes with the site. Like the integration of the flat roof element into the main gabled form next to garage. It negotiates the line between traditional and modernist forms and details successfully.” This single-family vacation home on the Michigan shoreline accomplished the balance of large, glass window walls with the quaint beach aesthetic found on the neighboring dunes. Drawing from the vernacular language of nearby beach porches, a composition of flat and gable roofs was designed. This blending of rooflines gave the ability to maintain the scale of a beach cottage without compromising the fullness of the lake views. The result was a space that continuously displays views of Lake Michigan as you move throughout the home. From the front door to the upper bedroom suites, the home reminds you why you came to the water’s edge, and emphasizes the vastness of the lake view. Marvin Windows helped frame the dramatic lake scene. The products met the performance needs of the challenging lake wind and sun. Marvin also fit within the budget, and the technical support made it easy to design everything from large fixed windows to motorized awnings in hard-to-reach locations. Featuring: Marvin Ultimate Awning Window Marvin Ultimate Casement Window Marvin Ultimate Swinging French Door
Modern Ranch
Modern Ranch
Kyle Hunt & Partners, Incorporated
James Kruger, LandMark Photography, Peter Eskuche, AIA, Eskuche Design, Sharon Seitz, HISTORIC studio, Interior Design
Example of a huge mountain style medium tone wood floor great room design in Minneapolis with beige walls
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
Landmark Homes
Dining room - large traditional medium tone wood floor and brown floor dining room idea in Other with no fireplace and gray walls
Hudson Transitional Remodel
Hudson Transitional Remodel
Payne & Payne Renovations & Design
Inspiration for a large cottage medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Cleveland with gray walls and no fireplace
Modern Farmhouse | 2019 Dry Creek Parade
Modern Farmhouse | 2019 Dry Creek Parade
Solitude Homes
Example of a mid-sized farmhouse light wood floor and beige floor great room design in Boise with white walls and no fireplace
Colorful Dining Room
Colorful Dining Room
Ann Lowengart Interiors
To eliminate an inconsistent layout, we removed the wall dividing the dining room from the living room and added a polished brass and ebonized wood handrail to create a sweeping view into the living room. To highlight the family’s passion for reading, we created a beautiful library with custom shelves flanking a niche wallpapered with Flavor Paper’s bold Glow print with color-coded book spines to add pops of color. Tom Dixon pendant lights, acrylic chairs, and a geometric hide rug complete the look.
Calistoga Farm House
Calistoga Farm House
TOTAL CONCEPTS
Example of a farmhouse dark wood floor dining room design in San Francisco with white walls
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The opposite of bustling, multifunctional rooms like the kitchen, the dining room is a simple space devoted solely to hosting and feasting. While it’s a room that may be used infrequently, it is ideal for large get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations. When perusing dining room ideas, consider what kind of lighting, furniture and decorative accents will transform the space into an entertaining mecca.

Achieving an effective dining room design can be a little tricky. However, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your furniture; as the focal point of the room, your table should be your biggest investment. Take time to consider various furniture pieces and what works best for your needs. Don’t be afraid to splurge — a good table can last you decades! Once you have this cornerstone piece figured out, you can then focus on implementing your favorite dining room decorating ideas and storage options.

What kind of dining room furniture should I get?

Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, as do their accompanying tables. As you browse dining room ideas, consider a few things. What is your dining room layout? How often do you entertain? How many people usually attend? What kind of events do you like organizing - big dinners or intimate gatherings? What kind of dining rooms are you personally drawn to at other homes? If you don’t host anything because you are hindered by your current dining room design, consider what kind of soirees you would ideally throw and work from there.

If you want a dining table with options, purchase one with a leaf so you can accommodate varying numbers of guests. Keep in mind that to ensure visitors won’t be bumping elbows with their fellow dinner guests, each person needs about two feet of eating space (typically the table manufacturer will be able to recommend the amount of people that can comfortably sit at the table).

In terms of shapes, round tables are optimal for achieving some of the smaller dining room design ideas you might see. They fit into tight areas and have no sharp corners to bump into when you’re serving a hot casserole or pouring a glass of water. Round pedestal tables are also useful alternatives - they offer more legroom than conventional designs. For a larger space, a square table works well, and a rectangular table is ideal for a long, narrow room.

No matter shape, size or material, make sure you measure table-to-wall clearance. To do this, measure the space around the room. Try to leave 42-48" between your table and the walls so diners can sit down and get up easily from their chairs. If there is furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48” measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall.

What kind of dining room decor should I have?

When looking for dining room decorating ideas, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm this refined space with too much clutter. However, simple does not mean plain, and this is a room where you can take some stylistic liberties. When decorating dining rooms, think about color schemes (after choosing your table, of course!). Usage of color can really make or break dining room designs, and the cohesion of a matching furniture set allows for colorful decor choices. Try light blue or gray walls for an elegant look, or go timeless with a black and white theme. If you want to stick to white paint, throw in some gold or copper accents, or splashes of bright colors to keep it interesting; geometric patterns, custom-painted ceilings and unique wallpapers are also effective at livening up a dining area.

Top off your dining room remodel with a statement light fixture, some inspirational artwork and a large mirror to reflect more light throughout the room. Lastly, don’t forget the dining room table decor! A seasonal centerpiece, table runner or plant arrangement can immediately brighten up the entire space.

How do I add storage to my dining room?

When choosing storage for dining rooms, focus on functionality. Do you want to have a place to lay out food? Do you want more storage? Do you want to showcase any items? Take a look at various dining room pictures to see how others have incorporated storage and pull the ideas you like for your own.

A china cabinet or hutch is a great way to store and display dishes or art pieces. If you need storage as well as a place to lay out food, sideboards - a long, low storage piece with short legs (also known as a “buffet”) - typically are your best bets as they have cabinets. “Servers” tend to be smaller, more formal and lighter in scale than sideboards; they can have drawers and an open bottom on taller legs, or they may have cabinets. Credenzas tend to be long, low cabinets on slender legs, often with sliding doors. Lastly, if you’re going to be using your dining area primarily for cocktail hour (or even if you’re not), consider investing in a rolling bar cart or a permanent wet bar. The dining room ideas you can choose from are really endless, so try not to get overwhelmed and remember you can always change the design down the road!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 743,102 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including MDG ESTATES and Morrison Interiors. Look through dining room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.