Whether you’re sitting down for weeknight family dinners or hosting a Saturday night dinner party, your dining room is one of the most important and multifunctional rooms in a house. And even if you don’t have a dedicated dining room, there are still plenty of ways to create a great space for eating and socialising. 

If you want to do a complete transformation of your dining space or just update it a bit, here’s some dining room inspiration to get you started.

Dining room inspiration: what to think about 

There are a few things to think about when you’re updating your dining room: 

  • How much space do you have to work with? Consider whether you want to fill the room with a table or you want the flexibility to move things around. 
  • When do you use your dining room? Is it for every meal or special occasions? Do you need it to work as a home office as well? 
  • What interior style do you want to create? Think about whether you want your dining room furniture to be the focal point, or if you want it to be more minimal. 
  • If you have an open plan home then consider if you want it to match the rest of the decor or if you want to divide up your dining room.
The Leonardo Table and Lorenzo chairs in grey, glass and chrome
Shaun C's Leonardo Table and Lorenzo Chairs

Modern glass dining room

If you’re looking for dining room inspiration for a modern home, then you can create a clean, contemporary feel in your dining room with a glass table. They’re also a good choice if you don’t want your dining table to be too imposing, as the glass top makes the room feel more open and spacious. 

A glass dining table looks especially good when it has interesting table legs that are on display. It can become the focal point of the room and will look great with matching chairs that complement the dining table style. 

Gold dining furniture 

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your dining room then consider choosing gold dining furniture. Opt for a dining table and chairs with gold legs to make a statement with your dining room feature. You can add other gold finishing touches like candle holders, lamps, and frames to coordinate your dining room for a polished look.  

The Novara table paired with Milan chairs with gold legs
Mark P's Novara Table and Milan Chairs

Velvet dining chairs

Velvet is a great starting point for some dining room inspiration. It immediately adds some glamour to your space — perfect for dinner parties or just making your dining room feel a bit special. 

Choose velvet dining chairs in a modern, mid-century design for a blend of elegance and contemporary style. For a subtle look go for neutral shades like grey, or make the chairs into more of a feature with a bold coloured velvet chair that complements the rest of the decor in your dining room. 

Bar style dining table 

If you’re looking for dining room inspiration for a small space then consider choosing a high bar table. These dining tables are perfect for two people and can fit into a smaller area of a big open plan area, or could even be used in the kitchen. 

The clean, modern design fits well with minimalist decor and neutral colour palettes. Add a couple of bar stools for the ideal little spot to enjoy breakfast and dinner, without taking up too much space. 

Space-saving dining furniture 

Go for space-saving dining furniture pieces if you’ve got a smaller dining room, or you want to free up space when you can. 

Choose an extendable dining table and you’ll be able to seat everyone comfortably when you have dinner parties, but the rest of the time you can have a smaller table that doesn’t take up the whole room. If you need a few extra seats when you have guests, then pick up some folding chairs that can easily be stored away when they’re not being used. 

Add a feature wall 

To add a bit of personality to your dining room that complements your furniture, create a feature wall. Pick a bold colour that matches your dining chairs or the rest of the decor to make a coordinated space that makes a real impact. 

The Pivero table and Milan silver leg chairs alongside a feature wall
Gemma Robert's Pivero Table and Milan Chairs alongside a feature wall

If you want to stick with white walls then put together a gallery wall with some of your favourite prints and images, or add a statement mirror to brighten the space and create a focal point for the room.

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Your dining room is one of the most important rooms in your home. From daily dining to hosting events for friends and family, it needs to be equal parts functional and fabulous. Use this dining room inspiration to help you pick out the right furniture and create a space that’s perfect for your requirements.