12 Stylish Dining Room Decorating Ideas – Create the Best Space for You

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You don’t have to be a professional interior decorator to create a fabulous dining room. Whether your taste runs contemporary to classic, here are 12 tips to make a wonderful space for dining that truly reflects your style.

1. Mix, match, and play around with different chair styles to create a truly personalized look. Unify the pieces by staining them all the same color, or re-seat and match the upholstery.

2. Use a sophisticated wall mural as a focal point and conversation piece- consider a black and white city skyline or a colorful Japanese garden. Downplay the other colors in the room by using neutrals.

3. Change the look and feel of the room with the seasons. Switch out seasonal decor and accent pieces by shopping at budget friendly stores like Home Goods, Target, or by taking advantage of clearance sales at major retailers like Macy’s.

4. Do you love drama and old fashioned charm? Then go for the bling. Nothing looks as classy as a crystal chandelier. Whether it be a thrift store find or a custom piece, crown your room with this timeless look.

5. Set the table- even when it’s not being used. This gives you the chance to display your best dishes and lovely linens and it makes the room more all the more inviting. Why keep your beautiful china locked away in a cabinet all the time?

6. Display a clear bowl of fresh fruit on the table or sideboard for a cheerful pop of color- think bright oranges in the winter, fresh yellow lemons in summer, or crisp green apples in the fall.

7. Set the room apart from the kitchen and give it a cozy feel by using pocket doors or an antique inspired folding room divider.

8. If you use lamps in your dining room, deck them out on top with decorative finials. This gives character and an exotic touch to even the humblest lamp.

9. Floating shelves to display fine China and serving trays are a space saving option for a small room or if you prefer a different look than a standard hutch.

10. Forego a traditional tablecloth and instead, let the surface of your dining room table be seen. Use a tasseled runner instead.

11. Hang luxurious window treatments high up near the ceiling and wider than the windows are to elevate your room and give the appearance of more space.

12. Change the look and feel of your room in an instant with an area rug. Consider animal prints like zebra or leopard if you love trendy, Oriental or Persian inspired if you are more traditional.

Use these tips to get you inspired. Remember that there are no hard and fast “rules” for dining room decor, so relax and have fun.

A dining room that tastefully shows off your style and personality is the best look for you, and will be perfect for everyday and all your entertaining needs as well.

Lisa Marie has a passion for interior decorating with wall murals. Create custom murals from your digital photos at www.ArtisticHomeowner.com.


  1. We don’t have a separate dining room. Most of the time I don’t miss one, but this time of year I do kind of wish we had one.

  2. Great ideas! I love floating shelves and am working on getting some installed soon!

  3. Great ideas. I’m a huge fan of floating shelves!

  4. Great tips! My dining room is very neglected.

  5. We have been working on our family room.

  6. This is such a beautiful table and chairs

  7. I love this post… I need to get decorating some more with my house. It’s just so blah.

  8. I don’t have a dining room and we’re not a formal kind of family but I do really like floating shelves. I use them all over the house.

  9. Great tips. I am actually thinking of painting a mural on one of my dining area walls.

  10. Wonderful tips! I actually adore our dining area since it has a large recessed window with the wall around it painted in an accent color.

  11. As the kids are getting a bit older we are finding we can start expressing our style more without having to worry about everything getting destroyed.

  12. I would love to have a dining room with mixed and matched modern pieces

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