7 Essentials for a Beautiful Dining Space

7 Essentials for a Beautiful Dining Space

Dining rooms can be a challenge to design given their limited furniture components and lack of available styling opportunities. Yet a compelling space is easily achievable by incorporating several of the below elements which, when combined, yield high-impact designs sure to make your guests want to settle in for a lingering meal with friends.  

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    Beautiful Lighting

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    Cast a flattering glow on your dining companions while creating a focal point by incorporating interesting light fixtures in unusual shapes and scales. If you have the ability, layer your lighting sources by using both a chandelier or pendants, sconces, and table lamps on a sideboard or console. 

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    Y Lighting Frame Chandelier ($6995)

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    Engaging Art

    PHOTO: Lucas Allen for House Beautiful, designed by Mark Egerstrom
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    PHOTO: Robert Rausch for The New York Times

    Since furniture in dining areas is usually placed in the center of the room, these spaces offer unique opportunities to display oversized, interesting artwork. Install art in a floor-to-ceiling salon-style arrangement, or place a unique sculpture in one corner of the room to bring personality your space.

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    A Variety of Seating Styles

    PHOTO: Sköna Hem
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    PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt for Elle Decor, design by Homepolish

    Whether you opt to use a bench that coordinates with your side chairs on one side of your table or a different, larger-scale pair of chairs at the heads of a rectangular table, switching up your seating styles is a nice way to add interest to your décor given a dining room’s limited furniture components.

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    A Conversation Starter

    PHOTO: Studio Gild
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    Give guests an opportunity to create conversation and comment on your design by incorporating a piece that’s sure to elicit a reaction. An overscale light fixture, interestingly styled bookshelves, or a tight arrangement of meaningful photographs offer a unique look into your style and personality while providing another opportunity to showcase your taste.

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    zinc door Surya Gold Deco Mirror ($339)

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    A Mix of Materials

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    PHOTO: via Nuevo Estilo

    Since furniture pieces in dining rooms tend to be limited, keep your room fresh and intriguing by incorporating a mix of materials and textures into your design. A table with a top that coordinates but contrasts with its base, along with chairs that introduce another texture, add depth to your design. Mirrored wall panels or a textured wallcovering like grasscloth also keep the design interesting despite the limited furniture.

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    Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood and Concrete Trestle Table (from $2395)

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    A Mood Creator

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    Create a cozy, enveloping vibe that encourages you and your guests to settle in by incorporating a mood-creating element or two. Paint the room a deep color, put overhead and accent lighting on dimmer switches to control the room’s brightness, and accessorize with plenty of candlelight to ensure long meals with loved ones.

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    Farrow & Ball "Railings No. 31" (from $95)

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    A Serving Surface

    Keep yourself from having to run back and forth to the kitchen while hosting friends by adding a surface where you can serve food and drinks. A sleek console or a buffet with closed storage will do the trick and prevent disruption during dinner parties. As an added bonus, these pieces not only add valuable storage space, but also provide an additional place to display accessories and table lamps when you’re not hosting. 

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    West Elm Nook Console ($499)

    Do you have a tip for creating an elegant and engaging dining room? Share with us in the comments!

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