In the circa-1790 dining room of his Catskills, New York, weekend home, designer Juan Carretero painted the ceiling a high-gloss blush. "It gives your complexion a candlelit glow," he says.
In the dining room of Nestor Santa-Cruz's Texas home, a re-edition of Poul Kjaerholm's PK54 dining table is paired with vintage Maison Jansen chairs. "The table's cube base talks to the square backs of the chairs," notes Santa-Cruz.
De Gournay's hand-painted tea paper gives a Connecticut dining room its dazzle, while the mirror came from an an antiques show. "It's perfect," says designer Elizabeth Bauer Watt. "It has a great shape, but it's not a big gilt thing taking attention away from the paper."
In a blue-and-white beach house, Schumacher's Feather Bloom sisal wallpaper by Celerie Kemble "acts like a breather," says designer Andrew Howard. He hung a pair of lanterns by Circa Lighting above the homeowners' existing Hickory Chair table and chairs. "They feel less formal than a chandelier."
A Hamptons dining room features Modern Living Supplies chairs in a Rubelli fabric. The custom Knotty Bubbles chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman.
On the 40th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper, a round vintage table by Eero Saarinen echoes the curve of the windowed wall. The vintage Prague dining chairs are by Josef Frank.
Catherine Olasky chose "one of [her] all-time-favorite prints" — Nympheus linen by Thomas O'Brien for Lee Jofa — for the dining room curtains in her Texas home. South African Wonki Ware pottery is displayed in one of two hutches original to the house.
In the dining area of an island getaway, a Sedgwick & Brattle rope-wrapped chandelier hangs over a custom Global Views table. The McGuire chairs have cushions in a fabric from Jerry Pair.
Designer Nina Farmer updated a period home with a Phillip Jeffries horsehair wall covering. Around a Keith Fritz table, dining chairs are covered in a textured linen jute from Holland & Sherry.
After a dramatic makeover, a Texas dining room now bursts with high-octane design, from the Zuber wallpaper to the molding's Pantone shade of Piquant Green.
In a renovated Tudor beach house on the New Jersey shore, Colleen Bashaw conjures a riot of boho quirk for Scott Belair, the cofounder of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. The breakfast room's wallpaper is Brett Design's Knit Large.
To update a '60s Houston house, Ray Booth and Elizabeth Kennedy outfitted the dining room with a sleek Bradley table. The McAlpine for Lee Industries chairs are covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen blend and the curtains are in a Holly Hunt fabric.
At a Lake Tahoe retreat, the formal dining area mixes rusticity and refinement. The custom plank table is large enough to seat 14 guests. The Aesthetic dining chairs are covered in a hair-on-hide leather by Cortina, "which feels perfect in the mountains," says designer Matt O'Dorisio.
The pink upholstery on these vintage chairs pop thanks to a coat of high-gloss white. Floors here and throughout the Virginia house are painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore mixed with clear stain.
Justina Blakeney used her own Aja wallpaper in her home's dining room, this time in Aubergine. It's a bold backdrop for furnishings including a set of Verner Panton chairs — hand-me-downs from her grandparents. The vintage Bumling pendant and Turkish kilim were found on eBay.
Textiles can make a world of difference, especially in worldly patterns. Designer Michelle Nussbaumer covered dining room chairs in Senegalese prints for a big dose of "wow."
A custom de Gournay wallpaper creates a secret garden in a Manhattan apartment. The cushions on the Scalamandré bamboo armchairs are covered in Mengikat by Kravet; the settee is also by Kravet.
To nail the hue of a Manhattan dining room, Celerie Kemble matched Fine Paints of Europe lacquer to a Pantone color. Kemble's Yves dining table and Cassandra chairs in a George Spencer Designs velvet are from Henredon.
Pierre Frey's Espalier wallpaper hints at a California home's verdant surroundings, while a Serena & Lily hanging rattan chair defines another seating area. Metal chairs from Restoration Hardware are topped with Ikea sheepskins. "That's a trick you see on Scandinavian blogs," designer France Merrill says. "When it gets cold, a sheepskin makes things super cozy."
Dinner parties aren't a problem here. In a home near Washington, D.C., the custom walnut table has rosewood banding and extends to seat 16.
Antique Chinese porcelain birds rest on gilt-wood brackets in an eclectic dining room by Mackay Boynton. The dining chairs are from a local country club. The cashmere throw on the cane armchair is by Ralph Lauren Home.
In the dining room of her Charleston rental, stylist Jill Sharp Weeks mixes elements from different eras and cultures. The photography triptych by Rob Brinson features objects from Weeks's collection of tribal jewelry.
A Brunschwig & Fils wallcovering gives a Hamptons dining room by Lisa McFadden an intimate feel.
In the kitchen of a South Carolina home by Michelle Prentice, a Danish dining table is surrounded by Jacob Kjaer chairs in Bretano's Royalsuede and vintage French armchairs in Lee Jofa's Tahira Ottoman fabric.
A San Francisco apartment's small dining room doubles as a library, where part of owner John Mayberry's art collection is displayed — including an antique bronze Sukhothai Buddha acquired in Bangkok, a vintage zebra-skin rug from London and a lamp made from an antique Chinese burial urn.
In the dining room of this Cape Cod estate, a sea-grass rug covers the floor. Designer Kathryn M. Ireland reupholstered the owners' Gustavian chairs and had the matching table made by the Lief gallery.
"The dining area in the great room was tricky because it's so open," says designer Summer Thornton of a Florida vacation home. She used Henredon's Veneto dining table as the anchor, hanging Circa Lighting's Gramercy chandelier over it. The slope of the arms of wicker Mallory dining chairs from Made Goods "gives them a certain elegance that separates them from outdoor furniture," the designer says, and the vintage Indian dhurrie from Madeline Weinrib "brings age and history into the space."
Designer Gary McBournie covered a Nantucket cottage's dining room with reflective Champagne on Pewter Leaf wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries. "It's really nice at night, with the candles lit," he says. "It provides a soft, dull reflection with great warmth." The chairs are designed by Duane Modern.
The verdant dining room of a Long Island home features walls painted in Benjamin Moore's zesty Grenada Green and curtains in Quadrille's Forbidden City fabric. Dining chairs are covered in a velvet by Schumacher. Antique chandelier from Meg Braff Designs.
In the breakfast room of a 1930s home, designer Christopher Maya cultivated a lighthearted mood with an oval table of his own design and Hepplewhite side chairs from J&M Antiques that he stripped and bleached to give them a relaxed look. Floors were painted with an octagonal honeycomb pattern by Artgroove. Curtains and walls in a custom Tree of Life pattern from the Christopher Maya Collection. Italian chandelier, David Duncan Antiques.