50 Dining Rooms That'll Make You Want To Throw A Dinner Party

Minus the actual cooking and cleaning part, obvi.

The dining room now bursts with high-octane design, from the Zuber wallpaper to the molding's Pantone shade of Piquant Green.
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Want to redo your dining room but don't know where to start? Chandeliers, wall paper, artwork, and a new dining set is a good place to start. We've got inspo for days to help get you started. Want extra inspiration for other areas in your home? Check out our living room and bathroom design ideas.

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David A. Land
Lanterns

In a blue-and-white beach house, a pair of lanterns feel much less formal than a traditional chandelier.

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Annie Schlechter
Floral Curtains

Pottery displayed in hutches picks up the color in the floral curtains of this relaxed dining room.

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The dining room now bursts with high-octane design, from the Zuber wallpaper to the molding's Pantone shade of Piquant Green.
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Jungle Wallpaper

After a dramatic makeover, a Texas dining room now bursts with high-octane design, from the jungle wallpaper to the green molding.

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Maura McEvoy
Seaside Dining Room

This renovated Tudor beach house has a bit of boho quirk thanks to rattan accents, patterned wallpaper, and eclectic chairs.

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Luke White
Elegant Dining Room

This Florida vacation home used wicker dining chairs. They have a certain elegance that separates them from outdoor furniture.

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J. Savage Gibson
Eat-In Kitchen

In the kitchen of a South Carolina home, a Danish dining table is surrounded by vintage French armchairs. It feels more formal than a typical kitchen nook.

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Karyn R. Millet
Plank Table

At a Lake Tahoe retreat, the formal dining area mixes rusticity and refinement. The custom plank table is large enough to seat 14 guests.

More: 15 Rustic Dining Rooms That Are Natural Beauties

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Victoria Pearson

This dining room is proof that there's no such thing as too much color or pattern. Go bold or go home.

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James Merrell
Animal Printed Dining Room

In a coastal cottage, a lively turquoise zebra print covers dining chairs. A hanging pendant feels less formal than a crystal chandelier, and balances out the more glam chairs.

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Bjorn Wallander
Silver Accents

In the dining room of this Texas home, a dining table is paired with vintage chairs. The table's cube base echoes the square backs of the chairs.

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Paul Raeside
Modern Art

A Hamptons dining room features fabric chairs and a custom,l modern chandelier.

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Stephen Kent Johnson
Modern Updates

In the circa-1790 dining room of this Catskills, New York, weekend home, the ceiling was painted a high-gloss blush. It gives the room a candlelit glow.

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De Gournay's hand-painted chinoiserie tea paper on the walls gives the dining room its dazzle, while Dan Mosheim's custom cerused-oak farm table acts as a gracious supporting player. The client bought the mirror at an antiques show. "It's perfect," Watt says. "It has a great shape, but it's not a big gilt thing taking attention away from the paper." The antique Swedish chairs are covered in a Peter Fasano linen.
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Tea Paper

De Gournay's hand-painted tea paper gives a Connecticut dining room its femininity, while the mirror came from an an antiques show.

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Stick to Neutrals

Stick to earth tones for a timeless look that'll last throughout the years but opt for a more modern light fixture as your statement piece. This will keep things fresh without being too trendy. A an affordable vintage cabinet can also help with storage while also adding a lived-in feel.

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Strive For Form And Function

When your formal dining room is also your everyday dining area, invest in pieces that fuse form and function. The built-in velvet banquet is cozy and comfortable, but it also looks dressy. The same is true for those beautiful barrel chairs. And lighting and wallpaper are easy ways to add character without taking up surface space.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Design
Get Creative

A large wooden table is a classic dining room staple, but if you want to inspire creativity opt for a painted one like this. Splatter paint sets the free-spirited scene while the storage wall ensures order and organization.

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David A. Land
Don't Be Afraid of Color

A statement wall or ceiling in a fun, on-trend color is a great way to keep things fresh and interesting. We're loving the way this lavender hue contrasts with the rustic turquoise pieces and traditional red barrel chairs and accents throughout.

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Nicole Franzen
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Bjorn Wallander
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You can't expect guests to linger if they're not comfortable. The best are stain-averse — and look great from behind.  
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Eclectic Dining Room

Textiles can make a world of difference, especially in worldly patterns. These chairs are covered in Senegalese prints,

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PHOTO: Brooke Holm; PHOTO: Robson Rak
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Tony Duquette brought ancient Asian accents to Bel Air in the '60s, and it's still trending.
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Botanical Dining Room

A custom de Gournay wallpaper creates a secret garden in a Manhattan apartment. The rattan chairs add to the outdoor feel.

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