Dining Room Design Ideas

Ancona, Donaldsons Road
Ancona, Donaldsons Road
Steve Domoney Architecture
Contemporary dining room in Melbourne with beige walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Carina Townhouse
Carina Townhouse
Ivy + Piper Pty Ltd
This is an example of an eclectic dining room in Brisbane with white walls and multi-coloured floor.
Fairfield House
Fairfield House
Heartly
Inspiration for a contemporary open plan dining in Melbourne with white walls and grey floor.
Beaumaris Residence
Beaumaris Residence
Melissa Lunardon
Kate Hansen
Inspiration for a contemporary open plan dining in Melbourne with medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Contemporary Dining Room
Contemporary Dining Room
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in Hobart.
a + c + renovation
a + c + renovation
Colindale Design
Contemporary dining room in Adelaide with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
Sydney CBD Apartment
Sydney CBD Apartment
Advantage Interior Design
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in Sydney with grey walls and no fireplace.
Middle Cove House
Middle Cove House
INSITE STUDIO
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary dining room in Sydney with medium hardwood floors, white walls and beige floor.
Harbour View
Harbour View
Studio Kate
Maree Homer
This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Sydney with grey walls, carpet and white floor.
An Innovative Transformation on Hope Island
An Innovative Transformation on Hope Island
Mannigan Edwards Interiors
Inspiration for an expansive contemporary open plan dining in Gold Coast - Tweed with white walls and grey floor.
Country House Renovation
Country House Renovation
Alenka Interiors
Country house renovation, acreage house with wrapped veranda, typical Australian sandstone brick home. Redesigned by Alenka Interiros.
Design ideas for a mid-sized country dining room in Gold Coast - Tweed.
Armadale Residence
Armadale Residence
Granite Works
Architecture: B.E Architecture Stone Supply: Granite Works Australia Builder: LBA Construction Photography: Derek Swalwell
Design ideas for a large modern dining room in Melbourne with white walls, a ribbon fireplace and grey floor.
Renovation / Extension in Brighton East
Renovation / Extension in Brighton East
Gruen Eco Design
This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
Karrinyup Renovation
Karrinyup Renovation
Denise Rix
Interiors shoot of this stunning full home renovation by Interior Designer Sara Campbell.
Photo of a contemporary dining room in Perth with black walls, no fireplace and panelled walls.
The Courtyard Warehouse
The Courtyard Warehouse
Josephine Hurley Architecture
This is an example of an industrial dining room in Sydney.
Emmett House
Emmett House
Blake Studios
Caroline McCredie
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary open plan dining in Sydney with white walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Randwick Residence
Randwick Residence
Rocco Revolution
This is an example of a small contemporary dining room in Sydney with white walls, brown floor and medium hardwood floors.
BENT Annexe
BENT Annexe
BENT Architecture
Tatjana Plitt
Inspiration for a scandinavian kitchen/dining combo in Melbourne with brown walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Noosa appartment
Noosa appartment
Interior Tailor Company
Elouise van Riet-Gray
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in Brisbane with white walls and light hardwood floors.
Alexandra Headland
Alexandra Headland
Box Clever Interiors
Inspiration for a mid-sized scandinavian kitchen/dining combo in Sunshine Coast with white walls, white floor, ceramic floors, a standard fireplace and a concrete fireplace surround.
A dining room can be used for casual dining, integrated into an open plan and connected to the living and kitchen areas; or as a formal space reserved solely for entertaining. While it may not be used frequently, it is a great focal point in the home, and requires little furnishings. Here's what you need to consider before you start planning a new dining room...

How will you use your dining room?


First, consider how frequently you will use the space. If you plan on using your dining room on a daily basis, a casual dining set-up with sturdy, long-lasting furniture is best. As for where you position it – well, any unused space in the home can be converted into a casual dining space, whether it be at the end of a kitchen island, or at the bottom of the stairs. A formal dining room, on the other hand, is more suited to a dedicated space, which is more common in heritage homes where space originally wasn’t at a premium.

Perhaps you want your dining room to multi-task and accommodate everyday meals, homework sessions and grown-up dinner parties… If that’s the case, furniture is key. Look for versatile dining tables in either Australian or New Zealand hardwood or weathered timber for a more rustic look. These won’t show up sticky fingerprints as much and can be dressed up for guests.

What size and shape should your dining table be?


Your dining table should be able to seat all family members with some room for additional guests – each person should have at least 60 centimetres of space at the table. The right size, however, also depends on how much room you have. A general rule of thumb is to leave no less than 1 metre from the dining table to the wall or any additional furniture, so people have enough room to comfortably move around the space.

Rectangular dining tables are versatile and can work in a variety of settings, while oval dining tables are more traditional and can turn any meal into an occasion. If you have a tight space to work in, a round dining table is best, and also a great option if you want to encourage conversation. A square dining table can be a dramatic addition to a dining room, but only if you have the space. It allows everyone at the table to see each other, but the bigger the table, the harder it will be able to hold a conversation with someone at the other end.

What type of dining chairs should you choose?


Once you’ve decided on a dining table, look for dining chairs that share a common design element. If your dining table legs are curved, for example, try to match them with dining chairs that have a similar curve, either in the legs or back. Next, consider the dimensions of the chair. The height of your dining chairs should allow at least 30 centimetres between the top of the seat and the top of the table. And to keep your tush happy, avoid dining chairs narrower than 45 centimetres.

How can you decorate your dining room?


Dining rooms are relatively minimal spaces, but that makes them a great place to splash a little colour through artwork, especially if yours is a formal dining room. If your dining room is lacking warmth, consider painting the walls a deep shade of red or blue, or go contemporary with black or grey. A cosy rug will make the space feel more intimate, while a sideboard or cabinet of curiosities will further personalise the space.

Often overlooked, dining room lighting can also drastically alter the mood of a room, creating drama, spurring romance or encouraging conversation. Opt for soft lighting in the dining area with dimmer switches, and choose oversized pendants in large, open spaces or to make the dining area more of a focal point. Finally, add some table settings, such as a lace tablecloth for a whimsy feel, or a more basic table runner for a chic look.

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