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Dining Room Design Ideas

NORTHCOTE HOUSE 02
NORTHCOTE HOUSE 02
STAR Architecture
Photo of a modern open plan dining in Melbourne with white walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Reflection House
Reflection House
Alchemy Architecture
Photo of a contemporary dining room in Sydney.
Preston New House
Preston New House
Rebecca Naughtin Architect
Tatjana Plitt
Design ideas for a large contemporary open plan dining in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, no fireplace and beige floor.
Exon House - Atkinson Pontifex
Exon House - Atkinson Pontifex
Digital Photography Inhouse
Photographer: Gerard Warrener, DPI Photography for Atkinson Pontifex, Peter Maddison, Great Dane Furniture. Construction: Atkinson Pontifex Design: Peter Maddison
Red Hill Hamptons Home
Red Hill Hamptons Home
Intrim Group Pty Ltd
When a home of this calibre exudes the creative blood of it’s designer, like this one, it is nothing short of magical. This high end Hamptons inspired home has gained notoriety as the “Red Hill House” and is one of the top renovations in Queensland at this time. Lena Gatti of Gatti Design created the entire interior of the home, including spacial planning and layout to maximise the space available, and custom designed each detail right down to the furniture and cabinetry. Intrim SK775 skirting board and Intrim SK1144 architrave, Intrim IN36 Inlay Mould, Intrim CR46 Chair Rail, Intrim Cornice Mould CM24 and Intrim PR78 picture rail was used throughout the home. Photographer: John Downs / Construction: IBuild Constructions, Impact Installations, Forrest Electrical
Heavenly Hawthorn House
Heavenly Hawthorn House
Caroline Touzeau Design
Photo of a contemporary kitchen/dining combo in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, brown floor, exposed beam, vaulted and panelled walls.
Gourlay st
Gourlay st
Maria Savelieva Photography
Maria Savelieva Photography
Photo of a beach style dining room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Maaemo
Maaemo
Green Sheep Collective
Photo of a contemporary open plan dining in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, brown floor, exposed beam and vaulted.
Complete renovation Belrose
Complete renovation Belrose
Boun Building Pty Ltd.
Contemporary dining room in Sydney with grey walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
Argyle Place
Argyle Place
Sartorial Interiors
Details linen, silk tassels, fir, sandstone, antiques, scandi furniture and light
This is an example of a mid-sized eclectic kitchen/dining combo in Sydney with light hardwood floors, a wood stove and a stone fireplace surround.
Leederville
Leederville
Seamus Ryan Architects
Inspiration for a country kitchen/dining combo in Perth with white walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Allen Road
Allen Road
Refresh Renovations Illawarra Guy Allenby
Mid-sized contemporary dining room in Wollongong with orange walls, dark hardwood floors and brown floor.
Overton Terraces Apartments
Overton Terraces Apartments
Banham Architects
Dion Robeson
Design ideas for a modern dining room in Perth with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
The Austinmer Treehouse
The Austinmer Treehouse
Jessi Eve
Photography: The Palm Co.
Photo of a beach style dining room in Wollongong with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Slate House Northcote
Slate House Northcote
Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)
Design ideas for a contemporary dining room in Melbourne.
Mid-Century Open Floor Plan Kitchen and Dining Room
Mid-Century Open Floor Plan Kitchen and Dining Room
DESIGN INTERVENTION
Mid-century Modern Home with Open Floor Plan Kitchen and Dining Room
Photo of a midcentury kitchen/dining combo in Perth with white walls, concrete floors, no fireplace, grey floor and wallpaper.
Sophisticated Update
Sophisticated Update
Mont Albert Interiors
May Photography
Contemporary separate dining room in Melbourne with white walls and white floor.
Sydney Regional Design Awards 2020 - Interiors
Sydney Regional Design Awards 2020 - Interiors
Building Designers Association of Australia
Neche Page’s Beauty Point Project has won the Interiors category of the BDAA Sydney Regional Chapter Design Awards 2020. Page is the director of Living Lot, an award-winning building design studio that provides ideas, concepts and planning approval services to homeowners in Mosman and surrounding areas. Judges praised the design’s nice original fireplace and tasteful opening; deeming the project a quality outdoor remodel that met the challenge of turning an older house into a contemporary family home. They praised Page’s excellent documentation, and the way that her design was addressed by the redistribution of spaces to suit a more modern lifestyle--and the featured use of INEX board in the kitchen.
Living spaces
Living spaces
A&L Windows | Doors
The perfect entertainment area featuring A&L Windows.
Photo of a contemporary dining room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Pemberton 300, John G. King Collection
Pemberton 300, John G. King Collection
User
Open Plan Kitchen and Dining - Pemberton 300 from the John G. King Collection by JG King Homes.
Design ideas for a transitional open plan dining in Melbourne with beige walls and light hardwood floors.
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.

If you need some help designing your dining room, consider checking the Houzz directory of interior designers, home stylists, cabinet makers and more!

Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 716,401 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Rebecca Naughtin Architect and A&L Windows | Doors. Look through dining room photos in different colours and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.