Could your dining room use a little sprucing up? This intimate space is one of the most important rooms in your home, and if it isn't up to par with what you are wanting, then it may be time to update. You may have been tossing around a few different dining room ideas in your head, but are not sure which direction you want to go. Despite what you may think, renovating your dining room doesn't have to be a daunting task - no matter what your budget or tastes happen to be. 

As one of the most vital rooms in the house, your dining room should feel the way you and your family want it to feel. There are so many ways to update your dining room, no matter what your budget and tastes are. With endless color, decor, furniture, and accent options, this process can easily go from a fun project to an overwhelming one. Look through the dining room ideas listed below to see which might resonate with you. With 40 different dining room ideas, you are sure to find one, or several, that you love!

Why Update a Dining Room?

Your dining room is the place where your friends and family meet and enjoy time together. Everything that goes into your dining room, such as the furniture, decor, paint, and accent pieces will affect the environment. While some people may desire a bright and cheerful dining room, others would prefer a more minimalistic or feminine dining room. If your dining room does not match the vibe you want, it is time to do some updating. Below are 40 dining room ideas for you to consider.

Top 40 Dining Room Ideas

You may be stuck on which direction to go with your dining room, so we put 40 different dining room ideas together to help you make your decision.

Add a Pop of Pattern

add a pop of pattern

In a minimalistic dining room, adding a pop of pattern over the windows will brighten up your dining room.

Bright Accents

Add a pop of color to your dining room by adding a yellow accent piece to a white or neutral room.

Use Neutrals

Place neutral colored chairs around the table along with a soft gray floral wallpaper for a soft, inviting room.

French Accents

Using French accents will bring an elegance to your room. Small chandeliers and Louis-style chairs make gorgeous accent pieces.

Use a Small Table

small table

Create a cozy environment with a small table rather than a large dining room table.

Go Bold With Emerald

If you love a gorgeous bold color, paint your dining room walls a deep emerald shade.  

Clean White Space

White walls, natural light pouring in through the windows, and a whitewashed table will create a bright and clean environment.

Kitchen Nook

Instead of a table, opt for a breakfast nook to give your dining room a nautical charm.

Incorporate Stripes

For a more casual feel in your dining room, add some striped curtains paired with industrial lighting and blue tiling.

Feminine Feel

feminine feel

Opt for neutral colors paired with soft floral prints for a dining room that has an elegant and feminine feel.

Cool Blues

Pair white walls with blue curtains to create a calm and airy ambiance.  

High Contrast

If you want a bold, daring dining room then using contrasting pieces are for you. Paint the upper half of the room black and use soft linens to keep the room from looking too closed in.

Rustic Farmhouse

rustic farmhouse

To create a charming, elegant dining room, consider a long farmhouse-style table paired with linen table settings and simplistic chairs.

Create a Gallery

Adding a photo ledge to the wall of your dining room allows you to change your gallery decor when you please.

Add an Accent Piece

To spice up a simple dining room set up, hang an oversized drum lampshade over the dining room table.

Mocha Vibe

Mocha is a gorgeous kitchen color, and if done right, is anything but boring. Use the same shade of mocha for the decor, but switch up the patterns to keep things interesting. For added flair, hang a sparkling chandelier over the table.

Just Beachy

Hang a light coral seashell chandelier paired with sea-green accent pieces to create a simple coastal vibe.

Full Skirt

full skirt

Dress up your small round table with a classic full skirt. Be sure not to cover up the legs of the chairs to create contrast.

Living in Luxury

A long, round dining room table with sleek rounded chairs and an elegant rug underneath will create the luxurious dining room of your dreams.

Table for Two

If you are a household of two, consider a small round table to create a close, personal vibe.

Large Modern Stripes

A two-toned gray striped wall will liven up a simple dining room.



Sometimes accessories speak louder than your entire dining set. Large vases, crystal bowls with fruit, and large light fixtures can bring the room to life.

Mix and Match

Experiment with different colors and styles of chairs for your dining room table to create an interesting, but well put together look.

Cozy Atmosphere

For a large dining room, use a rustic table and chair set for a cozy, homey atmosphere.

Vintage Vibe

To create a vintage vibe in your dining room, hang old, classic paintings, then decorate with antiques and use a soft Victorian wallpaper.

Add Texture

add texture

Woven chairs, large plants, and wooden furniture are great ways to add texture to your dining room.


Head to the antique store for light fixtures and decor to give your dining room a traditional feel. You'll get bonus points if you have a potbelly stove.

Outside to Inside

Look outdoors to get inspired. Think antler chandeliers, lots of greenery, rustic wooden furniture, and earthy tones.

Pops of Color

Keep a neutral colored room bright with pops of color in your decor.

Add in Layers

Decorate with old doors and window frames on your walls, add a table runner to the table, and a chunky rug underneath the table for a functional layered look.



A small rectangle table with a soft white tablecloth that is paired with foldable cafe chairs gives your dining room a lofty vibe.

Chic Farmhouse

To make a farmhouse styled dining room chic, hang an ornate chandelier or light fixture over a rustic farmhouse table and chairs.

Colorful and Cheerful

Use 3-4 different bright color paints for the wallpaper, chairs, and window shutters to create a colorful and cheerful dining room.


Head to the local thrift store or flea market to find charming vintage pieces for your dining room.

Victorian Dining Room

Hang a wood and iron chandelier over an antique pine trestle table for a Victorian feel.

Beach House

beach house

Pair a white table with soft blue chairs to give your dining room a calming beach vibe.

Black and White

In an almost all white dining room, add touches of black to add contrast. Add in small plants to give the room some color.


Sometimes, less is more, especially if you have a large window with natural lighting. Light wood paired with a light blue wall will give your room a gentle, simple look.

Shutter Wall

Want to spice things up for a unique dining room? Create an accent wall made of different colored, sized, and angled shutters.

Mix Time Periods

Mix Time Periods

Why stick to just one time period? Give your dining room character by pairing modern pieces with vintage pieces.

How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Dining Room?

Renovating your dining room will cost as much or little as you please. Some dining room ideas listed in this article are in the couple hundred dollar range while others may cost thousands, depending on the pieces you are looking for. Depending on the size of your dining room project, it could cost anywhere from $200 to $20,000 to renovate your dining room. Changing a few decorative pieces will be substantially less expensive than ripping out old flooring and buying all new dining room furniture.

When creating your renovation plan, keep your budget in mind. While replacing all of your furniture, switching out appliances, and replacing the floor could cost upwards of $20,000, making simple exterior changes could cost you less than $1000. If you are trying to stay within a smaller budget, focus on tasks like changing the paint, adding in accent pieces, and sprucing up the curtains. You would be surprised at how easily you can create a stunning dining room with small changes.


Your dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house. The colors, pieces of furniture, and decor you choose will affect the way you feel when you and your family sit together in your dining room. Renovating your dining room can be an overwhelming task, but the dining room ideas above hopefully have given you more clarity on what you are looking for. No matter what your tastes or budget are, you can create the gorgeous dining room that you have been dreaming of. 

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