Kitchens get a lot of love and attention, but we tend to overlook dining rooms in lieu of breakfast nooks and island seating. But it's time for a change! Dining rooms are no longer strictly for formal occasions—nor do they need to look ultra traditional and fancy. Rather, it's possible to have tons of fun when decorating a dining room—bold colors, busy prints, and pattern mixing are all welcome in such a space. If you're craving a bit of a dining room makeover, the great news is that you don't need an extensive budget in order to make your space look amazing. Take notes from the 51 gorgeous spaces featured here, which prove that today's dining rooms are full of life.
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Make like Joann MacDonald and celebrate color in your dining space. Pairing traditional elements—like a classic light fixture and a wooden dining set—alongside a hutch featuring bright hues is a recipe for success. Don't forget to zhush up your tabletop with accent pieces such as bold vases and flowers in order to take your dining experience to the next level.Continue to 2 of 51 below.
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Yes, you can 100 percent turn a boring wall into something showstopping; the possibilities are truly endless. Erika Conner's DIY geometric accent wall is giving us all of the inspo to think outside the box. She skillfully kept accessories simple to allow the design to really pop, and the contemporary pattern looks wonderful paired with a modern globe fixture. Simple decor and some greenery completes the look.Continue to 3 of 51 below.
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A jute rug is always the answer, even if you're a major color lover. Whether you prefer bold hues or neutrals, this classic floor covering is a winner. It provides the perfect backdrop for the bold patterns and hues that Kate Dreyer incorporated into her dining space.Continue to 4 of 51 below.
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A Tried and True Seat
Wishbone chairs, which Danielle Moss used in her dining space, are always in style and look super chic—and they can be sourced quite affordably, too. In this space, the chairs pair wonderfully with the exposed brick in Moss's loft style apartment. If you're looking for something more mod than traditional wooden pieces but don't want to sacrifice comfort, this type of seating is the answer.Continue to 5 of 51 below.
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Patrice Stephens' neutral style dining area features subtle farmhouse accents and lots of welcoming greenery. Plants, whether real or faux, are a great way to add warmth to a space while keeping a setup minimal and calming. Cut branches, olive trees, and fiddle leaf figs are some of our frequently spotted favorites.Continue to 6 of 51 below.
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Cane, MCM, bold wallpaper, oh my! Erin Wheeler's dining room features some of our favorite design elements and patterns, which all play wonderfully together. If you love a number of different styles, don't be afraid to combine them—the results can look super stunning. And we love Wheeler's idea to use a dresser in lieu of a buffet; it provides plenty of room for linen store and contributes to the room's mid-century modern vibe.Continue to 7 of 51 below.
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Pallavi Kale designed this colorful eating space which demonstrates that there's no need to paint the walls when you can have fun with your windowsills and floor. Book lovers, this one is for you! If you're lacking space for your precious reads, use your novels as decor (we guarantee there will never be a lull in your dinnertime conversation once your guests spot their favorite titles in the mix).Continue to 8 of 51 below.
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Laurel Stavros's dining room is a boho chic retreat. Soft pinks and bold blues pair wonderfully together, and a rattan pendant light ties the look together. A record player and guitar encourage guests to kick back and stay awhile. Musical instruments can also make for fabulous wall decor.Continue to 9 of 51 below.
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Julie Benitez of Kathy Ann Abell Interiors designed this calming dining room, which features a mixture of predominantly coastal and farmhouse styles. Keeping wall decor minimal allows the room's shiplap to speak for itself.Continue to 10 of 51 below.
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Think Pink (and Black)
Tiffany Barino proves that pink and black is a color combo worth keeping on our radar, and no, it doesn't solely give off retro vibes, we promise. Fun dishware, table linens, and vases are all you need to create a similar setup in your own space.Continue to 11 of 51 below.
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Ana Isaza's boho dining space transports us to a lush greenhouse. Plants serve as the main pops of color in this neutral room and provide tons of intrigue (not to mention, they're built in conversation starters when entertaining). If you don't have a green thumb, it's ok to go faux or do a mix of live plants and plastic ones. If you shop for the right types of pieces, they'll look pretty convincing.Continue to 12 of 51 below.
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Heather Thibodeau's modern farmhouse space is warm and welcoming and proves that traditional touches, like a crystal chandelier and high back cane chairs can blend with a number of styles. And how fun is her yellow patterned rug?Continue to 14 of 51 below.
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Erin Francois' dining room is cozy and full of personality. Don't be shy about styling a bookshelf in your eating space; it's a great way to enhance your home's storage capabilities while showing off some of your favorite titles to guests who stop by. Dining benches, like the one seen here, are a more casual alternative to traditional chairs and are great for kids.Continue to 15 of 51 below.
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Lights That Wow
Rittika Chokhany's dining area sure is glam. There's no reason you can't combine a classic midcentury furniture set with round, contemporary fixtures—Chokany's draw the eye upward and add plenty of visual interest to this space.Continue to 16 of 51 below.
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Chrissy Marie Serrano's navy blue dining room incorporates so many of our favorite things: Parisian touches, rattan furniture, and a show stopping brass light fixture. So, yes, you can have it all. It's common to use one (more substantial) style of chair solely for the heads of the table—if you do this, something armed is the answer.Continue to 17 of 51 below.
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Deep and Moody
Green built-ins frame Stephen and David St. Russell's dining room, which dazzles on its own. There's no need to tone down a space just because the rest of your home is already filled with color and pattern galore—the more, the merrier.Continue to 18 of 51 below.
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Liz's dining room is full of "wow" moments: from the plant wall to the oversized abstract canvas, the space is filled with style. Can't find a piece of art that speaks to you? You can always create your own with a blank canvas from the craft store. The colorful rug keeps the space from feeling stark warms up the room's tile floors.Continue to 19 of 51 below.
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Nothing But Nature
When in doubt, add a wallpaper mural. No, seriously, how amazing is the nature scene in this dining space by Courtney McLeod? Hunt Slonem bunny plates make for a fitting addition (more animals!) and add welcome texture.Continue to 20 of 51 below.
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Have a beautiful plate collection that deserves to be in the spotlight? Hang some of your favorite pieces on the wall in an arrangement like Katie Vail's. Your favorite pieces deserve to be admired every day, not tucked away in the back of a cabinet. You can also recreate this look by shopping your local thrift stores to find various plates that strike your fancy.Continue to 21 of 51 below.
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Gallery walls are an excellent conversation starter no matter where they're placed, but they're especially fun in the dining room. Arlyn Hernandez thoughtfully compiled some of her favorite pieces and arranged them to really stand out against her moody blue walls. By including a mix of photographs, drawings, and word art, she really did create a museum-like look at home.Continue to 22 of 51 below.
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Use built-in shelving or a credenza to display pieces of your favorite artwork like Joy Cho did in her dining space. The more colorful and peppy, the better. Artful wallpaper is the cherry on top.Continue to 23 of 51 below.
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This dining space by Michelle Gage seamlessly mixes boho, industrial, and mid-century style all at once. A round pedestal table never goes out of style and is excellent for a smaller nook. If you want to add even more color to the space, you can always just plop down a table cloth.Continue to 24 of 51 below.
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Why not make your dining room feel like a dreamy getaway? Sue De Chiara designed a glam space right out of a fairytale, complete with soothing floral wallpaper, classic furnishings, and a glitzy chandelier fit for a queen.Continue to 25 of 51 below.
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Celebrate a love for pattern like Julia Dzafic did in her happy hued dining space. Tropical elements and brightly colored photographs are bound to make guests feel like they're on vacation all year long. And any entertainer knows that a stocked bar cart is a party essential—let yours stand out by placing it in a corner like Dzafic did and outfitting it with colorful bottles and accessories.Continue to 26 of 51 below.
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Leah Hook designed this farmhouse style dining room that proves yet again that one just can't go wrong with wicker and jute. Their lighter hues allow the architectural details of the home to pop. Brick, beams, and other features of this kind are truly special and deserve to stand out.Continue to 27 of 51 below.
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All the Layers
If you can't resist color, why not pick out some fun accent rugs to layer atop a larger piece? We love Leslie Biggley's innovation when it comes to placing bright runners over her jute area rug. Paired with white Eames style chairs, the purple and pink hues really shine.Continue to 28 of 51 below.
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The More, The Merrier
Why install just one pendant above your dining table when you can have two times the fun? Olivia Watson's space looks well curated and complete with the two boho fixtures complementing her neutral setup. We see wishbone chairs make an appearance in this space, too, demonstrating how seamlessly they move between styles.Continue to 29 of 51 below.
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Erica Van Slyke majorly transformed her dining space by DIYing a shiplap wall. And to take things a step further, she covered the room's popcorn ceiling with beadboard planks, which made a stylish statement while contributing to her farmhouse aesthetic. While such upgrades take time and skill, they will dramatically alter your home for the better, no extensive renovation required. Time to head to the hardware store!Continue to 30 of 51 below.
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You can't forget about the magic of curtains—Carla Hayden's green drapes really tie her dining space together. But we're equally obsessed with her fun pops of pink, which prove that formal eating spaces most definitely don't need to be stuffy and serious.Continue to 31 of 51 below.
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If you have a corner built-in in your dining room, you're in luck, as there are countless decorating possibilities at hand. Sherry Petersik kept her setup stylish and simple, but maximalists may enjoy filling their shelves with colorful glassware and other spunky accessories.Continue to 32 of 51 below.
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Vary Your Art
No dining room is complete without art, and Annette Vartanian did an excellent job of incorporating all kinds of different pieces in her space. We spot a portrait, a few fun black and white pieces, and there's even a colorful abstract tucked around the corner. If gallery walls aren't your thing, that's ok—scattering art around a room can make for a more casual, eclectic setup.Continue to 33 of 51 below.
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Round and Round
Round tables and dining nooks go together like peanut butter and jelly. Designer Arianne Bellizaire's sunny setup makes for the perfect spot to enjoy any meal of the day—there's no reason the space has to solely be reserved for fancy gatherings.Continue to 34 of 51 below.
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Say hello to florals! Kathleen Barnes's dining room is full of glam touches, from her sparkly chandelier to her nailhead chairs to the leaning mirror that allows extra light to flow through the space. Neutral color choices allow the pink flowers to stand out.Continue to 35 of 51 below.
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Lean On Me
Leaning a large piece of art can be just as effective—if not more—than hanging it, as seen in Haeley Giambalvo's home. This is great news for renters who may not wish to make permanent holes in the wall, as well as for those who like to redecorate often and may not be able to commit to placing a painting in just one spot. If you're struggling to find just one larger piece that you like, you can also layer a couple of smaller canvases for a laid back design.Continue to 36 of 51 below.
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Your dining room is a place for the entire family to gather, so why not display everyone's photos on the walls? Aicha Balde's sophisticated black and white photo display adds a sentimental touch to her eating space and is easy to replicate in just a few hours. Plus, if you opt for do-it-yourself framing, it's easy to switch photos out whenever you'd like (or when certain relatives are coming over).Continue to 37 of 51 below.
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Pattern mixing continues to be on trend, and Stephanie Watkins nailed it in her dining room, which features a zig zagged rug alongside abstract wallpaper. Red curtains finish off the bold, eclectic look.Continue to 38 of 51 below.
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Not feeling a matching chair set? There's no need to commit to one style of seating when you can have fun alternating different styles and colors of chairs in your space, like Lesley Myrick did. Acrylic ghost chairs, yellow industrial seating, and classic Windsor chairs may not seem like they'd go together, but they happen to look quite nice grouped together. A comfy accent chair in the corner is perfect for winding down with a cup of tea after dinner guests leave.Continue to 39 of 51 below.
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Date Night Ready
Gwen Hefner's moody black dining room gives off major romantic vibes that rival any date night restaurant. A touch of leopard print keeps the space looking playful and modern. Why go out when you can stay in and admire your own home?Continue to 40 of 51 below.
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Kristine Franklin redid her dining room on just a $200 budget, putting her DIY skills to work. She refinished the table, dip-dyed chairs for a contemporary look, and freshened up her nook with artwork and a pendant light, all without breaking the bank. Go ahead and admire her skills before you rule out fixing up a space due to budget constraints.Continue to 41 of 51 below.
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Green walls, cowhide, and natural touches make for a lovely grouping in Sarah Gibson's dining room. If you're feeling a peppy wall color, why not go for it? Green looks wonderful when styled with cane or rattan pieces and, of course, plant life.Continue to 42 of 51 below.
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Mackenzie Horan's calming, coastal dining room is full of charm. She made use of empty wall space by styling a bookshelf that serves as storage for favorite trinkets that contribute to the room's preppy theme. A skirted table makes for a stylish serving station, while an oversized mirror above it lets light in.Continue to 43 of 51 below.
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If you're handy and want to dramatically change your dining space, adding board and batten to the walls is an excellent choice. Linda Braden drastically transformed her space doing just this, and you won't believe how different it looks from the before version of the room.Continue to 44 of 51 below.
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Who doesn't love a dining room with a theme? In Kate Pearce's home, that means portraits aplenty! If you have a collection you'd love to display, go for it—guests will love learning more about your favorite pieces, and there's no reason you shouldn't be able to admire them every day. Portraits are easy to source online, via antique stores, and at flea markets. Various landscapes and nature scenes can also look gorgeous grouped together within one room.Continue to 46 of 51 below.
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We see orange paired with yellow quite frequently, but it's ok to separate that color duo and try something different. Saudah Saleem's design proves that contrasting shades like orange and blue can look stunning together. So if you're craving something bold like purple and yellow, there's no reason not to execute your vision. You'll thank yourself later.Continue to 47 of 51 below.
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A Bit of Everything
Jessica Brigham's dining room demonstrates that leather pieces and neutral furnishings can look amazing when paired with a touch of pink and green. So if you love a number of styles and just want to combine them all, let this be your sign!Continue to 48 of 51 below.
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When in doubt, try an accent wall! Carly Moeller opted for a red and pink wallpaper pattern couldn't be more cheerful and fun. Keeping the print to just one wall prevents the look from being too overwhelming.Continue to 49 of 51 below.
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Monica Benavidez made over her dining room without spending more than $100, and the results couldn't be more impressive. Sticking to a largely black and white color scheme helps the small space feel nice and airy, and we love her idea of using a dining bench rather than four chairs.Continue to 50 of 51 below.
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Kevin O'Gara designed a cozy blue dining room with plenty of charm and soul—both modern and antique pieces pair nicely together in the space. Cushy seating ensures guests will never want to leave.Continue to 51 of 51 below.