18 Marvelous Modern Dining Rooms

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    Modern Dining Room Design

    modern dining room and kitchen with blown glass chandelier
    Leslie_kayk/ Twenty20

    If filling rooms with the latest trends in home decor is your idea of fun, then decorating a dining room is like a trip to the amusement park. That's because dining rooms have space for everything you love. Tables and chairs are just the start of the fun—credenzas, rugs, lighting, even wallpaper and art—all have a role to play in creating a picture perfect dining room that's equally suited for a casual dinner or a magazine spread. We've gathered a few of our favorite contemporary...MORE dining spaces for a quick look some of the many ways designers everywhere are doing dining rooms right.

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    Rugs in a Dining Room

    Dining room with lush beni orain rug
    Home & Living Decor

    Though we usually think of them for living rooms and bedrooms, the right rug can do wonders for your dining room as well. Offering a staggering array of options, from venerable and colorful antiques to efforts in modern minimalism, there's a rug for every taste, every palette and every room. Here a simple yet beautiful Beni Ourain rug is giving this room everything it needs.

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    Wallpapered Accent Wall in a Dining Room

    If you love wallpaper but don't want the whole look, a feature wall can set your room apart with a much smaller investment of time and effort. In this room, an intricately patterned wallpaper turns a single wall into an incredible backdrop for other show-stopping elements such as the bubble chandelier.

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    Wood Ceiling in a Dining Room

    The best rooms don't necessarily need a theme, but sometimes it can be interesting to have a central element run through the entire space. This dining room covers itself in wood from the ceiling to the table and chairs, and even the large bear-like statue in the background. The warm wood tones evoke a sense of nature even as the sculpted form of every wood piece gives the space a vaguely futuristic appeal.

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    Pendant Lights in a Dining Room

    Dining room with large pendant lights
    Roo Home

    Lighting is important in every room, but in dining rooms, lighting takes on a whole other level of importance. The two giant pendants that hang over the table in this dining room set the stage and steal the show all at the same time. As a final touch, several of the dining chairs are sporting the same wire-mesh construction style as the pendants.

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    Dining Room With Tin Ceilings

    Modern black and white dining room with silver tiled ceiling
    Stranded Wind Home Inspiration

    The design of this dining room is very nice, but it becomes something else entirely once you notice the tin roof shining above the room. Ornately designed tin ceilings were once very in fashion and good things can still happen when classic flourishes are used in a contemporary way.

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    Small Dining Room Design

    Warm contemporary dining room
    Residence Style

    Dining rooms don't have to be huge to have their own look and personality that makes them distinctive. This small dining space makes good use of every inch with modern lighting, lush greenery and a cowskin rug.

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    Gallery Wall in a Dining Room

    Like most rooms, dining rooms tend to have a good amount of wall space just begging to be filled. For this, among many other reasons, art remains a natural choice for finishing a room. This space makes perfect use of it's walls with a gallery wall of just four large pieces. Like all good art (used for design) the pieces fit into the color story of the room, matching the color of the chairs perfectly.

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    Text Art in a Dining Room

    Modern dining room with hanging text wall art
    Interior Junkie

    Not all art has to be pretty pictures. And while text art is often reserved for rec rooms and home offices, there's no reason it can't be a hit in your dining room as well. Just a few words from pop art icon Andy Warhol is all it takes to set this stylish black and white dining room off.

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    Colorful Dining Chairs

    Color is the key to every memorable space. The question is never whether you need it, but how you'll use it in a room. This dining room makes the very cool choice of adding color through the dining chairs for a cool and updated look.

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    Functional Dining Room

    If your dining area has to share space with other rooms in your home, make the most of it by providing an interesting backdrop. This room makes use of the large walls to display a huge collection of artwork. At the same time, shelving along the bottom of the wall is not only useful storage for books; it combines with the gallery wall to add character to the dining room.

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    Metallics in a Dining Room

    Like kitchens, dining rooms often do well with metallic elements woven in to the decor. This dining room finds plenty of opportunities to make a statement with pendant lights, table and credenza accents all with subtle hints of the same warm metallic tone.

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    Stone Accents in a Dining Room

    Metals aren't the only natural elements that look good in a dining room. Stone accents are often a beautiful addition to a dining space, as this room ably shows. The marble tabletop and mantel decor are a beautiful complement to the stone floors in this room. Together with the organic asymmetry of the chandelier, these elements give a natural, rustic feel to the space in counterpoint to the modern furnishings.

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    Open Plan Dining Room

    Enclosed dining room in an open plan space
    Magnolia Market

    Creating a distinct dining room can be a challenge in an open-plan space. One way to overcome this difficulty is to build a space yourself. This home uses sliding walls on a mounted track to create a room, adding both structure and flexibility to the space.  

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    Pattern in a Dining Room

    Pattern is one of the best ways to bring a bit of personality to a space, and they work as well in dining rooms as in any other room of your home. Again, your dining chairs are a great place to start as they offer many opportunities to be creative. Here, just a little pattern sets the chairs at the head and foot of the table apart while giving character to the entire scene. Look a little closer and you'll see the the pattern of the chairs is a close match to the patterns seen in the art on...MORE the credenza.

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    Banquette Seating in a Dining Room

    If your dining table sidles up to a wall, make the most of it with built in seating. This dining room features a beautiful banquette seating arrangement that adds room for many more guests while remaining intimate and cozy.

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    Better Off Blue

    And once you've got your banquette seating set up, there's no better next step than to pop in a few colors—or maybe a big pop of just one. This inviting table setting is shot through with shades of blue to create an engaging visual landscape.

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    Modern, Sculptural Dining Room

    Dining room with geometric rug and wall art
    Interior Home Designs

    This dining room is full of cool geometric twists and turns, all of which help to make the space more interesting and fun. From the bentwood frames of the chairs and the sculpted, artistic look of the table base to the changing angles of the empty picture frames on the wall, this room is all about the angles.  

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    Colorful Dining Room Table

    The table is often an underutilized space in dining rooms with regard to color. But if there's a color you want to see make a big statement in your space what better place to put it than on the table? In this decidedly moody dining space the bright, green table is welcome burst of color.