7 Modern Dining Room Ideas You’ll Love

7 Modern Dining Room Ideas You’ll Love

Traditional dining rooms can look dark, intimidating, and extremely formal. Unlike the formal sit-down meals of yore, today’s dining experiences are intimate and focus on the enjoyment of the food and the company of our loved ones. A heavy dining room creates a heavy atmosphere but thankfully it’s something that’s easily rectified. Read on for our 7 Modern Dining Room Ideas You’ll Love.

1. Modernize the lighting

A bright room immediately uplifts the mood. Adding a large lighting fixture like a chandelier over the dining table ties in the old with the new and adds a feeling of luxury too. Another option is to pick a more modern, overhanging light fixture with an industrial look or multiple smaller fixtures over the table to instantly add a contemporary touch. 

Filament bulbs in the fixtures look sleek or pick a Smart Bulb you can control from your phone or WiFi hub to set the mood.


corgi in a modern dining room
staged dining room with blue chairs

2. Add some contemporary furniture

Add a piece of furniture that one doesn’t really expect in a dining room for a touch of whimsy. A fashionable bookshelf like the Vancouver Bookshelf – Large along a wall is a fun and functional accessory to have. Decorate it with some plants or vases with fresh branches to bring nature into your dining space. It’s also the perfect place to store your favourite cookbooks or stock it with knickknacks from your travels to turn it into a conversation starter. 

The possibilities are endless.

3. Rustic is in

Keep up with the trends with the rustic look. A large dining table paired with a matching bench looks earthy and inviting. The solid acacia wood Taj Dining Table and the Taj Dining Bench add a rustic feel to your dining space.

4. Paint the walls

Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls in your dining room. A light hue adds freshness to the room while a feature wall adds a pop of colour. For example, consider a bright, earthy colour like an apricot or marmalade orange behind your Monterey sideboard to make it really stand out. You can also consider using patterned wallpaper to bring some drama into the room.

5. Don’t be afraid of mismatched furniture

Deliberately mismatched furniture is definitely today. The Monterey Dining Table seats eight, making it ideal for large family gatherings. Pair it with the space saving Monterey Bench and a few of the Tan Blaze Dining Chairs for a fashionably mismatched appeal. 

Benches and mismatched chairs have the added advantage of being easy to move, so you can reuse them in your living room or patio for added seating on days when you have a large party. The best part is that it won’t look like you’ve emptied your dining room to accommodate all your guests.

The Monterey Sideboard makes the perfect complement to set for all your dining essentials or works well as a stand-alone piece too. 

6. Give old furniture a new life

If you are keeping some of your existing furniture but want to give it a new life, consider painting it in fresh, modern colours to match the rest of your décor. Scandinavian or earthy colours can make tired looking furniture look brand new and trendy. 

Use soft furnishings like easy-to-clean rugs and blinds to tie different elements in together.

tan dining chairs paired with monterey dining table and bench
tan dining chair

7. Art speaks volumes

It’s always good to have a focal point in the room. A large piece of art can replace a feature wall or enhance it. Choose an abstract piece for a modern look or a large landscape for a calming vibe. Choosing a piece of art that includes colors from the room can help tie all the different elements in together for a cohesive, inviting room your friends can’t stop talking about.

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