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One of our favorite sayings at Room & Board is that furniture should be a background for life. The dining room can be a place with lots of life, from big holiday meals to snacks with a few friends, or a surface for homework and hobbies. Furniture for the dining room should embrace your own personal style and still leave room for life to be center stage. We’ve gathered together a few ideas for dining rooms so you can find your style, lock down what’s already working or try something new.

Tone on Tone

The abundance of walnut in this dining room is beautiful and pulls everything together. The Ventura table’s modern mid-century style and curves play off the rounded back of the Evan chairs. Our Cloak pendants enhance the mid-century aesthetic.

Sleek and Sophisticated

This dining room combines the timeless appeal of stainless steel, leather and marble to create an effortlessly sophisticated space. The Lira chairs and Rand table have coordinating light colors and clean lines to complete the modern look.

Organic Appeal

The gorgeous walnut and butterfly joints in our live edge Chilton table align with the Kinley cabinet, while the Orikata pendant and houseplants unite the organic appeal.

Architectural Elements

Our Parsons table creates an architectural style. They each feature black laminated plywood with an exposed edge and natural steel bases. The Grove cabinet keeps things warm and works well with the other wood tones in the room.

Mix of Materials

This dining room ties together several colors and textures for a unique, modern space. The natural steel bases of the Rand table and Steen cabinet connect with the leather seats of the Jansen chairs and the dark Amira rug. The walnut Jansen chairs and spalted sugarberry Steen cabinet warm up the space with their wood tones, while the glass top of the Rand table keeps the room feeling open and light.

Just the Beginning

The inspiration doesn’t stop here. Check out shopping and planning guides, home tours, styling tips and more in Ideas & Advice. And don’t forget about our free design services from talented, non-commissioned design associates in the store, over the phone or online.


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  1. Stephen says:

    Wow. All of the example photos are simply stunning! At the same time, I hate having all this choice…sufferer of shiny ball syndrome lol. I particularly like the dark black dining chairs under the “Architectural Elements” section. They look almost like something I saw often at my old catholic school. I will say I just picked up a bunch of these chairs ( and can’t say enough good things about them. Any ideas how I could get a table to match? Colors I should be looking at or styles of dining tables? Thanks!

    • Gjerda RhodeHumphries says:

      Hi Stephen, thank you! Those chairs you linked to are beautiful. I could see them working well with a lot of our dining tables. Here are a few of my favorite options for small spaces: Aria, Madison, Parsons, Ventura. And here are a few of my favorite options for larger spaces: Chilton, Opla, Rand, Walsh. Personally, I think those chairs have a sophisticated modern aesthetic that would look great with a natural steel base. You could do a ceramic or marbled top to keep with the modern feel, or do a wood top to balance the modern feel with something more organic, like cherry, maple, spalted sugarberry or walnut. Those are my favorites, but keep in mind that many of our tables are available in a wide range of top and base options, so I bet you’ll see something you like. Also, I want to mention our excellent free design services in case you’re interested; learn more here.

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