Dining room ideas | Real Homes

Looking for dining room ideas to give that often neglected room a bit of an update? Whether you entertain a lot or prefer cosy family meals, a dining room is a great addition to your home if you have the room. And if you don’t have a separate space, maybe you want to squeeze in a small dining room to an open-plan area, such as a kitchen/living space? Don’t worry we cover small dining room ideas here too, which would totally work in the corner of a kitchen. Below we’ve rounded up all our fave dining room ideas to get you inspired to choose a style, so that you can make the most of your space.

Keep scrolling to get inspired and and don’t miss all the rest of our kitchen ideas, which include everything from decor to dining.

1. Layer up on textures for a boho style dining room 

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There’s so much to love about this dining room idea, it’s brimming full of gorgeous textural elements, let’s start with the table and bench – the Amaliah chevron dining table above is bang on trend – parquet is going to be the next thing so get on it now! Teamed with rattan chairs and faux fur cushions, this look is the ultimate in tactile heaven, add in a hint of decoration with patterned bowls and glasses, oh and the stunning lampshade, then sit and enjoy!

2. Choose a round table in a small dining room

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We love a round table, like this one from M&S – it takes up less floor space than a square or rectangular table, which in turn makes a small dining room look bigger. What’s more, it’s the perfect shape for creating a sociable space, and you can squeeze more people around a round table than one with corners. 

But can it work for home and school work? Yes, if there’s no more than two of you trying to work on it at the same time and they work particularly well for that WFH life. These Loft chairs have curved backs for extra comfort and come in two designs and various colours. 

3. Colourful dining room ideas? Use paint to zone an open-plan space

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How delicious are these colours together? Two shades of pink from Dulux; Pressed Petal and Blossom White combined with Nutmeg White makes for a super pretty colour scheme that also cleverly zones an open plan space into a dining area that defines the room. Note how the the deeper pink comes up and onto the ceiling? What a great idea! You can do this with some Frogtape and a pair of strong arms. The warm tones of the Mid-century furniture look fab against this shade – pick crockery to match the lighter pink to bring the look together. 

4. Keep everything simple for a minimalist dining room

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One of the trends for autumn and winter is about living in a pared back way, more simplicity, fewer ‘things’ and having more nature in our homes. We welcome this style as it’s all about choosing wisely and buying pieces that have style but will last. Ikea is great at being one step ahead and we love the clean lines of this dining room. The textures make this minimally decorated room very welcoming. 

5. Need to squeeze dining seating into a kitchen? Choose benches over chairs

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Open plan kitchen diners lend themselves to a more relaxed feel and this is why this double bench option works well. But if your open plan kitchen diner is already tight on space, benches are a practical choice, too. They take up less space visually than chairs – and if you can tie them in with the kitchen’s decor, like in this room by Next, you can create a cohesive look that feels really put together. Although made of traditional wood, this Jefferson jet black table and bench set look thoroughly contemporary due to the complementary coloured metal legs. 

6. Need even more seating space? Go for a bench and chair combo

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Benches, on the whole, can squeeze on extra bottoms so they’re a great option for small people – kids on one side, adults on chairs on the other side right? This Poise bench from John Lewis sits three and you can match it with the Poise table which is narrow yet long – great for a dining room where space is compromised. Plus, it also extends, which is a win win when everyone is trying to ‘work’ at the same time! The table top has rounded edges too which is a bonus with young kids careering around.  

7. Add accent shades for a happy colourful dining room

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Colour can be such a useful tool when you’re revamping a plain space because it can add instant personality and character. In this dining room idea, these chairs are being used as an accent to pick up the wall colour and it looks great! The detail in the curtains and rugs also tie in the blue. Another key element here is that many of the pieces are curvy too – the chairs, table and those fabulous lampshades; it all helps to create a successful and uber stylish look. 

8. Go moody for an atmospheric dining space

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Only use your dining room at night? We’re not all fans of light and airy, if fact, deep shades are visually stunning more often than not and this dining room is spot on. To make a look like this work you need balance – yes, we do mention this a lot, but it’s true! This dining room idea is about light and dark – the inky blue walls are perfectly balanced out by the white tableware, the pale blue of the Summerby Riviera curtains adds a colour layer as well as pattern and the mahogany table and chairs give a rustic element as well as adding in texture. 

9. Pick narrow chairs to fit in more seats 

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We’re not all blessed with a kitchen AND dining room so your kitchen often has to work doubly hard. Ikea are the masters at dealing with space issues and we love how they’ve zoned the dining area with the rug and their compact NORRÅKER and RÖNNINGE birch table and chairs. Making sure the chairs neatly fit underneath the table when not in use is key for space saving. 

10. Dining room ideas on a budget? Repurpose existing furniture

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Having a little shift around of furniture can work wonders to improve a space – and using a sofa for one side of a table is a genius dining room idea that we’ll be considering in our own homes! If it’s not quite the right height for the table then add extra cushions to sit on – this option by ILIV definitely creates a more relaxed feel and mix and matching different styles of seating creates a more individual look. 

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