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Spinnaker Development
Spinnaker Development
Spinnaker Development
Built, Designed & Furnished by Spinnaker Development of Newport Beach, Ca. For further information regarding any products from this property please email angelina@spinndev.com
Dining room
Dining room
Wheeler Kearns Architects
interiors - ana borrallo construction - linn mathes photography - Christopher barrett-Hedrich blessing
Example of a trendy dark wood floor dining room design in Chicago
Prairie View
Prairie View
Kees Architecture, LLC
Mountain style dark wood floor, brown floor, exposed beam and vaulted ceiling dining room photo in Other with beige walls
Light and bright breakfast nook
Light and bright breakfast nook
A.S.D. Interiors - Shirry Dolgin, Owner
Traditional white dining room. Relaxing breakfast nook, white and bright space. antique looking dining table with chandelier
Inspiration for a timeless dining room remodel in Los Angeles with beige walls
Dining Room
Dining Room
Murphy & Co. Design
Photo by Phillip Mueller
Example of a classic medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen/dining room combo design in Minneapolis
Dining Room
Dining Room
Echelon Custom Homes
Kitchen/dining room combo - contemporary kitchen/dining room combo idea in Other with white walls
Custom Farmhouse
Custom Farmhouse
Dwell Designed Construction
Inspiration for a cottage dining room remodel in Other
Montecito Shores Remodel Dining Room
Montecito Shores Remodel Dining Room
Allen Construction
Architect: Wade Davis Design Photo Credit: Jim Bartsch Photography
Trendy medium tone wood floor enclosed dining room photo in Santa Barbara with beige walls
Greenwich Residence
Greenwich Residence
Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC
Kitchen Breakfast Nook Tim Lee Photgraphy
Example of a small classic medium tone wood floor kitchen/dining room combo design in New York with white walls and no fireplace
Devine Home
Devine Home
House of Jade Interiors
Transitional dining room photo in Salt Lake City
Manor Cove
Manor Cove
Carlton Edwards
Interiors: Carlton Edwards in collaboration w/ Greg Baudouin
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern ceramic tile and black floor kitchen/dining room combo remodel in Charlotte with beige walls
Caterpillar House
Caterpillar House
Feldman Architecture, Inc.
Photo by Joe Fletcher
Example of a trendy concrete floor dining room design in San Francisco
Laurelhurst Tudor
Laurelhurst Tudor
Ore Studios
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional light wood floor and beige floor enclosed dining room remodel in Seattle with beige walls and no fireplace
Dining Delight
Dining Delight
Megan Blake Design
Eclectic medium tone wood floor dining room photo in DC Metro with gray walls
William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape
William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape
Studio William Hefner
Inspiration for a transitional light wood floor and beige floor dining room remodel in Los Angeles with beige walls
Tone on Tone Breakfast Room
Tone on Tone Breakfast Room
Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.
Photographer: Anice Hoachlander from Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC Interior Designer: Miriam Dillon, Associate AIA, ASID
Transitional beige floor dining room photo in DC Metro with beige walls
Custom dining table
Custom dining table
Angelica Henry Design
The lighting above this table makes the silver leafed glass seem as though it is lit from below.
Inspiration for a contemporary dining room remodel in Phoenix
Victorian Splendor
Victorian Splendor
SV Design
Originally designed by J. Merrill Brown in 1887, this Queen Anne style home sits proudly in Cambridge's Avon Hill Historic District. Past was blended with present in the restoration of this property to its original 19th century elegance. The design satisfied historical requirements with its attention to authentic detailsand materials; it also satisfied the wishes of the family who has been connected to the house through several generations. Photo Credit: Peter Vanderwarker
Contemporary Design
Contemporary Design
Hensley Custom Building Group
Example of a trendy ceramic tile dining room design in Cincinnati with gray walls and a tile fireplace
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The opposite of bustling, multifunctional rooms like the kitchen, the dining room is a simple space devoted solely to hosting and feasting. While it’s a room that may be used infrequently, it is ideal for large get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations. When perusing dining room ideas, consider what kind of lighting, furniture and decorative accents will transform the space into an entertaining mecca.

Achieving an effective dining room design can be a little tricky. However, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your furniture; as the focal point of the room, your table should be your biggest investment. Take time to consider various furniture pieces and what works best for your needs. Don’t be afraid to splurge — a good table can last you decades! Once you have this cornerstone piece figured out, you can then focus on implementing your favorite dining room decorating ideas and storage options.

What kind of dining room furniture should I get?

Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, as do their accompanying tables. As you browse dining room ideas, consider a few things. What is your dining room layout? How often do you entertain? How many people usually attend? What kind of events do you like organizing - big dinners or intimate gatherings? What kind of dining rooms are you personally drawn to at other homes? If you don’t host anything because you are hindered by your current dining room design, consider what kind of soirees you would ideally throw and work from there.

If you want a dining table with options, purchase one with a leaf so you can accommodate varying numbers of guests. Keep in mind that to ensure visitors won’t be bumping elbows with their fellow dinner guests, each person needs about two feet of eating space (typically the table manufacturer will be able to recommend the amount of people that can comfortably sit at the table).

In terms of shapes, round tables are optimal for achieving some of the smaller dining room design ideas you might see. They fit into tight areas and have no sharp corners to bump into when you’re serving a hot casserole or pouring a glass of water. Round pedestal tables are also useful alternatives - they offer more legroom than conventional designs. For a larger space, a square table works well, and a rectangular table is ideal for a long, narrow room.

No matter shape, size or material, make sure you measure table-to-wall clearance. To do this, measure the space around the room. Try to leave 42-48" between your table and the walls so diners can sit down and get up easily from their chairs. If there is furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48” measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall.

What kind of dining room decor should I have?

When looking for dining room decorating ideas, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm this refined space with too much clutter. However, simple does not mean plain, and this is a room where you can take some stylistic liberties. When decorating dining rooms, think about color schemes (after choosing your table, of course!). Usage of color can really make or break dining room designs, and the cohesion of a matching furniture set allows for colorful decor choices. Try light blue or gray walls for an elegant look, or go timeless with a black and white theme. If you want to stick to white paint, throw in some gold or copper accents, or splashes of bright colors to keep it interesting; geometric patterns, custom-painted ceilings and unique wallpapers are also effective at livening up a dining area.

Top off your dining room remodel with a statement light fixture, some inspirational artwork and a large mirror to reflect more light throughout the room. Lastly, don’t forget the dining room table decor! A seasonal centerpiece, table runner or plant arrangement can immediately brighten up the entire space.

How do I add storage to my dining room?

When choosing storage for dining rooms, focus on functionality. Do you want to have a place to lay out food? Do you want more storage? Do you want to showcase any items? Take a look at various dining room pictures to see how others have incorporated storage and pull the ideas you like for your own.

A china cabinet or hutch is a great way to store and display dishes or art pieces. If you need storage as well as a place to lay out food, sideboards - a long, low storage piece with short legs (also known as a “buffet”) - typically are your best bets as they have cabinets. “Servers” tend to be smaller, more formal and lighter in scale than sideboards; they can have drawers and an open bottom on taller legs, or they may have cabinets. Credenzas tend to be long, low cabinets on slender legs, often with sliding doors. Lastly, if you’re going to be using your dining area primarily for cocktail hour (or even if you’re not), consider investing in a rolling bar cart or a permanent wet bar. The dining room ideas you can choose from are really endless, so try not to get overwhelmed and remember you can always change the design down the road!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a dining room renovation or are building a designer dining room from scratch, Houzz has 734,674 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Tobin Rogers Photography and Hensley Custom Building Group. Look through dining room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a dining room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful dining room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.