Unless you are hosting fabulous dinner parties for illustrious guests week after week, your dining room might not get as much foot traffic as the other rooms in your house (you know, rooms with TVs, toilets, refrigerators and beds—the necessities). That does not mean you should toss a card table and some plastic chairs in your dining room and call it a day, unless you are living in a frat house. Let’s assume you are not.
The term “dining room” conjures up images of fancy chandeliers, butlers and Downton Abbey for some people. It does not have to be super fancy to be a legitimate dining room, though. You do want the table to be the focus of the room—the point of this space is gathering together and having meals. A central light fixture, like a chandelier, is a traditional way to pull the room together and emphasize the table. You can make this room fun, funky, sophisticated or eclectic—the world is your oyster and it’s your choice!
Take a look at these five design ideas for the dining room and see what gets you inspired.