Apart from the table and chairs, there is nothing else that goes into the dining room. Sure, there might be a moment for a fun bar cart or dinnerware display cabinet, but we can probably all agree that the table is the main character. Even if it isn’t the only surface area you have for decorative objects, the dining table is likely to be the primary gathering area and also the first thing people notice when they enter a room. So decorating it well is of utmost importance! The dining room table deserves extra attention just like the design of the coffee table. Ahead, find a dozen more ideas and tips, then recreate your favorites.
Stone bird figurines animate this large farmhouse dining table designed by Hadas Dembo of Mise en Scène Design. An antique French chandelier (hanging where a hayloft once stood) sets an elegant tone, while sturdy furniture adds an air of sensibility. The table top itself is a piece of marble sourced from an old Vermont chocolate factory. A pitcher full of fresh cut flowers is the perfect solution for a formal yet relaxed farmhouse dining room.
An oversized pink egg sculpture steals the spotlight on a vintage Hans Wagner dining table in a space designed by Shawn Henderson. Picking up bronze sconces, pendants, and candle holders, Henderson proves that mixing metals and woods (dark mahogany cabinets, whitewashed oak floors, rosewood screen) is a powerful way to deepen a room’s spirit while sticking to a simple palette.
A collection of vases makes a classic dining table in a home by Alexandra Kaehler Design feel fresh and full of life. We love that all of the flower arrangements are coordinated while the vases are a variety of heights and shapes for both cohesion and difference.
A small statue enclosed in a glass case makes an unexpected centerpiece in this dining room designed by Juan Carretero. This 1790s dining room in New York’s Catskills has us swooning. The ceiling has been painted a high-gloss blush, which gives the room a candlelit glow and really enhances the gorgeous Art Deco rug. And the contrast between the curved modern dining chairs and the gilded-framed picture is even cooler.
In this case, the boat shape draws the eyes and keeps the center of the dining table clear for a great set of matching glassware.
“The Powers wanted a home that felt elegant yet was highly functional and fun,” designer Augusta Hoffman explains of the project. “They’re constantly entertaining and demand the space to host large gatherings comfortably. The table in the dining room seats 25.” Guest or not guests, this fun tablecloth brings lively spirit to the entire space and warms hard surfaces.
In this dining room by Raji RM, large-scale artwork anchors the room and sets the tone. While he’s talking about the classic dining set and sconces, the room’s bones feel modern. A simple decanter and vase make the room ready for entertaining.
Sculpture place settings
Everything in this dining room by Cara Fox Design is inspired by the tableware displayed in the corner, from the prints and color scheme to the traditional motifs of the floor and ceiling paint. As for the dining table, frayed edges set the tone for rounded placemats and frilly bowls.
In a minimalist dining room, use your table to show off your favorite ceramic pieces. Here, in a dining room designed by Workstead, bowls and vases add character.
Instead of a large centerpiece vase, designer and homeowner Brittney Bromley strewn several smaller silver vases and filled them with the same blooms that make up the playoff there tablecloth color scheme.
This moody dining room designed by Ann Payne proves that formal doesn’t have to mean picky! Rich jewel-toned fabrics and lush layers of patterns help, but used with restraint, so an art gallery table and light fixture can also emphasize a more solemn and serious tone. The tabletop decor features an accent color for just the right touch of contrast.
Robert McKinley’s studio enlivened the circular motif with ball-paper pendant lights but added contrast by honing the windowsills in black paint, laying a checkered rug on the concrete floors, and hanging a small, gilded classic frame. A lazy Susan in the center of the table adds personality and makes salt easy to reach.
The sunny shade of sisal wallpaper connects the open kitchen to the dining room and separates it from the sitting area in this gorgeous room designed by Halden Interiors. The planter is large enough to stand on its own, and the gorgeous marigold centerpiece speaks to the color scheme throughout.
Designed by Martha Mulholland for Jacey Dupree, this dining room table is decorated with an array of candelabra and a lush bouquet of flowers. It strikes a good balance between formal and informal.
Who needs floral arrangements when you can have a quirky display of plants and succulents instead? In this dining room designed by Carolyn Turner, the dining room table decor speaks volumes about the green trees outside.