Much like the kitchen, the dining room is the heart of the home. It's where you enjoy delicious meals and enjoy quality time as a family, so it's only right that you'd want a clutter-free space that's full of style. Whether your dining room needs a complete makeover or just a few basic design upgrades like a fresh coat of paint on your walls or floor, the possibilities are endless. There are a slew of inexpensive design projects you can tackle over a weekend or in a matter of minutes to take your dining area to the next level.
And if papers and bills have taken over your dining table, don't fret. "You need to figure out the logjams that are creating clutter and handle those with portable solutions," professional organizer Lorie Marrero says. For instance, you can easily purchase a rolling cart for paying bills at the table, so paper clutter stays out of sight come dinnertime.
Ready to revamp your dining room? Browse these chic dining rooms that are filled with more than enough design inspiration.
If you've had enough of neutral walls, embrace a more daring hue. Consider mint green walls — a great complement for a slew of colors like white, beige and teal.
For an unexpected look, experiment with pastel hues in a dining room. Here, pale blue walls add a fresh touch to this traditional dining area.
Go for a combination of rich red candlesticks and lush greenery for a sophisticated dining room look.
A blend of calming blue tones and warm neutrals give this dining space a coastal vibe.
Statement floral centerpieces and vibrant melon walls, which pair well with green patterned curtains, bring this dining space to life.
Add personality to a dining room with a gallery wall, featuring botanical-inspired prints. Stick to all-white frames for an elegant, cohesive setup.
Playing with scale is one of the easiest ways to boost visual interest in a room. Take a cue from this design scheme, featuring a large globe pendant.
Introduce a woven accent, like an oversized pendant, to bring character into your dining space.
Wainscoting or a chair rail creates a perfect base to highlight a favorite pattern. Lining just the top half of the wall also lets a pricey pick go further.
It's hard to beat classic white walls. "It’s bright and clean, and it acts as a blank canvas for the rest of the decor," Lewis says. (It also helps reflect natural light, which can help the room feel bigger.) Pick a shade with a hint of gray to make it feel warm and inviting.
Partition off the eating area from the rest of the living space with a decorative folding screen and its own rug. By visually outlining various zones, you can make an open area feel more intimate.
A cushioned bench can help make the most of a small space. You can position the table closer to the wall or the window and fit more people in for family meals. Pop in plenty of pillows to cozy up the little nook.
The table and chairs act as the focal point of your dining room, but show the rest of your space some love, too. "Do something unexpected," advises Rachel Bliefnick, founder of the design blog This Is Our Bliss. "Give your ceiling an interesting paint treatment, or put punchy pillows on your dining chairs and then layer a bold rug over your existing one."
If you're short on art, choose a variety of mirrors for your walls instead. They'll bounce light around a small dining room — and make candlelit dinners that much prettier.
Here's another easy option for your dining room walls: Display family photos in a grid of matching frames. They'll look even better in your home than your Instagram feed.
A deep teal takes this cozy dining nook to the next level, especially since it's echoed in plush cushions and cute tableware.
Just because your dining room is on the cozier side doesn't mean you have to skip on bold light fixtures. This gold globe pendant makes a statement flying solo — and would look just as good as a trio over a larger dining room table or island.
Gone are the days of matchy-matchy dining sets. Find a table you love, like the rustic one here, then surround it with complementary chair pairings like ornate cane and plush upholstery.
Create a clean look with transparent dining chairs (wipeable, so great for kids!). Then mix in a variety of textures, like matte-painted walls, a polished table, and woven blinds.
Tone down an ornate table with natural-looking seating made with knotted wood. Top it with a plush pillow for added comfort.
Your breakfast table gets extra charming with the combination of metal bistro-style chairs and farm-style vintage seating.