Love having friends and family over? Turn your dining space into a warm, cosy environment for your loved ones to congregate, dine and converse in. If you have no time to refresh your entire apartment for your guests, simply do a quick decoration of your door entrance, and refresh your dining area with these tips, you’re ready to whip up your party favourites to further wow your guests. Get inspired by these 24 gorgeous designs and decor ideas now.
1. Vibrant painting
Add a bright painting on the wall to bring attention to the dining space. Pick a painting that has red, orange and yellow tones to inject more life into the space. Alternatively, a painting in hues of blues will help to create a more calming space.
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2. Update your wall
While the living room was simply designed, the dining room features an eye-catching wall covering that serves to demarcate the space as well as brighten up the home. If wallpaper is too difficult to maintain, opt for wall vinyls that are just as pretty but easier to remove (and easier on the wallet too!).
Design: Cedar and Suede
3. Add a quirky touch
This homeowner bought birdcages and hung them above the dining table for a whimsical and quirky look.
4. Bring in the jungle
The drop ceiling accomodates a lush green ceiling, which is interspersed with lamps. Matched opposite luxurious wood finishings, and separated from the living room with a floor-to-ceiling shelf, this dining space evokes a cosy, junglalow vibe that’s perfect for lounging.
Design: Ganna Studio
5. Sleek and luxe
The glossy and reflective surface of this L-shaped counter cum dining table gives a contemporary and luxe atmosphere to the space. Click here to see more styles like this.
6. Accessorise with colour
The homeowners decorated their home with accessories in various colours, such as these glass vases bought at an auction that make a uniquely beautiful centrepiece. And it seems that good things come in threes – the cluster of pendant lamps and triptych on the wall add lots of personality and flair to space. A dark, moody wall colour provides dramatic effect.
7. Go bright and cheery
If you prefer a light-suffused space, keep the base palette white or just off-white then bring in sunshine in the form of bright yellow dining chairs. Aren’t they such a cheery addition to this simple dining area?
8. Embrace modern country-style
An oversized Kartell lamp as well as a set of designer dining chairs updates this country-style kitchen. A large wooden dining table sets the tone for the communal space.
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Design: Museum Homes
9. The industrial look
The custom-made dining table with built-in swing stools ties together the industrial look that is part edgy cafe and part New York-loft style. Textured walls and floors add to the cool vibe.
Design: Space Sense Studio
10. Customise your seats
Customised seating like these maximises storage as well as zones spaces without the need for walls. It allows for a brighter and airier space.
Design: Wrightson Stewart
11. Mismatched chairs
Instead of going down the matchy-matchy road, a variety of dining chair options (at least two) that gives your dining area more interest. This homeowner also added glass windows to give diners a peek into the kitchen!
Design: Fuse Concept
12. Simply monochromatic
A pared-down palette and simple yet impactful decor pieces, such as bohemian-esque pendant lamps and a neat gallery wall, anchor this minimalist dining area. Plus, we love how symmetrical everything looks!
Design: Aart Boxx Interior
13. Creative storage
A built-in side shelf adds functionality to this dining table, and the clean lines keep the look neat and not cluttered – perfect for tiny homes.
Design: Francis Leong
14. Go dark
A deep-coloured wall instantly imbues your dining space with a luxurious feel, especially when teamed with marble surfaces and modern fixture, and enhances the silhouette of your dining set. Ideal for homes with lots of natural light to balance the dark.
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Design: Studio Wills + Architect
15. Accessory to dinner
Accessorise your dining table with an eye-catching centrepiece, starting with fresh flowers and jars of varying heights. It prevents the space from looking too empty. A large tray also helps keep clutter in one place, and is easy to remove when it’s dinner time.
Design: Icon Interior Design
16. Cosy cafe corner
For that modern cafe-inspired look, a wooden bench, steel chairs and chalkboard helps complete the look. Build a warm, cosy vibe with lots of warm tones (opt for a brick wall, if it’s not too cliche) and personalise with handpicked artwork on the walls.
Design: Fuse Concept
17. Geometry school
Tucked into a corner, this dining area is spruced up with geometric motifs. It’s a clever way to segregate or demarcate spaces without putting up physical dividers that may take up precious floor space.
Design: The Scientist
18. Warm vibes
We love this Japanese-inspired dining area’s warm and inviting ambience, mainly thanks to the dining set’s dark wood hue peppered with blue accents.
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Design: Sync Interior
19. Splash of green
Pendant lamps at multiple lengths, scattered wall decor, and zesty green-coloured dining chairs lend this space a quirky edge!
Design: The Scientist
20. State of calm
For a more classic contemporary look, opt for a solid wood dining table, upholstered seats and stately yet modern accents like candleholders. Plus, white and wood is an elegant and timeless colour combo.
21. Think tiles
To bring attention to the dining area, try adding mosaic tiles inspired by the Mediterranean or for somewhere closer to home, tiles from our local Peranakan culture.
Design: The Scientist
22. Wooden accents
Add a statement pendant light or two to create a focal point in your dining space. Choose wooden rattan lights to add warmth and to remind you of a relaxing beach side vacation.
23. Mirror accents
Add a framed mirror to decorate and at the same time add dimension to the space. Also, depending on the size it will be able to create the illusion of a bigger dining area.
24. Add a rug
By adding a rug to the dining space, it helps to segregate the area especially if you are living in an open layout home. It can also help to add a pop of colour to create a vibrant space.
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Text: Eliza H, Home & Decor Singapore / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew & Seah Pei Jun
This article was first published on February 19, 2018 and updated on June 19, 2019.