Dwell’s Favorite 245 Dining Room Design Photos And Ideas

The team preserved the blue and buggy pine paneling, which was important to the owners, and made it more of a feature by bringing in new pieces, all of which highlight the double-height ceilings. "That pine, it's really filled with character," says Fowler.
The open-plan ground floor allows the communal spaces to flow into one another. A wooden ladder accesses the lofted bedrooms.
A view of the dining room from the kitchen. The portraits of the children are acrylic paintings by Kristine. The dining table was made by John from wood reclaimed from the farmhouse, and is paired with dining chairs from Smash Salvage in Hamilton, Ontario.
Midcentury pendants by Piet Hein hang above an arched dining table made out of chrome and wood.
Photo: Willem-Dirk du Toit
A run-down 1960s cabin in the Swiss Jura Mountains, a gateway to skiing, has been given a smart, playful overhaul by the architecture studio Frundgallina. Carved into four distinct sections, it’s a spiral playground that mingles different heights and thresholds.
A new HVAC system fills the space between the brick columns at the windows. It’s a more graceful, streamlined treatment than in-wall units.
The dining room, which features an original pressed-metal ceiling detail and fireplace, has a large window that opens directly to the sidewalk. The step down from the dining room to the living room represents the junction between the original terrace and the newly built addition. The exposed steel beam running above this junction is also new. "In opening up the house to the courtyard, we had to remove two walls," says Joe. "The steel beams and column support the upper floor of the original house in this area."
The oak ceilings are about 16.5 feet high in the living and dining room.
A custom-made black walnut dining table is surrounded by chairs from Matthew Hilton Designs. A Lindsey Adelman chandelier hangs overhead. The team chose to paint the dining room in Railings by Farrow and Ball to create a mood apart from the airier kitchen and living area.
The dining area features white Wishbone chairs and a table from AREA Home. Grand sliding glass doors enhance the room’s indoor/outdoor feel.
A vintage table and chairs ground the dining room, which features art by Chaz Bear (also known as Chazwick Bundick).
An elegant timber screen at the kitchen maintains a sense of porosity, as well as lets in light and breeze while filtering kitchen mess or activity. The tactility of the Carl Hansen Wishbone dining chairs matches the kitchen screen panels.
The former exterior wall is now a textural accent in the living room that syncs with the concrete wall in the kitchen.
Scene Shang designed the dining room’s pendants. "They have very simple, geometric shapes inspired by Chinese lanterns, and the black-and-white palette, while influenced by traditional Chinese design, is simplified, a bit more free in shape and localized with rattan," says co-founder and designer Jessica Wong.
The table can be converted into a second bed in order to accommodate up to four guests.
Park Avenue Prewar Apartment by Michael K. Chen Architecture
Off-Grid Guesthouse by Anacapa Architecture
Sri Lankan architect Palinda Kannangara's home and studio outside of Columbo nods to brutalism, with sustainable double-layered concrete and perforated brick walls. The rooftop is the greenest element, strewn with an herb garden and biological pond that regulates storm water. Hovering within the main volume is the living area, buoyed by jungle views, as dramatic a sight as the double-height office.
A single Japanese red pine tree provided the impetus to build this spartan, three-story dwelling and office designed by architect Go Fujita of Gosize in Nishinomiya, known as a prime site for Japanese cherry blossom sightings. Fashioned almost entirely of concrete, it has high ceilings and full walls that make way for select materials including tin, oak, and silver foil.
Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn surround a custom dining table, which is made out of a leftover piece of scaffolding from construction. The lighting is custom by Heather Dahl.
In the dining room, black light fixtures by Brokis visually connect to other black architectural details, like the window frames and light switches.
While Brooklyn brownstones conjure up memories of their turn-of-the-century roots, they also remain the modern-day face of New York’s coolest boroughs. With brownstone living, however, comes responsibility—many of these classic beauties are in need of renovation and restoration. Here are 10 standout, renovated brownstones that retain their original charm with added contemporary cool.
Villa Slow houses two bedrooms that allow for various arrangements—the rental can be set up for couples, families, friends, etc. Each room also comes with its own bathroom.
This prefab house is built around a system of 4' by 4' concrete modules and a reusable formwork to save on costs and materials.
The owners of this 2,300-square-foot converted loft in SoHo have a penchant for color and collections. To make way for these elements, BC-OA kept new materials simple and desaturated with super white walls; oil-finished, white oak flooring; and white lacquered cabinetry. In the dining area, a custom designed, built-in, tufted banquette adds soft juxtaposition against the live edge dining table. The velvet upholstery is meant to provide contrast against the exposed, white-washed original brick in both texture and era. Overhead a brass chandelier with exposed Edison bulbs references the former Swan Incandescent Electric Light Co. which occupied the loft after construction was completed in 1897.
Fir-veneer plywood wraps the entire interior of a compact guest cabin with a 12-by-15-foot footprint, smaller than a single-car garage.
Repetitive patterns create a soothing sensation, with staircases, rails, and wall panels mimicking elements of the courtyard. This architectural approach is also echoed in the furniture pieces.
Villa Hohenlohe by Philipp Architekten won the prestigious Hugo Häring Award in 2014.
“We played with the ceiling forms to create spaces within the overall space, while soft natural light is introduced into the depths of the home with skylights,” says Lisa Breeze. The dining room of Coburg House takes advantage of this to stunning effect.
A removed bathroom makes space for a designated dining area with a built-in buffet and storage.
Pendant lights from Rubn hang over a private dining space, and textured plaster walls from Armourcoat echo the wooden screens.
The main element is the counter seating and preparation area, which has to be both functional for the chef and comfortable for the guests.
An arc motif is a recurring theme throughout the kitchen's design.
Perched at the top of a refurbished gasholder, this dreamy three-bedroom penthouse is the work of celebrated fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić and design specialist Nick Vinson. The residence spans three floors, and the interior plays on form, space, and color.
Sticotti and his eponymous studio produced the majority of the furnishings in the house—as well as architectural elements like the steel staircase with wooden treads. The kitchen opens to a garden where Sticotti keeps his woodworking tools.
Miguel and Ana sit down to a meal with their son, Rafael, and his wife, Fernanda. Rafael is a designer at his father’s firm and Fernanda oversees communications. The house is part of a compound that includes an office for the design studio and two other residences that Miguel rents out for public events or to people who want to stay “a day, a month, or a year.”
The designers painted beams and columns a pale shade of pink that contrasts with olive green walls and chairs in the dining room.
Another view of the dining area with its sloping ceiling. “We wanted to know that the house would last a long time, so no matter what age the kids were, it would be appropriate,
Dining area with view to kitchen.
An existing brick wall was dismantled, cleaned, and rebuilt to celebrate its patina . It now showcases an artwork by Blake Boyd.
Sleek black cabinetry contrasts beautifully with the home's richly textured wood accents.
The front pentagon of the cabin contains the main living space; the rear pentagon has two bedrooms and a drying room. It sleeps 10 people, with space for 16 during the day.
Nestled in Palm Springs, California, this steel post-and-beam residence—completed in 2018—is the last design by Donald Wexler. Embodying midcentury modern design, the 2,780-square-foot dwelling features floor-to-ceiling windows, an open interior layout, indoor spaces that extend outdoors, and intelligent design features.
The open kitchen faces a wall of above-counter windows that let in plenty of light. The dining table maintains the material palette of wood and black.
"It is expected that the tree will strengthen the relationship between the family and the house, as if the tree is another member of the family," says Chikamori.
Other features include a built-in dining booth set along an indoor picture window that overlooks the living room. Extensive window placements brighten the kitchen from all angles.
The mixed-use gallery also includes a dining area and concealed space for laundry.
A custom dining table made by the owner is surrounded with vintage Eames chairs and topped with a vintage Louis Poulsen PH Snowball pendant by Poul Henningsen. The metal sideboard is from Muji, and the paneling is original.
The homeowners wanted a multifunctional dining space conducive to alfresco meals.
The dining room, which organically extends from the living room, opens to a deck via sliding glass doors.
The dining table was fabricated by the contractor.
The top of the stairs leads to a warm, wood-paneled dining area.

The modern dining room is where the universal ritual of breaking bread brings us together. The projects below showcase elegant configurations and designs that encompass chairs and tables, bars and stools, lighting, flooring, and fireplaces.