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On the Menu: Dining Room Decor Inspiration

Does it ever feel like your dining room is meant to be seen, not used?

Whether dining room dining is a daily affair in your home or just reserved for big holiday dinners, it's important to make sure it’s ready for any occasion. No matter what you need to make your dining room a destination, the Dallas Design District is here to help.


There’s no better place to start in the dining room than with the table. But with so many different styles to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? First, take into consideration the size of your dining room and for how many people you typically need to make space. You want something that comfortably fits the number of diners and still leaves room to walk around.

Measure the room and how far the table will be from the walls or other furniture in the room. Make sure there’s enough space for someone to easily slide out their chair and stand up. Then, with measurements in hand, it’s time to start thinking about shapes.

Round tables are great for smaller spaces, while rectangular tables fit well in a narrow room. And most dining room tables come with a recommended number of people it can comfortably seat.

Armed with a good general idea of what you need, stop the showroom at Old Timber Table Company and check out their handcrafted dining tables.


What’s a dining room table without seating? Don’t be afraid to think out of the box here. If you want to give the illusion of more space, try clear acrylic chairs. Or go for a mix of slipcovers in bold colors and patterns.

Another way to mix things up — and provide a bit more seating space — is with a long bench. Or you can mix and match different chairs for an eclectic feel. Be sure to stop by Cantoni when you’re ready for some dining room chair inspo.



Good lighting sets the mood. Great lighting fixtures make your dining room unforgettable. Chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes these days, from the classic candle style to rustic and industrial. But chandeliers aren’t the only option. There are also pendant lights and flush mount lights to consider. And don’t forget about wall sconces!

Depending on the natural lighting in the room, it might be a good idea to have a variety of lighting sources to choose from. Get lighting fixture ideas from the collection at Arteriors.


You need more than just place settings on the table. An amazing centerpiece is a great conversation starter. A grouping of floral arrangements adds a touch of nature’s beauty to the room. Another way to bring in a natural feel without needing to constantly replace flowers is a potted plant. If you’re more of a minimalist, a long row of block-shaped candles adds just enough without being overwhelming. Or you could always get a stunning glass bowl or selection of vases.

Play with heights, but keep in mind that if you go too high, your dining companions probably won't to be able to see each other. For a standout piece, take in the collection at LMB Art Glass.

Dining rooms may not get used as often as the other rooms in your home, but a well-decorated one is important to the overall feel of your house. If you feel like yours is lacking, let the shops and showrooms in the Dallas Design District help.

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