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23 Highly Modern Dining Room Ideas That Inspire You to Entertain Your Guests

By Ristra August 5, 2020

If you’re stuck trying to style your modern dining room, you’re not alone — and because simply plopping down some minimalist furniture finds and calling it a day is not enough, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring modern dining room ideas to help you instantly uplift your dining region. Who says what? You could be having your own elegant dinner party pretty soon.

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Add an Additional Layer of an Accent Rug

01) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Add an Additional Layer of an Accent Rug

The right dining room rug will bring together all your colors, add conviviality to a neutral color palette, or soften rough edges in a modern dining room that appears to be cold. If you’re trying to go a little suave but aren’t ready to paint vibrant colors, you may need to add a bright rug. Once they’re on the surface, bright colors are easier on the eye, so this is your opportunity to really indulge in a vibrant shade. Keep in mind that rug designs are so versatile you can match the one you love with any type of décor as long as the color is right.

Create a Spectacular Black & White Scene

02) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Create a Spectacular Black & White Scene

Using monochrome interior cues can give your modern dining room a great deal of prominence. Make an entrance for your dining room with classic white-brushed floors, clean furniture and a low-hanging light in an unusual shape. Shape the space with unusually curved chairs, around a table in a contemporary finish. Paint the walls in clean white shades to create ambience in your home’s center for entertaining.

Adore the Clean Charm of Crisp White Palette

03) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Adore the Clean Charm of Crisp White Palette

Some may be concerned about the lack of personality or uniqueness in a plain white space, yet this is not the case in this modern dining room that uses stunning accessories to make the décor scheme completely different from the others. You can use a white palette to create an atmosphere that is both ultra-contemporary and novel for your dining room furniture and décor.

Hang a Light and Flowy Curtain

04) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Hang a Light and Flowy Curtain

Think about whether you want your window curtains to blend in with the décor or be a focal point for the room when choosing a curtain for your modern dining room; if you decide to have them play a more muted role, select curtains which are similar to the color of the space’s wall or trim color. Opt for lighter color drapes for natural light and breezy ambience to illuminate the area.

Use Dark Tone

05) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Use Dark Tone

In recent years, the trend of contemporary dining rooms has been toward darker furnishings (think of all the black dining room tables you’ve seen in design magazines). Dark furniture adds drama to a room and makes it look more formal. When you have a large, spacious room that feels too big to be comfortable, dark tones can be a good choice. It helps to narrow down that room, making it more intimate and inviting.

Chase Away Grim With a Flickering Fireplace

06) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Chase Away Grim With a Flickering Fireplace

If you want to create a contemporary dining room that includes a big statement, you have to add some attractive item. The addition of a cozy fireplace is, therefore, a perfect solution for this. In addition to the beautiful look, the installation of a fireplace in the dining room will add a feeling of intimacy and warmth. Your dining room will look more sophisticated, and you’ll certainly enjoy formal and informal meals.

Arrange a Flower Centerpiece as the Ultimate Scenestealer

07) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Arrange a Flower Centerpiece as the Ultimate Scenestealer

The above picture shows you how flowers can make the modern dining room very beautiful. When we dine, it’s not just the food that matters to us but also the surroundings as well as the aura of the space. That factor might affect our appetite, too. Therefore, it is important to decorate them with the addition of beautiful centerpieces. We are not just, however, gathering flowers and adding them to vase without a creative approach to it. Red and yellow flowers would be terrific for a modern dining area like this!

Build a Seamless Living & Dining Area

08) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Build a Seamless Living & Dining Area

If your room is large enough, the easiest way to divide a room into two spaces – a living room and a modern dining area – is to separate them literally with a walkway. Physical space is wonderful, bonus points for visually creating a walkway for a long runner in the hallway. Just look at the physical separation of this dining room from the living room. Clearly, there is plenty of space helping to define the difference between each space.

Strive for a Minimalist Aesthetic

09) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Strive for a Minimalist Aesthetic

In the modern dining room, the minimalist aesthetic works so well because it can create a clear, clean canvas for the tapestry of the next meal that will be shared at the sparse but beautiful table. As with so many minimalist rooms, white in the minimalistic dining room will be a popular color palette.

Bring In a Natural Wood Table

10) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Bring In a Natural Wood Table

Incorporating nature into the interior of our home, even in the most modern dining rooms, is always a good thing. There are many ways to do that, such as adding a few plants, purchasing wooden furniture and many others. And yes, modern interior style tolerates the appearance of nature as it also uses wood-based furniture and organic decoration. This dining room, aside from the wooden dining table, also maximized the use of wood for their chairs.

Set Up a Magnificent Dining Area Near Balcony

11) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Set Up a Magnificent Dining Area Near Balcony

Wouldn’t it be nice to look out from your contemporary dining room at the outdoor beauty? More often than not, it is rare for homes to have their dining spaces open to a balcony, but every so often, homeowners go out of their ways to really create a more nuanced environment. This contemporary home sure displays fantastic pieces of furniture all around the dining area.

Add Some Potted Plant Centerpieces

12) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Add Some Potted Plant Centerpieces

Plants are currently so huge in interiors, and it’s a fabulous idea to use them to style the dining table in your modern dining room! Think lush and vibrant with the coloring and obscene size of your plant is generally better but always consider your table’s scale.

Use a Round Dining Set

13) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Use a Round Dining Set

The square table is not the only solution for a modern dining room which is smaller or square in shape. Another possibility is a round dining table, which is one of the best forms for small gatherings as everyone can see everyone else, conversations are easier to carry on, and the setting feels more intimate and cozier.

Strategically Mix & Match Your Seating

14) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Strategically Mix & Match Your Seating

The key to a successful mix-and-match is an element of consistency (the entire “match” part of the equation) if you think about it. Without it, nuance can quickly transform into a hot mess. Try to imagine a grid of qualities — height, width, colour, material, arms vs armless, upholstered seat vs hard seat, and differ the chairs in just a few categories to keep the others consistent.

Invest in a Fine Sideboard

15) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Invest in a Fine Sideboard

Modern dining rooms will still benefit from the addition of a sideboard with a vintage look that is suitable for the room function. Sideboards are great to store away, of course, your dinner service and cutlery, but they are also useful for other essential items.

Install a Sliding Door

16) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Install a Sliding Door

Sliding doors improve the lighting and ventilation of a modern dining area with a clean and elegant appearance. When it comes to design, they also offer several advantages: they frame stunning views and emphasize nature. On the other hand, it is possible to generate a greater fluidity between the interior and exterior spaces by using them as an enclosure, thus creating an illusion of a larger space.

Incorporate the Use of Solid Wood

17) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Incorporate the Use of Solid Wood

Although it can be difficult to choose the material for your dining table, it is a perfect option to opt for solid wood, even for a modern dining area, especially since it is durable and easy to repair. Pine, acacia, mango, and teak are popular, less expensive options. Wood can expand and contract with heat and humidity, and may display scratches and wear, but is relatively easy to repair.

Showcase the Quirky Charm of a Unique Table

18) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Showcase the Quirky Charm of a Unique Table

Usually, the most common options offered are square and rectangular tables, yet you’ll still be able to find the larger number of choices for your modern dining room with styles, sizes and extendable options. However, a round or oval table can give you a bit more room to move around, as it cuts off the corners but still has a good surface. The oval might be the best option for more tight, rectangular spaces.

Adorn the Blank Canvas With a Wall Art

19) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Adorn the Blank Canvas With a Wall Art

Effectively displaying art can transform your contemporary dining area into an oasis of relaxation and reflection, or create a vibrant space for celebration and socializing. Displaying large original artwork can add a burst of color to the room and help define an open space in your dining area. A bold painting can be a strong focal point and can frame your table effectively.

Choose a Warm Lighting

20) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Choose a Warm Lighting

Simple and elegant, the pendant lighting works beautifully with just about any style of decoration to create a modern dining space that is perfect for cozy gatherings. In the dining room shown here, a smooth wood dining table and contemporary upholstered chairs complement the hanging light.

Stare Directly at the Magnificent Ocean View

21) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Stare Directly at the Magnificent Ocean View

If you are lucky enough to have a great ocean view and your dining room opens directly onto the balcony, you can draw the eye outwards with strategic furniture placement. The dining chairs, in this example, introduce a white pop and direct our eyes to the view but still share the same lines as the oval dining table.

Plan Out a Wood Ceiling

22) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Plan Out a Wood Ceiling

This is a good inspiration for you if you plan to add a wooden ceiling to your modern dining room. It is an excellent idea to combine wood with concrete and other materials too. Just look at how attractive that is!

Opt for Wood Floor

23) Modern Dining Room Ideas - Opt for Wood Floor

In the modern dining room, a wooden floor can have a softening effect, particularly if the dining set is sleek and glossy. If you don’t have the budget for real wood, then why not look at the wood flooring laminate as it’s much, much cheaper while still giving you the elegant wood look.

Ristra[Editor]
Besides being a part-time writer at day, she aims to be a lifelong learner at night.

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