How to Fill a Dining Room in Style

While the dining room seems easy to decorate and design, filling it in style can be challenging. You may have a small space, or you can’t quite figure out the style your want.

In any case, this article will help you fill a dining room with style using tips and best practices that most designers follow. Check them out.

How to Fill a Dining Room in Style

Get the Right Furniture

When designing a dining room, furniture is the first consideration. The same is true for any other room in your house. The main pieces of furniture you should consider are:

  • Dining Table: the dining table is often the largest piece of furniture in the dining room, so it should be your top priority.
  • Dining Chairs: you can experiment with dining chairs. Stylishly mismatched chairs are somewhat of a trend nowadays — try that!
  • Buffet: this can be a cabinet or any low to the ground storage.
  • Hutch: this is a large, tall piece of furniture usually with open shelves or cabinets for storing utensils and china.

The dining table and chairs are necessary, while other pieces of furniture may vary depending on the size of your room or the functionality you’re going for.

The extra storage that buffets and hutches provide is great when you love hosting dinner parties or if you want to maximize your space.

Use Great Lighting

Great lighting changes the atmosphere and overall impact of any room. Your dining space is no exception.

Corner floor lamps are great wherever you use them in the house. If you have a small dining room, twin floor lamps can illuminate the space while adding symmetry to it.

Many floor lamps these days also double as decorative fixtures, making it an awesome investment.

Up top, you can search for pendant lights or spectacular LED chandeliers. They’re perfect for setting the mood and giving your room a distinct vibe.

They’re also highly efficient since LED lights last longer than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

Find Stylish Decor

After the furniture and lighting, the next step is to decorate the dining space. This doesn’t have to be complex or stressful — you can quickly transform your dining space if you follow some simple tips such as these:

  • Hang a piece of artwork on the wall while following these wall art guidelines.
  • Display beautiful china in a hutch.
  • Place a centerpiece or flowers on the dining table.
  • Add a dining table runner or cloth.

Your decor should reflect your personality, and follow a consistent theme; your dining room shouldn’t feel out of place when taken beside your living room, for example.

Check websites like Pinterest and Instagram to get inspiration from other people who’ve designed their dining rooms.

At the same time, don’t shy away from experimenting and playing around with style. This helps give your room a unique look.

Follow Design Best Practices

A lot can be said about interior design best practices. But for your dining room, the following are great guidelines:

  • Leave at least 2 feet of space between your dining chairs and the wall of your dining room. This ensures everyone has enough room to move and eat comfortably.
  • Dining room rugs should be large enough to accommodate all of the dining chairs’ feet. Allow at least 3 feet of space between the edge of your dining table and the edge of the rug.
  • Opt for thin and easy-to-clean dining room rugs.
  • Mind the proportions. For example, dining chairs should be proportional to your dining table. The chandelier shouldn’t be more than half the width of your table.  
  • Paintings and art shouldn’t be larger than your dining table — after all, the table is the star of the room.

These aren’t hard and fast rules that you should follow all the time, but they offer a great starting point for designing your dining room.

You can also get creative by mixing and matching various fixtures and decorations while still following these best practices.

Stick to a Style

As hinted above, your dining room shouldn’t look odd relative to the overall look of your house.

Fill your dining room based on the interior design style and aesthetics of your other rooms.

This creates visual cohesion and consistency. If you have a minimalist living room, an extravagant, baroque dining room may look off for visitors or even for you.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.