Scandinavian style inspired gray-painted wood floors in this Chicago-area house. The homeowner upholstered a mix of chairs with vintage grain sacks—easy to do with a staple gun. A vintage shutter leans against the wall.
The dining area echoes the playful, repurposed spirit in the rest of this Minnesota home. A red tool caddy on top of a salvaged cheese-crate side table serves as a beverage bar during gatherings. Large casters elevate an antique farm table to counter height and make it easy to move. A metal laundry pail filled with flowers tops the table.
The straight lines of the Parsons-style table and leather chairs complement the angular simplicity of this room. A linear contemporary glass light fixture is a unique interpretation of a traditional crystal chandelier.
A casual cottage look always embraces the great outdoors. Make the most of views and natural light by minimizing window treatments--even dare to go bare where privacy isn't a concern. Supplement the organic mood with wood and other natural materials--in flooring and furniture. Highlight texture, too, with accents such as neatly woven rattan, like on the backs of these chairs.
Dramatic color works well in this dining room made for entertaining. Playful conversation starters include world globes spilling out of the fireplace and a collection of vintage light bulbs. A boat prow "bar" and contemporary chairs complete the eclectic mix.
Environmentally friendly elements feel right at home in this sunny dining space. The natural twig chandeliers have LED light bulbs; the table top is cement flanking a tree slice; walls sport zero-VOC paint; and the chairs wear organic upholstery.
An X-base table reminiscent of an old picnic table, surrounded by simple country-style chairs, invites casual family meals in this lakeside home's dining room. A striped rug, boat oars and local folk art add to the down-home feel.
This compact dining area links the living area and the kitchen. The round table takes up less space than a rectangular one, and cream-color chairs with curved backs also keep the space feeling airy. An oversize barrel light fixture adds contemporary style.
Designed to be flexible for a family with small kids and teenagers, this circular table offers a variety of seating options: a curved banquette sofa, two armchairs and benches. Mix and match fabrics in playful patterns and colors punch up the style and mask wear and tear.
A large abstract painting brings all the color and pattern needed to define this modern dining space. A built-in wall-to-wall cabinet buffet makes it easy to serve a crowd. A stone table top and simple leather chairs enhance the sophisticated feel.
This dining area next to a kitchen accommodates quick breakfasts, snacks or company for dinner. Built-in cabinetry provides storage as well as an area for a flat-screen TV. Two wicker chairs offer seating for everyday meals, while a banquette love seat goes to work when company arrives.
Muted colors and a touch of antiqued silver give this dining room its classy vibe. While the colors are understated, the mix of chair styles, finishes and tasteful accents gives the room elegant style.
High-back spindle chairs and stained-glass light fixtures put traditional "country" in this dining space. The long dining table accommodates large family meals. The dining room's wood tones warm the adjoining white kitchen.
A casual, glass-wrapped eating space makes the most of this house's natural surroundings and lake view. A vintage pine table, surrounded by rattan chairs, feels right at home with the scenery. A spherelike chandelier adds a touch of sophistication.
In this condominium dining room, bases on contemporary molded-plastic chairs subtly repeat the X-base wood table. A stark white-and-brown color scheme has a definite city/urban feel. The pass-through to the kitchen, with a serving buffet underneath, offers flexibility for entertaining.
This dining room sports an assortment of subdued patterns and textures in a striped cotton rug, leather seat cushions, houndstooth pillows, diamond-embroidered drapes and floral upholstery. Simple ivory pottery pieces provide the only accents needed.
This cozy corner banquette, between the kitchen and family room, offers display area in the cabinets to one side and storage under the built-in seating. Country collectibles dot the window ledge and table.
This formal dining room is serene and stylish with its soft hues, marble-top table and slipcovered chairs. Contemporary art avoids any stuffiness, and a curvy crystal-laden chandelier creates a focal point.
Give fresh style to traditional Chippendale chairs and an arched china cabinet by pairing them with a whitewashed table instead of the usual matching one. Inject more energy with unusual color combinations, such as the orange and gold that shows up in this dining room's art and two-tone taffeta curtains.
Details enhance this Asian-inspired, Zen-like dining room with its streamlined furniture. Glass and silver accessories, a stone table runner, leopard print upholstered seats, and the nubby natural textures of the rug and captain's chair bring a variety of visual surprises to the space.
Take your casual table and wicker chairs from summer to winter by adding a to-the-floor tablecloth layered with a knit throw. Re-cover seat cushions, and tuck in back throw pillows. Adding layers of fabric (even at the windows) helps winterize a summer setting.
Upholstered wing chairs and an Asian-pattern rug soften the dark wood tones of a traditional French-style table and ladder-back chairs. The large china cabinet displays a collection of off-white pottery, and six botanical prints add subtle color.