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25 Formal Dining Room Ideas (Design Photos)

Contemporary dining room with gray textured wallpaperThis gallery showcases beautiful formal dining room ideas you can use for your own room designs. A formal dining room is a great place for entertaining and should convey the feeling of elegance and sophistication for family and friends. Below you’ll find creative ways top interior designers are decorating their formal dining rooms as well as get popular dining room furniture ideas and tips for room layouts.

The contemporary dining room shown above has a sublime and bold design and arrangement. The gray texture wallpaper used creates a stylish complement to the classy silk upholstered dining chairs, the sleek and polished dining table, and the crystal chandelier in the middle of the room. The overall style makes this dining room bright and airy.

Dining rooms are generally meant to serve as the place where meals are to be had and for friends and family to gather and share some time together. Being used for such important purposes, its design is paramount to creating a good home.

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Here are some design tips to consider when planning out your home’s formal dining room ideas.

1. Less is More – As the late Bruce Lee once said, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” A mark of a good designer is their inclination to do subtractive design as opposed to additive. This includes creating efficient yet bold layouts with rectilinear shapes and making sure to make classy and discreet material choices.

Start with a concrete idea of what you want the dining room to be at the end of the design process. At this point, be as wild and imaginative as you can. And then, like carving a masterpiece out of a block of wood, slowly chip away the ideas that don’t go well with the overall theme you are trying to pull. Keep refining and keep simplifying until you are left with a design that would make seasoned interior designers proud.

2. Honesty is the Best Policy – A common aspect of architectural design that the most critical designers look out for is a space’s sincerity. A lot of commercial fads in construction make it such that materials are easily replicated and installed for the cheap, but what you will want to go for is timelessness. Go for natural materials or as natural as you can get them; try to avoid cheap “faux” materials that most stores would love to sell you.

In the end, when materials eventually experience wear and tear and need to be replaced, any of these “fad” materials will long be replaced by newer materials. Meanwhile, the natural stone or clay or marble that you could have used will stay the same no matter how long it’s been since first construction.

3. Design is Emotional – Consider that the dining room will be the one room in the house you’ll probably be dealing with at least once a day, every day. For most of us, the dining room is also the room that starts your day, being the room that one eats breakfast in. As such, it is equally important with a formal dining space that how you feel within the space lifts you up and is an inviting and attractive place for you and your guests.

Essentially, the purpose of space design is functionality, yes, but it is as much emotional as it is physical. One may argue that décor and aesthetic choices don’t have a physical “function” but if it triggers emotional responses and makes you want to function in a space more, is that not a function in itself?

Elegant gray formal dining room with wainscoting and crystal chandelierClass and style are seen here with hints of contemporary aesthetics. The elegant gray palette of this dining room are topped off with intricate wainscoting and crown moldings. Other nice finishing touches are the stylish dining chairs, the glass chandelier, and the framed mirrors on the walls that make the room even brighter.

Formal traditional dining room with french doors and open layout This particular example has a more traditional look to it and employs an open layout, sharing its space with the adjacent kitchen. The use of French doors really opens up the room while the large built-in cabinet provides plenty of storage for the owner’s collection of fine porcelain. Smart use of a coffered ceiling and industrial chandelier rounds out the room’s aesthetic quite well.

Traditional dining room with solid wood tableThe use of earth tones as well as natural, organic décor and mantle pieces really make for a homey and cozy vibe for this designed dining room space. Materials such as rough texture lumber used on the dining table and console as well as the teak wooden floor boards are smart choices for this room.

Traditional dining room with wood table and chairs on an area rugThe plain white paint finish of the intricately detailed wall panels, shelving, and cabinetry, along with the ceiling moldings and the plain white ceiling contrast really well with the dark browns of the polished oak floor boards, the polished solid wood dining table as well as the carved wooden dining chairs. The black fireplace, blue and white area rug, and the crystal chandelier up the classiness of the room even more.

Traditional luxury dining room at Mediterranean houseExposed wooden rafters and wooden beams are great for creating roomy Mediterranean spaces such as this one. The natural texture of the wood goes well with the clay floor tiles. A seemingly contradicting traditionally styled dining table set and glass chandelier surprisingly goes well with the whole aesthetic and creates a classical luxury vibe in the space. Dining rooms with French doors bring in an extra sense of ambiance and beauty as shown here.

Coastal style dining room with wainscotingSmaller spaces such as this one, when laid out and styled intelligently, can still be made to be good examples of dining room design. This coastal style dining room employs wooden floorboards, bleached lumber and wood for the dining table and chairs, as well as carved wood for the side tables in the room. A navy color palette of white wainscoting and molding on blue wallpaper also really sets the tone for the space.

Contemporary dining room with fireplaceA more contemporary take than the past few entries, this dining room with a fireplace has sleek geometric design on its white spiral patterned area rug, wall hung decorative mirror, and circular chandelier. Even its well-polished dining table and leather dining chairs are minimalist and bold in their stylings.

Contemporary dining room with ocean viewsThe ocean views are taken full advantage of by using curtain walls in this contemporary dining room. The glass dining table and micro suede dining chairs are complemented by the glass box chandelier and modern furniture of the adjacent living room. The wooden plank flooring is also a nice final touch.

Contemporary formal dining room with city viewsA modern take on stylish urban living, this formal dining room uses full-length floor to ceiling glass windows to provide amazing city views. A large solid surface dining table graces the floor along with white leather dining chairs, a stylish hung art piece, and beautiful modern chandeliers. The dark wood flooring is also a good contrast to the white of the room.

Formal dining room with elegant wood table and chairsYou would be hard-pressed to find many modern homes porting carefully crafted carved wooden dining chairs and dining tables such as the ones in this formal dining room design. This elegant example of good interior design also has a traditional hanging chandelier with exposed wooden beams on the ceiling. The patterned drapes conceal the beautiful glass panel windows and the area rug covers the nice hardwood flooring.

Luxury formal dining room with chandelier and cupola ceilingPristine ivory and white finishing is used in this luxury formal dining room. The white marble flooring matches the intricate crown moldings on the walls and ceiling, not to mention the beautiful glass dining table set and the stylish glass chandelier above it.

Traditional dining room with fireplace and chandelierThis living room is adorned by beautifully varnished wooden furniture, stylish glass and metal mantle pieces, a beautiful glass chandelier, and a classic geometric pattern area rug. Its polished hardwood floor matches the white walls and wainscoting and the tray ceiling above. The traditional aesthetic and the well-placed fireplace makes this room extremely homey and welcoming.

Dining room with blue chairs and white chairsThe blue and white chairs are good supplements to the dark wood dining table and is adorned by a beautiful tabletop potted flower. The limestone flooring goes well with the cozy atmosphere created by the walls and drapery that covers the bright windows. All in all, this is an intimate yet subtly bold space that suits the aesthetic of the home.

Elegant formal dining room with high ceilingStylish jet black leather armchairs surround the circular glass dining room table while subtle pieces of furniture are located to the left side of the room. The random tiled limestone flooring along with the glass view doors surrounding the room go well with the circular raised ceiling that holds up the beautiful crystal chandelier. Sophistication and style are the two main points of this dining room design.

Elegant formal dining room with long wood table and fireplaceThe long wood dining table and corresponding dining chairs are made of richly colored hardwood, with both going well with the dark maroon area rug and the other furnishings in this elegant formal dining room. The hardwood floors match the beige colors of the walls and ceiling with white highlights seen on the moldings and the fireplace.

Formal dining room with fireplace and box ceilingThe classy wooden dining table finds a good match with the leather and velvet upholstered dining chairs surrounding it; the Persian area rug, wrought iron candle holders and wooden side console all match the aesthetic of the room. The clay floor tiles, white fireplace and mantle, and exposed wooden beams of the ceiling really create a sophisticated and rich ambiance in this formal dining room.

Gold and black dining setThis square glass dining table pairs perfectly with the black and gold dining chairs that surround it. The geometric area rug, black wooden dresser, and choice of tabletop décor are also nice touches. A small bar is situated just outside the dining area and is equipped with a wine refrigerator and wine storage cabinet.

Gold color luxury formal dining roomA golden glow almost emanates from this luxury formal dining room design. The wooden dining table, upholstered brown dining chairs, and the arranged golden tabletop décor match the area rug, wood plank flooring, beige walls, and golden tray ceiling. The hanging chandelier tops it all off with its warm lighting. Visit our gallery featuring dining room lighting ideas to see a variety of light fixtures and styles.

Green painted formal dining roomA quainter example of a two tone dining room design. The oval solid wood dining table is matched by the golden micro suede upholstered dining chairs. A subtle olive tone is painted onto the walls which matches the dark brown floor boards and the white ceiling and moldings.

Luxury dining room with tray ceilingThe open plan of this luxury dining room keeps the space bright and undeniably roomy. The polished marble flooring, white walls and numerous surrounding floor to ceiling windows, and brightly lit tray ceiling also all help with keeping the dining room feeling spacious. The choice of a long dark wood dining table and faux alligator skin upholstered chairs are also nice touches.

Luxury formal dining room with two chandeliersWood parquet flooring, ribbon grain wood veneer walls, and a ceiling adorned with two crystal chandelier are only the few design elements that make this room an amazing example of luxury formal dining room design. The furniture used are made of richly stained and polished oak, further enhancing the stylish ambiance of the space.

Mediterranean style formal dining room with tray ceiling and patio viewsThis Mediterranean style formal dining room employs a sophisticated set of hardwood furniture in the form of the seven seater dining table set and the side console at the left of the room. The limestone flooring matches the arched recessed walls and the tray ceiling with its wrought iron chandelier.

Beautiful dining room with cream chairsCream micro suede chairs such as the ones used in this example go extremely well with dark solid wood dining tables. The cream marble tile flooring along with the white walls really create a brightness in the room that’s almost palpable. This type of material treatment really makes a room feel spacious and uplifting.

Contemporary dining room with blue paint and outdoor viewsFormal dining room ideas with an open floor plan can benefit by being very accommodating to entertaining guests. Not only does this room enjoy an abundance of natural light it also has a beautiful view of the outdoor patio and beyond.

This contemporary dining room has a blue and white color palette that really makes the room pop. The dark wood stain on the floor boards makes for a good contrast to the navy color theme and goes well with the dark wood dining table and beige dining chairs.

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Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Where can I find the Pristine ivory and white finishing is used in this luxury formal dining room set.


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Where is the rug, in the second picture with the 3 mirrors, from?


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Thank you for the question. Unfortunately we don't have the source of that rug on file.


Saturday 18th of April 2020

What color and paint is used in “The elegant gray palette of this dining room are topped off with intricate wainscoting and crown moldings.”


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi, I can't find the exact paint color on file for this design. Challenging to tell based on the room's lighting. However, it looks similar to Sherwin Williams Gray Screen.