Interior Design Ideas for Dining Rooms - Intimacy & Sophistication

Whether your dining space is an open concept off the kitchen or a traditional room to itself, it should reflect your lifestyle. If you don't host formal gatherings, and you purchase formal furniture, neither you nor your guests will feel comfortable eating in the space. Conversely, your “Sunday Best” doesn't feel quite right perched on a reclaimed tractor seat.

The Double Date Dining Room Interior Design Project

  • The Dinette That Transformed This Pickerington Home

This dining space in Pickerington, Ohio used to be a traditional room to itself. The wall dividing it and the kitchen was torn down in order to enjoy the front and back views of their gardens. They rarely host more than one extra couple, and didn’t like the confinement of a dining area separated from the rest of the house. An open concept was born, with a contemporary style.

The custom built-ins feature a beautiful combination of wood tones which compliment the maple hardwood floors as well as the completely custom cherry cabinets in the kitchen. The concave display area and glass doors give, at first glance, a dressy feel from the foyer, but blends effortlessly into the kitchen.

The custom window treatments are all separate pieces meticulously designed, fabricated and installed to create a multidimensional look effectively breaking up the cabinetry without sacrificing wall space. Honeycomb shades were perfectly paired with the paint color.

Black leather dining chairs with stainless steel legs further accentuate the contemporary style. If you look closely you can see the black burnout pattern and stainless steel accents in the cabinetry. Black is a wonderful neutral accent whether your style is traditional or contemporary.

Elegant Dining Room with Traditional Design

  • Traditional Dining Room - Blacklick, Ohio

  • Traditional Dining Room from a Different View

A retired couple in Blacklick Ohio decided their original Queen Anne dining set was ready for an update. The matched set concept was scrapped for a more interesting blend of materials. Each finish was derived from the exquisite wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper! It isn’t just for feature walls. Designers have always loved wallpaper, but due to a rash of unskilled, do-it-yourself installations, walls were not prepared properly with sizing. The result was costly and/or time consuming wall repairs and a wallpaper averse population. Slowly, the pain is subsiding and wallcoverings are coming back into fashion, with a plethora of fiber options, including “Green” materials.

While the cornices are upholstered in a quiet natural linen to compliment a custom server, the rich wood blinds with black tape compliment the finish of the grand hutch, and blends with the drama of the walls. While one never thinks of a plain natural linen as a show stopper, it allows your eyes to come to rest and really feel the detail of the custom window treatments.

Honed granite and a custom iron base create the dining table, specifically sized for this room. Metal finishes don’t always have to match, but in this instance the table base finish was selected to compliment the new chandelier. A muted area rug and upholstered dining chairs were used to soften the table area, creating a decidedly up to date and traditional dining room.

A Window into a Luxurious New Albany Home Remodeling Project

A gorgeous bay window was added to this New Albany home, allowing for large casual family dinners in the main living space versus the formal dining room. The graceful sheer window blinds filter the brutal morning sun and are framed by stunning ikat drapery panels. The same fabric was duplicated in the kitchen and pairs perfectly with the commercial grade fabric used on the dining chair seats. Liquids bead up and roll off before absorbing into the fabric fibers. If you don’t have commercially rated fabrics on your chairs, consider treating them to protect your investment. Both the light fixture and table were made in Ohio, as ready made options didn’t quite accommodate the grand scale of this casual yet elegant dinette.

Chic & Sensible Dublin Dinette Room Remodel

Though not finished, you can easily see how a light fixture can completely make a room. Whether rugs and accessories have been installed yet or not, this contemporary Dublin, Ohio dinette is a work of art. As it is used daily, a glass top was installed over the exotic Persian yew wood dining table. The contrast welted leather dining chairs will hold up to messy fingers. The custom window treatments consist of polyester panels that not only clean well, should a random meatball head their way, but also perform well to daily sun exposure and the damaging effects of UV rays.