When I was actively styling homes, I found that few of my clients were utilizing their formal dining rooms. Builders I worked with were eliminating formal dining rooms from their plans altogether. My design philosophy is to make every inch of our home everyday functional. That includes not having to dust an unused dining room. So, while poking around for less than formal dining room design inspiration, I spotted these examples that totally fit the bill.

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.

Dining Room Design Inspiration

Dining Room with Sputnik Pendant, Round Black Table, and Six Ivory Leather Woven Chairs

This casual dining room encompasses all the feel-good elements. The beams, sputnik pendant, black French doors, fresh greenery, wall sconce, round table with a clean-lined base, and neutral woven chairs come together to create a dining room that is functional and yet nothing short of gorgeous.

Wrought Iron Pendant, Rectangular Wooden Dining Table, and Eight Ivory Slipcovered Chairs

Beautiful raw beams, round metallic chandelier, black French doors, fresh greenery, blonde table, and slipcovered chairs create a casual, earthy, and organic vibe that says, “Let’s gather.

Dining Room with Sputnik Pendant, Rectangular Wood Table, and Leather Woven Chairs
Rue Mag

If you happen to have boys in your home like me, this casual dining room is extra appealing. The woven leather chairs, black sputnik pendant, and striped area rug lend to a more masculine vibe. But, it’s balanced and softened by fresh greenery and a cohesive wall grid.

Three Woven Pendants, Rectangular Wood Dining Table, and Six Black Chairs with Natural Woven Seats and Backs
Sally Markham

I’m dying for these woven pendants! The black window frames, clean lines of the dining table, and neutrally woven chairs with black frames tells me this dining room is always ready for company. No muss, no fuss.

Dining Room with Two Woven Pendants, Rectangular Wood Table, and Four Ivory Slipcovered Chairs
Anthology Creative Studio

Again with the woven pendants! Love. Chevron floor, black window frames, slipcovered chairs you can simply toss in the wash — all create the perfect low-maintenance dining room.

Do you notice a theme? Natural weaves, neutral tones, a touch of black, and fresh greenery will never steer you wrong.

Discover more dining room inspiration on my Pinterest board | DINING ROOMS.

Dining Room Design Tips and Tricks

“Make sure you allow a minimum of 36″ of space around your dining room table to give your chairs enough room to pull back. Nothing is worse than feeling cramped in a dining room.” –Phoebe Howard

“A dining room rug should extend a minimum of 3′ from the edge of a dining table — dining chairs should always be fully on the rug — not two legs on and two legs off.” –Ginger Brewton

“Dining room chandeliers should hang 60″ to 66″ above the floor.” –Betsy Burnham

“Don’t ever put a round dining table in a long, skinny, rectangular room. –And vice versa, never a rectangular dining table in a square room.” –T. Keller Donovan

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The Flow-Down

Gathering around the dining table to share food and the events of our day is what family life is all about, right? Living with all boys, I learned early that no aspect of our life would ever be formal including our dining room. I decided to invest in dining room furniture that already appeared distressed knowing between art projects and water rings the boys would distress it in no time. So, whether you prefer formal or casual dining room design, I hope you gather with your family to use it often and well.

*Featured Image | The Surfrider Malibu

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