Are you tired of your dining room's boring, expected ways? Shake things up with one (or more) of these design ideas that will have your dining room feeling like new in no time.

1. Go high

(Shown above) Instead of investing in a table with a standard top height, why not go for a cafe table and tall bar stools?

2. Different chairs

Buy them new or mix vintage, either way, find an exciting look in your dining room when you combine different style chairs with each other around a favorite dining table.

3. Wall-mounted light

Hanging pendant lights and chandeliers look great in a dining room over a table, but if you have a small enough space where the table is close to a wall, experiment with mounting light fixtures on a wall for a different look.

4. Bench + cushion

Replacing a side of chairs with a bench and colorful cushion combination will bring a comfortable and stylish community feel to your dining room.

5. Built-in

If you have the room and the DIY skills, consider building a built-in eating area that can give you a lot more room and storage than a standard table and chairs might. It'll also feel cozy, too.

6. Rugs

Some folks still feel like rugs under a dining table is a no-no, but choosing those that have a low pile and are easy to clean can look great in a dining room, helping set it apart from an open-plan great room and bring comfort to the space.