If your dining room needs a little boost, look no further than these five inspiring spaces. There's lots of eye candy here, and also plenty of ideas to steal for your own home.
Above: I'm in love with this dark, moody dining space, spotted on Plastolux. The big deal here is that gorgeous wall hanging, but everything else is definitely working as well. I love what they've done with the two black stripes at the bottom of the wall. I'm not sure I can quite call it a wainscot effect, since it's a bit low, but it's a nice way to add some interest to an otherwise very plain space, and it's working nicely with the wall hanging. The table and the chairs are both very delicate and could get lost in the space, but they're paired with that big, bold chandelier. The whole grouping, taken together, has a nice presence in the room.
This dining room, from My Domaine, is as bright and white as the one up top is somber. I love the way the green chairs complement the green of the plant in the corner — and the contrast between the modern chairs and the more traditional shaped table. The art on the walls and the kilim rug add interest and texture.
This wallpaper pretty much makes the room. Imagine, for a moment, what this space would look like without it: elegant, of course, well-proportioned, but a bit dull. The designer has wisely chosen to let the wallpaper shine, keeping the rest of the color palette fairly simple: black and white, with a few accents of gold. From the home of designer Brian Paquette, spotted on Coco + Kelley.
The black trim here helps to define the room and give it a bit of architectural interest, and it's a nice complement to the black chairs. A velvet banquette might seem like an odd choice for a home dining room, but I think it works brilliantly with the elegant feel this room has going on. The tulip table has an appealing lightness, balancing out the solidity of the banquette. Spotted on My Domaine.
Doesn't this space (from Design Sponge) just feel like a tall drink of water? This is sort of like the room equivalent of wall art that's framed with a giant mat and just looks so, so elegant. Of course the dining table and chairs (nicely mismatched) are lovely, but to me the really appealing thing about this space is... well, all the extra space. The furniture and the rug help to ground the composition, making for a really balanced, beautiful room.