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5 terrific dining room ideas for hosting like a champ

(5 min read) It seems that this pandemic business is coming to an end (fingers crossed) and life is finally getting back to normal. Most are eager to compensate for the time spent without their loved ones, so some casual gatherings and family lunches are on the horizon.

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Glass mosaic mural for a perfect dining room atmosphere. Mosaic Mural Artwork by Mosaics Lab.


Needless to say, you’ll want to refresh and rejuvenate your good ole dining room and we have just what you need. Our advice will set you up for a sit-down party your guests will remember. Even if your cooking is a bit rusty, or if your buddy Jack gets a bit tipsy and starts yammering on and on about politics, your interior will take the cake. Try combining some of these and you can be sure everyone will be too busy admiring your sense of style to let anything else spoil their evening.

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Chic and natural, with lots of light. Image credit, Soho Home.


1. Simplicity is the key

We can all agree that we are tired of complications in all aspects of our lives and we could go without surprises for a while. Keep that in mind when you start furnishing your dining room. Avoid carved wood, knitted iron, and robust brass. Go for simple, yet “eloquent” furniture that will speak of your friendly and sensible personality, simply because every good host has one. If the room is small pick a round table and chairs without armrests, if the chairs are too simple add some cushions, if the table is too serious add a colorful flower arrangement in the middle, if the room is too empty add a cushioned bench next to the wall, and so on…

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Simple, yet beautiful and inviting. Image courtesy, ADND.


2. Texture, texture, texture!

Let’s start from the floors and work our way up, shall we? Parquet, rattan chairs, faux fur cushions, chevron table, terracotta plates, and bowls. Orrr… Gray laminate flooring, acrylic chairs, colorful cushions, chrome table, porcelain plates and bowls, huge glass chandelier. Orrr… Washed-wood floor, Sonoma oak patted chairs, oak table with a white top, arcopal pates, and bolls with crystal glasses. Ahhh, so many combinations, just let your imagination do its thing.

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Gorgeously textured dining room area.


3. Let there be light!

Do you remember how you use to LOVE that dark and dramatic look?! How you use to revel in the glory of the gothic feel it gave every meal you had?! Ahhh… Lose it. No, seriously. I don’t want to see any black vases, burgundy wallpaper, or Byzantium purple drapes hanging from that tall ceiling you’ve got going on. Your new dining room should be all about those light sunny vibes, not quite boring-pastels, more like open off-whites, with one single perfectly positioned statement lighting fixture.

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Perfect lighting fixture for a perfectly lit dining room. Image Source: janelockhart.com


4. Add Colors

“There’s a reason we don’t see the world in black and white.” Celerie Kemble knows what she’s talking about people, so don’t go all black, white, grey, and gloomy on me. Or if you must, add some neon pink cushions on your chairs, some lime-green bowls on your tables, and some bright yellow curtains over your windows. Or you don’t have to be THAT bold, but go for at least various shades of two or three colors. As long as you make it seem thoughtfully layered, it will work like a charm.

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Splash some color, make some magic.

5. Don’t forget the wall art!

What should be your wall art you might ask? We… It should be captivating enough to work as a room’s focal point. It should also always look popular and not outdated. It should be interesting enough to work as a conversation starter. It should also be easy to maintain and clean. Hm… What could that be?… Why mosaic art of course! Mosaic art is intricate and fascinating, and it doesn’t require any maintenance on your part whatsoever. As for the topic of the artwork itself, anything will work as long as you keep your very own personality in mind. Choose everything else in your dining room to make your guests comfortable, but choose your art for yourself. Let it speak for you, even when you are busy fetching something from the kitchen. Let it represent you.

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Perfect glass floral mosaic art for an elegant dining area. Floral Mosaic Mural by Mosaics Lab.


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Cool and captivating ceramic tile mosaic art, any topic can work if you decide so. Mosaic Mural art by Mosaics Lab.


I should write a conclusion now, but I think that mosaic art bit up there is a conclusion in its own right. And look no further for the perfect wall art from here. We have everything you could possibly imagine when it comes to lovely wall mosaic art, and even if we don’t — we’ll make it for you.

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54 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    April 14, 2022 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Thankfully, here in Texas, we’ve been back to normal for almost a year now. We’ve been having gatherings, and sprucing up the entertaining area was something we did before having friends over again. It makes it cozier when it’s ready for entertaining.

  2. Danielle Ridgway
    April 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    I love adding color and plants in my spaces.

  3. Linda
    April 16, 2022 at 5:37 am — Reply

    love these dining ideas and tips. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Jennifer L Passmore
    April 16, 2022 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    I love the idea of both simplicity and texture. I’m hoping to own a home next year, and I cannot wait to decorate it!

  5. Lyosha
    April 16, 2022 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    Simplicity, light, art. these three are musts to me. Or I hate the place. Great advice in general, I feel very inspired by the examples too

  6. Celine
    April 16, 2022 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    I like all of these ideas. They are so open to light and a conversation.

  7. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    April 17, 2022 at 3:23 am — Reply

    Those are all wonderful selections of dining room ideas and definitely love the white and brown theme with plenty of plants.

  8. Melissa Cushing
    April 17, 2022 at 9:54 am — Reply

    All of these spaces look fabulous and I especially love the one with the green chairs and plants… so beautiful!

  9. Renata Feyen
    April 17, 2022 at 4:18 pm — Reply

    I am fan of the first picture with the horses mosaic – it’s very pretty

  10. Rhian Westbury
    April 18, 2022 at 5:48 am — Reply

    Some absolutely stunning dining rooms here. I love the idea of simplicity, but I struggle to achieve it as I am a maximalist haha x

  11. Risa Lopez
    April 18, 2022 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Those dining room set-up ideas are elegantly beautiful! The paintings made the room look awesome as well! Got some ideas to keep in mind. Thank you for sharing.

  12. dorry lyn
    April 18, 2022 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    wow, they are totally terrific. I love the white and theme

  13. Cindy
    April 18, 2022 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    Oh, each one is so beautiful it’s difficult to decide which one I like best. We added different lights to our dining room and it really made a difference.

  14. Jupiter Hadley
    April 19, 2022 at 1:57 am — Reply

    Dining space is always such a big, important area in your house – where your family comes together! I love the idea of adding in pops of color and statement wall art. Thank you for these tips.

  15. Ramil Hinolan
    April 19, 2022 at 5:11 am — Reply

    I think this glass floral mosaic art is perfect for the blank wall in our dining area. This is classic and elegant.

  16. Tammy
    April 19, 2022 at 11:13 am — Reply

    Lots of fabulous design and decor ideas! I love refreshing the space when the seasons change. As the weather warms up I like adding softer colors to brighten the space and keep it feeling clean and crisp whereas during the winter months I try to make it cozy and moody.

  17. Carleen
    April 19, 2022 at 11:24 am — Reply

    My dining room sure could use a makeover. I like the wall art examples that you show in this.

  18. Riz
    April 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Some fabulous dining room ideas indeed, having lots of light and keeping it simple is definitely the key

  19. Risa Lopez
    April 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    I saved some dining room ideas to share with my family. Our dining room is now under renovation and these ideas are really helpful. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Samantha Donnelly
    April 19, 2022 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I love all of these ideas, I do love adding colour to rooms, as feel they do add that bit of something extra.

  21. Kristy Bullard
    April 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    I love all of these dining rooms – they are all so beautiful and classy. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I do especially love the ones with pops of color.

  22. Joyce K.
    April 19, 2022 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    Thank you for these amazing tips! I definitely am going to try these points because I want to be a dining champ.

  23. Nick T
    April 19, 2022 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    Idea number 3 is exactly what I needed. My dining area is very similar but needs an update in regards to light. Thanks for the tip.

  24. Victoria Prasad
    April 20, 2022 at 1:29 am — Reply

    These are really great tips! I think the one I fear the most is use of colors! I’m never quite sure if my choices look good.

  25. Yanitza
    April 20, 2022 at 8:42 am — Reply

    I love these ideas! And I completely agree with adding textures and always keeping it simple.

  26. Angel
    April 20, 2022 at 9:30 am — Reply

    Beautiful images! Lighting can really make or break a party and sets the perfect ambiance.

  27. Talya Stone
    April 20, 2022 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Great tips I agree light, colours and texture are everything. You can create a really fantastic dining space with these three things alone.

  28. Risa Lopez
    April 20, 2022 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    All those ideas were awesome! I love the huge paint, it looks so elegant.

  29. Enzo
    April 21, 2022 at 2:04 am — Reply

    I am looking forward to hosting family and friends again at home. I aim to keep my dining area fresh and chic as well as it looks more modern

  30. Clarice
    April 21, 2022 at 6:55 am — Reply

    I agree with you! Lights make a huge difference. We have to make sure that we have adequate lighting fixtures in our dining room as it contributes greatly to the overall ambiance of the place.

  31. Rachel
    April 21, 2022 at 8:46 am — Reply

    I wish we had the space for a big formal dining room. These ideas are spectacular.

  32. Heather
    April 21, 2022 at 10:21 am — Reply

    We are just about to start redecorating our dining room. I’m going to use all of your tips!

  33. Aisha
    April 21, 2022 at 11:38 am — Reply

    What a great post as I couldn’t agree with these points! Especially with light and color, makes everything ore brighter.

  34. Lavanda Michelle
    April 21, 2022 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I host a lot of events and these are all right on. Wall Art can be a great ice breaker.

  35. Risa Lopez
    April 21, 2022 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    The light ideas are so cool. Thanks for the tips. It will help me a lot since we are having a renovation for our dining room.

  36. Lena
    April 22, 2022 at 3:08 am — Reply

    One thing we don’t have in our dining room is a focal art to captivate our guests when they come over for dinner, so I am now considering having one

  37. Ramil Hinolan
    April 22, 2022 at 4:27 am — Reply

    I like this -simplicity is the key. I like natural tones and simple decors for a dining room if ever we have plans of renovating it. I would love to have nature come inside for the added lightings.

  38. Rosey
    April 22, 2022 at 6:49 am — Reply

    i’d love to have a dining room where I could host. Right now we take plates to the living room and I want to step that up.

  39. Melissa Dixon
    April 22, 2022 at 10:28 am — Reply

    I would love to redecorate my dining area. I have so many ideas now but need to implement them. I love the idea of having a beautiful space to spend time with my family.

  40. Risa Lopez
    April 22, 2022 at 11:37 am — Reply

    All ideas are nice and beautiful. Got some ideas for interior design.

  41. Indrani
    April 22, 2022 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    Love the elaborate decorations of dining rooms. The Zebra blow up is most fascinating, I would love to have something like that.

  42. Becky
    April 22, 2022 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    Oh I love how you combine the texture, colours and the stunning mosaics. What fabulous options!

  43. Melanie Edjourian
    April 22, 2022 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    I am loving the different options. I need inspiration like this for when we move next. Hoping it won’t be too long now.

  44. Lyosha
    April 22, 2022 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    I am positively crazy about the light in ‘let there be light’ example dining room

  45. Deepu
    April 23, 2022 at 5:03 am — Reply

    detailed and informative…

  46. Renata Feyen
    April 23, 2022 at 7:57 am — Reply

    Those mosaics all look so good – great to brighten up your room

  47. Liza
    April 23, 2022 at 9:25 am — Reply

    I do like the look and feel of the glass floral mosaic art as it will make the room look super elegant and stylish

  48. Yanitza
    April 23, 2022 at 10:31 am — Reply

    I like jow you mentioned to add colors because I always think that the dining room also needs its own spark. I love adding textures too!

  49. Sarah Stockley
    April 25, 2022 at 3:50 am — Reply

    Having the lights above the table looks great. I would love to have more space to host, we don’t actually have a dining room in our flat.

  50. Rhian Westbury
    April 25, 2022 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    I love the whole simplicity is key vibe. But for us we’re maximalists even though we don’t want to be as we have so much stuff haha x

  51. Risa Lopez
    April 25, 2022 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these amazing decor ideas! I am learning so much from your post. I love the zebra mosaic the most. It’s beautiful!

  52. Rosey
    April 26, 2022 at 4:04 am — Reply

    Wow to that zebra. That’s in your face stunning.

  53. Laura
    April 28, 2022 at 7:22 am — Reply

    Some really good ideas, yes to keeping things simple and bringing as much light into the room as possible
    Laura x

  54. Ramil Hinolan
    May 19, 2022 at 4:24 am — Reply

    I like simple but airy dining room design just like in the first picture – simple, yet beautiful and inviting. I will keep this to mind for our next dining room makeover.

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