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8 Ideas for Designing a Small Dining Room

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Short on space never means short on style. A lack of square footage can effortlessly be made up with a carefully curated selection of furniture, lighting and decor. We've put together a variety of styles from casual to contemporary, sure to catch your eye and enliven your home.

Small Casual Dining Room

Comfortable and cozy, while proving to be effortlessly functional, casual dining rooms offer a landing place for friends and family while still providing a beautiful backdrop for dining and entertaining. Start by anchoring your room with a durable and subtly patterned rug and select a table and chairs with rich wood finishes to set the scene. Add in simple brass or chrome lighting fixtures combined with subtle decor like a glass vase or stoneware bowl to create a pleasant and cohesive look without overwhelming. allowing you to bring a fresh look to your space without going over the top.


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Small Formal Dining Room

A small dining room can still be crafted to be oozing with style and sophistication when hosting formal events or family dinners. Select a round solid wood or glass-topped dining table to offer ample surface area without sacrificing space, installing a striking metallic chandelier or pendant light offers optimal lighting while bringing a touch of sparkle and sophistication. Accentuate your set-up with velvet-upholstered dining chairs for an added touch of luxe and if space permits, balance your room with a lovely stone-topped console table or sideboard to offer premium storage and act as the perfect serving surface.


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Small Scandinavian Dining Room

Relying on the sophistication of natural materials combined with simple forms and straightforward structures, Scandinavian dining rooms are a thing of beauty. Choose muted tones of beige, cream, light brown, and black combined with a sturdy wood dining table and solid wood chairs to create a space filled with practicality and durability. Effortlessly elevate the room with clean-lined, airy luminaries crafted from fabric and wood, then choose accentuating decor like an oak serving tray or clear glass candleholders to keep things fresh and timeless.


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Small Art Deco Dining Room

Decadent and dazzling, Art Deco dining rooms offer a feeling of pure luxury and striking style. A truly influential design scheme, this style can easily be achieved with the striking combination of chic, geometric patterns, metallic and rich jewel toned upholstery, and lavish embellishment in your furniture and decor pieces. Choosing a stone-topped table accented by metallic-finished chairs, and complemented with a bold wallpaper and brass-plated bar cart takes your dining room to the next level for a cohesive and coveted dining design.


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Small Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

Offering up some of the most innovative and iconic furniture, lighting, and decor designs of the last 100 years, the Mid 20th Century brought refined forms, inventive materials, and an elegant simplicity that remains ageless to this day. Craft a beautiful and welcoming dining space utilizing a combination of sculptural forms in your seating and lighting choices, combined with a table and sideboard crafted from high-quality, natural materials, thus creating a clean-lined, inviting, and comfortable environment. Often low-profile and free of embellishments, Mid-Century Modern designs create a sense of warmth, functionality, and unadulterated beauty.


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Small Industrial Chic Dining Room

Ideal for apartments, loft spaces, and contemporary homes alike, industrial chic dining rooms are a balanced combination of several styles playing off of the crudeness of natural materials accentuated by man-made accents. Select rich hues, such as black, brown, rust, and gray balanced with natural stone or dark-finished metal furniture, structured lighting fixtures with exposed bulbs, and accents crafted from raw materials, to create a casual, yet refined space that is equal parts masculine and chic.


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Small Modern Coastal Dining Room

Characterized by whitewashed finishes and complementary shades of blue and teal, this sea-worthy style is easy to achieve for an effortlessly stylish and supremely relaxing atmosphere that will have you soaking in the beach vibes all year long. Select a rug with soft tones of cream, blue, tan, and white, paired with strikingly simple, clean-lined solid wood furniture, and nautical themed accents to craft a space that is both refreshing and sophisticated. Finish off your room with a beaded wood or woven rattan pendant light and casual stoneware serving pieces to find yourself sailing away in style.


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Small Tropical Modern Dining Room

Inspired by warm weather locales and lush refinement, Tropical Modern Dining Rooms feature breezy dining chairs, vivid floral prints, and decadent accent pieces to create a relaxed, yet stylish space that will have you feeling like you're on island time. Bursting with color and effervescence, pair palm and pineapple motifs in your wallpaper or lighting design, with bold shades of green, blue, and striking gold in a handwoven rug or fabulous tablecloth. Adding in artfully woven rattan furniture provides a textural touch for both seating and dining, while instantly energizing and elevating your space.


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