White Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

written by ANNA KOCHARIAN

The dining room is where it all happens. Family dinners, friendly gatherings, so it’s important to establish a comfortable arrangement that doesn’t compromise on style. From the basics of the furnishings to the decorative accents that complete the look, there are plenty of methods to elevate a dining room into your home’s focal point. But a few specific ways to make it domino.

a storied table

Whether it’s sourced from reclaimed wood, or from the latest collection of an up-and-coming designer, what would a dining room be without a statement-making table? While finding one big enough to cater to your entertaining needs is key, it’s also important to bring in a table that complements your style and space.


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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  wood table
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  black dining table
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Round Dining Table
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White and Wood Dining room
Photography by HANNAH BLACKMORE

statement lighting

Every dining table deserves an equally wow-worthy lighting solution, stylishly displayed directly above. Opt for a pair of pendants or an entire row of hanging bulbs to complement a lengthy table, or a single large one for the smaller alternative.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  Brass Pendant Light
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black Pendant Light
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  Brass Pendant Light
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  Brown and White Dining room
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… and then some more lighting

Aside from the chandelier or pendant above the dining table, bring in additional sources of lighting in the form of table or floor lamps.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black Lamp
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White Product Silo
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Taupe and White and Wood Dining room
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wall art

Deck the walls with vibrant art that speaks to the aesthetic of the space as well as that of those who live there.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Peach Art
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl
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White Product Silo
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White and Wood Dining room
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a playfully patterned rug

Install a cozy landing pad beneath the dining table to create a designated area for the setup. This can be crucial for open layout spaces where the kitchen, living room, and dining room occupy the same general space. Be mindful of the material of the rug as wine spills may be a likely occurrence!


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White Product Silo
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White Product Silo
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White Product Silo
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  wood credenza
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White Product Silo
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black and White and Wood Dining room
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proper window treatments

Whether the dining room comes outfitted with a single window or an entire wall of them, it’s important to outfit them with proper window treatments. Though we must admit, for the oversized contemporary variety of windows, leaving them untouched is perfectly acceptable.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black and Bronze and Brown Dining room
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walls with color

Unless you’re going for the whole whitewashed aesthetic, we’d strongly suggest a bold wall paint or wallpaper to dress the dining room. Never underestimate the power of paint!

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White Product Silo
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White Product Silo
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White Product Silo
Photography by HANNAH BLACKMORE imagery by aaron bengochea; products from top to bottom courtesy of 1stdibs, kindermodern, home union
The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black and Brown and White and Wood Dining room
Photography by FRØKEN OVERSPRINGSHANDLING

something green

Bright greenery in the form of organic plants or indoor trees lends a touch of warmth to a contemporary space. Aside from instilling a bold dynamic to the decor of a dining room, plants provide a much-needed pop of unexpected color.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White Product Silo
Photography by HANNAH BLACKMORE photo by aaron bengochea
The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  white planter
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Black and Brown and White and Wood Bar
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a bar cart

Think of it as the ultimate entertaining must-have. Regardless if takes up an entire corner of the dining room or if can fit on a modest tray atop the credenza, designate a spot for spirits and other bar essentials.


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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl  pastel tray set
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl white bar cart
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl brown bar cart
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl Green and White Dining room
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chairs worth coveting

With all the options for dining chairs, finding the best one for your space can be quite the difficult feat. We know. From the more traditional and cohesive look to the eclectic and daring, it’s no secret that the right dining chair makes the room.

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl rose gold chair
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl gray chair
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White Product Silo
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The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl White and Wood Dining room
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sheepskin accent

What else would you pair the dining table bench with?

The Modern Dining Room For The Fashionable Girl sheepskin
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