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10 Inspiring Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Design Ideas

10 Inspiring Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Design Ideas
Images by Sarah Yates Mora for A House in the Hills

Not everyone is lucky enough to have space for a formal dining room (shouting at you, apartment dwellers!). But if you are blessed enough to find yourself having it, you might begin to feel that the blessing is … well, more of a curse. The dining room tends not to be decorated for longer than other areas in the house, because it is not used as much, for example, the kitchen or living room (unless you are a champion hostess that makes us all embarrassed).

If you get stuck when trying to organize your medieval dining room, you are not alone – and because just knocking down some vintage furniture that finds and calls it a day is not enough, we have gathered some of the most medieval dining rooms that inspire on Instagram to help you Instantly increase your dining area. Who knows? Maybe you will have your own medieval dinner party soon.


1. Go Dark

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Current dining room ❤️ still need to sort out my art (thinking a large 4×4 piece by @black_artifex where the two small ones are) but it’s come a long way! Second photo after we painted the back wall with the old table set and third picture what it looked like when we toured the house. I think I’ve picked out a large charcoal sectional for the living room so I’ll have to rethink the charcoal back wall. Leave it as is and have a ton of dark grey in the space, paint it out white or attempt to strip and stain like I did the paneling by the fireplace…what to do, what to do… #yycretro #yycmidcentury #midcenturyrenovation #teak #cadovius #midcenturywallunit #nelsonbubblelamp #saarinen #tuliptable #orangechair #jadeplant #mywestelm #midcenturydiningroom #midcenturydining #thedwellco #mymidcenturymix #??decoreh

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We will be honest, we have never seen a dark beadboard look as beautiful as this. The gloomy gray-green color that is the trend of making this medieval pop-up in the most unique way – and happens to cover all sins if you live in an older house with immaculate walls.


2.Keep It Natural

Play the natural beauty of Danish modern design – like iconic wishbone chairs – by echoing textures throughout the room. We love how raw weaving and beam fixtures bring balance to this space.


3. Build Out a Banquette

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I fiiiiinnnnaaallly finished recovering my dining room chairs. You know, now that’s it’s spring and I have fur covered chairs. ? If I’m honest though, these chairs needed some love. If you want a tutorial for how to tighten chairs that have wobbly seat cushions and/or backs, I have you covered. I just published a blog post all about it. ps. I’m thinking about selling this light. What are your thoughts? Do we still like it here? • • • #shiplap #shiplapwalls #diningroomdecor #benchseat #midcenturymodern #rshome #sunsetmag #smmakelifebeautiful #actualhomesofinstagram #mywestelm #apartmenttherapy #ybhdiy #interiorjunkie #doingneutralright #homesohard #interiorwarrior #ourtruehaven #fromwhereistand #ahomemadehome #myhousebeautiful #hyggehome #interior123 #woodfloors

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Why not go one step further than the bench and add a full meal? A retro-cool look brings tons of money mid-century to the dining room … and yes, you can hide some storage underneath too.


4. Add a Plant Shelf

We don’t predict the #plantmom trend will disappear in the near future … and this is a great way to add friendly, natural elements to the fine lines of a good MCM tableware. (Bonus points if your pothos follow the trail dramatically to your basket bar.)


5. Make Room for Mirrors

We all know old tricks about mirrors that make the room feel bigger, but in the dining room, they do far more – from increasing the vibration of your next bathroom to dramatically reflecting candlelight from the view of your table.


6. Paint It Black

Because light wood tones are commonly used in furniture in this era, one way to make it really “pop” is to create a lot of contrast. Even in this seemingly modest dining room, every part stands out on a shiny black floor (with matching lights).


7. Wallpaper a Nook

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SNEAK PEEK of the dining area in our #nfdimaralake project. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The modern simplicity, natural colour scheme and statement details sets the tone for some great family gatherings. We’re absolutely in love with the Patagonia stone, @lindseyadelman Branches pendant and Artisan chairs. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Who’s ready for dinner?! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ? #letseat ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #nfdi #nylafreedesigns #calgaryinteriordesigners #interiordesigncalgary #yycdesign #yycdecor #yycinteriors #designersofinsta #customhomes #newhomebuilds #newbuilds #renovations #homerenovations #internationaldesigners #canadiandesigners #finditstyleit #interiorforinspo #homedecorideas #myhousebeautiful #currentdesignsituation #myhomevibe #interior123 #modernhome #housegoals

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What makes this clean and simple tableware not feel tired? Built-in dark green accented marble mural-esque, of course.


8. Round Things Out

Not all formal dining rooms need to be centered around rectangular tables. This room proves that there are a lot of MCM that are preferred because it has a large round table too.


9. Keep It Simple

Sometimes, a tinge of color is what you need to separate your space. White walls and ceiling beams give this classic Eames-esque plenty of room to shine on.


10. Be Bold

On the other hand, maximumism and MCM can complement each other comfortably too. This shamelessly hard retro wallpaper is the true crown jewel of space.