Mid Century Dining Room Design Ideas

A mid-century modern dining room is a place to gather with family and friends. It’s a space style that’s perfectly suited for hosting guests and also has loads of style.  This is perfect for those who tend to be a bit nostalgic and like designing in a highly recognizable style. A mid-century dining room design blends comfort with modern lines, for a perfectly retro-inspired look. It’s definitely a bit more styled that some other design styles, but it remains approachable and comfortable. And we love that mid-century modern design can not just look great on its own, but can also be mixed with other design styles, like rustic or minimalist, for a more unique and personalized look. Mid-century design was a modernist movement that came about in the mid-1900s and has spent the last few decades as a highly popular interior design style. While there are still many original mid-century furniture designs on the market—like Eames molded plywood chair or a Nelson pretzel chair—buying an original is quite an investment. However, now a mainstream look, many furniture manufacturers make modern-day mid-century furniture at affordable prices. While a mid-century dining room layout tends to be fairly traditional—a table, chairs, and a credenza or bar cart—it’s the pieces themselves that give mid-century dining rooms their flair. A simple, sleek wooden dining table in a rectangular shape would be very mid-century. But you could also go with a round tulip-style dining table or even a glass-top table. We also love the idea of a non-traditional dining table shape, like an oval or surfboard-style table, or even something more angular and organic. Dining room chairs are where the personality really comes into play in mid-century dining room designs. For a more formal approach, you can go for upholstered chairs in a leather or tweed—ideally in an armless style with sloping angles or curved forms. But there are a number of other classic mid-century dining room ideas in the realm of chair designs—whether a more modern molded plastic style, a wishbone chair, a pretzel-style, or even a replica of an Eames molded plywood chair. Each chair provides a different vibe to your space. From there, a mid-century modern credenza offers extra storages for dishes and linens and helps drive home the design style. The addition of a bar cart or cabinet inspires those Mad Men vibes, which is perfect for a mid-century dining room design. Opt for sculptural lighting pendants, like an atomic burst light fixture. Round metal mirrors—or one with a geometric or starburst frame—support the mid-century vibes while also helping open up your space. If you’re looking for mid-century dining room design ideas, we have a library full of images and designs that are sure to inspire—whether you’re looking to design your own dining room or just want to tuck away ideas for the future. Start scrolling for some of our favorite mid-century dining room design inspiration!

Tablescape for Two

Tablescape for Two

Just because you're having a small holiday dinner doesn't mean you can't have fun holiday tablescape. Add a little cheer to your small gathering with decorative gourds and autumnal colored place mates. This simple trick will have your table set in no time and help make the holiday feel more specia

Moody, Modern, and Manageable

Moody, Modern, and Manageable

One of the great things about mid-century modern design, like the furniture in this dining room, is that it's both stylish and easy to care for. Mid-century modern pieces typically have smooth finishes, are made with sturdy materials, and have high, slender legs, making them great for wiping down, sweeping under, and looking good.

What's Black and White and Chic All Over?

What's Black and White and Chic All Over?

Looking for an easy way to add a little chic and modern style to your dining room? Consider working with high contrast colors and abstract art to give your space a modern and slightly edgy, (but still refined) vibe.

Space-Age Space Savers

Space-Age Space Savers

Mid-century-modern style is all about cleans lines and functional form, often possessing a futuristic vibe. The streamlined mid-century-modern furniture in this dining room opens up the tight space while giving it a slick space-race era cool.

Put Your Best Face (or Dishware), Forward

Put Your Best Face (or Dishware), Forward

If you have fine china, glassware, or other dining accouterments you'd like displayed, consider investing in a glass bar cabinet. The added storage will keep you organized, and the glass doors will add an air of chic polish to your space.

Spacious and Gracious

Spacious and Gracious

If you like entertaining, you probably want surface space for setting up a bar, buffet, or snack station for your guests. Adding a large console table to your dining area can help ensure you have the surface space for any event accouterments and enough storage to hide it all away when you're done.

Bold Color Moments

Bold Color Moments

Are you ready for a significant change in your space? Try incorporating jewel tones color palettes into your room. This will make a big impact, and the jewel tone trend appears to have staying power, so you'll get good mileage out of the change.

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

If you have a small dining room, keeping the decor on the minimal side can make your space feel bigger. Here, three minimally styled pieces with strong silhouettes add enough impact to the small dining corner space to keep it interesting without overwhelming the space.

Mid-Century-Modern & Magnificent

Mid-Century-Modern & Magnificent

If you're a fan of Mid-Century-Modern design, this dining space is for you, filled with the design style's hallmarks such as a tulip dining table, wishbone chairs, and a sputnik chandelier, this room is swimming in groovy Mad Men era style.

Off the Wall

Off the Wall

A great way to keep your space feeling cohesive is matching your wall art and decor. In this dining room, bold abstract art in black and white is echoed in furniture with minimal silhouettes and colors reflecting the art's strong lines. A traditional rug and some natural wood-tones add a relaxed vibe and break up the black and white enough to keep the space from being too matchy-matchy.

Mid-Century Gem

Mid-Century Gem

Mid-Century dining rooms are always showstoppers! We took this space to the next level however with a jewel toned wall color, adding a bold effect!

Mid-Century Dining With Jewel Tone Flair

Mid-Century Dining With Jewel Tone Flair

Be the envy of dinner parties with this Jewel Tone Mid-Century Modern Dining Room! With plenty of seating, your guests will love to sit in the soft velvet dining chairs. The jewel tone area rug pops with the white dining table and the bold brass chandelier is sure to be the conversation piece!

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