Traditional Dining Room Design Ideas

Traditional-style dining rooms demand attention with their classic look. The formal side of traditional can really come out in a dining room. However, choosing furniture in rich wood tones and keeping the color palette bright and inviting will help balance out the formality and make it more approachable. Traditional dining rooms are perfect for those who have a timeless sense of style and want to go with a classic look in their dining area. A formal dining room in the truest sense is exactly what they’re looking for. However, traditionalists also love homey spaces with a comfortable touch. So, the formality is balanced out with soft and rustic elements in the furniture materials and upholstery, giving traditional dining rooms a very inviting vibe.  Traditional spaces tend to have sophisticated and fairly neutral color palettes, with plenty of whites and creams. This helps give that welcoming, predictable feeling to your traditional dining room design. However, pops of saturated color can be used in rugs and artwork—and even wall colors if you want to create a bit more bold of a look! And when it comes to upholstery, you’ll find simple, soft linen and cotton weaves, along with classic patterns like stripes, florals, and damask. If you’re looking for traditional dining room ideas, know that they can really be personalized and go toward a more classic or modern approach. There are numerous ways to bring this look to life! However, regardless of which approach you take, wooden furniture with carvings and moldings creates a beautiful foundation for traditional dining rooms. While dark wood finishes are very at-home in traditional design, you can also go for a slightly more countryside vibe with grey or white-washed wood finishes. And furniture with caning details or in a crisp white finish both strike the perfect balance between formal and approachable.  Traditional dining room layouts can be simple but are very intentional. Go for a hefty, sturdy table with rich wood tones. This could be in a dark or grey-washed finish. We also love the formality of a black dining table with a more ornate base. And traditional dining rooms practically beg for upholstered chairs. But you could also go for the look of upholstered captains chairs paired with carved wood dining chairs—perhaps with caning details or a classic ladder or windsor style. Under the table, layer in a patterned rug for a pop of color or texture underfoot. Finally, make sure to include a formal buffet table or sideboard to display fine china and store table linens. Chandeliers in traditional dining rooms are an opportunity to really make a stylistic statement. For a classical look, opt for a more ornate chandelier—perhaps even with draped crystal beading ornamentation. Candelabra chandeliers are perfectly at home in traditional dining room designs as well. However, you can also mix and match design styles when it comes to light fixtures. An industrial light fixture can lend a more rustic vibe to the space, while a pendant in a brass or bronze finish will give the space a modern edge. A woven pendant light can promote a relaxed, almost coastal vibe. So, choose a chandelier based on the subtle style nuance you’d like to achieve! Want to see some traditional dining room design ideas come to life? We have a whole library of designs to inspire you. So, keep scrolling for some traditional dining room design inspiration!

A Cohesive Look

A Cohesive Look

The rug and the chairs are light and airy but can still hide stains and are designed with kids in mind. Beautiful natural light from the windows creates a warm and welcoming room. Bring in some greenery to add a pop of color and create an openness to the room.

It's All in the Details Dining Room


It's All in the Details Dining Room

Create a space that's as interesting as it is inviting with traditional style design. Upholstered nailhead trimmed chairs and an ornate rug are refined touches that will capture your eye and heart in this dining room.

Dining Room Hutch

Dining Room Hutch

A hutch can be an excellent choice for dining room storage. While a hutch can often feel very traditional, there are ways to update it, with decor and fresh color palettes.

Console Table In Traditional Dining Room

Console Table In Traditional Dining Room

If you have a narrow dining space but still need storage, a shallow console table can be a perfect solution. Look for console tables with drawers and shelves to maximize the storage potential. 

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Need a quick way to add some fall cheer to your dining room? Decorative gourds never go out of style and really bring the fall vibes, so it's never a bad idea to have a few tucked away and at the ready.

Ink Walls: Dining Room Design

Ink Walls: Dining Room Design

This traditional dining room is stately but bold and fresh with its ink blue wall colors.

Dining Storage In Style

Dining Storage In Style

A credenza can add a stylish touch to any dining space! Not only does it give you an opportunity to add decor to the top, but you can store practical items like server ware and glasses inside.

Elegant Symmetry

Elegant Symmetry

This elegant dining room effortlessly blends classic and transitional design elements for a stunning space. The pale blues add a serene effect while the weather wood makes this space feel approachable.

Delectable and Delicate Dining

Delectable and Delicate Dining

If you are looking to add an air of class to your space, consider using reflective and light-catching materials like gold and glass in dainty silhouettes. The finishes will sparkle like gems while the delicate and ornate furniture will recollect the finer things.

Tips For Traditional Dining Chairs

Tips For Traditional Dining Chairs

When selecting chairs for a traditional dining room is good to keep in mind two points. The first one is matching the wood frame with the dining table tone, and the second one is using cushions to soften the look and bring comfort to the family space.

Scholastic Dining Design

Scholastic Dining Design

For many families having a designated school work area has become a necessary part of domestic life. If you don't have space in your kid's bedroom for a desk, you may need them to use the dining table for their school work. A great way to embrace the home classroom in style is to consider incorporating an academic theme into your dinging design. Here we've added vintage-inspired alphabet wall art, a globe, and an organizational chubby to integrate the classroom tastefully into the dining room.

Diners Delight in Deco Inspired Design

Diners Delight in Deco Inspired Design

This dining space combines the clean curved lines and stately craftsmanship that are true hallmarks of the deco style with a welcoming and thoroughly contemporary neutral color palette for a look that is so chic.

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