There are three design elements that no dining room can be without: seating, a table, and good lighting. Beyond these three elements are all the extras that add more function and make a dining room feel more personal, but you don’t need them to have a chic and stylish dining room.
Start with the dining table. Choose the shape that best works for your lifestyle and room. Some people like a round table, which is better for conversation. Square tables that expand into larger rectangular tables offer both options for small and large gatherings. Next choice is material. Wood is king but glass top tables are also lovely in the dining room.
Next are the dining chairs. Dining sets can easily solve what chair to pair with the table, but that takes some of the fun out of decorating. Mixing up chairs and the table makes the dining room feel more personal. Stay within the same style or mix up styles for a more eclectic look.
Last must have is great lighting. There are so many stylish options for dining room lighting that there is no reason not to have a light above the table. From antique crystal chandeliers to DIY pendants, the light will become a focal point of the room.
Where to go from here is up to you. You might want to add an area rug under the table or keep the wood floors bare. Bringing in a buffet or sideboard provides storage and a place for a bar. It’s up to you to personalize your dining room, so have fun with it!