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As simple as picking a striking coat of paint, or as technical as adding a moody sconce, think of this as your chance to make your space shine. “We wanted to treat this room as a transitional space, so utilizing wallpaper in a black-and-white motif was our way of tying the dense, botanical wallpapers and deeply saturated rooms in the Victorian to the minimal, plastered finishes found throughout the new addition,” says Robert Highsmith, Workstead’s co-founder and principal. “In terms of the woodland inspiration and the specific motif of the Marthe Armitage print, we wanted the space to quietly reflect the landscape just outside the large bay window on the East side of the dining room,” adds Highsmith. In this Chicago apartment, Summer Thornton Design (opens in new tab) made an informal breakfast table a bright spot, tucked in the corner for casual daytime meals.

But you want to do sconces on walls where you have something beautiful to share, be it some fantastic art or a dining room wallpaper idea. In the Manhattan apartment above, Lucy Harris Studio (opens in new tab) went delightfully spare with no wall decor at all, letting the spotlight shine elsewhere in this white dining room.

You can achieve this in a variety of interesting ways, from limestone washes to grasscloth wallpaper, but for a midcentury feel, consider a wall paneling idea like this home in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood. “The wall paneling is original to the house and I love it for the texture and character it effortlessly provides,” says Natalie Myers, founder of Veneer Designs (opens in new tab).

“We hung a classic Nelson Saucer pendant in the space to underscore the midcentury pedigree of the house, and the Sawkille Co. table and oversized photography print bring in a minimalist contemporary touch to balance the vintage,” adds Myers. “In considering this project and its location—the desert near Los Angeles—we brought with us an Italian tradition of murals in dining rooms that dates to Pompeii and the Romans,” says Mattia Ferroni, owner of Petronio Studio. “We thought it would be interesting to have figures and shapes waltzing in the room as guests dined, almost entertaining them as a small instrumental ensemble playing chamber music.” “Our choice was dictated by a desire to augment and multiply the space, increasing movement, and go against the conventions of mural decorations,” says Ferroni.

“A mural doesn’t necessarily have to be a figurative, three-dimensional scene, centered on a wall: it can be a motif, a wedge, an abstract composition, pure forms at play.” In the dining space of a bungalow in Montauk, New York designer Robert McKinley gave every wall its moment.

“Together, the collection of art, objects, lighting, and furniture in this room work because each strikes a different note, offering layers of materiality and personality,” adds McKinley.

Shannon Maldonado, founder of Philadelphia’s YOWIE (opens in new tab), gave the classic a contemporary spin at Rhode Island’s new Dye House. “I loved that this would give us a mix of color and texture and add a really beautiful handmade touch to the dining room,” says Maldonado, who curated a selection from up-and-coming ceramicists. And unlike your grandmother’s plate wall, there’s no need to be so matchy-matchy: “Don't be afraid to play with scale or mix colors,” adds Maldonado.

An eye-catching credenza will do the trick—everyone needs storage, after all—but you can take it to the next level with shelving, or even a bookshelf filled with trailing house plants and tchotkes. “We designed a peek through window as a passthrough from the kitchen, and celebrated this sculpturally with the custom white oak shelving supported by a metal rod,” explains Pulcrano.

“We pulled the elements together with the painted semi-circle and punctuated it with the small globe sconce to create a soft glow in the space.”

“The custom white oak table speaks directly to the shelving, made of the same material, and the Gubi chairs in pink complement and lend a softness to the overall space.”

In this Upper East Side residence, interior designer Katie Ridder (opens in new tab)didn’t just dabble when it came to her dining room color ideas. “The curtains emphasize the ceiling height and were done in blue silk that matched the walls for a more elegant and intimate feel,” adds Ridder.

The silver tea paper-covered ceiling reflects the walls and curtains, creating a luminous dining space with an undeniably glamorous side. “Through lighting, materials, texture and colour, a layered interplay between traditional and contemporary decoration is expressed with sophisticated yet practical comfort, avoiding any sense of coastal cliché,” says Alexandra Donohoe Church, the firm’s director. “I love to wallpaper a dining room, making it special and unique to the home by adding a little drama,” says Courtney Sempliner, an interior designer in New York.

"Another direction would be to use the space as a wall for art, featuring one larger statement piece, or a special collection of smaller works grouped together.”

“For a wall adjacent to a kitchen table or casual breakfast area, some decorative ideas include more classic choices of artwork or family photos,” says Sempliner. “You could also install something fun and playful such as an upholstered push pin wall for photos, artwork, children’s drawings, mementos, etc."

"This space also offers an opportunity to display special China or a collection of plates on the wall as a mini gallery set-up.

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dining room wall ideas with table and pink chairs
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