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Emma Coles, Stylist at Sanderson & Morris & Co. (opens in new tab) states, 'wallpaper is an excellent choice to use in the dining room and is a great way to make the space feel ‘special’ by adding grandeur and impact'. For rooms you use in the evenings only, you can afford to choose a darker or more dramatic design; for dining rooms that double up as much-used family spaces – perhaps you're considering kitchen diner ideas – you may want to pick lighter colors that are easier to live with in daylight. This is one space that can take big, bold patterns, especially if they add texture, focus and character to dining rooms with little architectural interest. Adding a wallpaper can bring depth and warmth to a space as well as delivering design impact', says Philippe Desart, Managing Director at Arte (opens in new tab). Of course, hanging plates on a wall is appropriate to a dining space or kitchen, and can create intriguing shapes. In this dining room, a high shelf of plates and decorative ornaments has been styled to coordinate with the botanical, floral wallpaper, creating an balanced, cohesive green scheme.

The wonderful side-effect of a metallic dining room wallpaper is that it reflects twinkling candlelight quite beautifully. For rooms you use in the daytime, you may want to pick a silver over white background, but in dining rooms used in the evenings, picking a warm metallic over a deep, warm shade, such as red will make your space welcoming, inviting and glamorous. ‘In recent years the dining room has become a much more important decorative focal point within interiors. With people increasingly entertaining friends and family at home, the dining room offers the perfect space in which to make a statement and create a sense of occasion.

Highly bold, decorative wallpapers have become very popular, helping to bring character, individuality and personality to dining rooms,’ says Tim Walters, Managing Director of George Spencer Designs (opens in new tab). 'When I stumbled across this beautiful robin's egg blue and white Tierni Damask from Schumacher (opens in new tab), it was the perfect blend of classic southern elegance, with a fresh and youthful color palette.

Emma Coles, Stylist at Sanderson & Morris & Co. (opens in new tab) states, in a dining room 'the wallpaper can set the tone for the entire space. ‘Wallpapers can bring warmth and character to a dining room, adding texture from modern graphic motifs to mid-century styles through to the more traditional damask designs,' advises Patrick O’Donnell, Brand Ambassador at Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).

Paired with matching curtains in the same print, this green scheme with pink accents creates an inviting area to sit with friends and family.

‘Blue can often be seen as a daring and cold color choice for dining rooms, but the classic combination of pristine blue and crisp white can be an effortless way to transform your dining room into a fresh and relaxing interior,' says Stefan Ormenisan, managing director at MindTheGap (opens in new tab).

'Wallpaper not only adds depth and pattern to a space but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to have fun and embrace larger, bold prints and statement designs, guaranteed to give your guests something to talk about at the table'. In this scheme, the patterned wallpaper in blue, white and pink creates a beautiful contrast between the upholstered dining chairs and traditional furniture.

The pink and white lamp shades pick up on the accents in the wallpaper, with the mix of classic and contemporary styling in this room creating an overall inviting effect. 'Add surprise and delight by making use of the fifth wall – the ceiling is a perfect opportunity to extend a design, as we have demonstrated with the tempestuous rolling skies of Nuvole,' says Marie Karlsson, Creative Director & Managing Director at Cole & Son (opens in new tab). If you do wallpaper the ceiling, lighting a dining room well is important – this chandelier above highlights the design above beautifully.

'A space to wow guests and inspire design, this is the ideal place to experiment with large motifs, such as our Alcazar Gardens,' suggests Marie Karlsson, Creative Director & Managing Director at Cole & Son (opens in new tab).

In this dining room, styled for a Homes & Gardens decorating shoot by Alyce Taylor, Fromental’s (opens in new tab) beautiful Braque wallpaper mural injects color and personality to the dining space, with contrasting patterns, colors and paintings in the room elevating the whole scheme. However, rather than choosing a wallpaper that you might hang in your living room, take the step towards a braver, more dramatic look.

maximalist dining room with abstract, monochrome wallpaper, contrasting textured dining chairs
maximalist dining room with abstract, monochrome wallpaper, contrasting textured dining chairs
Dining room with floral green wallpaper, shelf with decorative objects and plates, wooden dining table and chairs
Dining room with floral green wallpaper, shelf with decorative objects and plates, wooden dining table and chairs
gold wallpaper design on red background, wooden table, red armchairs, bench, table setting
gold wallpaper design on red background, wooden table, red armchairs, bench, table setting
blue damask wallpaper in classic dining room with blue and white curtains, gold chandelier, mahogany table, upholstered dining chair, mahogany floor
blue damask wallpaper in classic dining room with blue and white curtains, gold chandelier, mahogany table, upholstered dining chair, mahogany floor
Dining room with william morris wallpaper and blue painted walls, dining table with floral tablecloth and accessories
Dining room with william morris wallpaper and blue painted walls, dining table with floral tablecloth and accessories
Dining room with green botanical wallpaper, matching curtains, pink dining chairs and natural rug
Dining room with green botanical wallpaper, matching curtains, pink dining chairs and natural rug
Traditional dining room with blue and white wallpaper, pink lamp shades and accents, dark wood dining table and upholstered dining chairs
Traditional dining room with blue and white wallpaper, pink lamp shades and accents, dark wood dining table and upholstered dining chairs
classic dining room with wallpaper between panels, white table, painted chairs, antique sideboard
classic dining room with wallpaper between panels, white table, painted chairs, antique sideboard
wallpaper on walls and ceiling in dining room, retro dining table and chairs, black chandelier
wallpaper on walls and ceiling in dining room, retro dining table and chairs, black chandelier
dining room with floral pink wallpaper, pale wood table, cream rug, retro chairs
dining room with floral pink wallpaper, pale wood table, cream rug, retro chairs
Dining room with colorful wallpaper mural, blue column dining table and chairs, painted skirting board
Dining room with colorful wallpaper mural, blue column dining table and chairs, painted skirting board
Dining room with blue curtains and rug, grey wallpaper and wall art, wooden flooring and lantern pendant light
Dining room with blue curtains and rug, grey wallpaper and wall art, wooden flooring and lantern pendant light

Dining Room Design and Decorating with Modern Wallpaper

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