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5 dashing dining room ideas – to suit small spaces, small budgets and all styles

These dining room ideas are sure to inspire no matter what your style...

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Looking for dining room ideas to give that often neglected room a bit of an update? Whether you entertain a lot or prefer cosy family meals, a dining room is preferable if you have the room. And if you don't have a separate space, maybe you want to squeeze in a small dining room to an open-plan area, such as a kitchen/living space? Do that though and designing a workable yet stylish space can be a minefield. So we’ve come up with five gorgeous dining room ideas to get you inspired to choose a style, so that you can make the most of your space.

Keep scrolling to get inspired and and don't miss all the rest of our kitchen ideas, which include everything from decor to dining.

1. Boho dining room ideas? Layer up on textures

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There’s so much to love about this look, it’s brimming full of gorgeous textural elements, let’s start with the table and bench – the Amaliah chevron dining table is bang on trend – parquet is going to be the next thing so get on it now! Teamed with rattan chairs and faux fur cushions, this look is the ultimate in tactile heaven, add in a hint of decoration with patterned bowls and glasses, oh and the stunning lampshade, then sit and enjoy!

2. Colourful dining room ideas? Use paint to zone an open-plan space

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How delicious are these colours together? Two shades of pink; Pressed Petal and Blossom White combined with Nutmeg White makes for a super pretty colour scheme that also cleverly zones an open plan space into a dining area that defines the room. Note how the the deeper pink comes up and onto the ceiling? What a great idea! You can do this with some Frogtape and a pair of strong arms. The warm tones of the Mid-century furniture looks fab against this shade, pick crockery to match the lighter pink to bring the look together. 

3. Minimalist dining room ideas? Keep everything simple

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One of the trends for autumn and winter is about living in a pared back way, more simplicity, fewer ‘things’ and having more nature in our homes. We welcome this style as it’s all about choosing wisely and buying pieces that have style but will last. Ikea is great at being one step ahead and we love the clean lines of this dining room ideas. The textures make this minimally decorated room welcoming. 

4. Quick revamp dining room ideas? Add accent shades

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Colour can be such a useful tool when you’re revamping a plain space because it can add instant personality and character. Here, these chairs are being used as an accent to pick up the wall colour and it looks great! The detail in the curtains and rugs also tie in the blue. Another key element here is that many of the pieces are curvy too – the chairs, table and those fabulous lampshades; it all helps to create a successful and uber stylish look. 

5. Dark dining room ideas: go moody for evening meals

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Only use your dining room at night? We’re not all fans of light and airy, if fact, deep shades are visually stunning more often than not and this dining room is spot on. To make a look like this work you need balance – yes, we do mention this a lot, but it's true! This dining room is about light and dark – the inky blue walls are perfectly balanced out by the white tableware, the pale blue of the Summerby Riviera curtains adds a colour layer as well as pattern and the mahogany table and chairs give a rustic element as well as adding in texture. 

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