Our Modern Dining Room Design
Updated September 12, 2023
When designing our dining room, we wanted to go for a modern contemporary style with clean simple accents. While browsing for furniture, we focused on minimal dining furniture that wasn’t bulky and didn’t take up too much space visually. Even though our dining table is quite large and can seat 8-10 people, it doesn’t swallow up the space and still feels open and airy.
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DINING ROOM SOURCES:
Dining Table – Room and Board Portica Table – Walnut 78”W x 42”D x 29”H
Dining Chairs – Room and Board Hirsch Chair – Ivory & Metal Legs
Round Mirror – CB2 Round Infinity Mirror – 48” in Black
Centerpiece – Steel Planter – White 32”
Chandelier – Cluster Pendant Light (similar)
Modern Dining Room Table
One of our favorite pieces of furniture in our home is this walnut portica dining table with stainless steel base from Room and Board. We wanted our dining table to be able to seat as many people as possible since we host often, and chose one that could seat 8-10 people. For reference, the dimensions of our table are 78” W x 42” D x 29” H. The walnut wood top is SO stunning, but is also a little bit high maintenance and requires good care to look its best. We also considered the Parsons tables from Crate and Barrel as another similar option.
Sleek Durable Dining Chairs
Since we got the dining table from Room and Board, we chose their Hirsch chairs in Ivory with metal legs. These chairs have a very sleek and thin frame and are a huge space saver, especially when trying to cram as many people around the table as possible! We really like the material, which is super easy to clean and very durable against spills. Another option we considered were the Lowe leather chairs from Crate and Barrel.
Open Concept Living and Dining
The main level of our townhouse is the second floor, which is open concept. Since the dining area is open to the living room, we opted not to use a rug for the dining room because the rug would end up a little too close to the living room rug. It was also a practical decision and would be easier to clean under the dining table.
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The Best Minimal Round Mirror
For dining room decor, we went with a simple round mirror hung on the wall centered by the table. We absolutely love and recommend the infinity mirror line from CB2! We have the 48 inch infinity round mirror in black and it anchors our modern dining room perfectly. It’s available in 24, 36, and 48 inches and has a super thin aluminum frame with a 1 inch depth. We were super impressed how high quality it is for the price, and the mirror reflection is not warpy at all, which is something I always look for when purchasing mirrors. We’ve also had the rectangle infinity mirror in our powder room for 2+ years now and still love it to this day – highly recommend for anyone looking for a thin frame modern minimalist mirror!
Contemporary Cluster Pendant Chandelier
Our dining chandelier definitely is a statement piece and elevates the whole look of the space! Our specific fixture is no longer available but this cluster pendant chandelier is a great alternative from Wayfair!
Modern Centerpiece for Long Rectangle Table
For our dining table centerpiece, we have a white 32 inch long planter, filled with faux succulents. It also comes in black and stainless steel in a variety of lengths. We used floral foam to keep the succulents in place and topped it off with white accent rocks for a finished look.
Overall, our dining room design is pretty simple and doesn’t have a whole lot to it. The round mirror helps to reflect light since there is no window in the dining area. The walnut wood brings in a nice warmth to the space and the sleek modern dining furniture keeps our living-dining space open and airy.
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