Dining room interior design ideas: sheer elegance

There are as many different possibilities for dining room décor as there are people. We all have slightly different ideas about what makes for an attractive and comfortable room to enjoy meals and gather together with family and friends, but there are some things that almost everyone can agree on. People may disagree about colour schemes and the exact design of dining room furniture, but all of us know elegance when we see it – and elegance is one quality which everyone would like their dining room to have.

Of course, there are also a lot of different kinds of elegance, but what many people are going for these days is a modern look with clean lines and largely free of visual clutter. A light, airy look is always welcome in all but the most traditional and formal dining rooms and it's easier to achieve this look than you might think. As a bonus, this approach to decorating your dining room will also make it appear larger and give it a relaxing feeling which makes sitting down to a meal with your family or hosting a dinner party something you'll genuinely look forward to.

The Table

You can work with virtually any dining room table you happen to have, if buying a new piece isn't an option – tablecloths, table runners and other table linens in neutral colours can add a touch of elegant simplicity to the table you have. However, if a new dining room table works for your budget, then you may want to consider a glass-topped table. Easy to clean and attractive as well as making the room appear brighter, glass dining room tables add a very modern touch to your dining room.


Recessed lighting, perhaps along with a simple chandelier is the best approach, especially if you have dimmer switches installed so that you can control the lighting in your dining room easily. As far as natural light is concerned, go for sheer curtains in order to allow in as much sunlight as possible.

Soft Furnishings

The sleek clean lines of elegant dining rooms should be followed through with your soft furnishings and window dressing. Wooden blinds in a colour to complement your dining table will provide a natural warmth to the room, soften the look by choosing lightweight curtains uk, maybe with a pattern – there's plenty of curtains online to choose from, so you won't be bogged down with sticking to the same designs unless you want to.

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