Dining room interior design ideas: using dark wood

Many people love casual dining rooms, but they're not the right choice for everyone. If you live in an older home, a light, modern dining look might not be quite as good of a fit for your dining room. However, you can go for an entirely different and more traditional sort of elegance by playing up your home's pre-existing features.

Dark woodwork and dark wood furniture is a good choice for dining rooms in many older homes or if you'd like your dining room to look a little more formal. It's an especially good fit for a larger dining room – too much dark wood can overwhelm a smaller room and make it feel perhaps a little too cosy in some cases.

However, it doesn't have to be all dark colours in your dining room; you can dress things up with a splash of colour from lime green curtains, brighter coloured table linens and accent pieces.


If your dining room already has dark woodwork, then half of your work is already done for you. If not, however, don't worry. You can easily stain your dining room woodwork to any shade you like, either to match or compliment the colour of your dining room table. You may be surprised by just how much warmer of a look your dining room takes on with just this relatively small touch. Don't forget that wooden blinds would also suit this style of dining room perfectly.

The Table

If you have a wooden dining room table, then it's easy enough to stain it a darker colour. However, if you're looking for a bigger change in your dining room than just a different colour for your table, then you may want to think about a new dark wood table. If yours is an older home, then an antique table may be a good choice – or for something more modern with a hint of the traditional and rustic, a reclaimed wood table stained dark can be an excellent choice.


Dark wood may look very elegant and allow your dining room to take on more of a formal feel, but without a little bit of colour, it can be a little too dark. Lime green or teal curtains are a perfect match for dark woodwork and dark wood dining room furniture, as are table linens and other pieces in lighter colours to balance out the darkness of the woodwork.

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