The formal dining room just might be the most under-utilized space in the home. So many traditional homes are built with them and then the majority of the time they sit empty except for the major holidays when you decide that instead of crowding around the kitchen island like thirsty animals at a watering hole you should pull out all the stops and make it a formal affair in the dining room. But, just because the name says “formal” doesn’t mean that it has to be. Your dining room can be an extension of your kitchen, living and family room even if it isn’t connected. Today we’ve pulled together 13 combos to bring a little bit of a refresh to that generally underused room. We are also officially making an international PSA to reclaim the dining room and enjoy it every single day (not just on those special days). We can’t promise that the food, the company or the conversation will be good but we can promise that the decor will be on point…. and you gotta start somewhere right?
All of these combos include a dining table, chairs, and some sort of storage piece (either a credenza or cabinet) which will allow you to store some of that “fancy” underused china in them until next holiday season. Which is a whole other conversation… maybe that is our next series? “Rethink Your Never-Used China.” Let’s get into it.
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This combo is a little bit Pacific Northwest and a little bit industrial but we envision this in a modern woodsy house set deep into the forest or looking over the coast. Bonus points if you are wearing a plaid or buffalo check while dining at this setup.
We have this glass cabinet in our dining room and I can’t say enough good things about it. It looks so much more expensive than the $220 price tag (although it’s currently on sale for $165) and the quality, style and design is so good. It also comes in a cream color if the grey isn’t your vibe.
We went a little bit country on this one, but it could work well in a French Country home, a Traditional style home or even a more modern home that you were looking to bring some vintage and farmhouse vibes into. A farmhouse table and a windsor chair are always a winning combo in our book.
If that last one was more rustic farmhouse then this one leans more modern farmhouse. The shaker style table is something that will never go out of style and has classic enough lines to feel formal when needed or casual when it is just you and the family.
We actually have this table in our office and we are all using them as our desks and we love them so much. They have held up so well over the last few years that we have had them and the wood on it is such good quality. We paired it with some simple pieces to get this Scandinavian Modern inspired combo.
This one is definitely not child-proof what with those sharp glass corners but if you are childless or if they are old enough to understand not to run into one of these corners then this 70’s glam inspired setup is sure to bring some swanky vibes into your place.
If Mid-Century is your vibe then this classic combo is for you. A tulip table will always stand the test of time and the black chairs pull out the black in the credenza to pull the whole scheme together.
Rattan and Citron are both having a major moment right now in design so we pulled together both of them in this combo. Although there are three different (yet similar) types of wood in this combo, it feels cohesive due to the shape of the legs all being squared off and similar in scale.
Brass will always have a special place in our hearts, but this credenza takes it to a whole new level. This brass credenza set the tone for this Italian regency styled setup that is oozing with character.
It’s a lot of wood, but it also feels very refined and special with those angles and curves. We would put this in a white room with a lot of natural light to really let the wood tones stand out and be the focal point of the room.
This one is our budget-friendly version, but it still has a lot of style to it. White and wood will never go out of style.
If you aren’t afraid of some lucite, burlwood, and soft lilac chairs then this combo is for you. We can just imagine the poodle of the person who owns this house perched up on that lilac chair with zero cares in the world. Obviously fresh from the groomers.
So, which ones are your favorites from the collection? Let us know below and let us know what you would like us to round up next.