In the past decade or so, people are begging to take their culinary experiences in life a little bit more seriously. Gone are the days of the microwave-heated TV dinners. In are the days of fancy meals from cookbooks that use exotic ingredients and that taste amazing. One needs only to look at the trends that have marked kitchen design over the past several years to see that this is decidedly true.
But, here’s the thing. If you and your family are going to enjoy fancy meals, shouldn’t you have a fancy room in which to enjoy them? This is why many homeowners are now turning their interior-decorating eyes toward the dining room. Long a disused space in the home, there’s no more cause than ever before to have a dining room that’s real stunner.
For this reason, we thought it would be fun to take a look at 16 of the biggest design trends for dining rooms in 2017. If you’re looking to give your dining room a fresh look, then these are definitely the trends you should be following. Likewise, we’re also going to share 4 dining room design trends that are on the way out. All told, this guide gives you plenty of inspiration for making your home’s dining room the very best space that it can be…
1. Eclectic Mixes
Matchy-matchy is falling out of favor in all rooms of the home. That’s why you’re seeing homeowners mix disparate furniture pieces together in the dining room.
2. Big Open Windows
Having a lot of natural light in the dining room is a beautiful thing, which is why big picture windows are decidedly “in”.
3. Heading Out: Clutter
In years past, homeowners have filled their dining rooms with mementos and pictures… All of that clutter isn’t cool, though.
4. Leaning Mirrors
Instead, as things tilt more toward the minimal, you’re seeing homeowners add visual interest to their dining room designs by including leaning mirrors.
5. Reclaimed Wood Tables
When you want a statement in your dining room, there’s simply no better way to go about your design than by including a reclaimed wood table.
6. Industrial Notes
Of course, some may not prefer lots of natural wood. For these folks, there’s definitely a trend toward industrial-feeling dining rooms.
7. Heading Out: White Dining Room
Having a formal dining room used to mean going with a predominantly white color scheme… Not any more!
8. Darker, Muted Colors
Instead, homeowners are trying to create dining rooms that feel cozy, which definitely entails going for darker and more muted colors.
9. Purely Formal
Still, even though the stodginess of the white color scheme is on its way out, this does not mean that homeowners are moving away from the formal feel.
10. Heading Out: The Boring Chandelier
A big part of the move away from the stodgy dining room feeling is the elimination of the traditional-looking chandelier.
11. Exotic Light Fixtures
In the chandeliers place, you’re finding a number of different and exotic light fixtures that really make a statement.
12. Statement Cabinets
Speaking of making a statement, there’s nothing quite like a beautiful side cabinet to give a dining room that unique feel you’re looking for.
13. Long Benches
Family-style dining is a trend more broadly. As such, you’re seeing benches finding their ways around the dining room table.
14. Colorful Wall Art
As the dining room becomes more of a unique space in the home, colorful wall art is doing much and more to define the look and feel.
15. Rustic Touches
There’s definitely going to be a movement in 2017 toward dining rooms that feature various elements with a rustic feel to them.
That rustic feel, though, is often being combined with a move toward minimalism, which yields a warm spin to the vibe of contemporary styling.
17. LED Lights
Those who are really looking to break the mold when it comes to living room design are using LED lights in inventive ways.
18. The Open Concept
This has been a trend for a while, and it’s going to continue being a trend for some time. The open-concept dining room is very much “in”.
19. Heading Out: Matching Chairs
We’ve spoken about how eclectic mixes are defining the look of 2017’s dining rooms. That’s why matching chairs are on the way out.
20. Mixes of Different Chairs
Instead, you’re seeing more and more homeowners using an eclectic mix of different styles of chair in order to create a unique, signature look.