The “formal” dining room can present a real decorating dilemma for those of you that love a more modern dining room with contemporary style. Traditional dining rooms seem so comfortably adorned with Grandma’s old sideboard filled with Aunt Bea’s flowered china… but that’s just not your style!

So, we went on the hunt for examples of gorgeous dining rooms that look just as comfortable in clean lines, bold colors and interesting shapes and materials.

5 Inspirations for Your Dining Room Design

5 Modern Dining Room Settings With Plenty of POP

A modern dining room is daring without crossing the line. Of course, we love light fixtures! A rustic wood table adds warmth and the Eames style chairs add fun pop of color.

Design a mid century modern dining room

Design a mid century modern dining room with its clean lines and light-hearted approach. The ceiling light fixture might allude to a ultra-modern design.

Choose colors for a casual dining room that are playful and warm. You might select a charming farm style for a dining room with all it’s little rustic touches.

modern dining room that is bold and striking with a magnificent chandelier

Or try a dining room that is bold and striking with a magnificent chandelier. The textures in the rustic details are balanced by the fine geometric lines. Any idea where the geometric pattern rug comes from? It’s perfect for this room.

modern dining room that's mostly simple with light neutral tones.

Next, look to a dining room that’s mostly simple with light neutral tones. Additionally, shelving outside the entrance full of fantastic pieces of art makes a bold statement that every room needs.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.