How to decorate a dining room

Dining rooms can be underutilised rooms in the home and simply seen as a place to sit and eat, but they’re much more than this! A dining room is a space in your home where you can entertain your family and friends with games nights, drinks, meals and celebrate those special occasions all year round.

So, for this important multipurpose social room, our interior consultant Kelly has developed this guide with some dining room decorating ideas to inspire you.


1.  Prepare for the transformation

Before starting any decorating, think about your dining room design – are you working with a small or large room, are you keeping or changing your dining room furniture, what style or theme would you like in your dining room?

Once you have a plan, it’s time to clear your dining room and prep your walls ready for new wallpaper to be applied. If you need some help and tips about hanging wallpaper, check out our How to Hang Wallpaper guide.

2. Dining Room Decorating Ideas

Below we have some dining room ideas for your consideration, something for all tastes and styles.

Elegant Touch

Applying an elegant wallpaper to your dining room can create a space perfect for evening meals and entertainment for you, your family and friends.

This Moselle wallpaper is a new introduction to the Holden Decor K2 Living label. It boasts a central motif in teal and this highly detailed damask uses a soft suede-effect vinyl laid upon a soft cream faux fabric texture backdrop.  

This regent wallcovering gives a very classic and stylish look, perfect for an elegant dining room finished with a beautiful chandelier.

K2 Living Moselle Damask Teal Wallpaper by Holden 65021

Modern Edge

Geometric patterns are one of this year’s must-have wallpaper trends. New for 2018, this rose gold and beige Quartz Trellis wallpaper from Fine Decor is a quality textured vinyl paper which shimmers in the light with its beautiful glitter, reflecting light back into your dining room creating a modern, glamorous space, perfect for relaxation and entertaining.  

Quartz Trellis Metallic Rose Gold / Beige Wallpaper by Fine Decor FD42306

Traditional Twist

Traditional wallpaper doesn’t have to mean old. If you live in a period property or cottage, then this Chenille beige and gold weave heavyweight wallpaper by Graham & Brown was produced with a vintage and antique decor theme in mind.

The soft beige and gold tones of this plain weave design have been mixed with a slightly deeper shade to give an uneven-aged appearance, this has then been given additional definition using a sparing layer of metallic inks.

This antique look is meant to give the impression of age and decaying glamour and is perfect for a dining room in an older property or one with a vintage interior. Chenille has been made on a heavyweight base so will also help disguise any surface imperfections you may have on older walls

Chenille Beige / Gold Weave Heavyweight Wallpaper by Graham & Brown 101465

3. Small Dining Room Ideas

If your dining room is quite small, you can give it a more spacious feel by using light coloured wallpapers or by creating a feature wall on just one wall. Here are some of our lighter, neutral wallpapers which are perfect for dining room decoration.

Grasscloth Natural Heavyweight Wallpaper by Casa Flair Decor

Milana Gold Wood Grain Wallpaper by Seriano GB 6801

Leaves Grey Heavyweight Wallpaper by Casa Flair Decor

Myrtle Geo Grey Metallic Wallpaper by Superfresco Easy 104158

4. Accessorise your new dining room

Finally, once you’ve wallpapered and glossed your new dining room, accessorise with new pieces of wall art, soft furnishings, and more importantly dress your dining room table ready to show off your newly transformed dining room to your friends and family.

We hope you found these dining room ideas helpful. If you need any further tips or information, please take a look at our latest news and how to guides.


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