Traditional dining room pictures

Traditional dining rooms give you a multi-functional space to eat, entertain and work. Browse our pick of the best traditional schemes for dining room spaces, whatever your budget. If these dining room designs aren’t for you, check out our pick of the best schemes for modern dining rooms and country dining rooms – there’s inspiration for all dining styles.

  • Traditional dining area with extendable dining table, mismatched chairs and homely touches

    Make use of wasted kitchen space by adding a small dining table, transforming it into a dining area. Choose a mixture of chair styles and add an oilcloth, blackboards and recipe books for a homely and informal look.

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     Extendable table, £225, Ikea

  • French-style dining room with subtle grey wallpaper

    Create a spectacular looking space with striking French style furniture. It will make any room look grander. Teamed with clean white windows and a simple carpet, the ornate detailing takes on a more modern appearance. A subtle grey wallpaper completes the scheme, adding an extra dimension to the look.

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    Buy now: cushions in Hedgerow, Voyage
    Buy now: similar dining table, Turnbull & Thomas

  • Neutral dining room with block-print tablecloth

    Add some artisan charm to your dining room scheme with a block-print tablecloth. Opting for a single print in a neutral scheme is a great way to focus attention and enliven a simple space. Pops of bright contrast colour on shapely tableware and accessories are a fitting accompaniment to the crisp design.

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    Buy now: Block Green Leaf linen tablecloth, £99.50, Birdie Fortescue
    Buy now: Kartell Fly Soft Touch medium pendant light, £214, John Lewis

  • Easter-themed dining room with bunny wallpaper

    Okay, so we’re not suggesting that you hang a bunny wallpaper in time for Easter. That would be asking a teeny bit much. However, we thought you might enjoy this wonderful Easter space that’s just perfect for a celebratory egg and soldiers breakfast. Add pretty flowers and cute bunny sculptures to the table and you’re good to go.

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    Buy now: similar wallpaper, Fashion Wallpaper

  • Grand dining room full of period details

    Want an open-plan space, but not entirely sure about knocking through? Then try sliding doors, which offer the best of both worlds. Traditional furniture is ideal for this grand-looking space, which is packed with period details, from the cornicing and fireplace to the quatrefoil window in the kitchen. The wallpaper design mimics the mouldings in the kitchen cabinetry.

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    similar glassware, John Lewis

  • Traditional dining room with round table

    Create a sociable setting with a round dining table. This table comfortably accommodates four people, but doesn’t take up a huge amount of space. The elegant design of the antique dark-wood furniture is very fitting in this traditional but bright-feeling scheme. A French-Moroccan chandelier adds a note of drama.

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  • Traditional breakfast room with stone flooring

    Make a feature out of natural materials. The stone flooring in this neutral breakfast room is beautifully uneven, with dips and swirls, just as nature intended. Brick has also been used on the steps and left exposed, which adds to the rustic feel of the room.

    Sheepskin rug
    John Lewis
    Similar table
    The Cotswold Company

  • Traditional dining room with red walls

    Put together a thoroughly traditional scheme with beautifully grained wooden dining furniture, classic artworks and ornate wall sconces. Red walls will encourage a vibrant and lively atmosphere among guests. White wood panelling below the dado rail keeps the space bright.

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    Little Greene
    Similar wall sconces
    Easy Lighting

  • French-style dining area with high ceiling

    Create the ultimate combination of modern and traditional. With all the convenience and functionality of a new build, this kitchen-diner benefits greatly from an open-plan layout. However, the dining area is also characterised by classic furniture and fabrics that add a luxurious feel.

    Blind fabric
    Timorous Beasties
    White leather chair
    Places and Spaces

  • Modern Scandi dining room with opulent accents

    Create a coolly sophisticated dining room with ice-white dining furniture and accessories, such as crisp table linen, set against a backdrop of white wallpaper with a fine gold pattern. Floor-length curtains in a plain pastel blue fabric adds a little colour to the scheme, without upsetting the tonal balance, while a deep knotted wool rug keeps things warm underfoot.

    Dining table
    Dining chairs

  • Classic dining room with dark colours and dramatic interior

    It’s tempting to stick to safe neutral colours for large rooms, but don’t be afraid of playing with colour. Deep blue walls make a good foil for brown furniture, adding a refreshing twist to a traditional stetting. This works especially well in period homes, and around antique pieces. Even if your home is more modern, you can give it a sense of history using deep, rich colours like this dark blue.

    Dining table
    Deep blue paint
    Little Greene

  • Blue and white ceramics decorate the dining room

    Get rid of ugly packaging and store all your essentials in beautiful containers like these ceramics. These rich blue and white ceramics are perfect, and add a historic look to the traditional panels. Aim to create a matching colour scheme throughout your dining and kitchen areas.

    Ceramic jars

  • Festive dining room set for Christmas

    An upholstered banquette makes good use of a window alcove and is a neat way to seat a number of dinner guests. This scheme’s classic style has been brought up to date with oversized silver baubles hung above the table for a fun, festive note.

    Dining chairs

    Blinds and curtains
    Brunschwig & Fils

  • White dining room with decorative clock

    For a simple dining room, choose a circular dining table for family gatherings at breakfast and relaxed mealtimes. Here the unfinished raw wood adds a rstic note that is tempered by the industrial feel of the iron-framed chairs, chandelier and oversized clock.

    Similar wall clock
    Cox and Cox

  • Wood-panelled Christmas dining room

    Complement the warm tones of rich wood in the dining room with smart upholstery fabrics. Here the ceiling has been painted for a rich blue lacquer effect, while a collection of blue and white ceramics neatly echo the smart upholstered dining chairs.

    Dining chair fabric
    Iznik in Cobalt Blue by Andrew Martin

  • Traditional dining room with Christmas table setting

    Decorate the dining room ready for Christmas celebrations. In this traditional dining room, pale blue walls are complemented by smart velvet upholstery on the curtain pelmet and dining chairs. The dining table is set ready for a Christmas feast with classic white china and glassware, while the beautiful arched windows are dressed with a Christmas garland, wreath and tall glass candle holders.

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    John Lewis

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  • Christmas dining room with muted metallic decorations

    Bring a sense of celebration the dining room with muted metallics. Choose place settings such as mismatched crackers and novel cutlery ties, and centrepieces such as this striking sculptural candelabra. An elegant tablecloth made in a beautiful appliqué fabric complements the metallic decorations perfectly.

    Madeleine cupboard

    Tablecloth fabric
    Pure Net Ceiling Applique by Morris & Co at Jane Clayton

  • Dark blue dining table and chairs with white chair wreaths

    Create a beautifully understated eating area with deep sea blue dining table and matching chairs. Mark out the eating space with a nubbly woven rug on top of glossy painted floorboards to create textural contrast. Then keep the table setting super simple, with a heap of snowy cones on a white footed fruit stand as a natural centrepiece and elegant wreaths of delicate white heather and wispy grey foliage tied to the back of each chair.

    Similar dining chairs
    John Lewis

  • Festive shabby chic dining table with pretty decorations

    Set your table for casual entertaining with stylish glass and tableware and pretty serving platters. This shabby chic dining table with its distressed white paint effect and wooden top creates an easy-to-live with feel that is friendly rather than informal – just the ticket for Christmas canapes with friends and neighbours.

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    Laura Ashley

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