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.

  • Panelled dining room with table set for a Christmas feast

    Deck your dining room with festive flowers, foliage and fruit for an traditional and opulent Christmas table setting. Keep the rest of your tableware white and simple, allowing the organic centrepiece to claim all the glory. A pine garland adorned with cinnamon sticks, bells and baubles continues the classic Christmas theme and will give off a lovely seasonal scent, too. An open bookshelf also makes for a handy bar – just the ticket for that postprandial tipple.

    Similar garlandBloom

  • Opulent gold Christmas dining room

    Create an opulent gold dining room that will wow your guests for Christmas. Gold wallpaper will make a big room cosier, but it’s great for a small space, too – its reflective sheen boosts the feeling of light and space. Here dining chairs with a dark wood finish lend a smart look to the gold scheme.

    Lomasi by Romo

    Calverston chairs

  • Gold-themed dining room with blue chairs and wall shelves

    Hang a burnished-metal-effect wallpaper to create a wow backdrop for a Christmas dinner party. Gold pairs easily with dramatic colour accents, such as petrol blue, purple or rich red. Here, shelving adds an additional decorative touch, providing smart display space for glassware and vases. The chairs, covered in a peacock fabric, make a smart contrast to the burnished walls and accessories.

    Oxidise from Wallpaper Direct

  • Nordic-style dining table dressed for Christmas

    Give your dining room Nordic charm with crisp stripes and checks in red and white. Add snow-white highlights with ceramics and candles. Bring it all together with the gleam of glass and silver, and scarlet-berried greenery. Use striped ribbon to tie decorations to guests’ chairs and dress the table with a red and white striped cloth. Top sparkling silver place mats with gingham check napkins and go for white tableware with green and red decoration and cranberry-coloured glassware. Make it all shimmer and shine with plenty of candlelight.

    Drummond sideboardOka

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    Not on the High Street

  • Multicoloured traditional dining room

    Take a seat at this traditional polished antique dining table for Christmas dinner with the family. The rich tones of walnut, teal and purple combine beautifully in this dining room. The glossy patina of an antique dining table offers the perfect base for sparkling glasses and a festive table decoration complete with red candles.

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    Farrow & Ball at Homebase

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  • Traditional dining room with vintage table setting

    Dress your table for an indulgent dinner ready for a celebratory menu. A traditional grey dining room has been transformed with a delicate palette of soft dove, pale blue and cranberry for a sumptuous yet understated festive scene. A stylish marine blue linen table runner adorns the antique table, is enhanced with matching napkins and offset beautifully with berry coloured glassware. A stunning centrepiece of dried hydrangeas and silvery eucalyptus marries the colour palette tastefully together. Vintage candle lit storm lanterns cast an inviting glow over the intimate scene.

    Amethyst tumblers
    William Yeoward at Barnbury

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  • Traditional dining room with exposed brick walls

    Devise a colour scheme to complement your favourite artwork. Here pieces by local artists have inspired the gentle colours chosen on furniture, tableware and accessories. This dining space has a glass roof that fills the room with light.

    by Paul Darley at Fairfax Gallery

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    Garden Antiquities

  • Oriental-style dining room with bright wallpaper

    Choose a pictorial wallpaper in vibrant tangerine to create an oriental look in the dining room. Here symmetrically arranged furniture provides structure in the heavily pattern room. The fretwork motif on the dining chairs and rug acts as a counterpoint to the brightly coloured wallpaper.

    Ylang by Jim Thompson at Fox Linton

    Dining table and chairs
    India Jane

  • Classic dining room with ceramic tableware and botanical prints

    Drawing on a palette of fresh greens to evoke the feel of a summer garden, our inspiring decorating schemes will make leisurely lunches a pure pleasure. Pair this look with an array of pretty ceramic tableware for a sophisticated feel.

    Bowls and plates
    Canvas Home

    Water glasses
    The Conran Shop

    The Linen Works

  • Traditional dining room with wooden furniture and fireplace

    Create a log display in an unused fireplace during summer. The neutral colour scheme is calming and homely and a log display makes an attractive feature in the unused fireplace. Two white dressers either side of the chimney breast add symmetry to the space.


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    Hicks and Hicks

  • Classic dining room with wooden dining set and pendant light

    Create a sociable spot for enjoying meals together. A round pedestal table is an ideal choice for convivial entertaining as the extra leg room offers greater comfort. For a new take on the classic jug of cottage garden flowers, try a terracotta planter filled with low-growing plants. A large verdigris lantern over the table will provide an eye-catching focal point.

    Pedestal table and dining chairs


    Zoe Glencross at Fabric and Home

    Charles Edwards

  • Traditional neutral dining space with toning wood finishes

    In a small dining area, keep things simple with a neutral backdrop and wood finishes in different shades. In this lovely space a farmhouse-style scrubbed pine table, smart grey painted chairs, stripped wood floor and warm oak window frames bring a warmth and friendliness to the simplest of schemes.

    Bi-fold doors

    The Cotswold Company

  • Light bright dining room with white-painted chairs

    Design a dining area in an open-plan space so that it tones with the areas around it, such as a kitchen and living space. The pale wood table and white-painted chairs shown here are perfectly in keeping with their surroundings. However, placing the furniture on a rug with a powder-blue edging marks out a change of function, further emphasised by the blue striped chair upholstery. It’s a neat trick that manages to demarcate the dining area within a multi-space decorating scheme.

    Table and chairs
    Homes in Heaven

    MB Carpets

  • Grey dining room with upholstered chairs and walnut table

    Use mirrors in a small or dark space to create a more open feel. Here mirrors in the alcove help to bounce light around this regal dining room. The striped chair fabric brings traditional notes of deep red to the scheme, while abstract oil paintings add a modern touch.

    Chair fabric

    Springhouse Stripe at Ralph Lauren Home

    Fire surround

  • Warm-toned dining room with pelmet curtains in subtle stripes

    Have a dining room with a fabulous view? Then make the window the star of your room. Here pretty red and white striped curtains with a matching box-pleat pelmet create a framing device that emphasises the view out over the garden. Use similar shades on chair covers or upholstery to make the look cohesive.

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  • Patterned dining room with wooden furniture

    Create a tonal contrast with pattern in an easygoing mix of denim blue and fresh duck egg. Both colours pair beautifully with greyish oak furniture. Choose similar tones of wood for the flooring so that everything blends well together and doesn’t compete for attention with the wallpaper. Wicker accessories – particularly a cool lampshade like this one – complete the look perfectly.

    Farrow & Ball

    Gray & Willow at House of Fraser



  • Traditional kitchen-diner with floral blind and dining set

    This scheme was inspired by a bolt of floral fabric picked up in France. Not only does it provide a place to perch on and enjoy the garden views, the window seat has recessed shelves, so you can store anything from shoes to cookery books. Splashes of green invite the outdoors in, while wooden furniture is classic and understated.

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    Marks & Spencer

    Wall lamps

  • Traditional yellow dining room with wooden furniture

    Paint the legs on a dining table in a warm yellow for a unique finish. Wall stickers are a great way to add your own style to your home. And, best of all, they’re completely removable, so they are a great choice for rented properties. Here a grandfather clock wall sticker is a quirky addition to the dining room.

    Ceramic jug

  • Grey dining room with white sideboard and open shelving

    Offset feature dining room furniture with a dark wall. This warm grey brings an open shelf and streamlined white sideboard to the fore. Touches of gold on accessories and mirrors bring the scheme together, while the white of the sideboard makes a perfect partner piece to the dining chairs.

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    Grey paint
    Crown Paint

  • Neutral dining room with traditional dining set and floral blind

    This dining room is decorated in a traditional style with a modern twist, teaming a stunning floral blind with a simple walnut table and chairs. The rest of the scheme has been kept neutral to allow the floral accents to stand out. Large bay windows let plenty of natural light into this south-facing room and it is bounced around in the space by mirrored surfaces. 

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