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10 modern dining room decor ideas to impress your guests

You'll want to throw a dinner party every night

Whatever your space or budget, you can create a multi-functional and modern dining room that will have you throwing dinner parties every weekend with these decorating ideas. Overhauling your space can be as simple as perfecting the way you style your table, while investing in a new dining table or chairs will instantly transform your room. Read on for inspiration…

Perfect your tablescape


Impress your guests with a picture-perfect tablescape featuring dinnerware and a tablecloth in complementing berry tones. Gold cutlery, vases of fresh flowers and candles add the perfect finishing touches. (Photo: Maisons Du Monde)

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Go green


Create a statement wall with a deep green hue. Shades of emerald, moss and forest green work perfectly with wooden furniture and metallic accessories. Add extra impact by scattering potted plants around the room and on the table, with hanging planters next to the table to complete the look. (Photo: Cuckooland)

Mix it up


Add character to your space with different coloured dining chairs. We love these Eames-style dining chairs in vibrant shades of green, yellow and pink, pared down with wooden furniture and white walls. Rattan light fittings hanging over the tables add another directional touch. (Photo: Nest.co.uk)

Scandi style


Minimalist Scandinavian styling is a favourite for interiors, and works perfectly in the kitchen and dining room. Put your own spin on the trend by investing in a wooden dining table and benches, adding a fluffy throw to create a cosy feel, and stylish stainless steel accessories. (Photo: Oak Furniture Land)

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Add a bright colour pop


Brighten up an otherwise minimalist dining room with one vibrant hue. Pick one bold shade and add as much or as little of it as you like – we love how the yellow dining chairs and clock take centre-stage in this chic white room. (Photo: IKEA)

Play with patterns


For an easy way to update your dining room without the need to splash out on new furniture, decorating one wall with patterned wallpaper can give a contemporary update. A floral mural looks fresh and stylish, and works perfectly with a wooden dining table and plush velvet armchair. (Photo: Cuckooland)

Rethink lighting


Lighting can have a huge impact on your room, completely transforming the ambience. Three identical pendants look great hanging over this long dining table, and will brighten up this conservatory dining room after dark. The table is impeccably styled too; picking foliage from the garden is a great alternative to fresh flowers. (Photo: Fritz Fryer)

Go monochrome


Black and white can create a striking and modern look when styled carefully. Play around with prints and textures, adding a geometric rug or patterned place mats, to add impact to an otherwise monochrome colour palette. (Photo: IKEA)

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Pretty in pink


Pink is key shade in both fashion and interiors, and works well in a modern dining room. Pair with shades of plum and purple, adding metallic touches and a mix of textures – velvet, glass and wood – to create an interesting and modern dining space. (Photo: JD Williams Home)

Blue Crush


Don't shy away from dark and dramatic colours; paint your room in a deep shade of blue for a modern overhaul. This shade looks great with wooden furniture and white accents, while you can't go amiss with a metallic floor lamp or mirror to complete the look. (Photo: Marks and Spencer)

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