13 Things Every Dining Room Needs

We’re assuming you’ve got the table and chairs covered.

Orange and White Dining room
Photography by LAURE JOLIET

Whether it’s where you eat every family meal or just a room that gets used on holidays, make sure your dining room is equipped with this must-have list. 

Blue and Green and Purple and White and Wood Playroom
Photography by LAURE JOLIET

Wallpaper Or Paint
Creating a warm and inviting ambience begins with the walls. Unless you're going for the whitewashed minimalist look, it's important to bring a little color to your dining space, preferably with an intricate wallpaper or bright paint.

White and Wood Dining room
Photography by NICOLE FRANZEN

A Centerpiece
For when your dining table isn't in use, a centerpiece that comes in the form of a decorative accent is highly encouraged. Think chic bowls or idyllic fruit arrangements - fresh flowers are also a no-brainer. 

Black and White and Wood Dining room
Photography by JEREMY LIEBMAN

Art
Whether you've earmarked them for the walls or are simply opting for a casual stack against the wall, a colorful print can really go the distance when it comes to the decor of a room. 

Gray Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Console Table
It doesn’t matter how spacious your dining table is, you always need room for overflow. A well-positioned console table is the perfect perch for extra platters of food. When not in use, display your favorite dishes or a few household plants.

White Flowers
Photography by LESLEE MITCHELL

Vase
From sprigs of pine in the winter to branches of freesia in the summer, keep a favorite vessel on hand to house eye-popping arrangements year-round.

Blue Dining room
Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

Candles
Nothing is more romantic than dining under a soft glow. We love elegant tapers on the table or a bunch of tea lights in a row. For more drama, opt for hurricanes or holders in unique shapes. Just remember to keep scented ones unlit when you’re eating.

White Dining room
Photography by MATT ALBIANI

Mirror
If your space is boxy or you simply want it to feel bigger, mirrors add instant depth and light into a room. Before you hang, move your mirror around on each wall so you can pick your favorite view to reflect.

Pink and White Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Table Linens
Food always feels fancier when it’s served atop a beautiful tablecloth. Plates always appear prettier when they’re on placemats. And you know what’s classier than a paper napkin in your lap? A cloth one.

Black and White and Wood Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Plants
Greenery goes a long way in the dining room. If you’re short on space, find a tall plant stand to keep some succulents in a corner. Still working on that green thumb? Start with air planters on the wall or in a hanging vessel.

Black Bar
Photography by MATT ALBIANI

Ice Bucket
Don’t interrupt dinner with a mad dash to the fridge. Keep everything from champagne to juice boxes chilled in a sleek ice bucket.

Green and White Entryway
Photography by MIKKEL VANG

Platters
Serve up something special and display it on your most prized platters and plates. To cover all your bases, have a cake stand for desserts and a great multi-purpose serving dish to hold everything from side dishes to cheese and crackers.

Clear and White Kitchen
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Stemware
Make sure guests aren’t left empty-handed when it’s time to toast the hostess! Though it’s hard to have glasses for every type of drink, we recommend keeping styles that serve your drink of choice—wine, highballs, pint—you get the idea.

Clear and Taupe and White Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Chandelier
When we say “chandelier”, we don’t necessarily mean an ornate crystal one fit for Marie-Antoinette. Instead, consider it the focal light fixture in your space. A beautiful single pendant or an extravagant cluster of lights top our list, just choose one that makes you light up when you see it.

Published on April 11, 2017 - 5:00am EDT

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