Modern Dining Room Design Board + Tips for Adding Character to a Modern Space

One area on our project list for this year is our dining room. It has been a while since we have updated this space and it needs it- the caning on our dining chairs are breaking, the table needs to be sanded down, and we have an empty wall that needs some serious attention!

While searching for ideas for our dining room, we sourced and created a modern dining room design with some beautiful pieces from AllModern. We love curating unique spaces and in this post we are going to provide a few helpful tips on how to add character and warmth into a room while designing with modern pieces.

We hope this dining room design and tips brings you some inspiration for your home!

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Our tips for adding character into a modern space

Tip 01 : Artwork can bring SO much to a space… whether it is a vintage piece or modern, choose art that resonates with you or makes you feel something. When designing a room, I like to choose art that helps bring the color story full circle. You can shop my favorite artwork here, here, and here.

Tip 02 : Don’t be afraid to blend different materials and mix pieces together. I have never been a fan of furniture “sets”. Rather, I like to start with one or two key pieces and build the room with different elements. For this design, I started by choosing a medium wood tone table and natural sideboard with a marble top. After choosing those two pieces of furniture, I mimicked the brass details on the sideboard with the light fixtures, and the lighter wood tone of the sideboard into the leather bench. The minimal white chairs add a nice contrast to the table while also blending with the marble top sideboard. It’s all about keeping things cohesive, while creating character by mixing different pieces together. And don’t forget to add in vintage or found decor items to finish the space!

Tip 03 : Layering. Add warmth to your design by bringing in textures like the woven rug and throw blanket. Layering with different textiles also helps to soften the contrasting elements in a space.

Our Picks from AllModern

Thank you to AllModern for partnering with us on this post.

pendant lightingEverton Pendant // More Modern Pendant Lightingdining tablesBlu Dot Dining Table // More Modern Dining Setsdining chairsCody Chair Set // More Modern Dining Chairs
benchesBlu Dot Bench // More Modern Dining Benchespendant lightingBulb Pendant // Browse Plug In Wall Sconcesthrow blanketTrisler Cotton Throw // More Throw Blankets
sideboard buffet credenzaMontrose Sideboard // More Modern SideboardsmirrorsAlexandrina Mirror // More Modern Mirrorsnapkin setLenny Linen Napkin Set // More Entertaining Tableware
dinner plate setPilar Dinner Plate Set // More Modern Dinnerwarearea rugsHernadez Handmade Rug // More Modern Rugsdrinking glassesCrystal Glass Set // More Glassware + Barware

Keep the inspiration going with AllModern, where you can find more: mid-century modern dining setsmodern extendable tables, and modern glass dining tables. They also share some handy tips in their 8 Small Dining Room Ideas!

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