Colonial Dining Room Ideas

Colonial dining room ideas and inspo.

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Dining Room designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining RoomDesigned by Alethia Vitale
Untitled designed by Kelli Childers
UntitledDesigned by Kelli Childers
Dining Room grasscloth designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room grassclothDesigned by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining RoomDesigned by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room White Lotus Green (copy) designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room White Lotus Green (copy)Designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room White Lotus Green designed by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room White Lotus GreenDesigned by Alethia Vitale
Dining Room Mood Board designed by hannah keesee
Dining Room Mood BoardDesigned by hannah keesee
Dining Room designed by Sally Forshag
Dining RoomDesigned by Sally Forshag
Dining Room designed by Heather Strommen
Dining RoomDesigned by Heather Strommen
Dining Room Mood Board designed by karen hern
Dining Room Mood BoardDesigned by karen hern

Design tips for decorating a colonial style dining room

Here’s how to achieve the colonial aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a colonial dining room?

Creating a dining room that serves as a welcoming hub for meals, gatherings, and memorable conversations begins with thoughtful planning. The arrangement of furniture not only influences the room's aesthetic appeal but also its practicality and comfort. By employing a strategic approach to your dining room design, you can achieve a space that harmonizes form and function, making every meal an experience to cherish.

Whether you're in the process of a dining room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the dining room and complements the colonial style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Dining Table & Chairs: The heart of the dining room, your table should be chosen with care, considering its shape, size, and placement. This piece sets the tone for the room's overall design and functionality, acting as the anchor for all other elements. Pro tip: Divide your table’s outside dimensions by 24 inches to find out how many people you can seat comfortably. Complementing your table, the chairs should offer comfort and style.
  • Storage Furniture: Practical yet stylish storage solutions like buffets, sideboards, and credenzas are key to a clutter-free dining area. They provide essential storage and a space for serving dishes. Position these pieces to maintain a clear pathway around the table, ideally 3-4 feet from the table’s edge.
  • Area Rug: Love them or hate them, rugs in the dining room are a hot topic. A well-chosen rug can define the dining space and add a layer of warmth and texture. If you opt for a rug, ensure it extends at least 24 inches beyond the table on all sides, allowing chairs to remain on the rug even when pulled out.
  • Decorative Lighting: Central lighting, such as a chandelier or pendant, should be positioned directly above the table to illuminate the area evenly and serve as a visual centerpiece. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the dining room. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Get creative and have fun with your colonial dining room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a colonial dining room design?

Colonial style is influenced by the aesthetic of the colonial period, blending European elegance with traditional American motifs. The style features a balanced mix of formal and rustic elements, with dark wood furniture, hardwood floors, and a muted color palette defining the space.

To achieve a colonial interior design aesthetic in your dining room, start with a neutral color scheme for the walls and layer in brass or pewter accents, wood furniture, and woven textiles. The overall atmosphere should be warm and welcoming, with an emphasis on comfort and historic charm. If you are set on a darker color, consider richer earth tones like chocolate, forest green, or navy. Shiplap or beadboard or floral motif wallpaper would be historically accurate choices for walls or ceilings. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are great fabric choices for upholstered furniture and window treatments. Furnishings should be sturdy and functional. Look for furniture with intricate carvings or turned legs.

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