Mid Century Modern Dining Room Ideas

Mid century modern dining room ideas and inspo.

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Main Lobby-Facing Long Wall designed by Leah Lawyer
Main Lobby-Facing Long WallDesigned by Leah Lawyer
Dream Dining Room designed by bailla wink
Dream Dining RoomDesigned by bailla wink
Dining Room designed by Kara Rudy
Dining RoomDesigned by Kara Rudy
Kitchen ID_dark walnut3 designed by Ann Pellegrino
Kitchen ID_dark walnut3Designed by Ann Pellegrino
Mitzi Design Challenge designed by Emily R
Mitzi Design ChallengeDesigned by Emily R
Artsper Festive designed by Kirsten Rauffer
Artsper FestiveDesigned by Kirsten Rauffer
MITZITEST designed by Amber Wilcox
MITZITESTDesigned by Amber Wilcox
Spring Equinox Dinner Party designed by Daniela Araya
Spring Equinox Dinner PartyDesigned by Daniela Araya
Dining Room Thingology designed by Julie Rougeon
Dining Room ThingologyDesigned by Julie Rougeon
Traditional Dining Room designed by Hayley Gale
Traditional Dining RoomDesigned by Hayley Gale
Design Challenge designed by Julia Lupariello
Design ChallengeDesigned by Julia Lupariello
Untitled designed by Alyssa Poole
UntitledDesigned by Alyssa Poole
Dining designed by Sally Crawford
DiningDesigned by Sally Crawford
Living dining designed by Shellie Kemp
Living diningDesigned by Shellie Kemp
Spring Equinox Party designed by Kate Albee
Spring Equinox PartyDesigned by Kate Albee
Jane Mood Board designed by Melissa Isles
Jane Mood BoardDesigned by Melissa Isles
Untitled designed by Gabbie Moffat
UntitledDesigned by Gabbie Moffat
Bold Wallpaper  designed by Shellie Kemp
Bold Wallpaper Designed by Shellie Kemp
Backdrop New Color designed by Kate White
Backdrop New ColorDesigned by Kate White
Traditional Dining Space designed by Kate Seymour
Traditional Dining SpaceDesigned by Kate Seymour
Mitzi x Eny Lee project designed by Jalisa Pierce
Mitzi x Eny Lee projectDesigned by Jalisa Pierce
Food for Thought designed by Shellie Kemp
Food for ThoughtDesigned by Shellie Kemp
Dining designed by Veronica Hamilton
DiningDesigned by Veronica Hamilton
Afloral designed by Spoak
AfloralDesigned by Spoak

Design tips for decorating a mid century modern style dining room

Here’s how to achieve the mid century modern aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a mid century modern 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 mid century modern 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 mid century modern 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 mid century modern dining room design?

Mid-century modern interior design celebrates the aesthetic of the mid-20th century, characterized by organic shapes, clean lines, vibrant pops of color. This style reflects a love for sleek, timeless designs and an emphasis on both form and function making it a great design style choice for contemporary living.

The style's genesis post-World War II was a creative rebuttal to the period's austerity, with visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and George Nelson at the forefront. These designers embraced novel materials such as molded plywood, fiberglass, and plastic to forge furniture that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also lightweight, durable, and accessible. Their work often featured futuristic elements reminiscent of space-age aesthetics, including aerodynamic forms and motifs like boomerang patterns and starbursts. Iconic mid century modern furniture pieces include platform beds, tulip bases for tables and chairs, and egg-shaped lounge chairs.

To achieve a mid century modern style in your dining room, look for pieces with tapered legs, streamlined silhouettes, and organic curves. Furniture pieces are often made of teak, walnut, or rosewood, with polished finishes and fluid forms. You can add mid-century flair with accessories like a statement sculptural light fixture or funky wall art featuring geometric or abstract patterns. Don't be afraid to experiment with color and vibrant hues. Common mid century modern color palettes include burnt oranges, deep teals, and lime greens mixed with warm neutral creams and beiges. Many mid century modern spaces embrace a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. If you don’t have outdoor space, consider bringing the outside in with greenery and plants.

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