Savvy decorating ideas for both traditional and open-concept dining spaces.

1. Choose differing but complementary head dining chairs to add instant character.

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2. Anchor your space with an area rug (preferably low-pile for easy vacuuming) that’s large enough to comfortably fit the table and chairs. This wool rug was purchased from West Elm.

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3. A corner dining nook with an upholstered bench is a fantastic opportunity play with color and pattern. Plus, it accommodates more dinner guests.

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4. Statement lighting, such as these seagrass pendants from Serena & Lily, helps to define a dining area in an open-concept space.

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5. If you’re hesitant to slap color on the walls, bring it in through fabrics, artwork and accessories.

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6. Create a focal point in your dining space with a piece of oversized art, like this calming ocean print from The Art and Framing Company.

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7. Use a large indoor plant or tree to fill up an empty, awkward corner. This faux fiddle leaf fig is from World Market.

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8. Pair dark and dramatic walls with a white painted ceiling to reflect more light into the room.

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9. If your furnishings are fairly neutral, use patterned wallpaper to amp up the visual interest. This “Chenonceau” fabric wallpaper is by Schumacher.

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10. Custom window treatments are an investment, but will make your dining room look luxe and pulled-together.

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11. Encourage the conversation to flow with a round dining table where everyone faces one another. With a square or rectangular table, it becomes more challenging to interact.

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