8 Tricks for Designing a Dining Room to Look More Expensive

Get a High End Look for Less

One of the simplest upgrades you can bring to your dining room is adding a touch of color to the walls. Paint is inexpensive and easy to apply, and lightly colored borders can be far more interesting than white walls without feeling like the room is drowning in bold tones. In this home, a light gray with lilac undertones adds a tinge of sophistication along with excellent color contrast to the warm wood of the table and chairs.

Floral Arrangements

There are very few places in your home that can't benefit from the addition of plants or fresh flowers. Whichever places those might be, your dining room isn't on that list. On the contrary, the dining room is one of the best opportunities to make a real statement.

Gold Flatware

The best tip for giving your dining room a facelift is a small, simple gesture. Gold flatware is a popular trend in dining decor because the high-sheen metallic finish can't help but scream "high-end." And if flashy metallics in the dining room aren't your thing, try going for black flatware instead. You'll get the same opulent look and feel with a moody, mysterious edge.

Add a Rug

Rugs have always been an essential part of home decor for various cultures, classic and contemporary, all over the world. Rugs maintain their room-defining powers when also brought into a dining area. In addition, as accents to the table, they help take the design to the floor, tying in color and pattern stories as they go.

Wallpaper the Room

Wallpaper is a beautiful accent that can make a remarkable difference in any room. And if you're looking to make a dramatic high-end statement with your dining room, the right wallpaper could be all you need to put your design over the top.

Creative Lighting

Lighting is one of the most crucial elements in dining room design. It's also one of the most fun. Lighting has been enjoying a real resurgence in the past few years, and design companies are putting new, artistic spins on lighting solutions, especially those that feel right at home in the dining room.

Ghost Chairs

They've been around for more than a few years now, but these sleek, futuristic reboots of the classic Louis XVI chair design can still take a room by storm. Especially in groups.


Every dining room needs art. The finishing touch makes any room look like the well-curated, designer space it is. If you've held back on art for fear of the cost or worries about knowing what's good, fear not—there's an app or website for that. There are a lot of sites, like Uprise Art and the Jenn Singer gallery, that take all of the guesswork (and much of the expense) out of using art for design.

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