Whether you’re an excellent entertainer or you need to set a mob for evening family dinners, a practical and fashionabledining room is sure to raise even the greatest casual get-together. The basics for an effective area include showstopping lighting, a table that can accommodate all your guests, and comfy seating that will inspire individuals to stay long after dessert.
If your dining room could use a renewed look, these astonishing makeovers are sure to inspire. See how top designers renovated these areas, from a delicate yet chic update in a North Carolina home to a gut renovation in New York City.
As part of a gut renovation, VLArchitects principal Louis Lisboa created a large space to contain both the living and dining areas. Designer Susanna Maggard decorated the dining space with 1940s Baguès pendant lights, a French Art Deco wall plaque, and a ’40s-style Venetian mirror, all from Newel.
The firm Solís Betancourt & Sherrill updated and decorated the apartment. In the dining room, a Gracie wallpaper was used on the ceiling, and mirrored panels conceal storage for tableware.
Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Victoria Hagan transformed the residence. A Pratt & Lambert blue coats the walls of the once-green dining room; an expanse of mirror reflects the Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann table, French Art Deco chairs, and De Coene Frères buffet, which is from Karl Kemp Antiques.
S. Russell Groves, who renovated the home, replaced a dining area’s baroque chandelier with a clean-lined lantern from Circa Lighting. Vintage Wormley dining chairs surround an oak table, and the photograph is by Bill Bamberger.
Jane Siris and Peter Coombs, both of Siris/Coombs Architects, reconfigured one of the apartment’s bedrooms into a light-filled breakfast area with views of the Hudson River.
Formerly a deep claret, the dining room was revamped with a fireplace, light gray walls, and ceiling details that frame the chandelier and echo the custom oval table by Powell & Bonnell, the design firm behind the home’s renovation.
A mixed-media work by Julian Schnabel, left, and a lithograph by Cy Twombly are mounted in the renovated dining room. Powers enhanced the plain ceiling by raising it several inches and adding coffers.
Shelton, Mindel & Associates painted the revived dining room in gray and white. Three metal pendant lamps by Poul Henningsen hang above Monica Armani glass-top tables and Mario Bellini chairs. On the tables are an assortment of dishes and bowls designed by Muriel Grateau.
Architect John B. Murray and decorator Elissa Cullman renovated this apartment. Regency-style chairs in a Donghia fabric encircle the dining room table, while Venetian-plaster walls serve as a backdrop for paintings by Robert Motherwell (left) and Lee Krasner; the mantel is by Chesney’s.
The couple called on Stonefox Architects to renovate and decorate their entire home. A crystal chandelier by sculptor Donald Lipski presides over the dining room, where Catherine Memmi side chairs surround custom-made glass-top tables; the photograph is by Andreas Gursky, and the carpet was custom made by Stephanie Odegard Collection.
Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Shawn Henderson collaborated on the renovation of the historic residence. One of the kitchen’s two circa-1950 French holophane lights from Avantgarden hangs above the breakfast area’s Chris Lehrecke table from Ralph Pucci International; the painting is by George Lloyd, and the Moroccan floor tile is by Mosaic House.
The dining room boasts a site-specific artwork by Otto Zitko and, at right, a sculpture by Sarah Lucas. The vintage chairs are by Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher, the custom-made oak table is by St-Paul Home, and the chandelier is by Stilnovo.