Whether it’s a weekend brunch with friends or a Tuesday evening dinner with family, your dining room is where everyone gathers. Despite that, this space is one that’s easy to overlook — you might decorate once, then leave it at that. If your dining room is due for an update, we thought the best source of inspiration would come from a space that’s essentially one big dining room: A restaurant. From Paris to San Francisco, here are a few of our favorite dining room ideas from restaurants around the world.
Café de l’Homme, Paris
The views of the Eiffel Tower and the Jardins du Trocadéro are a standout, but so is the décor at this Paris restaurant. Here, side chairs upholstered in a dimensional fabric add character to the elegant space.
Get the look: Traditional Wood and Velvet Dining Chairs
The allover pattern of the velvet upholstery strikes the balance between natural and abstract influences in this chair set, giving it a bit more versatility. Keep other elements light and simple (even if it is simply adding a white tablecloth to the table) to prevent the look from feeling too “heavy”.
1803, New York City
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Colorful wallpaper in a botanical print adds a casual feel to this inviting New Orleans-inspired bistro in Tribeca.
Get the look: Design Within Reach Painted Wooden Salt Chairs
Not quite ready to go for such a bold print on your walls? Then replicate the look of the dining room with these crisp white chairs, preferably paired with a reclaimed dining table.
Ristorante Torre, Milan
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This newly opened restaurant at the contemporary art compound Fondazione Prada features a curated mix of sculptural furniture and striking works.
Get the look: Mid-Century Modern Eugenio Escudero Attributed Partial Ebonized Dining Table and Chairs
Play with shape and form in your own dining space with this exquisite dining room table and chair set. The seat of each chair is upholstered in a jewel-like blue that’s reminiscent of those found in the Milan restaurant.
Sketch is famous for its “Millennial Pink” dining room, but the Lecture Room and Library is just as vibrant — in a multicolored way. Punctuated by pinks, reds, and oranges, this dazzling space is the argument for mixing and matching.
Get the look: Custom Regency Red Velvet Side Chairs
Make a statement with a splash of color in your dining room by incorporating these brilliant red chairs into your décor. This is another case where it’s best to keep other elements simple, with white tablecloths and an unfussy centerpiece.
Hideout at the Laylow, Waikiki
The laid-back style of the restaurant at the Laylow hotel doesn’t go too far into kitsch territory. Instead, it nods to the tropical location through color and texture.
Get the look: Tavola Bahia Cup Seagrass Chairs and Drum Table
Add a touch of the tropics to your home with this charming set for two. This vintage pair is the perfect option for smaller spaces.