Style Guide: Editors' Favorite Dining Rooms

Home Editor Jennifer Kopf shares editors' picks for the best dining rooms of Southern Living.


Hi, I'm Jennifer Cuff, Home Editor at Southern Living. The best dining rooms aren't just places to sit down and grab a quick meal. With the right mix of furnishings that reflect function and style, they encourage lingering conversation and lots of daily activity. Cottage-y with a twist of funk, this casual dining room in Georgia combines several styles for one distinct look. The traditional white chair rail and wainscot provide a tailored backdrop for the more casual burlap window shades, slip covered chairs, and rustic farm table. [MUSIC] The large woven light fixture and orange metal buffet table are both vintage finds with a modern edge. Heartfelt artwork adds a personal touch to the family space, and treated fabrics ensure it's kid friendly. In this romantic dinning room, the combination of soft colors and sparkling accessories result in a romantic dinning setting. Gray walls and white wood combine for a pretty and quiet backdrop. While clear glass and mirrors add lots of dressy sparkle. Collections of vintage tabletop and seasonal flowers provide touches of color and enhance the room's feminine feel. A dining room doesn't need to be filled with a lot of adornment to be elegant. This light-filled dining room evokes the feeling of simple elegance with only a mirror on the wall and a select arrangement of furniture and accessories. The extra high wainscot and a continuation of the entry's marble tile flooring provide an elegant backdrop for the formal furniture, gold-framed mirror, and chandelier. As a nod to historic architecture, a narrow, built-in cabinet was added in lieu of using a free-standing piece. Pretty carved feet add the perfect detail. [MUSIC] Dining rooms don't have to be only for dining. With comfy chairs, ample lighting, and room for book storage, this dining room is ready for just about anything. A large oval table, and comfortable seating, transform the multi-purpose room into a spot that's casual and easy for anyone to enjoy. A china cabinet, customized with a faux paux wallpaper lining, provides ample room for china, books and other favorite things. Believe it or not, this patterned rug is actually intended for outdoor use. Its stain resistance makes it a perfect fit for a high-traffic room. The silicone dipped bulbs resemble real flames. Converted outdoor spaces are often the most flocked to dining rooms. This backyard area took on a new life after it was screened in. To give the space a more indoor feeling, the brick walls were painted a creamy white and a flagstone floor was added. [MUSIC] A stone and iron table, aged wood chairs, and lots of plants reflect the room's indoor/outdoor setting. [MUSIC] Lanterns add romantic candle light, a plus in any dining room. To see more beautiful dining rooms, pick up a copy of Southern Living, and visit
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