Formal Dining Room Design Tips: Entertain Friends and Family in Style


The tried and true luxury home amenity that every affluent homeowner needs is a formal dining room. This space is ideal for entertaining and should be designed and decorated with precision. Hosting lavish cocktail hours and sophisticated dinner parties is easy when you have a room dedicated to enjoying the finer things in life. Here are some essentials needed to create an elegant gathering space to connect with friends and family intimately over fine fares and libations:
-Formal dining rooms are often defined by rich and refined colors and patterns. Go classic by decorating with burgundy, charcoal, or cream and adding pops of turquoise or silver to brighten up the space. 
-Wood flooring is a traditional and versatile option, though it does require consistent maintenance. Wood-look tile, marble, or granite are easier to upkeep and exude a luxurious ambiance. 
-When purchasing furnishings, focus on the table and chairs. The furniture doesn’t need to match or be overly ornate, and there certainly shouldn’t be too much of it. An overcrowded room will feel cluttered and will be difficult to move around in. Buy what works for your specific needs; just be sure to focus on the centerpiece of the room - the dining table. 
-Traditional dining room lighting consists of a chandelier and matching sconces. There are plenty of modern takes on classic fixtures to construct the perfect, polished formal dining space. 


For more interior design advice, see Homes and Gardens article on 2022's Dining Table Trends. This year tables will be bold and colorful, with unexpected hues and natural materials in demand. The beautiful staging in the photograph above was done by Grey Stone Designs, LLC.