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White Dining Room Decor Ideas

White has the power to define a space in myriad ways. It gives a dining room an open, airy feel. Rooms painted white feel fresh and relaxing, but can feel sterile or cold if the white is broken up with touches of color or plenty of texture. Any color used with white will seem brighter or richer against white, so keep this in mind when decorating. Our white dining room ideas can help you find the perfect balance in your dining area using thoughtful touches and subtle accents.

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Defined Dining

White walls enlarge a small space, receding into the background and reflecting light. When you don't have a separate dining area, white walls give you ample opportunity to define the space without paint. Use a rug to define the dining area. This one mimics the shape of the table to reinforce cohesiveness. Keeping accent shades like the grays and greens seen here along one wall keeps the dining area from feeling claustrophobic.

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Perfect Percentages

Nothing says "cozy" quite like plaid. This checkered slightly-black and white rug sets the tone for the entire room by cementing the color scheme with black and whites--a common color scheme for modern farmhouse design. The living room wisely incorporates different shades of browns, tans, and dark woods to add in the natural comfort you feels when you're transported to the simpler times of country living. Black and white is a nice, comforting color scheme to work in, but make sure that you add in some pops of different colors, even if it's just in the different browns and tans in the chairs and sofa.

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Defined Dining - White Dining Room Decor Ideas

Frame It Up

When you have a picture window and gorgeous view, frame it with white walls. This turns the window into a focal point. There's no need for additional artwork when the dining area is centered in front of a lovely view. When using a table in a contrasting color, keep the lines clean and tie everything together with a rug that weaves the colors together and adds warmth underfoot.

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Contemporary Ground

Add wood touches throughout a white dining room for instant warmth. In this room, the simple lines and bold shapes keep things contemporary. The wood is used strategically as trim on the furnishings rather than being the feature. Use a contrasting style rug with rich shades of blue, rose, and cream to ground the dining area in a room with white walls and flooring and add needed color.

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Contemporary Ground- White Dining Room Decor Ideas

White and Dark

To pull off white walls with white drapes, add muted colors for balance, like this Persion style rug in earth tones and black. White chairs pop when the table is a contrasting style and color such as this dark wood. Green plants add an organic touch of color for a homey feel.

All Eyes on the Floor

You don't have to make white the star in a white dining room. In this dining area, the walls, table, and overhead lighting are all white, but the first thing you notice is how colorful the space is. Use an oversized rug in bold colors and an intricate pattern to enlarge the space, then add accents that pull colors from the rug. Black, openwork chairs add interest against the wall without being too heavy.

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Mixed Media

White walls, white trim, and lots of light don't have to be stark. To warm up a large white dining room, add lots of natural elements. A wood table and chairs is a great start, but adding woven stools keeps things relaxed, as do the rattan light fixtures. A floor mirror with an intricately carved frame balances the room. The color lesson in this room is that less can be more. The rug's soft blue stripe and a vase of coral flowers are all that's needed to create a soothing dining experience.

Furniture as Art

White rooms are wonderful for mid-century and contemporary furnishings because they let the furniture shine. In a long, thin room, limit the art to one wall and let the light from the windows bounce off the opposite wall to illuminate the room. The rug used here picks up the colors in the painting to pull the room together. Choose a stunning light fixture highlight the room's height.

The Shape of Things

Focus on texture and shape in a predominently white dining room. In this pared-down room, texture is subtle (the woven rug, wood chair, and artwork), letting the geometry of the room become the focal point. An unusually shaped table and chairs and rustic pottery command attention. Even the twisting lines of branches filling a pottery jar become a stylistic accent when the room itself is a soft white.

Layer It On Thick

Don't be afraid to layer rugs to define areas in unusually shaped rooms. A plain white rugs clearly separates the dining room from the lounge area and keeps the black table and chairs from feeling to dark on the charcoal colored flooring. A second rug in various shades of teal and red frame the table and chairs while creating a visual tie to the painting and chair in the adjoining space.

White Light

Use natural light to your advantage in a dining room. The unfiltered light pouring into this room enhances the subtly sculptured rug and mixed furnishings. To add dimension to an all white room, play with shapes and styles. The sharp edges of the white table provide contrast to smoothly curved, wood laminate chairs. Simple black and white graphic art are ideal in this space, where too much color would seem heavy.

White with Spice - White Dining Room Design Ideas

White with Spice

It can be difficult to choose the right shade of white. Keep in mind that there are cool whites (blue undertones) and warm whites (yellow undertones) when choosing paint colors. In this room, white in two shades adds depth to the room. Layered rugs in contrasting styles and textures can be a marvelous foil for sleek furniture for a warm and inviting dining area.

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Touches of Teal - White Dining Room Design Ideas
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Just Peachy

Nature and flowers are a big part of English country style. This design incorporates the floral element by having dangling fines, a potted plant, and the three pieces of art that also have leaves in them. Then, the nature is brought into the room with all the natural wood elements and textures. The sofa's fabric has the texture of hide, and the rug's shading matches stone. When you're working on stylizing your living room, try going into the project with an estabilshed theme. The greenery in this room is an excellent example of a theme you can follow, because not only does it make the room feel cohesive, but it defintely adds to that country feel.

Touches of Teal

To add a bit of formality to a white dining room, contrast bright white cabinets with walls in a rich, off-white touched with gray. An accent color like teal can be repeated throughoug the space, but keep the doses small so they don't overwhelm. Planters, pillows, and artwork are on the right scale here. The rug reinforces the teal without overwhelming because of the subtle pattern. A gorgeous, creamy white chandelier can brighten any room while reinforcing the white color palette.

Just Peachy - White Dining Room Design Ideas

Orange Pop

Add architectural details like tray ceilings and deep baseboards to white walls and ceilings to add depth. This room's mirrored shelving on one side increases the light and adds asymmetry for interest. Pops of a bright, unexpected color like orange add sophistication to a white room. If you want a light fixture that's a show stopper, opt for contemporary styling with lots of glass that will heighten the contemporary feel.


Our white dining room ideas run the spectrum from cool and sophisticated to bohemian and intimate. Simply keep a few things in mind when you're ready to decorate your white dining room, including the importance of color intensity and textural elements. Because white can be overpowering, balance it with details that tone down the starkness of the white.

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