Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas

Looking for modern farmhouse dining room ideas? This post covers design tips on how to create your own modern rustic or farmhouse dining room with a stunning collection of photos for inspiration.

The dining room is an important social hub in a home. It is the perfect place for sharing meals with friends, holiday entertaining, and family game nights. How you decorate it should reflect the many ways that you use it.

Be sure to top off your dining room with a statement light fixture, inspirational artwork, plenty of cozy textures, natural and organic materials, and a large mirror to reflect light throughout the room.
Feature image above courtesy of: Sara Lynn Brennan Design

Design Elements in Modern Farmhouse Dining Rooms

1.  Go Bold with Lighting Choices

Lighting is a key element in any room and should provide a range of lighting options for every mood. Expertly placed lighting adds dimension to a space, bringing a room to life. Soft lighting is perfect for creating an intimate dining experience while promoting good conversation.

The shape of your light fixture plays an important role in the overall visual appearance of a dining room. If you have a large space, go big and bold with a chandelier that makes a strong statement. In smaller rooms, hanging pendants will achieve a similar effect without taking up as much space. It is also important to choose a lighting fixture that compliments your table. Round fixtures work well above round tables, and linear or oval fixtures pair well with rectangular tables.

It goes without saying that the focus in a dining room is on the table and seating, but everything from the lighting that illuminates your guests and your meal, to the fireplace that invites you to linger once the plates have been cleared – all contribute to the ambiance.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas

Warm & Elegant Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
Image courtesy of Kelsey Leigh Interiors

This home was long awaited for Interior Designer Kelsey Leigh and her family. She and her homebuilder husband had always dreamed of building their own home and this is the culmination of that dream. Layered with thoughtful details this image gives you a first hand look into her personal style.  Warmth, texture, and a little vintage make this home one that the family will enjoy for years to come.

I absolutely adore this dining room, especially with the addition of the large wall mounted mirror that would bounce the light beautifully throughout the room. It also would make the space look and feel much larger.  For added texture, an area rug would also work perfectly in this space.

Pictures of Farmhouse Dining Rooms
Pictures of Farmhouse Dining Rooms

A Stunning Kitchen and Dining Room Designed by Amber Interiors
Image courtesy of Amber Interiors

Amber Lewis is a very talented Interior Designer who creates spaces that feel cozy, eclectic and unique. She also owns a home decor and furniture shop called SHOPPE Amber Interiors which has a gorgeous selection of everything from blankets and throws to candles, light fixtures, vases, sectionals and dining room tables.  The two images above display a few of the items available for purchase online that are perfect for rustic, modern rustic and farmhouse-style homes. If you’d like to view more of her interior designs, I recently created a post featuring Amber’s work.

2.  Incorporate Natural Materials

Natural materials such as wood, stone and exposed brick add warmth and character to a dining space. Natural materials and textures provide the ability to create a space that is a more holistic and calming environment that improves well being.

One of the most crucial features in modern farmhouse design is farmhouse-style flooring. The natural wood grain and sturdy appearance of wood flooring adds a feeling of coziness and inviting warmth. Exposed beams also go hand in hand with this style of design and can help showcase focal pieces like chandeliers.

The use of these natural materials will help you bring in texture and pattern that will compliment the neutral color scheme that is typical in farmhouse design. Subtle wood details in your home will bring warmth and a wonderful sense of character. Wood balances beautifully against the neutral grays and whites of any modern farmhouse design.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas

Farmhouse Table Decor 
Image courtesy of Amber Interiors

This image was also sourced from SHOPPE Amber Interiors showing a warm tablescape design with Amber’s dinnerware and linen collection. A perfect cozy and inviting table display.

3.  Be Sure to Add Plenty of Texture

The simplest scheme can instantly be transformed with the addition of pattern, color and texture through the use of fabric and wallpaper. The dining room is the perfect place for warm textiles such as beautiful linens, curtains, area rugs, cozy throws and woven baskets.

4.  Mix it Up 

Mix and match table linens offer a lot of flexibility in the dining room. There are so many options to choose from. Pick and choose linen sets that coordinate with each other, such as a table runner in warm earth tones that compliment solid colored napkins and placemats. This way, you can easily toss your linens in the wash without worrying that the overall look will be off if one of the linens is missing.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Timeless and Comfortable Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Krueger

The interior design of this home was in collaboration with Interior Designer Elizabeth Krueger, Michael Abraham and Dave Knecht. Together, their teams collaborated with the home owners on this custom build project to craft a residence as inviting and special as the home owners themselves. Timeless and comfortable, every detail was selected to create an environment that is functional and beautiful for an evolving family. Warm woods and dark metals accent the entire home, and are paired with plush fabrics, cooler in tone. The end result? An elevated and mixed design that transcends current trends and provides a space for meaningful connection and memories.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

A Sophisticated and Bright Dining Room
Image courtesy of Dawn Reeves

A dining room designed by Dawn Reeves for a clients who brought her in during the architectural planning phase of the project, allowing her to impact the project in a big way.  The result – a beautiful space with well thought out details, such as a capiz light fixture, wood ceiling beams and flooring, leather embossed chairs and subway tiling in the kitchen. The large cabinet provides ample space to store dinnerware and other kitchen and dining room necessities.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Eclectic Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Plenty of Texture
Image courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

In the dining room, Devon Grace Interiors carried in the materials from the staircase and anchored a mirror along the side wall to reflect the staircase and expand the room even further. Adjacent to the library, they went completely neutral in the dining room to let the spaces each stand out on their own. They made sure to carry in similar elements like the black metal detailing and warmer wood tones to ensure they feel cohesive.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Blue Dining Room with Split Birch Wood Logs
Image courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

Custom metal built-ins wrap the double-height windows and fireplace. Antique mirror panels and sconces break up the vertical distance, along with split birch-wood logs, adding natural texture to the space. A built-in bar area provides room for dish storage and beverages. Natural materials, and sculptural forms add texture and interest to the space, and make it even more inviting.

5.  Play with Color

As with many interior design styles, modern farmhouse typically uses neutral, white, off-white, and shades of gray for paint colors, with pops of color woven into the mix. A farmhouse palette should have a harmonious range of hues that blend and complement one another. Accent colors can be introduced through the use of window treatments, area rugs, art work and vases.

Modern Rustic Dining Room Ideas

Majestic Neutral Dining Room with Warm Wood Tones
Image courtesy of Sean Anderson Design

Although Interior Designer Sean Anderson tends to stick to neutrals like many designers, his rooms always stand out.  In 2019 a couple in Vestavia Hills, Alabama asked Anderson to create the interiors of what he calls “a modern rustic villa” designed by architect Tom Adams. The home’s kitchen commands attention with rock walls made of the same river stone as the building’s exterior. Situated between the living room and kitchen, the home’s dining area features an Anderson-designed polished concrete dining table set with Verellen side chairs and, at its ends, spindle chairs by British Designer Mathew Hilton. Sean brought in materials from outside to “roughen” things up a bit.

6.  Bring in Earth Tones

The modern farmhouse style of design typically uses colors found in the natural landscape around you. If the surrounding property is wooded, bringing the natural materials is a complementary continuation of the exterior environment.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Modern Rustic Dining Room with Green & Gold Wall Paper
Image courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

The green and gold wall paper in a dining room designed by Devon Grace Interiors, adds the perfect finishing touch to this beautifully designed space.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Minimalist Dining Room with Geometric Lighting
Image courtesy of Dawn Reeves

A simple, yet effective dining room designed by Dawn Reeves.  The choice of lighting and dining room furniture creates a wonderful eclectic vibe in the space.

Neutral Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas

Modern Rustic & Neutral Dining Room 
Image courtesy of Viola Interior Design

Award-winning Viola Interior Design, LLC has a reputation for creating sophisticated, yet welcoming interiors for their clients. She has the ability to combine modern and traditional – balancing scale and proportion – always with a twist that raises it above the ordinary. This modern farmhouse dining room reflects that aesthetic by perfectly pairing modern with rustic design elements.

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

Organic and Textural Farmhouse Dining Room
Image courtesy of Marianne Simon Design

Marianne Simon extended the white subway tile used in the kitchen into the dining room. A striking vaulted ceiling with wood beams holds a linear chandelier over a trestle dining room table.  The black bamboo dining chairs and interest and character. Marianne added a French vintage buffet cabinet to the mix, with industrial shelving overtop to display vases and pots. The area rugs adds texture and grounds the space.

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

Kitchen Nook with Shiplap Walls 
Image courtesy of Becca Interiors

Situated in the heart of Southampton’s village, this city dwellers surf retreat started with a disjointed open plan layout; taking it away from its original charming cottage architecture. Sectioning out the 1st floor, Becca Interiors were able to create cozy pockets throughout the space centering around the heart of the home; the Kitchen. Adding a bonus breakfast room looking out onto the veranda also allowed the traffic of the home to be completely repurposed; better capturing the Hamptons light, as well as focusing on functionality for this growing family.

7.  Decorate the Walls

Never underestimate the impact that your wall color can have on the room. It has some of the largest real estate in any space, and provides the opportunity to make your dining room truly your own. Choose wall art that adds accent colors that tie the room together, or find something that is entirely personal that you enjoy viewing on a regular basis.

Farmhouse Dining Room Color Ideas

Modern Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room
Image courtesy of Katie Hodges
Photo by Amy Bartlam

A farmhouse dining room made warm and inviting with the addition of greenery, florals, artwork and vases.

Farmhouse Dining Room Color Ideas

A Rustic Stone Fireplace Flanked by Two Black Display Cabinets
Image courtesy of Amber Interiors

An oval dining room table with chairs sits on a vintage rug that adds plenty of texture to the space.  Built-in cabinets provide a perfect spot to display vases, books, woven baskets and artwork.

Farmhouse Dining Room Design Ideas

A Unique and Well-Designed Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
Image courtesy of Mindy Gayer Design

The final project Mindy Gayer Design launched in 2021 was their historic San Francisco remodel project – Inner Sunset. This moody home was full of original details including the dining room where she preserved the original built-ins from 1910.

“The dining room is situated between the living room and the kitchen, separated by pocket doors. Because of it’s location, we wanted to marry the details of the living room with the aesthetic of the kitchen. Much of this room is original to the home. It’s flooded with natural light from the original bay windows and the dining built-in with original detailing and hardware is the perfect place to tuck away extra dishes and serveware. Some of our favorite elements in this space include the textured grasscloth wallpaper that resembles the inside of a geode and the custom upholstered end chairs that add the perfect playful touch to the more formal space.” – Mindy Gayer

8.  Bring in Earth Tones

The modern farmhouse style of design typically uses colors found in the natural landscape around you. If the surrounding property is wooded, bringing the natural materials is a complementary continuation of the exterior environment.

Dining Room Design Ideas

Elegant and Feminine Dining Room
Image courtesy of Bria Hammel

This dining room took Bria Hammel considerable time to design due to its massive size. It was the last of the rooms to be designed in the home and she slowly composed this space piece by piece. She knew her clients would use this space for more formal dinners, family gatherings, holidays, etc. but wanted to still keep it approachable and easy-going – just like her clients personalities.

Dining Room Design Ideas

English Revival Styled Dining Room
Image courtesy of Kelsey Leigh

This beautiful home was designed with an English Revival style focus. The goal was to create a backdrop for balancing both beauty and function for this family. Pairing of old with new in many of the design elements, including a 200-year-old vintage Italian marble stone sink used in the powder bathroom. Vintage Modern is a signature style of the Kelsey Leigh Design Co. brand and this home is a perfect example of that.

Farmhouse Dining Room Decorating Ideas

A Sunny, Bright and Lively Dining with a California Vibe
Image courtesy of Mindy Gayer

A well-designed dining room that has the perfect balance of bright whites and pops of California color.  Mindy’s team filled this kitchen with quintessential coastal essentials that are equal parts beautiful and functional. It’s warm, inviting and the perfect space for entertaining.

Dining Room Ideas

A Stunning Spanish Colonial Revival in Beverly Hills
Image courtesy of Katie Hodges
Photography by Amy Bartlam

Designer Katie Hodges restores a 1930s home to its original architectural splendor.  The original ornamental plaster ceiling provides architectural detail in the dining room and a fresh coat of Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards ties it to the rest of the home.  The table and chairs were custom designed by Hodges.  The shelving displays vintage pieces sourced locally. Vintage inspired rug by Scout & Nimble,

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Striking Dining Room with Gorgeous Green Walls & Cabinets
Image courtesy of Jean Stoffer Design

In Jean Stoffer Design‘s 1902 home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, balance helps create a comfortable sense of sophistication. Dubbed “The Madison,” the home features a color palette that leans on pale neutrals, with a few dramatic rooms painted with rich grays, blues and greens. She started her work on the home — named The Madison because of its location on Madison Avenue in the city’s historic Heritage Hill district — by picking one unifying color that would extend to several spaces: Greek Villa SW 7551 (254-C1). “Wherever there is white, it is Greek Villa,” she says. Stoffer then moved on to rooms that would be in full view of each other to ensure a comfortable flow and balance of color. “I considered the use of the room, the amount of natural light it received, and what type of decorative and task lighting I would bring in,” she says.

9.  Bring in the Greenery

Adding plants is often overlooked in interior design and yet they are another critical element to pull the look together. Plants add texture, a vibrant splash of green and organic shape.  Large plants are perfect for filling up empty corners and smaller plants instantly liven up open shelving.

Dining Room Ideas

A Gorgeous Farmhouse Dining Room with High Ceilings
Image courtesy of Lissa Lee Hickman

A large neutral open-concept living and dining area with high ceilings and plenty of natural sunlight filtering through.

10.  The Finishing Touches

Accessories such as plants, centerpieces and decorative objects personalize your space, add warmth and interest and finish off the space.

Blue Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas

A Striking and Elegant Feminine Dining Room in Blue, Tan and White
Image courtesy of  Sara Lynn Brennan Design

How to Decorate a Farmhouse Dining Room
How to Decorate a Farmhouse Dining Room
How to Decorate a Farmhouse Dining Room

Neutral Dining Room with Exquisite Styling
Images courtesy of  Sara Lynn Brennan Design

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