A well designed dining room or dining area can set a certain tone in your home when inviting guests for dinner, and even when simply enjoying a meal with the family. A formal eating area almost feels like a luxurious touch in this age of ready meals in front of the TV, so here are 20 dining room schemes to help you strike the right note.

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Our first eating area stretches out behind a sofa, with plenty of room to comfortably seat eight people; the dining table is oval in shape, so it would even allow for a couple more diners to squeeze in on bigger occasions.

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Contemporary chairs do all of the talking in this understated, wood-clad scheme. An open-sided room divider provides a place to add a little interest in the form of collectables and books.

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This home layout ties the dining area to the lounge by carrying the color of the sofa into the over-table pendant lights.

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A dining table in the kitchen could double as prep area too.

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In an uncluttered scheme, go for unusual silhouettes to perk up the look.

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High stools convert a countertop into an eating area.

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Go for padded chairs if you like to linger long after dinner.

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Extruded feature walls provide a dramatic backdrop.

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An injection of greenery adds life.

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A simple dining bench on one side declutters the look of a dining suite.

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Contrast your suite to any nearby cabinetry for a fresher look.

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Don’t be afraid to mix and match chairs.

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Choose large lighting to anchor your dining area in an open plan.

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You could also use wall art as an anchor for your open plan eating area.

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This light ties in the black notes of an adjacent piano.

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Wood tones don’t have to match either.

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A touch of the traditional is always at home in a dining room.

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Add a few rustic accessories to traditional and you get a lovely country vibe.

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When housing an extra long table, distribute lighting evenly.

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A dining bench is great to leave a view unobstructed.

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