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Essential Tips for Styling a Modern Dining Room

by Ann Louisa

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The modern styled dining room is trending, but many people aren’t sure what it is or how to implement it. The terms modern and contemporary are often used interchangeably, but this is incorrect. In reality, modern interior design actually harks from the 20th century when a newly industrialized society sought perfection.

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The modern style can further be broken down by time period. Post-modern refers to designs of the ‘80s and ‘90s, mid-century modern encompasses furniture from about the ‘40s through the ‘70s. The traditional modern style actually dates back to the early 1900s.

That traditional modern design never went completely out of style, especially in dining rooms. The clean lines and smooth surfaces of the modern design make the room look cleaner and more functional without sacrificing comfort.

Here, we define the features and aesthetics of the modern design style as they apply to dining room furniture and decor via the best tips for designing the modern dining room from our experts.

1. Let in the Light with a Modern Dining Table

Modern dining rooms are light and airy, creating the illusion of a larger open space even in the smallest of dining rooms. Glass top tables with metal, wood, or combination bases give clean lines and refracts light to brighten the room. Pair with modern dining room chairs with metal frames and comfortable cushioned seats with upholstery of natural fibers to complete the look.

The Belinda dining set from Walker’s Furniture is the perfect example of how a modern dining room set can make a small dining room seem much larger. The clean lines of both dining chairs and table in this set are trademarks of the modern styled dining room. The chairs and base are made of a shiny metal that reflects the light coming in a window and bounces it around the room.

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The best thing about the Walker’s Furniture Belinda modern dining room set is the geometric design of the table base. These kinds of geometric patterns are important for small dining rooms, giving the space dimension without bulky furniture.

2. Look for the Clean Modern Dining Room Chairs

Modern dining room chairs should be long, simple but elegant. Barstools with telescoping bases offer versatile seating for the dining room, at a bar, or at a kitchen island. This type of modern dining room seating is often sold separately and works well to replace dining chairs when your existing modern dining room table is still working for you. The adjustable height of dining chairs like the Walker’s Furniture Vivian barstool makes them suitable for tables of any height.

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This particular modern dining room chair is designed for counter-height or pub-height tables, which are commonly found in modern and contemporary dining rooms. Other dining stools are available for standard height tables. Dining benches in the modern style are also available.

3. Add a Modern Bar Cart or Pub Table to Your Dining Area

Bar carts became a staple in household furniture even before prohibition ended. Modern bar carts have this same traditional and simplistic style but with better organization. They have some small but convenient features like stem glass storage.  

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The Belissima Bar is the perfect complement to the other modern dining room furniture featured here. It has a modern styled glass top and metal frame. The glass shelves within the bar give wines and spirits the appearance of floating within the bar.

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The Prestige dining set is the one of the newer modern dining room set from Walker’s Furniture in Nevada. This dining set is coming soon and can be preordered by contacting us at our Las Vegas or Henderson locations.

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This modern dining set has everything mentioned in the best modern dining room ideas above, including:

  • A glossy chrome finish on table base and chair frames to reflect light and brighten the room
  • A clear glass table top that lets in the light and makes the table seem larger than it is
  • A geometric table base that introduces round edges with the clean lines seen in all modern dining room design
  • Deep blue chairs for a touch of modern sophistication
  • Soft fabric and firm cushioning make these chairs as comfortable as they are stylish

More Modern Dining Room Ideas

Walker’s Furniture offers additional home furniture and rugs that can pull your modern dining room together. The best area rug we have for the Prestige dining room set above is this Southwestern area rug. The geometric shapes have the same clean lines as the dining set but with contrasting shapes that add depth to the room. The blue isn’t an exact match for the upholstery of the Prestige modern dining set, but does complement it nicely.

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A fireplace can also be a great addition to your dining room if you have room for one. These works of art add a focal point for the room without actually heating the air. They can also be used as a buffet or sideboard to hold additional dishes or decor during dinner parties and holiday meals. Our Glitz Fireplace is the one best suited for the modern dining room.


Here are the questions we get most often about modern dining room design.

How do I decorate a modern dining room?

Once you have the perfect modern dining room set, table, chairs, and area rug, it is time to really pull it all together with some wall art. Because the modern style was born at the beginning of the 20th century, impressionist paintings and other abstract art is best for the modern dining room. Although abstract there should be clearly drawn horizontal or vertical lines for that clean modern look. Table art works better in a modern dining room than a dark leafy plant.

What lighting should I put in my modern dining room?

Overhead lighting can be harsh for some, and as such most homes and apartments today do not have many hard-wired overhead lights. You might want to add an overhead light that is more artwork than light source. LED lights are softer, and the geometric patterns of modern hanging lights work well with the Prestige dining set.

Why Trust Walker Furniture & Mattress?

Walker Furniture and Mattress has been providing incredible customer service and top furniture expertise to the Las Vegas area for over 67 years. This locally owned furniture store had humble beginnings as mattress builders in the Chicago area since the 1900’s which blossomed into a booming legacy of selling furniture and mattresses. in 1973, Deanne and Oscar Alterwitz purchased Walker Furniture from original owners, Ruth and George Walker.

Walker Furniture helps Las Vegas and Henderson home owners and renters find the best living room, dining, and bedroom furniture selections to complete their home. Complete with mattresses and patio or home office furniture, they invite you to see all that Walker Furniture has to offer for yourself!

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Stop by and of the 3 Las Vegas furniture locations or our Henderson, NV furniture store to see what a difference buying local with an experienced staff can make. Or shop Modern Dining Room Sets online! Our friendly experts are always happy to help you order your Presige Dining Room Set — whether you call us at 702-384-9300, use our online chat feature, or visit us in person.

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