A spherical chandelier that hung over the dark wood dining table topped with a runner that complements with the rattan chairs illuminates this dining room.
Burgundy dining room showcases a glass top dining table and upholstered chairs in a slanted layout. It is decorated with a rectangular mirror and a round wall art mounted above the white wainscoting.
Airy dining room offers wooden dining table and chairs illuminated by pendant lights. It has light wood plank flooring and vaulted ceiling lined with exposed wood beams.
Warm dining room framed with stone brick columns that are fixed to the rich hardwood flooring and mustard ceiling. It includes a wooden dining set lighted by a wrought iron chandelier and matching wall sconce.
Formal dining room with deep blue walls over white wainscoting. It has a dark wood dining set fitted with white cushions along with a pair of brown roundback chairs that sit in the corners of the room.
White dining room decorated with carved wood wall arts and vintage candle centerpieces on top of the wooden dining table. It is paired with a wooden bench and beige velvet chairs.
An open dining room boasts a centerpiece bowl that sits on the black dining table surrounded with black upholstered chairs. It is illuminated by a linear chandelier and strip lights from the tray ceiling.
An eat-in kitchen with wooden dining table paired with wicker and beige upholstered chairs lighted by a drum pendant that hung from the white coffered ceiling.
A linear pendant illuminates this dining area with wooden table and brown leather chairs. It has dark wood plank flooring topped with a rustic rug.
A fresh dining room designed with a sunburst mirror and lovely wall art mounted above the wooden buffet table topped with table lamps.
Chrome pendant lights hang over a sleek white dining table and chairs in this dining room. It includes a wooden buffet table topped with contemporary pieces over herringbone wood flooring.
This dining area features a glass top table lined with a woven runner and paired with white modern dining chairs over hardwood flooring.
Gray upholstered chairs sit at the wooden table in this dining area lighted by a round candle chandelier. It has dark hardwood flooring and moss green walls above white wainscoting.
Gorgeous dining room illuminated by a faux antler chandelier that hung over a wooden dining table surrounded with coral and white chairs.
Cozy dining room showcases dark wood cabinetry fitted with a modern fireplace. It has a natural wood dining table and white upholstered chairs over hardwood flooring.
This dining room is styled with wooden framed blank wall art and carved wood decors mounted on the cream walls. It has a dark wood dining set that complements with the hardwood flooring.
White dining area surrounded with glass windows and door bringing plenty of natural light in. It has a natural wood dining table paired with white classy chairs and built-in bench topped with white sectional cushions.
Modern dining area boasts a metal dining table and white sleek chairs illuminated by a black dome pendant and natural light from the black paneled glass windows with amazing outdoor scenery.
Neutral dining area accented with indoor plants that bring color and life to the room. It has a metal dining table and beige upholstered chairs over natural hardwood flooring.
A pair of oversized black dome pendants that hung over a wooden dining table topped with a coral runner illuminates this dining room. It has glass windows covered with perforated blinds and white sheer curtains.
Sleek dining room offers a cylindrical pendant light that hung over a gray dining table with white modern chairs. It has a built-in buffet table topped with black vase and books.
Cozy dining room with natural wood plank flooring and glass windows overlooking a magnificent mountain view. It has wooden floating shelves mounted above the storage topped with a black decorative bowl.
Fresh dining area accented with indoor plants that create a tropical feel to the room. It has redwood dining table surrounded with black leather chairs and complemented by a buffet table and hardwood flooring.
A fancy crystal chandelier hangs over a black dining table beautifully contrasted with white modern chairs in this dining area.
This dining area features a wooden dining table paired with white upholstered chairs and a wooden bench topped with white cushion. It has light hardwood flooring topped with a shaggy area rug.
Clean white dining area with a wooden dining table and white highback chairs perpendicular to the white open storage filled with frames and books.
Classic dining room illuminated by a brass candle chandelier that hung over a wooden dining set topped with lovely centerpieces.
Cozy dining room showcases a wooden panel mounted with floating shelves across the wooden dining table with white chairs. It has glass sliding doors that open to the balcony.
The fabulous dining area boasts a gorgeous chandelier that hung from the fleur de lis patterned ceiling. It includes a metal dining table and white sleek chairs.
Warm dining room decorated with a mirror and rectangular wall arts mounted above the wooden console table that’s topped with brass vases. It has a french door leading to the balcony.
Modern dining room with wood plank flooring and panoramic windows overlooking a serene pool view. It has a white dining set that sits on a gray rug.
A linear pendant illuminates this wooden dining set in this red dining room with hardwood flooring. It has a black framed wall art mounted above the wooden console table.
The elegant dining room offers a huge vintage mirror that lays on the gray wall with white wainscoting. It is lighted by a classy chandelier that hung over a round dining table paired with upholstered chairs.
Airy white dining room surrounded by glass windows overlooking the outdoor view. It has a round dining table and cream chairs over dark hardwood flooring.
Sophisticated dining room with floor to ceiling glass windows covered in red draperies. It has dark wood dining set illuminated by a vintage chandelier.
Fresh dining room filled with potted plants and gallery frames along with a round mirror mounted above the buffet table. It has a wooden dining table surrounded by leather and green skirted chairs.
The fabulous dining room features glass top dining table and purple chairs complementing the draperies and tray ceiling with a hanging chandelier.
A stylish dining room clad with gray striped and fleur de lis patterned wallpaper. It includes a fireplace fixed below an arched mirror and across the oval dining table with roundback chairs.
This open dining room showcases a dark wood dining table surrounded with white chairs and lighted by black dome pendants.
Formal dining room with a wooden dining table surrounded with striped chairs in between wooden console tables. It has glazed windows covered with black draperies. Black leather chairs sit at a wooden rectangular table in this gray dining room. It includes a dark wooden bench and floor lamp over rich hardwood flooring.
An airy dining room boasts a dark wood dining set illuminated by a wrought iron chandelier that hung from the white tray ceiling.
The charming dining room offers an oval dining table and ornate cushioned chairs that sit on a shabby chic rug over hardwood flooring.
Yellow dining room lighted by a fancy chandelier that hung over a high gloss dining table with stylish wooden chairs fitted with gray cushions.
Sophisticated dining room with floor to ceiling glass windows covered with taupe draperies. It has a glass top dining table paired with white and gray chairs over hardwood flooring.
Serene dining room designed with ceramic plate decors mounted on the sky blue wall. It includes a wooden dining table surrounded with gray wooden and white skirted chairs.
Here’s a chart illustrating just how popular hardwood flooring is for dining rooms, based on analysis of 107,455 dining rooms:
Here are the exact percentages for each flooring type:
Why is hardwood so popular?
It’s really the ideal floor for dining rooms. Here are the benefits:
Looks fabulous: Hardwood works in any interior design style and actually looks spectacular. The only reason it’s not used to such a high degree in other rooms is that sometimes another flooring type is more beneficial such as carpeting in bedrooms and perhaps a more “durable” floor for bathrooms and kitchens that can withstand more water and spill.
Relatively easy to clean: These days with a decent finish, hardwood can withstand spills and liquid which are easy to clean up on a dining room floor (where spills are bound to happen). You don’t want to let the liquid sit there for days, but a few minutes isn’t a big deal at all.
Able to add an area rug (which looks great): With an area rug you get the best of both worlds. You can add warmth, softness and sound reduction without going full carpet. In fact, as you’ll see above, many dining rooms in our gallery have area rugs sitting on hardwood flooring.
What does all this mean for you?
What this means is if you’re renovating your dining room or building a new home, you should really consider putting in hardwood in the dining area. Not only is it likely your first choice, but because it’s so popular, it’s a selling feature that potential buyers will appreciate.
Now I know you should design your home the way you want it, but at the end of the day or decade you’ll sell and if you’re on the fence between hardwood and some other material, go for the hardwood.
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