Typically, the area rug in a dining room is large and is place under the dining table.
This means finding the right area rug size is important so that it frames the table and chairs sufficiently so that it looks balanced but also so chairs when pushed back don’t push off the rug (this isn’t always possible, but it’s definitely the ideal).
The starting point is getting ideas for the perfect dining room style, furniture and area rug combination. Check out our gallery below for inspiration.
This dining room features gray upholstered chairs surrounding a metal dining table that sits on a woven area rug. It is lighted by a spherical chandelier that hung from the tray ceiling.
Gorgeous dining room decorated with a round carved wood wall art mounted above the white wainscoting. It has a wooden dining table and white wingback chairs on a gray rug over the light hardwood flooring.
A lovely wall art hangs above the wooden buffet table in this dining room with a classic dining set and glass sliding door that opens to the lush green yard.
Dine-in kitchen with white coffered ceiling and natural wood plank flooring topped by an area rug. It includes a rustic dining set paired with wicker and beige high back chairs.
Black leather dining chairs sit at a metal table in this open dining area showcasing a linear chandelier and distressed rug over wood plank flooring.
White dining room designed with carved wood wall arts and glass pendant lights that hung from the coffered ceiling. It has a wooden dining table surrounded with matching benches and velvet chairs that sit on a jute rug.
An airy dining room with white framed windows and wicker rug that lays on the wood plank flooring. It includes a gray dining set with wooden benches illuminated by a wrought iron chandelier.
Charming dining room surrounded with floor to ceiling framed windows that bring plenty of natural light in. It has coffered ceiling and rich hardwood flooring topped by a smooth area rug.
Tropical dining room clad in brown swirl wallpaper boasts a wooden dining set that sits on a soft rug over glossy tiled flooring.
Bright dining room with a spherical chandelier and wooden dining table lined with a lovely runner that complements with the wicker chairs on a gray rug.
This dining area is decorated with a black framed wall art and caged candles that sit on a wooden dining table paired with gray upholstered chairs.
Warm dining room offers a dark wood buffet table and classy dining set on a vintage rug lighted by a candle chandelier that hung from the tray ceiling.
A charming raindrop pendant illuminates this living room boasting a smooth dining table paired with white cushioned chairs and bench that sit on a gray shaggy rug.
An open dining area with an oval dining table surrounded with white wingback chairs over a camo rug. It is lighted by a stylish drum pendant and table lamps that sit on a semi-circular console table.
A wrought iron chandelier with drum shades hangs over the dark wood dining table in this dining area offering a charming area rug and fireplace topped with a silver frame.
Contemporary dining room accented with a stylish chandelier and an eye-catching rug that lays on the hardwood flooring.
Spacious dining room showcases marble flooring topped by a bordered rug along with a panoramic window overlooking the outdoor yard. It has a glass top dining table surrounded by white modern chairs.
Craftsman dining room offers a white fireplace and sophisticated dining set that sits on a tasseled rug lighted by a vintage chandelier that hung from the wooden coffered ceiling.
This dining room features a beige area rug with black writing and a light wood dining table paired with high back chairs. There’s a buffet table on the side topped with glass table lamps.
White dining room showcases a dark wood display cabinet complementing with the dining set lighted by a fancy chandelier that hung from the round tray ceiling.
White dining chairs sit at a natural wood table in this dining room with chandelier and charming blue rug.
Fabulous dining room decorated with a stylish round mirror and glass chandelier that hung over the wooden dining set on a beige rug.
Classic dining room accented with a multi-colored rug that lays on the hardwood flooring. It has beige upholstered chairs and a glass top dining table lined with a white runner.
Fresh dining room with a stone brick fireplace and light wood dining set accented with floral skirted chairs. It includes white framed windows and wood plank flooring topped by a textured rug.
Brown dining room with dark wood dining table surrounded with floral cushioned chairs over a patterned rug. It has hardwood flooring and framed glass windows overlooking the outdoor greenery.
A framed wall art is mounted above the buffet table in this dining room with classy dining set lighted by a chandelier that hung from the tray ceiling.
Classic dining room illuminated by wall sconces and a matching chandelier that hung over the dark wood dining set accented with a patterned rug.
Red dining room features a patterned area rug and a rectangular dining table surrounded with matching chairs that are fitted with white cushions.
This dining room showcases a wooden dining table paired with gray chairs that sit on a green floral rug. The ambient light from the candle chandelier adds a warm vibe in this room.
An open dining room offers a buffet table and wooden dining set accented with a red striped rug. It is illuminated by a chandelier and natural light that flows through the glazed windows.
Fabulous dining room furnished with white corner display cabinet and dark wood dining set on a lovely floral rug. It has a fancy crystal chandelier and framed windows covered with blush draperies.
Glass pendants illuminate this dining room featuring an oval-shaped dining table and wooden chairs fitted with white cushions and sit on a beige shaggy rug.
Classy dining room with louvered windows and tiled flooring topped by a red area rug. It includes a modish dining set lighted by a stylish cascading chandelier.
Fresh dining room showcases a wooden dining table accented with orange cushioned chairs that complement with the lovely rug.
A vintage chandelier hangs over the wooden dining set in this dining room with a classic red bordered rug that lays on the hardwood flooring.
Sophisticated dining room designed with a crystal chandelier and ornate framed mirror mounted above the wooden buffet table that complements with the dining set on a patterned rug.
This dining set features hardwood flooring and coffered ceiling with a hanging brass chandelier. It includes a wood plank dining table paired with tan cushioned chairs.
Natural light streams through the wooden framed windows dressed in black valence in this dining room with a classy dining set accompanied by arched display cabinets.
Blue dining room with an oval dining set and round back chairs that sit on a floral rug. It is illuminated by wall sconces and a chandelier that hung from the white ceiling lined with crown molding.
An airy dining room offers a French door that opens to the patio and dark wood dining set on a beige area rug lighted by a crystal chandelier.
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Benefits of Area Rugs in Dining Rooms
The main benefit is aesthetics since functionally, in some ways rugs are more hassle than just plain hardwood or tile flooring. Let me explain.
The aesthetics cannot be debated. A stylish area rug on hardwood is a gorgeous combination. Area rugs are less commonly placed on tile flooring.
However, dining rooms suffer spill events which is where the hassle comes in.
Moreover, you need clean the space twice; vacuum the rug as well as lift the rug (no easy task with a table on it) and clean the floor beneath it. Obviously you won’t move the rug to clean the floor underneath it every time, but it does need to get done.
Another benefit is rugs provide a soft flooring which can be nice to dine on when in socks or bare feet. I always prefer the feel of a rug or carpet on my bare feet than cold hardwood or tile.
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