20 Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Ideas (Photos)

Welcome to our mid-century dining room collection showcasing many dining room ideas of all types. The era of mid-century modern was not long, but it sure made an impact in design. See what it's all about for dining rooms.
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Decorative dining room with playful art pieces, rectangular table for six, upholstered gray chairs, a fluffy gray rug, and a huge window that gives a relaxing view of the garden.

White themed dining room with a striking pendant light, glass table for six, upholstered white chairs, a fireplace, tiled floors. 

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White themed dining room with a striking pendant light, glass table for six, upholstered white chairs, a fireplace, tiled floors.

A charming dining area with a circular marble table, modern white chairs, a simple orange pendant light, and white tiles. 

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A charming dining area with a circular marble table, modern white chairs, a simple orange pendant light, and white tiles.

Elegant dining space with an artistic blue wall, direct access to the pool through sliding glass doors, circular glass table for four, and a statement glass pendant light. 

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Elegant dining space with an artistic blue wall, direct access to the pool through sliding glass doors, circular glass table for four, and a statement glass pendant light.

A sleek kitchen with a polished white table for eight, clear black plastic chairs, stained glass statement wall, and glass sliding doors. 

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Sleek dining room with a polished white table for eight, clear black plastic chairs, stained glass statement wall, and glass sliding doors.

Dining room with glass walls, glass table for four, stylish white plastic chairs, pendant lighting, and tiled floors. 

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Dining room with glass walls, glass table for four, stylish white plastic chairs, pendant lighting, and tiled floors.

Simple dining space with round marbled tables, chich upholstered chairs with a rustic touch, and stunning pendant light.

Inviting dining space with a breathtaking view of the ocean through the glass sliding doors, and rustic wooden dining set for six. 

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Inviting dining space with a breathtaking view of the ocean through the glass sliding doors, and rustic wooden dining set for six.

Charming dining space with rustic wooden walls, rectangular wooden table, rustic wooden chairs, floor to ceiling windows, a stark contrast from its black tiles, and two interesting pendant lights. 

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Charming dining space with rustic wooden walls, rectangular wooden table, rustic wooden chairs, floor to ceiling windows, a stark contrast from its black tiles, and two interesting pendant lights.

Cozy dining space with a fireplace, surprising pops of yellow colors from the unique chairs, round wooden table, and black floor tiles. 

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Cozy dining space with a fireplace, surprising pops of yellow colors from the unique chairs, round wooden table, and black floor tiles.

Luxurious glass-walled dining area with a stunning view of the pool and the ocean, with a simple wooden table for six, white upholstered chairs, and dark hardwood floors.

A simple dining area with subtle pops of printed tones, rustic wooden table, hardwood floors, white painted walls, and a unique pendant light. 

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A simple dining area with subtle pops of printed tones, rustic wooden table, hardwood floors, white painted walls, and a unique pendant light.

Neutral themed dining room with hardwood floors, a fireplace, rustic wooden dining set for six, and an eye-catching pendant light.

Spacious dining space with an inviting view from the outside through the glass walls, simple clean lines, wooden table for eight, and hardwood floors.

A touch of a tropical vibe, this dining area has a round wooden table with wooden upholstered chairs and sliding glass doors with garden view.

Elegant dining area with a round wooden table, wooden chairs, polished white floor tiles, glass walls, and recessed ceiling lights.

Interesting dining room with playful decors, rectangular wooden table, and glass walls that gives a tropical view.

Warm and inviting dining area with a pop of color from its pendant lights, polished rectangular wooden table for ten, and tiled floors.

Brick walled dining room with exposed wooden beams from the ceiling, track lights, and a wooden dining set.

The midcentury style embraces the innovations and modern design of the simpler days of the 1940s through the 1970s. At this time, there was an explosion of growth and new technologies that are just as edgy now as back then. Many pieces scream retro with avant-garde furniture that broke the rules of traditional form.

It’s often a style that you either love or hate. Less than 2 percent of dining rooms capture the midcentury look. Baby Boomers may appreciate the throwback to their childhood to the days of conversation pits and cocktail parties. Bold describes it perfectly. You’ll see this in bright colors, unexpected forms, and an interesting juxtaposition of manmade and natural.

Do we have you intrigued? Be sure and visit our gallery of dining rooms to find the inspiration for your next remodeling project.

Midcentury Style Defined

Browsing through midcentury dining room design ideas will reveal some common themes. You’ll see the rise of innovative designers such as Arne Jacobsen and iconic pieces such as the Sputnik chandelier. Rooms have plenty of open space. One thing you won’t find are elements that are shy.

Rather, you’ll see bold patterns and unexpected design features in furnishing and art. Remember this was the time of breakthrough artists like Andy Warhol and Jason Pollack. Designers broke the rules and made new ones in their place.

Color Palettes

This style often includes warm neutral hues as the backdrop for surprising splashes of color or unexpected uses. You may see adventurous uses of complementary shades that will give your dining room energy and spirit. But less is more. A single piece makes more of a statement than a plethora of focal points.

Furnishings

The openness of the style lends itself toward clean lines and optimal use of space. Dining room tables and chairs won’t be elaborate like Victorian or traditional pieces. Instead, they’ll have one or two standout feature like oversize legs or a lively pattern for the upholstery. You may see a combination of materials and contrasting colors.

Lighting

Lighting often takes on the role of the focal point or statement piece. The style leans toward minimalist, leaving few opportunities to capture the attention. You’ll see this play out with unusual designs or shiny metals like chrome. Pieces may be oversized or come in unique shapes.

You may find a combination of types to ensure the dining room is well lit. While the chandelier takes center stage, recessed lighting acts as supporting actors so that the entire room is bright.

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