Dining Room Trends For Luxury Homes In 2022

contemporary dining room in a luxury condominium
Upgrade your dining room in 2022 with these design tips.

Dining rooms are more than just places to eat. These spaces are gathering spots to enjoy time with family for a nightly meal or to invite friends over for a dinner party. Furthermore, while many of us think of the dining rooms as an afterthought, don’t be mistaken, they are ripe with design opportunities. You can really get creative and go bold. Are you looking for some dining room inspiration in 2022? Here’s a look at the best dining room trends we’re seeing in top luxury homes on the market today.

contemporary dining room with grey wainscoting

A chair rail is one way this updated Toronto dining room stands out. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Chair Rail And Shadow Box Trim

Chair rail is a wonderful way to embellish walls in a dining room. It’s a regal, traditional touch that instantly makes the room look more sophisticated. We see this in this stunning designer-done residence in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario. The shadow box trim completes the space, while the grey paint gives the room a contemporary element. These are just a few examples of the impressive interior designer’s touches in this magnificent home in Toronto.

chandelier hangs over a dining room

When it comes to the dining room, a simple chandelier can make for a classy option. (Hilton & Hyland)

Chandelier Class

When it comes to dining rooms, let there be light fixtures! A light fixture is an easy way to make a big design impact. One example of this is the beautiful chandelier in the dining room at this vintage Spanish home in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. This charming two-story home has a traditional style and “good bones.” While the next owner will most likely update and put their own stamp on it, the dining room remains the perfect spot for a swag chandelier or perhaps even a pendant light. 

dining room in france with checkerboard floor and fireplace

Fireplaces are a great way to enhance a space, whether it’s redoing an old mantle or reinterpreting what’s there. (Groupe Mercure)

Fireplace Reinvention

Fireplaces don’t just add physical warmth to a home; fireplaces add so much charm. This is especially true in the dining room of this lovely home in Poitiers, Vienne, France. With an exceptionally high mantle, this fireplace isn’t currently being used specifically for fires but rather for live greenery and other decor. There are so many ways to style fireplaces and mantles; the options are seemingly endless. 

formal dining room in a los angeles luxury home at 439 Paseo Miramar

Hand-painted beams draw the eyes above the dining room table in this Paciic Palisades estate. (Hilton & Hyland)

Beamed Ceilings

The large dining room at this gorgeous Pacific Palisades home is upgraded further by spectacular beams over the large dining table. The hand-painted detailing also makes for a one-of-a-kind aesthetic you can’t find anywhere else. This design element is just of the many incredible features of the home. 

toronto luxury penthouse dining room with elaborate wallpaper

Elaborate wallpaper transforms the dining room inside this penthouse at the five-star Hazelton Hotel in Toronto. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Wow With Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been one of the biggest decor trends in recent years, and dining rooms are perfect. This dining room at this prized Toronto penthouse features a very traditional wallpaper style. It coordinates perfectly with the chandelier and antique furniture. While the next owner of this magnificent home will clearly want to put their own touch on it, those walls are bound to look fabulous with a fresh coat of paper. 

rounded dining room table inside a luxury home in new mexico

Want to try something different? Ditch the standard rectangular dining room table for a circular version. (Barker Realty)

Ditch The Rectangular Table

There’s no better way to connect with everyone at dinner than with a round dining table. It makes it easy for everyone to see each other and converse together. While this contemporary home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a more formal dining space, the more casual dining area with the round table is just so welcoming. Best of all, the glass doors flood the room with natural light. 

dining room table at 1103 Martis Landing Truckee, CA

Open space can sometimes open the dining room to great views, such as the one seen here in Truckee, California. (Tahoe Mountain Realty)

Keep It Open

Remember that a dining room doesn’t have to be a separate room. You can easily create a dining area off a living room, kitchen, or great room. In this fully remodeled ski cabin in Truckee, California, the dining area shares absolutely stunning views of the mountains with the living room. So, there is no need for a separate room. You can just sit, dine and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

boat inspired bar room inside a del mar luxury home

Don’t like the traditional dining room? Reinvent the space as a contemporary bar room for entertaining. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

Opt For A Bar Instead

Not into a formal dining room? That’s okay. You can easily convert most dining rooms into a wet bar as seen in this beachfront property in Del Mar. With wainscotted walls and luxe finishes, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a craft cocktail or some appetizers with guests. This is especially a smart idea for smaller dining rooms that are unlikely to get used regularly. 

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I am a writer, design expert, host of the podcast Bougie Adjacent, and comedic performer. I am absolutely fascinated by all aspects of décor and design. It once took me six months to choose a soap dispenser and I can’t even remember what it looked like. I like bright prints, southern exposure and any location you can call a “village or town.” There are currently over 100 episodes of House Hunters on my DVR.

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