shabby chic dining room ideas

Heidi Caillier Design

A dining area with a dreamy atmosphere can definitely add to a meal. And while crafting a charming tablescape is essential, elevated dining room wall decor is what really makes a difference. Naturally, setting it all up is a lot easier said than done which is why we’re coming to you today with smart, designer-approved ideas you and your guests will fall in love with. Whether you’re hoping to give your space a total makeover or start fresh, there are plenty of routes to take like embracing a mural wallpaper or designing your own basket gallery wall. After browsing these genius ideas, you’ll have a vision—or at the very least some inspiration—for your dining room that’ll make it your new favorite spot in the house.

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If you think a gallery wall of prints and paintings is overrated, create one with plates, instead. And don’t worry about how to hang them, because we have you covered with a step-by-step guide.

Wallpaper always makes a room look better. Whether you wallpaper just the top half of your walls, one entire wall, or cover every inch of your dining room, you can’t go wrong.

For an option that’ll give you the same effect as a wall mural without the commitment, try a large tapestry. Featuring an outdoor scene, our rec from Anthropologie offers a sense of tranquility.


Metal Wallscape Planters

Infuse a little greenery into your dining room with wall planters. These metal ones come in two sizes, so you can put a variety of small and medium plants in them.


Wooden Wall Decor and Propagation Station

Or if you don’t have a green thumb, use these wooden propagation stations to display dried flowers that don’t require any care.

Set the scene in your dining room with the colorful glow of a neon sign. Go the pre-made route or make it extra-special with a custom design—both of which you can score from Yellowpop.

For a modern, clean-lined gallery wall, use a set of matching frames. Joss & Main’s set includes 12 8-inch by 8-inch frames—fill it with family photos or your own artwork.

Or if the thought of figuring out what to put on a gallery wall stresses you out—and you’re a music lover—spotlight some of your favorite records on clear acrylic shelves.

Susan Hable for Soicher Marin

If gallery walls with a lot going on aren’t your thing, consider a piece of wall art broken into three parts, like Anthropologie’s black-and-white floral piece.

Invest in a gold ornate mirror for your dining room, and you won’t be disappointed. Rest it on a mantel or opt for a horizontal shape that’ll stand out on its own.

For sculptural detailing, arrange a few of these egret-shaped brass hangings on your dining room wall for an elegant display. Each set comes with three in various sizes.

For anyone searching for a boho look, create a basket wall. Buy single baskets to create a one-of-a-kind arrangement or purchase sets from sellers on sites like Etsy. Bonus points if you incorporate a woven mirror, like this one by Jungalow.

Posters can look especially dreamy in a dining room. For a nostalgic touch, go for posters of old movies or vintage ads.

Build a custom wine wall and take cues from Catherine Kwong Design (or simply buy a wine rack). You’ll be able to display your favorite wines and have easy access to them during meals.

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World Map Push Pin Wall Art

If you love to travel, consider hanging a world map push pin wall art. Every time you have a meal, you’ll be reminded of all of the memories you’ve made and places you’ve been.

Make your dining room feel larger while amplifying the lighting by mirroring the walls as inspired by designer Leanne Ford.

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Introduce texture and warmth into a dining area with a large macrame wall hanging, like our suggestion from Teddy and Wool that’s reminiscent of a hilly landscape.

With a framed TV in your dining room, you’ll be able to watch your go-to shows or display a range of digital artwork that’s easy to change any time you want to look at something new.

Finally, for those who are up for a bigger change, consider rearranging your home’s layout. Can you center the dining area around a window with a view? If so, the view will act as your decorative piece and you won’t need anything else to complement it—that is unless you want a fun window treatment like simple sheer curtains.

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