Elements of a Formal Dining Room

One of the best ways to bring family and friends together is a great meal, and there is no better way to enjoy it than in a distraction-free setting. There are several elements of a formal dining room that every elegant eating space needs, and the Front Door is here to help! We’ve compiled some of the most sophisticated furniture that your formal dining room needs to create a space that your loved ones will enjoy dinner after dinner.

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Formal Dining Room Tables

The focal point of every formal dining room should be the table. When purchasing a table for your formal dining room, first consider how much space you will need. How many guests will you regularly accommodate? What sort of table will fit in your formal dining room? Would you prefer a table that has fixed surface space or one that expands?

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Woodhaven Dining Table: This classic double-pedestal trestle table will look dashing in any formal dining room. Made out of environmentally-friendly rubberwood with a warm nutmeg finish, this piece has a rustic, worn-in look, perfect for the farmhouse formal dining room. This table comfortably seats six.

West End Dining Table: If you like a clean-cut and refined design, this is the table for you. Super trendy with a gray oak finish, this gorgeous furnishing has solid square block legs and is great for small and big spaces alike. With self-storing leaves, this table can seat four without the leaves or expand to seat six.

Jasmine Dining Table: If you don’t need tons of seating space to entertain, the Jasmine Dining Table is the space-saving solution. With a espresso brown sculpted pedestal base and an airy, floating glass top, this piece is ideal for your formal dining room. This designer-inspired addition seats four.

Bridgeport Dining Table: This table expands for even the largest of families. Comfortably able to seat six while dropped down and eight with the self-storing leaf, this antique-inspired piece has timeless charm. Turned legs, dentil molding, a hand-rubbed patina finish on the base, and a contrasting coffee acacia veneer top will make this classic table the star of your formal dining room.

Formal Dining Room Chairs

The dining room chairs that you choose to gather around your dining room table can really dictate whether the space reads formal or casual, so if you are trying to update your current dining room to be more elegant, chairs are the perfect, budget-friendly way to do it! Try to find comfortable, padded seats with refined details when choosing furniture for your formal dining room.

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Belle Dining Room Chair: Perfectly versatile with beige woven upholstery, this streamlined yet sophisticated seat will fit in a variety of formal dining room settings. You’ll love the clean lines and the striking crisscross inset on the back of this gorgeous furnishing.

Shimmer Parsons Dining Room Chair: You can’t get more formal than velvet! This sleek armless seat boasts regal gray upholstery adorned with a stylish nail head trim and a crest-shaped top. With gently curving cabriole legs, this piece will allow you to entertain with class!

Stella Parsons Dining Room Chair: Go totally glam with this formal beauty! With romantic, button-tufted upholstery in a rich chocolate brown, this seat has a rolled sleigh top and hand-applied silver nailhead trim. This piece will dress up any dining space!

Rowland Dining Room Chair: Classic is always a great choice when trying to create a formal dining room, and the Rowland Side Chair makes no exception. With traditional turned legs, lavish upholstery, and ornate details, this piece epitomizes classy.

Formal Dining Room Storage

Another great way to make a dining room more formal is by adding a storage piece, such as a server, buffet, or china cabinet. You can proudly store and display your most prized dishware, silver, and glassware as well as have a place to set family-style platters after everyone gets their first helping.

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Wakefield Dining Room Buffet with Optional Hutch: Whether you only need the convenience of a server or want the whole kit and caboodle with a formal china cabinet, this versatile furnishing offers it all. Its slatted drawer fronts, cherry finish, and simple yet sophisticated details make this the perfect place to hold all of your beloved dishware and silver.

Cabriolet Dining Room Cabinet: Made of recycled fir, the Cabriolet Cabinet is the elegant choice to store china, linens, or other home goods. Featuring large cabinet shelving, natural paneled wood, cabriole legs, antiqued brass knobs, and a sophisticated blue limestone tabletop, the Cabriolet is a designer-inspired classic. With a reclaimed, rustic, old pine finish, this storage cabinet is absolutely stunning.

Urban Loft Dining Room Server: Add high-end design to your dining room with the Urban Loft Server! Made of solid wood and rift-cut oak veneers, the clean lines, elegant chocolate finish, and sleek metal bar hardware on this piece work with both modern and traditional decor to create a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. With two cabinets, a spacious drawer, and a wine display storage that fits twelve bottles of your favorite red or white, this piece will be the perfect addition to your formal dining room.

Formal Dining Room Rugs

A classy rug perfectly centered under your dining room table and chairs instantly dresses up a formal dining room, making it feel more elegant and sophisticated. Choose carpets with rich colors, fashionable patterns, and a ply that isn’t too plush, so spills don’t become a major disaster in your eating space. If you need more help placing or choosing a size of your formal dining room rug, please check out Area Rug Dos and Don’ts.

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Marbella Citron Dining Room Rug: This deep and luxurious rug is made of 100% space-dyed polyester that is easy to clean and built to last. With a contemporary over-tufted pattern, the handmade Marbella has modern yet refined qualities that will complement any home’s decor. This beautiful rug is available in two sizes in your choice of gray with citron, paprika red, denim blue, and pewter with cream.

Genevieve Floral Dining Room Rug: The grand scale of the flowers brings this densely tufted rug to life. Entirely handmade, this carpet is given an herbal wash to enhance luster and softness in the final stage of production. Made of a New Zealand and Italian wool blend, this piece offers ultimate luxury for your formal dining room.

Delphine Coffee Dining Room Rug: A bold floral pattern combines rich hues in this sophisticated area rug. Dramatic yet understated, this rug is designed to wear beautifully, and is sure to be a timeless accent in any formal dining room.

For our Easy Guide to Setting a Table, click here, and check out these other formal dining rooms for even more inspiration!

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