As someone who has never done a ton of cooking or formal entertaining, dining rooms have always been a bit of a design challenge for me. I realized that as soon as I had a dining room that I loved spending time in, I started doing the cooking/entertaining thing a lot more.
One of the biggest challenges of designing a dining room is what to put on the walls. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite ideas from traditional to quirky and everything in between. If you’ve got wall space to fill up in your dining room, I’ve got you covered.
1: Gallery Wall

If you happen to have a large collection of art, a gallery wall is a perfect solution in a dining room. You can mix and match various sizes of art, frame colors and finishes, and even throw in some unusual objects to create a fun gallery wall that displays it all. The spacing and execution of gallery walls can sometimes be tricky, so make sure you plan the whole thing out before you grab your hammer and nails.

2. Large Mirror

A beautiful mirror is one of those pieces that never goes out of style so you can feel comfortable investing in it. A large mirror is a great solution if you have a smaller space that you’re looking to open up a bit. Round mirrors are definitely having a moment right now, so if you’re not sure what type of mirror might work in your dining room, consider going round.

3: Graphic Wallpaper as Art

I absolutely love the look of wallpaper and think that the dining room is the perfect spot to go for it. However, if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge (or take on the expense) of wallpapering your entire dining room, consider using just a piece of it. Find a print or design that you love, then order a piece that’s just large enough to fill your space. Or try using smaller pieces (either the same print or coordinating prints) that you can frame and hang together on one wall.

4: Woven Wall Hanging

With the boho trend still going strong in design, woven wall hangings have become all the rage over the past few years. You can search for the perfect vintage wall hanging for your space on eBay or Etsy, or make your own DIY version. The great thing about DIY pieces is that you can choose to make them exactly the size you need to fill up your wall.

5: Vertical Garden

This idea definitely falls into the quirky category, but living walls are a really unique option for making your dining space stand out. You can create a living wall using special “pockets” that are designed to hold your plants and allow them to grow properly. If you’d like to go with a plant wall, make sure your space gets enough light for the plants you choose.

6: Chalkboard

Another fun option for a more modern dining space is a large, hanging chalkboard. You can use it to share menus for dinner parties, or use it as a spot for kids to draw on while adults eat dinner. If you’d like to fill up a larger space, consider using chalkboard paint to outline a bigger chunk of your wall.

7: Vintage Sign

Vintage signs are also a great option for dining room decor. You can choose one larger sign, or go for several smaller signs and hang them all together. These are fun items to hunt for at yard sales, and they come in all different shapes and sizes.

8: Family Photography

If you’re always snapping family photos or pictures of your kids, consider enlarging a couple of them and using them as artwork in your dining room. Printing family photos in black and white is a great way to make them look a bit more professional and pulled together.

9: Kids’ Artwork

If your kids are always working on their art skills, you likely already have a bunch of amazing artwork lying around the house. It might be time to consider blowing a couple of pieces up and framing them to use as artwork in your dining room. Engineer prints are an inexpensive way of getting larger pieces of art to use.

10: Typography Artwork

Another simple art idea is using typography to create pieces of artwork in your dining room. You can choose messages that are meaningful to your family, or simply choose words or letters with powerful graphic elements that create punchy pieces of art. Using a simple black-and-white palette, like the one pictured, is a good idea if you want to keep things more neutral.

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