Gathering with friends and family isn’t such a faraway concept anymore! Now that worldwide restrictions are lifting, it’s the perfect time to give your dining room a facelift to match. Elevate your dining space with modern wall art. From abstract prints, to minimalist marvels, there are endless ways to make your dining room feel chic and contemporary. Change your entire room with a single piece of artwork. Wall art is a quick and inexpensive way to add a stylish touch before you start hosting dinner parties again. We’ve teamed up with our design experts to bring you the latest décor trends for dining rooms. Let’s get started!

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Dining Room Inspiration

A Contemporary Style

Colors for the Modernist

Dining Room Wall Painting Sizes

Dining Room Wall Painting Shapes

Top Designer Trends & Topics

Dining Room Inspiration

Communal spaces are valued more highly than ever. While our home may have served as our sanctuary over the last year, it’s time to open our doors to others. While your dining room should reflect your unique personality, it should also act as a space to welcome your guests. Turn your dining room into a cozy environment with splashes of style.

Expert Design Tip

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her insight into dining room décor post-pandemic:

“Shifting our daily life indoors has sparked a revitalization that has increased the importance of coziness and a harmonious flow. That’s why Nordic style keeps on rising, with light colored wood and pops of color to brighten up the space. Combine organic materials and give your space a personal touch by including elements that represent your interest (such as a mini art gallery!). The dining room [in particular] has become a more personal space.”

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A Contemporary Style

To create a contemporary style in your dining room is simple. Avoid clutter and get inspired by Scandinavian design. “Hygge” is the theory of combining comfort with practicality. Use organic details along with sleek lines. Keep your décor minimal but intentional. Only include pieces that bring you joy. Use nature as your primary inspiration for this modern look.

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Expert Design Tip

Our resident decor expert, Yoko Chow of Yoko Chow Design LLC, emphasizes the importance of including greenery in your space:

“I always consider [the theory of] biophilia when designing a space,” she continues, “A number of studies have shown that indoor plants are effective at reducing stress, improving productivity, and even purifying polluted air. Introducing indoor plants and greenery into a room is fairly easy to try. The options are vast, as are the benefits.”

This motion for including more plant-inspired details is supported by our art director, Tirzah Goodman. View our "summer greenery" collection for more botanical art ideas. 

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Colors for the Modernist

A modern color scheme comes down to a neutral base with pops of color. You don’t have to shy away from color altogether, but you can’t go wrong with subtle shades of white, grey, taupe, and black.

Expert Design Tip

Design pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz explains how to combine colors with a modern Scandinavian theme:

“With wood-tones and bright white as a base, combine shades like grey, green, soft yellow, and black for a dining room with Scandinavian influence. Create a warm atmosphere that is both timeless and trendy. A delicate, bright dining room is ideal for gatherings or simply enjoying a nice cup of coffee.”

Black Dining Room Ideas

You don’t have to drench your space in black to make a visual impact. Black exudes class and luxury, and it only takes a few hints of this dark tone to do the trick. Choose a piece of wall art with black accents for a subtle upgrade.

White Dining Room Ideas

You can’t go overboard with white. In a modern space, white is a design staple. White can brighten any room in the blink of an eye. Plus, it tends to emphasize the idea of a Nordic influence.

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Dining Room Wall Painting Sizes

When selecting the perfect piece of modern art for your dining space, it’s important to consider sizing. Read these excerpts from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:


Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

For instance, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Do the same for your wall's 5 feet width. The ideal height of the canvas would be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.


Looking for something really dramatic and big for a massively large empty wall? Got you!
Choose super, oversized wall art that measures 68 inches by 45 inches in height and width. If you want to cover the entire wall above your couch or bed, this makes the right size selection for your canvas. It makes your space look dramatic and appealing while adding a luxurious factor to your space.

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Dining Room Wall Painting Shapes

ElephantStock offers wall art in a wide array of different shapes and layouts. Put a splash of personality into your print by choosing the layout that best fits your design vision. If you’re a modernist through and through, go with a trendy two-panel look. If you want something even more contemporary and quirky, our hexagonal canvases are right up your alley. Dare to take a chance on a bold dining room canvas painting.

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Top Designer Trends & Topics

Looking for more dining room decor topics? We have an entire arsenal of articles to help you on your design journey. For more creative wall art ideas, read through this handy guide. If you’re looking to totally redecorate your dining space, check out this blog post. Finally, finish your décor education with this dining room-inspired article. Happy decorating!

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