How can I make my dining room look more expensive?

The desire to make a dining room feel more opulent is a reflection of how important these spaces have become in our homes. ‘Dining rooms are where we host visitors, serve celebratory dinners, and enjoy quality time with our partners,’ says paint expert Annie Sloan. ‘I’d never admit it, but I do want my guests to be impressed when they come to dine,’ she adds. Interior designer Holly Kopman agrees. ‘Dining rooms are becoming more than just a table with chairs. More than ever, they are places to gather and connect.’ 

Making your dining room look refined and luxurious needn’t mean a total refresh and overhaul of your interiors. In fact, this space can be made all the more glamorous feeling with just a few tweaks here and and some easy design tricks there. ‘It can be simple to elevate the look and feel of a room, especially a dining room,’ says designer Marie Flanagan. We’ve spoken to the designers to gather some clever dining room ideas that will help transform this much-used space. 

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh is an experienced homes editor and writer. For this story, she’s spoken to brands and designers to find out just how to make a dining room feel refined and elegant.

How do I make my dining room look more expensive?

1. Add a rug under your dining table

Dining room rug

(Image credit: Natalie Dinham. Design: A Rum Fellow)

Soft furnishings aren’t just for the living room and bedroom. Selecting a good rug to sit under the dining room table adds that little bit extra to make the space feel like a luxury dining room. A rug also works as a clever zoning technique, anchoring the dining room table and chairs, so it is an example of considered design in the home.