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40 Minimalist Dining Rooms That Will Leave You Hungry to Copy Their Style

Like the kitchen, the dining room is an essential gathering place for any home. It’s where families can gather after a long day apart and where guests can break bread with their hosts. The extravagant formal dining rooms of yore that made it difficult to talk to someone at the other end of the table have long since given way to something a bit simpler, where breakfast cereal is more common than a five-course meal. The dining rooms featured here are elegant in their simplicity. The minimalist aesthetic works so well in the dining room because it can create a clear, clean canvas for the tapestry of the next meal that will be shared at the sparse but beautiful table.

Photographer: Jonas Lindström   

As with so many minimalist rooms, white will be a popular color palette in the minimalist dining room. In this Scandinavian style dining room, white walls and concrete floors create a bright, airy space in an industrial-style loft.

Visualizer: Home D  

Lighting should never be neglected in an dining room — these black dining pendant lights match nicely with the black dining table in this otherwise sparsely decorated room.

Visualizer: Artem Bobrov  

Indeed, black modern dining chairs are rather popular in the minimalist dining room.

Visualizer: Stijn Vereeken  

Even taller black chairs like these ones can fit into the minimalist aesthetic, mimicking the lines of the kitchen cabinetry and making the room feel bigger and more open.

Designer: i29 Architects  

Minimalist dining rooms do not have to be devoid of decoration. This space has a creative accent wall with a spattering of creative elements yet remains clean and sleek.

Designer: Tierney Conner Design Studio  

This cozy minimalist dining room leans towards the Scandinavian style with its ocean blue accent pillows and unique light fixture.

Visualizer: Denis Khramov  

Two brands of white Scandinavian style chairs make an appearance in this minimalist dining room: the Panton S sculpted chair and the classic Eames chair.

Designer: Paolo Didonè & Devvy Comacchio  

This tropical-inspired minimalist dining room has a beachy feel from its tile floor to sloped ceiling beams.

Designer: Suzie McAdam  

For a more colorful minimalist dining room, consider subtle shades like sage green, which work nicely with this room’s Similar dining pendants are available here.

Photographer: Christian Gahl   

The light wood Wishbone chairs featured here have that minimalist Scandinavian vibe that is so on trend.

Visualizer: Volma Graphics  

The wood chairs work well in mostly white minimalist designs like this one.

Visualizer: Anastasia Bakurova   

Minimalist line art and a statement area rug make this minimalist living room quite artistic.

Visualizer: Metro Cúbico Digital   

A statement dining pendant can be a great lighting choice in a minimalist dining room.

Designer: Schlicht Lamprecht   

When a large statement dining pendant doesn’t quite work, more subtle pendant lighting combined with recessed lighting can be design-friendly as well as practical. The Eames shell chair is a another stylish addition.

Visualizer: 081 Arch  

Many minimalist dining rooms exist in open floor plan homes, which means their subtle color schemes need to mesh with surrounding areas as well — including the kitchen and dining room.

Designer: Arthur Carvalho Vieira   

A white tile kitchen and light wood dining set make this minimalist dining room quite simple and chic.

Designer: Joanna Kubieniec   

You don’t need a lot of room to make a minimalist dining room with artificial tropical leaves work.

Architect: Benn & Penna  
Photographer: Tom Ferguson  

The use of a longer table like this one can elongate a room.

Visualizer: Line Architects  

Lest you think the shell chair is the only Eames option for minimalist, the Eames eiffel base arm chair is another simple and beautiful option.

Visualizer: Vüsal Abbasov   

Minimalist dining rooms can use creative elements like a chalkboard wall to bring in simple, colorful bursts of personality.

Visualizer: Tesla Studio  

The stunning whitewashed floorboards in this minimalist dining room really make the room feel bigger.

Visualizer: AVG  

This dining room just manages to squeak into the minimalist aesthetic with its limited palette and clean lines, but large dining pendants and a huge art piece make this room a bit bolder than some of the others.

Designer: MAArchitects  

The white retro dining chairs in the brightly light room are quite interesting.

Visualizer: Inuti  

When a dining table butts up against the kitchen counter, an easy flow is created. The linear suspension light helps, too.

Visualizer: Vuong Hai Duong  

The wood framed windows and decorative candles give this dining room a bit of a nautical flair.

Visualizer: Lada Kamyshanskaya  

A modern fruit bowl and chandelier give this minimalist dining table a futuristic feel.

Visualizer: Haptic Architects  

Mismatched About A Chair replicas take a minimalist dining room in a bohemian direction.

Visualizer: Emanuela Berardi  

Dark grey is less popular than stark white in minimalist designs, but its a bit gentler than black for a bit of contrast.

Visualizer: Aurélien BRION  

This clean dining room is another example of the flooring creating a visual cue for a bigger seeming room.

Visualizer: Zrobym Architects  

In this colorful minimalist dining room, the Unfold pendant matches the yellow Eames chairs.

Visualizer: Daniel Reuterswärd  

This cozy dining room with a Drop chair definitely has the feeling of hygge — the Scandinavian idea of utter coziness and relaxation.

Photographer: Jonas Lindström  

Picture windows make minimalist design an easy choice because the view does the job of added decorative flourish.

Visualizer: Antonio Rodríguez   

Instead of large windows, this dining room has amazing geometric ceilings as its design focal point.

Visualizer: Michal Nowak  

The sculpted dining chairs in this modern minimalist black and white dining room have a certain 1980s flair to them.

Visualizer: VN Studio  

On the other side of the coin is this rustic-inspired minimalist dining room.

Visualizer: Alexander Korobka  

The way that the legs on these dining chairs are exactly parallel to the legs of the dining table is the stuff of a minimalist’s dreams.

Visualizer: Cecilia Corda  

This bright white minimalist dining room includes indoor plants
as well as an herb planter for added color.

Visualizer: Kseniia D  

This dark minimalist dining room includes an unfinished wood table as well as a minimalist framed print.

Visualizer: Rue Temple  

A dark industrial dining room can still be minimalist.

Visualizer: Andi Buftea  

Finally, mismatched woods and minimalist furnishings that can expand for company make this cozy dining room a cute and practical choice.

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40 Fabulous Floor Reading Lamps For The Design Conscious

Floor standing reading lamps are not just an accessory to a room decor scheme. They can set the style of a living room, be multipurpose task lighting in a home office, or define a cosy reading corner in just about any room. Due to the proportions of tall floor lamps, they appear less as a second class accessory and more a piece of actual furniture. Careful thought goes into selecting a large item of furniture for your home, so choosing the design of a floor lamp should be given due consideration too. We’ve selected 40 fabulous floor reading lamps that we think may light up your life!

$299BUY IT

Serge Mouille Style Floor Lamp: This would be ideal in a mid century modern room scheme, with its slender tripod leg base. Made from carbonized steel and copper, it comes in this matte black colourway with contrasting white shade interior.

$549BUY IT

Serge Mouille Style 3 Arm Floor Reading Lamp: Multi light floor lamps are an ideal solution for a larger home library setup where there might be multiple reading chairs; models like this one are perfect for the job.

$195BUY IT

AJ Style Contemporary White Floor Reading Lamp: Spun steel with a tiltable shade, this was inspired by mid-century design by Arne Jacobsen. Modern floor reading lamps with a quirky shape look right at home in a Scandinavian style setting.

$219BUY IT

Grasshopper Lamp: Black floor reading lamps really stand out. Team a black lamp with other dark accessories like a black framed mirror or a set of black metal shelves.

$750BUY IT

Lean Floor Lamp: The Lean can be selected in either a black or white finish that is subtly distressed to create an industrial look. The arm of the cool floor reading lamp is in raw brass and the detail is rubber.

$1606BUY IT

Foscarini Fork Floor Lamp: The large casual shade of this lamp by Diesel has a patchwork structure to the canvas that, when lit warmly from within, is reminiscent of campsite tents. It also has a stitching style similar to jeans. The joints of the floor lamp make the stand very flexible, and the shade can be rotated 360°.

$463BUY IT

Spar Floor Lamp Replica: Living room reading lamps are in the room most displayed to house guests, and this striking red and black creation would certainly turn heads. If you want to go a step further than this modern replica, the original is available here.


Affordable Energy Efficient 3 Pivot Floor Reading Lamp: LED floor reading lamps are becoming more in demand as people grow more mindful of the environmental effects of energy consumption, and as the monetary costs of consuming energy continually rises. This brushed anodized aluminum design is an affordable lamp that presents a way to help protect the Earth and your bank account.

$435BUY IT

Link Ring Shaped LED Task Floor Lamp: Another of our favourite contemporary floor reading lamps that is fitted with LEDs. LED technology provides brilliantly bright floor reading lamps that are perfect for a shadowy reading corner that is situated out of the reach of a main overhead light. This is also a floor lamp with dimmer, so if the LEDs prove too bright then they can easily be made less dazzling.


Sparq Arc LED Floor Lamp: Arc floor reading lamps are able to reach over a piece of large furniture like a sofa or chunky armchair, in order to better centre the light source over a book or task. Minimalist floor reading lamps like this have no lampshade, so they don’t encroach on your space or decor scheme. This one is dimmable too.


Linear Floor Lamp: This futuristic LED lamp has a cool lightsaber look, perfect for sci-fi fans. This is the Linear Edition of Brightech’s curved Sparq Arc lamp (previous pic). It has a straight 58in wand that displays at a steady angle from a 5ft metal pole that comes in either high-shine silver or gloss black.

$556BUY IT

S7 Snake Like Floor Lamp: Rising from the floor like a snake charmers serpent from its basket. It can also be repositioned thanks to its malleable form that is reshaped by pulling the coils apart, so you could adjust the lamp to be shorter, more coiled or super wavy. The poseable silhouette does not require any tools to adjust it, it’s simply plug and play.

$489BUY IT

De Padova Style Circle Floor Lamp: Looking a little like a long stemmed leaf, this design presents a unique way to light a reading area, or add style over a dining table where there is no ceiling light fixture available.

$744BUY IT

Solveig Floor Lamp: Solveig means ‘path of the sun’ in Swedish, though this may appear more like a satellite or flying saucer rather than the sun – until the gloss white reflector is illuminated. The repoussé sheet steel shade is connected to the black lacquered base by a magnet, allowing the angle of the circular reflector to be modified.

$624BUY IT

Archer Floor Lamp: Wooden floor reading lamps bring a sophisticated look. This one has a chunky beech wood base post, and the shade has a frosted diffuser for minimising glare to provide the user with a comfortable level of light.

$470BUY IT

Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp: On the back of the Tolomeo table/task that achieved the Compasso d’Oro award for Italian industrial design in 1989, engineering and performance features have been refined to create a new series of models, including this floor model.

$161BUY IT

Adesso Atlas Tall Floor Lamp: Smart outlet compatible, making it furture-proof. Task floor lamps often focus their light on a small concentrated area but this 77in tall design boasts a glow over a larger area.


Floor Reading Lamp With Lampshade: With a classic elevated crane design, this would look at home in any room of the home. The linen textured hanging shade is a neutral tone to fit with just about any colour scheme too.

$258BUY IT

Dramatic Large Floor Lamp: Looking almost like it’s made from metallic tree branches, the bright silver finish contrasts against the black drum shade and dark rectangular base.

$178BUY IT

Scandinavian Style Adjustable White & Wood Floor Lamp: With current trends, scandinavian floor reading lamps are in high demand. This quirky composition would make an interesting addition.

$288BUY IT

Minimalist Style Floor Lamp: A white and wood combo makes up this design too but this time the lamp shade is a more dominant part of the look.


Floor Reading Lamp with Shade: This curvaceous design looks stylish in a living room scheme but would look equally suited to a home office.

$324BUY IT

Carronade 360S Floor Lamp Replica: Due to its smaller stature, this is a less imposing floor lamp. The original design is also available here.

$1340BUY IT

Scantling Floor Lamp: This floor lamp has a matching table lamp available. Both combine on trend geometric shape with a fashionable wood finish.

$150BUY IT

Ikea Ranarp Floor Reading Lamp: Peppered with copper coloured detailing and a monochrome chevron cable.


Black Floor Reading Lamp: Sometimes simple is the way to go. This design melds well with most decor schemes.

$310BUY IT

Contemporary Gold Shade Reading Lamp: Gold floor reading lamps are bang on trend right now and this would make a super chic accent piece.


Ikea Lersta Aluminum Floor Lamp: If you’re on the lookout for a cheap Aluminium floor reading lamp, this is a neat little bargain.

$125BUY IT

Ikea Hektar Oversized Floor Reading Lamp: Pictured left, the Hektar has a bold look that fits with a strong monochrome scheme.

$100BUY IT

Minimalist Narrow Floor Reading Lamp: Its small base can be neatly tucked up close to furniture, or positioned in a tight corner.


Copper Floor Reading Lamp: Minimal and super contemporary with a trendy exposed bulb design. No shade required.


Ikea Jansjo Flexible Gooseneck Floor Reading Lamp: This black gooseneck floor lamp is another shade-free design. Simplistic with no embellishments, it’s a useful addition to a room without distracting from other decor.


Triple Light Conical Reading Floor Lamp: Built-in LEDs mean that you don’t have to worry about changing the bulbs, making it a time, energy and money saver. Although this is a 3 light floor lamp, it has a lightweight composition which means it’s easy to transport between rooms.


Globe Shaped Arc Reading Lamp: This has been a classic shape through the ages and continues in popularity.


Antique Brass Floor Reading Lamp: Antique floor reading lamps look perfect in a study or can bring a little nostalgia to a living room.

$200BUY IT

Oil Rubbed Bronze Metal Finish Floor Lamp: A traditional looking piece, this lamp makes a perfect accompaniment to a classic wing chair. Despite its traditional appearance, it has very modern dimmable LED natural daylight simulation to reduce eye fatigue.


Industrial Style Floor Lamp: Perfect for a loft style apartment.

$356BUY IT

Industrial Style Counter Balance Floor Reading Lamp: This cool creation looks like it belongs in an inventor’s workshop.

$187BUY IT

Modern Arc Globe Floor Lamp: As far as living room reading lamps go, this is one that provides flexibility thanks to a dimmer switch located on the pole that can adjust bright light into mood lighting. Bright floor reading lamps are great when completing tasks but it’s always great to have the option of a softer setting.


Floor Reading Lamp With Dimmer & Adjustable Color Temperature: This lamp pushes the options for atmospheric lighting further. If the 12-levels of brightness and 10-levels of color temperature aren’t enough, it also has a sleep timer and a night light mode.

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You Can Stay at This Vernacular-Style Beach House in Sri Lanka

This unusual looking guesthouse in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, was recently completed by Chinthaka Wickramage Associates. Issana Beach House is located 200 kilometers (125 miles) away from the bustling capital of Colombo and is a comfortable stopover for those looking to explore the country’s South Coast beaches.

According to the architects, the design of this house drew inspiration from the vernacular buildings of the nearby small towns and villages. The low-rise structures were developed to merge with the surrounding landscape. Local materials such as brick (for the masonry walls) and timber (for the roof and terraces) were integrated in the construction.

Before heading to the reception, visitors walk through an inviting forecourt. After checking-in, they are “squeezed” through a tall and narrow cathedral-like corridor that leads to the bedrooms. This narrow pathway continues with a triple-height lounge area, which visually communicates with the garden, beach and the Indian Ocean beyond.

The kitchen, storage area and laundry are all tucked to the rear of the site, while the living room and bedrooms are oriented toward the views. What are your thoughts on this tropical getaway in Sri Lanka? Information provided by Chinthaka Wickramage Associates; photography courtesy of Thilina Wijesiri.

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The Freshome Gift Guide: Farmhouse Gifts for Country Design Lovers

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Who says purists of different design styles can’t be friends? You may be into contemporary, but know someone who needs a little extra tradition and frill in their life. For those who love farmhouse design, we’ve created a roundup of lovely farmhouse gifts in stores now from country-chic design stars like Joanna Gaines, Martha Stewart and more.

Farmhouse gifts featuring textiles

Soft and reversible, the Whitaker throw blankets from Pottery Barn are affordably priced at under $30.

Linens, plaids, stripes and classic florals are all signature farmhouse design looks. Some good textile ideas a farmhouse design lover might enjoy include a table runner, tea towels or a warm and cozy blanket.

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Hostess gift ideas for farmhouse design lovers

If you’re looking for a little something as a thank you during the holidays, these gifts are small, versatile and would be much appreciated.

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A folding storage basket that works as a tote or carry all is a good gift for nearly anyone. Gift it alone, or add wine or firewood to create a gift basket. Available at Target for $27.

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Farmhouse-style serving pieces

One of the most important design elements of the farmhouse design style revolves around home, hearth and entertaining. Vintage serving pieces, often featuring animals or other ornamentation, and old cast iron or copper cookingware are popular.

Epicurean has created this pig cutting board, made in the USA. It’s durable, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe. Available at Crate and Barrel for $35.

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Farmhouse home decor gift ideas

These gifts not only make wonderful Christmas gifts, but they’d also be perfect housewarming gifts for farmhouse design lovers, too. They add a personal and rustic vibe to a home that’s as warm and unique as the people who live there.

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Mason jars are a quintessential item in farmhouse and country living design. These hanging mason jars come with tiny battery-operated LED string lights inside that light up a space and add some ambiance. Available at Wayfair, $15 each.

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Home Sellers: These 7 Outdated Design Trends Could Hurt Your Chances of Finding a Buyer

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Outdated home trends often cause buyers to pass on your home. Image: Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

We hate to say it, but trends do come and go. What was hot a few years ago may not be popular now and some long-scorned fads are making their way back into the public consciousness. (We’re looking at you, wallpaper!) For sellers, this cycle can leave some sellers stuck with outdated design trends when they put their home on the market. Worst of all, they might not even know it.

If you’re getting ready to sell, you don’t want to miss this post. We asked the pros which out-of-date looks are most likely to send buyers running. In most cases, all it takes is a few small changes to open your home to a much wider pool of buyers.

basement paneling

Taking the paneling off your basement walls is more than worth the investment. Image: Callahan Interiors

Paneling on the walls

“One couple I worked with loved a home until we stepped into the basement. The floor to ceiling wood paneling made the space dark and unappealing. The wife stopped immediately and said, ‘Sorry, Jeff, this house has to be a no for me. I feel like I’m standing in a dungeon.’ ” — Jeff Miller, co-founder of AE Home Group in Baltimore.

If you still have paneling in your basement, it’s time to take the plunge. Even if you’re not up for a complete redesign, replacing the paneling with some simply painted drywall will allow potential buyers to see a wealth of possibilities for how they may be able to use the space.

straight lines

Embrace straight lines for a clean, contemporary look. Image: Peter Eskuche, AIA

Overdone archways

“Archways inside living areas have a very dated look. A client of mine recently opened up a curved archway between the family room and kitchen by squaring it off with a contractor’s help. It was as if the same space increased in square footage by 30%. That’s what buyers are looking for.” — David Meek, broker at The Arizona Report in Phoenix.

Open concept spaces and contemporary lines are in. While this may be a bigger ask than some of the other items on this list, if you have some wiggle-room in your budget, it may be worth the investment.

neutral decor

Sticking to neutral décor will help you appeal to the greatest number of buyers. Image: The White House Interiors

Overly personalized décor

In 2016, I worked with a client who loved Western décor and wouldn’t budge on transitioning to something more modern and neutral. At first, we left the décor and just replaced some paint and carpeting, but two months later, the home still had not sold, which is not typical for that neighborhood (or the sale price). I suggested changing out some of the décor again and, as soon as we did, the house was sold.” — John Linden, designer at MirrorCoop in Los Angeles.

Staging your home is all about helping it appeal to as many buyers as possible. For this reason, depersonalization is often the first step when you’re ready to put your home on the market. Your best bet is to start by packing up family photographs and other personal items. Then, progress to switching out any overly personalized design elements for more neutral options.

overly staged

Be careful not to make rooms look too staged. Image: Arete Culture

Feeling too staged

“The trend of making a home look exactly like the showroom of one particular store is a turn-off for buyers. Rather, they want to feel the home is cozy and curated, with pieces chosen specifically for the space. Rooms need to be cohesive, but should not have the same line of fixtures in every room. People want to feel they have something special and are willing to pay a higher price for it.” — Victoria Massengale, estate director at Compass in Beverly Hills, CA.

Even homes that are being sold need to have a little personality. In this case, its all about sprinkling a few accessories throughout each room. Opt for relatively innocuous pieces that incorporate plenty of texture. This will help the give the room plenty of visual interest without delving too much into personal style.

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Comfort is key in modern living rooms. Image: Milray Park

Formal living spaces

“Aesthetic trends have become more casual overall. These days, ease of life and comfort are the new definition of luxury. People no longer want to tip-toe around their homes in fear of breaking or staining something.” — Alison Bernstein, founder and president of Suburban Jungle, which has locations nationwide.

Transitioning a formal living space into a cozy atmosphere doesn’t have to include an entire design overhaul. In this case, it’s all about the accessories. Switch out some of your more out-of-date options for more current options. You could also add some textiles — new blankets, throw pillows, and area rugs — to drive home that cozy feel.

bathroom fixtures

Freshen up bathrooms and kitchens with new fixtures. Image: Whitten Architects Inc.

Dated bathroom fixtures

“Gold or shiny brass bathroom fixtures from the 1980s and 1990s instantly date houses. Although they’re coming back into style now, they’re not the ones from back then! Changing the fixtures to more modern ones will make a big difference.” — Bill Golden, an independent real estate agent with RE/Max Metro Atlanta Cityside.

Updating fixtures is a great compromise if you’re trying to update your home to suit more modern tastes because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to do. We recommend going with a chrome or brushed nickel fixture because that will appeal to the largest number of buyers.

quartz countertops

Quartz is the new granite. Image: Garbett Homes

Marble countertops

“Marble is classy and stylish, but it gets stained easily. This is why many homeowners are starting to choose quartz or soapstone over the marble. They are simply easier to care for, which will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. History has taught us that omnipresent materials can’t stay trendy forever and marble is running out of time.” — Harriet Jones, supervisor of End of Tenancy Cleaning, Go Cleaners – London.

Sad, but true. Granite is on its way out. If you’re still wondering where you fall on the quartz vs granite debate, know that quartz is more environmentally friendly, offers more color options than granite and requires less maintenance overall.

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Saying goodbye to outdated design trends may boost your chances of getting an offer. Image: m monroe design

Popular design trends don’t last forever, which can put you at a disadvantage if you put your home on the market after your aesthetic falls out of vogue. We had a chance to ask the pros what’s hot and what’s not. They told us which outdated design trends buyers hate. If you’re thinking of selling soon, heed this advice. You never know what small touch may bring in an offer.

Which outdated design trends do you think have to go? Is there anything on this list that you disagree with? Tell us in the comments.


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