Unlike a living room, bedroom or kitchen, which multiple uses, a dining room is mostly about dining and entertaining. Hence, it can be pretty challenging to design a modern dining room. Of course, the dining table and chairs will be the dominant design features of the room. Though wall colours and window curtains may be a simple matter of matching, you may wonder what furniture needs to be there.
If it is a formal dining room, think about how often you entertain. If it is often, you need a large table and plenty of chairs. If not, then a table that simply accommodates your family makes more sense. For occasional parties, you have the option of a table leaf design, which can fold up. This is important because the grander the dining room needs to be, your other design elements will have to contribute to that grandeur.
A china showcase is a great piece of furniture for a dining room. You can buy a modern showcase with a built-in countertop, which can serve as an occasional buffet table. Depending on your drinking patterns, you can either have a rolling bar cart or you can install a fully-stocked bar. Extra space can be utilised by placing a side table, preferably one that matches the china showcase. Place flower vases, lamps or photo frames on this table.
You can make the dining room truly colourful with bright walls and contrasting furniture and upholstery. A large mirror on one wall is a popular design feature in formal dining rooms. If cost is not an issue, splurge on a big contemporary chandelier. The wide mirror will reflect more light and create an illusion of bigger space.