Show Off a Home’s Dining Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Nearly three-quarters of about 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say that they use their dining rooms on a daily or weekly basis, according to the 2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey.

The majority of home owners surveyed say they want big tables in their dining rooms too. More specifically, rectangular tables with dark wood or glass that can seat up to six people. That is among the top requests of many remodeling home owner’s wish lists, according to the survey.

Dining Room Staging Solutions

Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in Weston, Fla., and president-elect of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, had a home she staged where the existing dining table and buffet were outdating the space. What’s more, the all-white was causing the room’s potential to get overlooked.


Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts,

What she did: Holmes channeled a more modern, tropical look for this Miami condo’s dining room, bringing in a glass table, modern chairs and artwork, a textured rug, and set the table to show it ready for a dinner party.


Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts,

Here’s more inspiration for dining room makeovers of your listings.

Try mismatched furniture to create more appeal.

Set the table for a dinner party.

Add a centerpiece on the table, whether a bowl of bright-colored fruit or fresh flowers.

Use a slipcover over the chairs to keep it simple, elegant.

Squeeze in the largest table the space can comfortably fit to show off the full entertainment space.

Dress up the walls, with artwork or a mirror.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I love dining rooms. I’m currently working with Buyers who use their dining room at least once a week for family and friends and usually have a big crowd. They’re looking for a 20 foot space which is hard to find so they’re considering a custom build. I’m sending them tbis article so they can be inspired.

  2. I LOVE having a “formal” dining room. I don’t save it for holidays and special occasions. I use it to MAKE every meal special. The lighting and table décor can be changed in a snap to set the mood or match the menu theme (there is something to be said about eating great spaghetti & meatballs on a red & white checked tablecloth) … kitchens can be cluttered and distracting. Being able to sit down and enjoy the food and focus on your dining companion(s) instead of staring at the mess of dishes waiting for you. priceless!

  3. When we are staging properties, the “formal dining room” often gets overlooked. I feel that we have moved to a more open type floor plan. Many newer medium size homes don’t have the dining in it’s own room, tucked away somewhere. Many buyers like to see it more connected to the Kitchen and Living area. So, when we have a dining room that is in it’s own space, I find it important to stage it in a way that makes it warm, inviting, and feel open. I like the tips here.

  4. I love the concept. I will have to use this idea more in my photos.