If your dining room has been doing double-duty for the past six (has it only been six?) months, functioning as both a dining space and a home office or a classroom, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re starting to feel like it needs a little refresh. That could be something as simple as a new tablecloth or place settings that make mealtimes feel special again, or new lighting that transforms the entire space.
We chose three dining space scenarios and styled each one with some of our favorite finds from Design Within Reach to bring you a little fall dining room inspiration. If you need a little payment flexibility to make your dream space come true, just wait: DWR also happens to be an Affirm partner, which means any DWR order over $200 is eligible for Affirm’s friendly payment options. So, you can buy now and split the cost of your dining room refresh over 3-36 months, depending on cart price, with simple monthly payments and an APR as low as 0%. And you’ll never pay more than you agree to upfront, because Affirm never charges late or hidden fees, ever.
So if you’ve been daydreaming about sprucing up your dining room for fall, Affirm might be able to help you make it happen sooner than you’d planned for, all while sticking to your budget. Here’s how we styled three dining room setups, along with the monthly budget it would take to achieve the same look in your own space when you pay with Affirm.
For the Hostess with the Mostess
If your dining room is the space for Sunday suppers and holiday dinners, this setup is for you. It may still be a bit before you can host an elaborate dinner party, so use this downtime to turn the space into the gathering place of your dreams.
A table that can comfortably seat guests is essential, so we started with DWR’s Gala Extension Table, which can accommodate up to fourteen people. It has two leaves, which tuck up neatly into an under-table compartment when not in use, and its modern design makes it look great whether set up to seat four or fourteen. The Kin Side Chairs match the style of the table perfectly, as does the Moller Trolley, which is the perfect multitasker: Use it as a bar cart, serving station, or even as a place to stash your laptop and papers if your dining space doubles as a workspace.
For lighting, we chose a gorgeous Heracleum Endless pendant that’s big enough to light the room even at full capacity, and we set the table with high-contrast Oco Dinnerware and a Collo-Alto Flatware set that steals the stage. With glorious lighting, fun dinnerware, and modern flatware, some simple votives and seasonal flowers are all that’s needed to round out the tablescape.
Budget (at time of publication): $11,637.50, or as low as $376.22/month
For the Family Dining Space
Okay, so as much as we’d love to. . . not all of us have the space (or the time) to host 14 people for dinner on a regular basis. If your dining setup is designed to be a simple meeting spot for your family at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and maybe some work or study time in between), we’ve got you covered, too.
Investing in new lighting for a smaller dining space can make it feel like a whole new room. We chose this Bola Flush Mount Lamp, which is very practical and adds some polish to your space. It pairs nicely with a simple Kigumi Table for four that can be dressed up or down, and a neutral Moire Kelim Rug anchors the space. Comfortable and easy-to-clean About A Chair 12 Side Chairs are both stylish and durable, and an especially good option for families with young kids. New placemats and Linea Q Flatware, as well as mugs and a serving jug in autumnal colors, round out the tabletop.
Budget (at time of publication): $3,142, or as low as $101.58/month
Tiny dining spaces deserve upgrades, too! Especially if they’re multifunctional. With small spaces, it’s likely you’re not working with an actual dining “room” but rather a space in your kitchen or living room. You can still make it feel like a special, dedicated dining space. This setup is filled with timeless pieces that anchor a small space and grow with you.
A classic table like the Saarinen Tulip Table may feel like a big upgrade at first, but this is one purchase you’ll enjoy in your space now and hang on to forever. A small bold Maharam Merger Rug underneath the table helps differentiate the space from your kitchen or living area. You might also want to consider some iconic Eames Stacking Shell Chairs, which will help save space when you need to adjust seating from one to two to four.
For small spaces, we also love the idea of using a small but stylish USM Haller File Credenza for extra storage and setting up a bar on top. Style it with some decanters and tumblers, and serve charcuterie on a fancy marble slab for expert entertaining.
Budget (at time of publication): $8,970, or as low as $289.99/month
Affirm is a financial technology company that provides transparent and consumer-friendly payment alternatives to cash and traditional credit cards. Split your purchase into easy monthly payments with no late fees, hidden costs, or other surprises. Just select Affirm at checkout and split your payments over 3-36 months, depending on cart price. Affirm is available in Design Within Reach stores and on dwr.com on purchases over $200. With Affirm you can plan, outfit, and enjoy your new dining room in confidence.
Example: On a $2,500 purchase, you may pay $80.82/month for 36 months (10.13% APR). Loans made by Cross River Bank, Member FDIC. Subject to credit check and approval. Not available to West Virginia or Iowa residents.
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