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When you have hungry little people in your home, meal times can be chaotic. Your attention may be fixed on trying to get everyone seated, praying your fussy eater swallows at least one green vegetable, and hoping there isn’t any food fights at the table. It’s no wonder, people relate dining with kids to feeding time at the zoo. 

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad, but the last thing you want to worry about are dirty fingers on upholstery, a scratched table top or squished food in your beautiful (no doubt expensive) rug.


Family friendly doesn’t mean you need your design style compromised 

When decorating a family friendly dining room, you have to think practicality but that doesn’t mean your design style needs to be sacrificed.  

The key is to focus on hardwearing materials, like timber tables and chairs that can be wiped down. Add a sense of luxury by including upholstered chairs at the head of your table. If you desire upholstered seating throughout or cushions, ensure you choose high quality fabric which is protected from stains with a suitable fabric protection.  

Add colour, print and pattern in your furniture, and decorative items like artwork, wallpaper, rugs or pillows. Be playful by including relaxed bench seating, fun lights, mixed chairs or even things to keep the kids entertained.


Family friendly dining rooms to give you inspiration

Feel the need for some inspiration? Here are 12 family friendly dining room we love, and we’re sure you will too!


1. A table to seat a crowd 

We’re loving the expansive Oslo dining table with easy wipe, yet chic black Malmo chairs that can seat the entire family and more when you extend it.   

2. Calm, neutral palette 

It’s the calm, neutral palette of timbers, greys and creams of this dining room that has caught our eye. The bench seat is a nice touch too! 

Neutral dining table

Image credit: HGTV 

3. Chalkboard entertainment 

The kids might not be sitting at the stools for long, but this chalkboard is a great way to entertain them whilst your cooking. 

Chalk board kitchen bench

Image credit: Coco Cozy 

4. Bright meets simplicity   

We’re loving this combination of brightly coloured Dane chairs paired with a clean-lined timber table like the Chicago to really make a statement.  


5. Classic family home come modern family apartment    

We can’t fault this sophisticated, classic dining room. The mix of upholstered and timber chairs with the solid timber table is just perfect. See it here in two different looks. 

Classic family dining room

Image credit: Studio McGee


6. The eclectic vibe 

This eclectic look of modern mixed with traditional furniture comes together with ease. The pops of colour in the family art create a home sweet home feeling.

Eclectic look with pops of colour

Image credit: Style at Home

7. Industrial chic

We can’t get enough of the soft taupes combined with industrial furniture like our Metalico table. Add some succulents to this look to bring it to life.   


8. The heart of the home

The expansive island bench with its kid friendly stools has made this kitchen!  

Kitchen island bench dining room

Image credit: Studio McGee

9. Art takes pride of place

We love how this family has created a gallery wall in their dining room, where their art collection is on show. The wine glass chandelier is pretty cool too!  

Art takes pride of place dining room

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10. Dreamy Scandinavian style 

Surely dinner time can’t be madness in this dreamy Scandinavian dining room!

Image credit: Style Files

11. Parisian chic 

If you’re going to bring back shabby chic, this Parisian apartment has nailed it.   

Parisian apartment dining room
Image credit: Homedit

12. Colour pop! 

We think this dining room is sure to encourage little people to sit down and enjoy your home cooked meal. It’s a terrific example of how colour can be used in an interior in a stylish way.  

Child inviting dining room
Image credit: My Scandinavian Home



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