The dining room may be one of the most overlooked spaces in the home – but then again, most apartment dwellers are lucky to have room for a kitchen table, never mind a formal dining room. For those lucky enough to have a dining room for entertaining, though, how do you make the move from stuffy and traditional to truly modern? It’s 2019, which means it’s time to ditch the heavy linens and dark wood that weigh down classic dining rooms and give the space a stylish upgrade. There are two ways to use wallpaper.

It can be heavy and stodgy, or it can be fun and modern. Right now, wallpaper is having a renaissance, in the most creative way. Look for something playful with mural wallpaper or a highly graphic design. These designs work well for creating an accent wall, either with more subdued colors or as a contrasting note to a brightly colored space. Plus, with the advent of temporary wallpaper, it’s easy to update these looks – and even renters can get in on the game. But there are so many other ways to use color in a dining room setting.

Chairs can accent a neutral table and matte art deco flatware, while a burst of colourful art will break up an otherwise monochrome room. Older dining rooms tend to use plenty of colours, but in heavy burgundy or green. Those colours are out in favor of jewel tones and pastels. Dinner parties are more popular than they’ve been in decades, so it’s time to get your dining room ready. But just because dinner parties have made a comeback doesn’t mean old school dining room styles should too. Keep it smart and modern with a flawless style.