Tips AU

25+ Rustic farmhouse dining room ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 24th, 2022

Bring a touch of warmth to your space with these cosy designs

The farmhouse style is all about bringing rustic warmth into your home. And who doesn’t want that? Whether you live on a farm and want to bring the theme of the outside in, or if you just love the laidback feeling of the countryside and want to incorporate that into your dining room then you’ve come to the right place!

Just in case you were wondering, here are some characteristics of the farmhouse style.

Light and airy

Farmhouse style really feels like a breath of fresh air with its openness. So lots of windows letting in natural light will help to make your farmhouse kitchen feel light and airy.

Natural finishes

Natural finishes like wood are often found in farmhouse dining rooms especially through the dining tables and chairs.

Rustic and vintage décor

If you’re wondering what to decorate your farmhouse dining room with, rustic and vintage style décor is a great way to go!

Here’s ##+ farmhouse dining room ideas to give you inspiration on how to incorporate the beautiful, welcoming and comforting touches of farmhouse dining!

1. White on white

This white on white dining room looks so welcoming! And the good news is that this sort of style would be easy to achieve in most homes with its minimal approach. A whitewashed brick wall, blonde wood and white timber and an oversized white pendant light—simple yet stunning.

Source: Photo by Євгенія Височина on Unsplash

2. Display shelves

If you have the room for it, installing some built-in shelves is a great way to add some storage to your dining room as well as displaying your favourite décor pieces. To help give a farmhouse look, consider décor such as little wooden ducks or a “farmhouse” sign.

3. Scandi meets farmhouse

This room is the epitome of Scandi dining room meets farmhouse. I love the simplicity and Scandinavian style of the minimalist furnishings as well as the rustic finishes of the dining table and décor pieces. And how about the multiple pendant lights? What a cool space to relax in.

Source: Photo by Bluewater Sweden on Unsplash

4. Wood on wood

If you’re after a limited colour palette and you love wood finishes, then why not go for a wood on wood look? Pair a wood dining table and chairs with timber floorboards and set it all against white wall panelling.

Source: Photo by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels

5. Cosy little nook

If you have the space for it, an eat-in nook is such a good idea to put next to your kitchen for informal dining. Make sure to put a cushioned surface to sit on as well as some cushions for comfort!

6. Gingham and subtle teal

Gingham is the perfect pattern to turn a regular dining room into a farmhouse style dining room, even if it’s just in the chair pads. And how gorgeous is the subtle teal upholstered bench and the tiled cabinetry?

Source: Photo by Sama Hosseini on Unsplash

7. Large rug

If you have a large space and you need help defining where the dining room starts and ends, then putting a large rug on the floor is a great way to go. I love how a large rug over the timber floorboard provides just the right amount of pattern and colour to help make a space seem more cosy and welcoming.

8. Furry friends

If you own farm animals, you could even have someone illustrate one of your favourites and put her darling little face on the wall. Simple farmhouse décor and furnishings are all you need when your artwork is stunning and eye-catching.

9. Dark wood

If you have dark wood in your home but still want to achieve a farmhouse look, then take some inspiration from this sweet dining room. I love the dark wood chairs against the white tablecloth and the dried leaves and flowers as décor.

Source: Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels

10. Woven finishes

Woven finishes are not only so on-trend at the moment, but they also look great in a farmhouse-style setting. And I absolutely love woven dining chairs in this farmhouse dining room. Match the woven finish to some Roman blinds and add rustic lamps to light up the table.

11. Black and gingham

Here’s another space that has incorporated one of the best patterns in achieving a farmhouse look: gingham! I love the black and white gingham padded chairs around this farmhouse dining table. What a gorgeous, cosy and comfortable space to dine in.

Source: Photo by Marsela Sulku on Unsplash

12. Open plan living

One thing that I have in mind for my dream house is definitely open plan living. Open plan living means that no matter where you are in a room, you can always see what’s going on in the next space. For instance, if you are busy preparing a meal in the kitchen, you can still interact with whoever is in the living room or dining room. And even when you’re going for a farmhouse dining room, it’s a great kitchen layout.

13. Moss and mustard

If you want to add some colour to your farmhouse dining room, then moss green and mustard are a beautiful combination! Perfect for a modern take on a farmhouse with rustic finishes and a beautiful bunch of wildflowers in the middle of the table as the centrepiece.

14. Vintage farmhouse

This dining room is giving me vintage farmhouse vibes. I love the antique style cabinetry which has been painted in a beautiful light blue colour. And the cream-coloured timber works well to give a beautiful soft look to the space. I can just imagine the many delicious meals that are cooked in this little kitchen-diner.

Source: Photo by Татьяна Танатова from Pexels

15. Mix up the seating

A farmhouse rustic style means that you can change up the seating and mix and match. This is perfect when you need a chair repair, or worse – beyond repair!

16. White and wood

Ah, one of my absolute favourite combinations; white and wood! I love the exposed bricks on the wall which has been lightly whitewashed. And the white and wood table with the curvy bench seating looks stunning, along with the  upholstered linen chairs  for those who prefer to sit on something with a bit more cushioning. Rustic but elegant farmhouse in spades!

Source: Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels

17. Alternating chairs

Alternating miss-matched chairs helps to give a rustic and farmhouse look to your space. I love a mix of black chairs to match a black chandelier as well as white chairs to match white cabinetry. Just add some tall candles and greenery down the table centre and voila!

18. Brown tones and greenery

Oh, I just love the combination of the brown tones in this space through the table and vintage-style chairs with woven detailing to match the woven pendant lamp. I love the timber framed window and the beautiful polished floorboards.

Source: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

19. Macrame table runner

Macrame is very in fashion at the moment, so adding a macrame table runner to your dining table will immediately lift the space. Plus adding anything handmade definitely helps to achieve a rustic farmhouse style or if you want more of a Boho dining room – it works too!

20. Modern farmhouse

This is the type of dining room I would absolutely love in my dream house. I love the simplicity of the wooden table and soft-looking chairs against the simple pale grey wall and timber flooring. Plus how gorgeous is the black pendant lighting fixture above the table which complements the black legs of the table and chairs.

Source: Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash

21. Bench seats

Bench seats are a great way of bringing the ‘picnic vibes’ inside and to create a more informal dining atmosphere. You will feel like you’re sitting on a park bench to eat, but with all the cosy comforts of home.

Source: Photo by Jan Kohl on Unsplash

22. Dark wood and black

This one’s for you if you prefer a bold look and also if you already have dark furniture to work with! I absolutely love the combination of a dark wood long table along with black chairs. Then you simply add a stunning black chandelier above the table which matches perfectly with the colour palette. If you still want your area to seem bright and airy despite all the dark furniture, painting your walls white will definitely help!

23. Family room

If you have a dining room next to your family room, that means when you have had too much to eat, you can just roll on over to the family room and get into your food coma in peace. Adding a lighting fixture above the dining table and a rug underneath the table to define the area is a great idea in open plan living.

rustic farmhouse dining room open plan
Source: Collov Home Design via Unsplash

24. Family photos

A great way to turn a house into a home is to add your own personal touch and family photos are a great way to do just that! I love the idea of printing your photos black and white so that they will match with any colour scheme you choose to put in your home throughout the years.

And what better place than to put family photos than right beside the dining room. Simply get a handyman to help with your picture hanging to make sure they are all on straight.

25. Serene space

Everything about this farmhouse dining room just gives me the most relaxing and calming feelings. I love the sunlight streaming in through the sheer curtains and the distressed whitewashed timber table. But with the light coloured carpeting, you’re definitely want to find a professional rug cleaner to get rid of any stains after a dinner party.

Source: Photo by Annie Gray on Unsplash

26. Window wall decor

If you’re a lover of stained glass windows and want to create that look without having to install actual windows, then faux window wall decor pieces are a great idea. Put two on the wall to create symmetry.

27. Feature wall

Painting a feature wall is a great way to inject some colour into your space. And if you’re ever wondering what colour to go with to match the wooden and natural tones in your farmhouse dining room, then go with blue. Blue is calming and matches so well with neutrals. Or you might opt for traditional farmhouse style shiplap wall panelling.

If you love an eye-catching wall, here are plenty more feature wall ideas.

Source: Photo by Josh Hemsley on Unsplash

28. Vintage glassware

Finally, how sweet is this classic farmhouse dining room! I love the collection of bottles and jars on the shelf in a range of bold colour pops. Simple yet effective! I also love the dramatic, oversized metal chandelier.

Source: Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels

And there we are with 25+ farmhouse dining room ideas to give you inspiration in the wonderful world of farmhouse design. I love dining rooms that incorporate gingham patterns as well as dining rooms with rustic touches like whitewashed furniture and mismatched seating. What were your favourite farmhouse dining room ideas? Let’s chat all about it in the comments below!


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

Enjoyed reading this? Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *