Eight dining rooms dominated by dark-wood furniture

Dining room with dark wood furniture

Our latest lookbook rounds up eight elegant dining rooms where dark-wood furniture, including tables, chairs and shelving, takes centre stage.

The dining room furniture pieces featured in this lookbook make an impact with their dark tones, which are often evocative of vintage interiors.

Whether made from teak, walnut or rosewood, the rich colours and grains of the natural materials make for a luxurious addition to dining spaces and offer a contrasting option to light-toned woods popular in minimalist and Scandi-inspired interiors.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring stylish hallways, green-toned bathrooms and interiors decorated with zellige tiles.

Dark wood dining table and chairs
Photo by Read McKendree

Sag Harbor 2, US, by Kevin O’Sullivan + Associates

New York practice Kevin O’Sullivan + Associates used dark wood throughout the Sag Harbor 2 home in the Hamptons to contrast light-toned stone and concrete surfaces and create a calming material palette.

The dining room features a sculptural dark-wood dining table with a chunky surrounded by mid-century teak dining chairs designed by British designer Victor Wilkins.

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Dining space in Mayfair home
Photo by Felix Speller and Child Studio

Mayfair home, UK, by Child Studio

This home in London by local practice Child Studio also features mid-century modern furniture, including dining chairs by French architect Charlotte Perriand.

Child Studio designed a circular wooden table and built-in cabinets lined with mahogany and marble to complement the chairs and unify the dining area.

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Dining room with dark wood furniture
Photo by Fabian Martinez

Colonia Condesa house, Mexico, by Chloé Mason Gray

Deep, moody tones characterise the interior of this home in Mexico City, which was renovated by local interiors studio Chloé Mason Gray to embrace its lack of natural light.

The dining room is anchored by its dark furniture, which includes a quartzite table surrounded by wooden chairs with T-shaped backs.

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Kitchen of Bolívar House in Barcelona by Juan Gurrea Rumeu of Gr-os
Photo by Max Hart Nibbrig

Bolívar House, Spain, by Juan Gurrea Rumeu

Spanish architect Juan Gurrea Rumeu opted for warm-toned textural materials for the interior of Bolívar House in Barcelona, adding wood accents to the concrete structure.

In the open-plan kitchen and dining room, dark-wood vintage dining chairs were paired with an even darker wooden bench that was built along the wall.

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merida dining room
Photo by Fabian Martinez

Mérida house, Mexico, by Marc Perrotta

A large wooden table forms the centrepiece of this dining room-cum-office, which is complemented by dark-wood U-shaped shelves that wrap the walls.

It was designed by architect Marc Perrotta in his renovation of a traditional 19th-century house in Mérida. Perrotta also expanded the home with a courtyard extension.

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Dining room with dark wood table
Photo by Eric Petschek

Carroll Gardens Townhouse, US, by Starling Architecture and Emily Lindberg Design

New York studios Starling Architecture and Emily Lindberg Design placed a walnut table with rounded corners as the centrepiece of a white oak-clad dining room.

Located in a renovated Brooklyn townhouse, the table contrasts with the light-toned room and provides a space for friends and family to gravitate around.

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Dining room with dark wood furniture
Photo by Denilson Machado

DN Apartment, Brazil, by BC Arquitetos

Walnut-lined walls with built-in shelves form the backdrop of this dining room, located in a 1970s São Paulo apartment that was renovated by Brazilian studio BC Arquitetos.

Mid-century furniture was collected for the apartment, including a rosewood table by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues and original red leather chairs by Polish-Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin.

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Casa Mérida by Ludwig Godefroy
Photo by Rory Gardiner

Casa Mérida, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy

Informed by Mayan traditions and culture, architect Ludwig Godefroy designed a fragmented concrete home in Mérida with interiors decorated with wooden furnishings.

In an open-plan kitchen and dining room, a table and chairs in matching dark wood provide ample space to gather and eat, and wooden doors open onto outdoor spaces.

Find out more about Casa Mérida ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring stylish hallways, green-toned bathrooms and interiors decorated with zellige tiles.

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