The dining room is always a space for eating, but these days, it may also be your makeshift office. Or your kids’ makeshift classroom. Or your second living room (because your partner or roommate is working from the actual living room). Whether it’s a multipurpose space or a plain old dining room, you may be looking for ways to make it look a bit fresher. To help, we’ve rounded up the best dining-room décor for your various eating, working, and entertaining (because, thankfully, we’re entertaining again) needs — all of which looks a lot more expensive than it is. From place mats to bowls to centerpieces to tables, any of the stuff below will be a small investment in a major refresh. Many of the things on this list are available at Amazon, but we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. If you’re in the market for more affordable home upgrades, we’ve got roundups of cheap (but expensive-looking) décor for the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and living room, too.
A set of place mats made of seagrass would instantly make any dining table more like one at a coastal bed-and-breakfast.
This multicolored set of porcelain plates reminds us of something you might find at Heath, but at a fraction of the price.
If black is more your thing, here’s a complete set of stoneware (for four!) in a stylish matte finish.
Keeping with the marbled theme, this enamelware coffeepot would perk up any Sunday breakfast spread.
Whether you use it to serve salad or just to display fruit, this gorgeous acacia-wood bowl will make whatever you put in it that much more presentable.
And for those who like a matching set, some personal-size wood salad bowls.
For those who skip the salad course and go straight to sweets, a set of vintage-looking dessert bowls ideal for ice-cream sundaes (or yogurt parfaits).
There’s something ever so cottagecore about the florals on this hand-painted serving platter.
One way to drink more water is to have a pitcher at the ready. This one is sleek and slender and won’t take up too much space on that dining-room table you also use as a desk.
Perhaps the only thing more appealing than a charcuterie board is a cloud-shaped charcuterie board.
A tablecloth that looks like something Nancy Meyers might have prop-styled for the It’s Complicated dining room.