Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

Remember how–last year–I said that we were moving to Alabama? Well, here it is 2016 and we haven’t gone anywhere yet. It’s not that we are dragging our feet on the move; we most certainly are not! The problem is that the builder is not making as much headway on our new construction home as we’d have liked. Originally they gave us a completion date of late December. When October rolled around and they hadn’t even started framing that estimate changed to a mid-January date. And now we’re hearing rumblings of mid-February. We’ll see. The good news is that our real estate agent sent us a ton of updated photos that show the construction progress. Here’s a peek at the outside of our house on a bright and shiny morning.

Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

They’re getting there, albeit slowly.

Waiting for this move has not been easy. I had to get creative in finding productive ways to help to pass the time. To that end, I’ve created virtual style boards for nearly each room of the house. I’m going to be sharing those, along with construction progress photos over the next few days. Today, I’m starting with the dining room.

Overall, I’m going with an updated farmhouse style when it comes to furniture and decor and the dining room is no exception. Before we get to that, though, let’s take a look at the space we’ve got to work with. The picture below shows our new dining room in its unfinished state. Please excuse the photo quality; these are just iPhone snapped photos our real estate agent sent over.

Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

As you can see, we’ve got a coffered ceiling in this space. I just love love love the ceiling.


In spite of the sort of formal feel that the coffered ceiling conveys, I’m opting for rustic decor. Here’s a glimpse at what I’ve got planned.

Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration


The two greige squares in the upper left corner represent the wall and ceiling colors. The walls will be painted the lighter color (Sherwin Williams Pavestone) while the ceiling will be painted the darker color (Sherwin Williams Dovetail) between the coffers, which will remain white. Jeff is going to make me a farmhouse style table similar to the one pictured. I want it to have chunky black legs with a thick, rustic slatted top. Instead of opting for the more expected black wooden farmhouse chairs, we’re going with a banquette on one side of the table and these awesome metal tub chairs for the head and foot of the table. The other side of the table will have a bench that matches the table. I love the look of layered rugs so we’re including that in the dining room (as well as several other rooms in the house). I also opted for a candle-style black chandelier and a farmhouse sideboard.

While furniture and fixtures are always fun decisions, the real creativity comes in accessorizing, don’t you think? It’s tough to virtually style a room, but much easier to shop online for some great pieces. Here are some of my favorite picks for a modern spin on farmhouse style.

Farmhouse style dining room ideas & inspiration

Marin white dinnerware from Crate & Barrel $5 – $155 | Jackson tub chair from Cost Plus World Market $499 | Jackson tub chair from Cost Plus World Market $120 | Black 6-light chandelier from Wayfair $370 | Decorative scale from Target $80 | Faux olive tree from Wayfair $98 | Wood and metal farmhouse sideboard from Wayfair $1,040 | Dome cloche on pedestal stand from Target $57 | Cow sheep chicken burlap pillow from Wayfair $72 |

How about you? Do you have any farmhouse style favorites that I need to check out as I wait (and wait, and wait and wait…sigh).


  1. You can call me as you wait :0
    I can’t wait to visit you in your new house!

  2. ^Ditto! :)

    We are considering the same ceiling in our family room addition, whenever we get to it. I’m hesitant because it will be a very tall ceiling and I wonder if it will get visably dusty. (If I can’t see it I don’t really care ;)) I’ll bet your paint choice would camouflage that nicely, not that YOU would ever let dust accumulate.

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your virtual tour! The millwork around the door frame is gorgeous.

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