French Inspired Dining Room

French restaurants are known for their moody vibe, but you don't have to paint the whole room black to get the same feeling at home. We’re going to show you our take on a French-inspired dining room that doesn't go overboard.

Our starting point for this whole room was the rustic wood console. It reminds us of a busboy table you would have in a French restaurant. We love that it’s long and gives you tons of storage space. We went with an open look because you want to be able to show off your white plates, soup bowls, napkins, glasses and cutlery. The addition of the apothecary-inspired water jug adds a true restaurant touch but it’s also really practical when serving a lot of people during dinner parties.

French Inspired Dining Room: Rustic Wood Console

The dining table is a definite investment piece. We love the raw wood look and curved chunky legs, which give nice weight to the table. We paired it with simple white Parsons chairs. They're clean, simple and are slip-covered in case you have any spills and need to get them cleaned.

French Inspired Dining Room: Table

Since we splurged on the table and chairs, we added a few DIY elements. The black bench was actually made on the show last year. We reupholstered it in natural linen fabric, and we love how it complements this table. To learn how to make this fantastic piece click here.

French Inspired Dining Room: DIY Bench

We also added a DIY linen runner and a few lemon trees for that quintessential French touch – it adds a pop of colour and greenery. And the nickel pendants above the table are from our Steven & Chris line. We love that they add an industrial edge to this room and are very affordable.

French Inspired Dining Room: Lighting

To add a bit more drama, we painted the upper half of the wall black and added white wainscoting below to help balance the strong colour. By adding a series of affordable white plates and platters that we found at big box stores, it tones down the dark elements in the wall colour. Finally, the bold rug finishes off the room. It adds a graphic punch and is very reminiscent of Moroccan tiles that can be found in any typical French restaurant.

French Inspired Dining Room: DIY Plate Wall

Above: table, chairs, shelving unit, Elte; glasses, rug, IKEA; light fixtures, S&C Steven and Chris; plates, The Bay, Sears, Anthropologie, HomeSense; tray, baskets, napkins, HomeSense; cutlery, Walmart; water jug, designer's own