Dining Room Styles & Colours 2017

The dining room is a key part of every great home. It’s where the family meets to share a meal at the end of the day, it’s where we hold our dinner parties, and where we celebrate the holidays.

Dining room furniture should be stylish yet comfortable. It should be an inviting space where people want to sit and enjoy each other’s company. So, if your dining room is being neglected, maybe it’s time for a redesign.

This 2017 Dining Room Style Guide will turn your drab dining room into a chic space perfect for enjoying good food and great conversation.

Dining Room Furniture Styles

Collate a gallery of your favourite dining room style ideas, either in a scrapbook or on Pinterest. You might realise that the photos your eye is drawn to most share some of the same elements.

Choosing a style from the outset will make sure your design remains coherent and beautiful. Here are the most popular dining room style trends of the moment…

Classic Dining Rooms

You can’t go wrong with a classic dining room style. Classic dining rooms feature elegant trestle tables, made from natural elements like timber.

Chairs have wooden frames and are upholstered with fine fabrics and leather. Little details and embellishments make all the difference in a classic dining room.

Mid-Century Dining Rooms

For a retro-chic finish, a Mid-Century Modern design is for you. Mid-Century Modern is minimalist with simple designs that look formal while maintaining functionality.

Geometric shapes and asymmetrical designs are popular Mid-Century choices and will make for a captivating dining room style.

Scandinavian Dining Rooms

Scandinavian design has been a staple since the thirties. It continues to influence design today so it’s easy to create the perfect Scandinavian dining room.

Light coloured wood, and neutral palettes offer a fresh and minimalist dining room. The most popular Scandinavian designs today are striking and have natural shapes and lines.

Contemporary Dining Rooms

Contemporary design embraces all the best elements of past design, from Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern, Industrial, and traditional designs.

Contemporary dining room styles use light or dark woods or powder-coated steel to create smooth, elegant lines. Neutral palettes are coupled with splashes of colour from colourful fabric, artwork or greenery.

Dining Room Colour Palettes

In 2017, colours trends will draw inspiration from our natural environment. From natural greens and luminous blues, to floral-inspired pinks and yellows.

Draw inspiration for your dining room palette from your garden or check out Pantone’s Colour Reports for 2017.

Green and blue offers an invigorating palette. Teal green and yellow will look chic, as will pink neutrals with pops of green from beautiful indoor plants.

There are many ways to incorporate colour into your dining room. Add splashes of colour or choose block colours. A neutral palette with a single, bright colour will look distinctive.

Choosing coloured upholstery for your dining room chairs can be fun, but remember to choose a timeless colour to avoid having to reupholster later.

Colourful artwork can add vibrancy to your dining room. Tie in the colours of artwork by adding matching-coloured crockery, napkins or flowers to a table setting.

Changing colour palettes in your dining room is easy with your choice of rotating accessories. Change your palette seasonally or according to holidays.

A neutral canvas is easiest to work with, then add colour in the form of table cloths and centrepieces, knick-knacks, rugs and artwork.

Arranging Your Dining Room

There are many things to consider when arranging your dining room. If it isn’t arranged well, guests might feel cramped or uncomfortable, food might be hard to serve, and conversation strained.

Before you purchase your dining room furniture you will need to consider your dining room size. Take out the measuring tape and figure out what size table will fit in your dining room.

A dining room table should allow for a perimeter of about a metre wide. This will allow guests to pull their chairs in and out easily and move around the table freely. A place setting should be reasonably sized.

A rectangular table with the dimensions of 160 cm by 80 cm will generally seat 6 people. A round table with a diameter of 120 cm can seat 4 to 6 people more if it’s extendable.

Extendable tables are a great option for people who want to save space when they aren’t entertaining. A bench seat is also a great option to save space.

Eye-Catching Essentials

The most important thing to remember when designing any room is that you must follow your own sense of style. Individuality will never go out of fashion!

So don’t feel the need to conform to design rules. Mix and match different coloured woods and styles. Find creative new ways to incorporate colour into your dining room.

An eye-catching rug will add a dash of style to your dining room. Artwork that elicits conversation is highly valuable. And don’t forget that you will need a beautiful dinner set to go with your stunning new dining room.

For stunning dining room furniture that will refresh and revive your living space, browse our designer furniture range today.

Create Your Endless Summer

As the deliciously warm months start to give way to the cooler days of winter, it can feel as if the sun is setting over summer too soon. Creating your own slice of summer at home with bright colours and fresh designs is an easy way to keep the sun shining all year around. Be inspired to create your own summer getaway with our endless summer collection or these simple tips…



Brighten the Indoors


Just like picking the perfect song, or indulging in a sweat treat, colours can have powerful emotional effects. Turning a room into an escape from the winter blues can be as easy as choosing accent colours that bring back those warm summery feelings.


Alessia Accent Chair





Tired and dreading the week to come? The cure can be found in a touch of red. Used sparsely red accents will infuse a burst of optimism and energy into living areas. Red velvet as seen in the Alessia Accent Chair, elegantly reflects the indulgence of summer and transforms the room into somewhere you’ll want to be; rain, hail, or even shine.
Percy 3 Seater Sofa
An exotic paradise is always within reach with the use of burnt orange, bathing the room in a tropical glow. Whether centred on a sofa, or dappled throughout the space using ottomans and wall art, this cheerful colour will make every day feel like a hazy vacation.



Spacecraft Handloom Aquamarine Cushion



The ultimate coastal tone, turquoise is reflective of tranquil oceans and picture perfect skies. A beautifully bold statement colour, include accessories such as the Spacecraft Handloom Aquamarine Cushion to balance the vibrant theme throughout the room.





 Amber Armchair


Teal is a sophisticated way to bring the serenity of summer nights into your bedroom or living area. Easily adaptable, match with muted tones for a laid-back atmosphere, or accent with brighter colours like, pinks, oranges and yellows for a lively infusion.
 Camilla 3 Seater Sofa
To give a space gentle invigoration, use lush pinks as seen with the Camilla 3 Seater Sofa. Providing a summery blush, pink does not have to overpower the space and can add a subtle warmth on the coolest of days.





Farnham Armchair



Reminiscent of stunning sunsets, purple is a vibrant edition to any room. For a tropical feel match with green accents and bold prints, or keep it simple with creams and pinks for a pleasant glow.



Monstera Print




Bring nature in 


Adding a touch of greenery will infuse a breath of fresh air into any space, from living rooms to bathrooms. A perfect match to any colour scheme, indoor plants are visually pleasing, bringing the feel of leafy parks right into the home. If you lack a green thumb, low maintenance plants like succulents are perfect, or simply bring green into your home through your choice of furniture and accessories like the Monstera Print





 Cato Sideboard



Make the most of natural light 


Changing darker coloured walls to simple shades of white will reflect and prolong your hours of daylight. Create a warm environment by replacing dark window trimmings and heavy blinds with lighter alternates, drawing sunlight into the room. A handy tick is to clean your windows to maximise natural light!





Tenerife Outdoor Lounge



Enjoy outdoors all year around


Outdoor entertainment doesn’t have to be limited to summer barbeques. Take advantage of a beautiful outdoor space all year by transforming it into a reading nook, or an outdoor table setting. Use throw rugs and lots of pillows to give your outdoor setting a cosy feel, or even bring indoor furniture outside to provide a more comfortable place to soak up the winter sun.





 Spacecraft Pillows



Pile on pillows 

Cushions are a great way to play around with colour and add a bit of fun with funky patterns. Create harmony in your room by pulling together your summer colour palette, featuring your choice of accent colours. Whether you love a cosy pile or a carefully curated selection, mix and match from a selection of plush fabrics and unique prints.
 Parc Chest of Drawers



Light and white wood


Clean and declutter living areas for a sense of calm, opting for white, or light wood furniture. Crisp and simple designs like the Parc Chest of Drawers will help open spaces and invite even more light into the room.
Lottie Daybed

Summer escape


With modern day life becoming ever busier, relaxation shouldn’t just be left to vacations. Daybeds create a getaway that is always available and add a sense of comfort to any room. Whether you utilise an accent colour, or decorate with rugs and cushions, daybeds will give your room the feeling of a luxurious hotel.





Lennox Armchair



Art splash 


Tie in your summer accents by choosing artwork that flirts with colour and shapes. Flourish your space with bright abstract prints, or stunning pictures of sun-soaked landscapes. When choosing your wall art remember to reflect on what type of summer feeling you’re trying to inspire and don’t be afraid to get creative.
Now, create your endless summer by choosing colours.


Australia’s Favourite Furniture Styles: Our Survey Reveals All

Modern and Contemporary furniture styles are Australia’s favourite interior décor choice. More rural locations prefer the Country style, while younger generations lean towards Scandinavian and Industrial styles.

These are just some of the statistics revealed through Brosa’s 2016 Furniture Style Survey. Brosa recently asked Australians to vote for their favourite furniture style, with more than 3,700 responding to the call.

This map shows our overall furniture style survey results:


The survey exposes some interesting trends in interior décor in Australia today. Our compatriots clearly gravitated towards the clean, streamlined aesthetics of Modern and Contemporary furniture. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that Contemporary claimed such a large proportion of the votes since people generally love what’s currently trending.

An interesting trend is a growing attention to Scandinavian and Industrial designs by younger generations, welcomed perhaps because of a resurgence in Scandinavian pop culture (such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as a growth in Scandinavian-inspired design stores.

In the cities, we’re also seeing a trend in warehouse conversions, which may encourage a preference for Industrial designs.

Perhaps less surprising is the preference for the light, airy designs of Country and Cottage styles, specifically in more isolated communities across Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania both chose Country as their top style, while it featured high on the list for the NT and Queensland, as well as on the outskirts of Melbourne.

No doubt inspired by their surroundings, these voters must love to bring a bit of the countryside indoors with the rusticity of Country furniture.

Read on for a description of the furniture styles listed in the survey, along with a more in-depth analysis of the state-by-state statistics.

Jump to State-by-State Rundown

Our Furniture Styles


Classic Contemporary

Classic Contemporary combines the elegance of traditional design with the minimalist look of contemporary décor. It borrows the classic lines and accents of eras past and blends them with the subtle hues and natural elements popular today. The result is modern furnishings with a quaint twist. With Classic Contemporary furniture, you may find button detailing, natural stone, wood or leather, and a streamlined finish.


Contemporary furniture is all about the present. It’s essentially furniture that’s being designed at this moment. In that sense it’s malleable, always changing, and borrowing facets of different styles and iconic pieces.

You’ll often find clean lines, simple shapes and natural materials mixed with industrial elements. Contemporary furniture also focuses on combining form with function – comfort remains important.


The Cottage style has roots in the US and is often regarded as warm, simple, rustic and full of provincial charm. Cottage furniture is more defined in its origins, dating back to the 1830s where it began appearing in affluent East Coast pockets like The Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard. Light, airy colour palettes and distressed wood often typify Cottage furnishings. Furniture tends to emphasise texture and clean lines.


Country furniture has remnants of European furniture but is associated with American farmers and pioneers.

Although Country furniture is known for its practical, long-lasting properties, it can feature refined, ornate wood carvings and design. To help the furniture’s longevity, the wood is often coated with lacquer or some protective varnish, which can give it a heavy appearance.


Eclectic represents a combination of styles from different periods and origins. This means it’s really a personalised collection of your own tastes. There are no rules for textures, fabrics or finishes. For example, you can lay a patterned blanket alongside a textured couch. Eclectic styles often begin with a neutral background to build upon.




As the name suggests, Industrial interior décor draws its inspiration from industry – warehouses and factories, for example. It showcases raw, exposed elements such as steel and brick, along with distressed woods. Industrial homes tend to have high ceilings and long, hanging light fixtures. Furniture is functional, with weathered or distressed effects and often just a dash of striking colour.


The Mid-Century Modern movement inspired some of the most iconic furniture pieces we know today. These pieces focus on minimalism, with a focus on functionality. In Mid-Century Modernism, you’ll see refined lines and organic shapes. Furniture from this style is typically made of new materials, such as aluminium and moulded plastic.


Modern refers to post-industrial furniture. Contrary to the Contemporary style, Modern represents a static period where furniture was revolutionised by machination and underpinned by clean lines, simple colours and minimalism.

Modern sofas are normally raised to guarantee that airy, open feel. Primary characteristics of modern design include minimal embellishments, bare floors and the use of polished metal.


Retro can encompass any furniture style that is culturally outdated but has enjoyed a revival. Its very outdatedness gives it a sort of vintage prestige that makes it sought-after once more. Retro furniture is typically borrowed from a style that is at least 15 to 20 years old. 




Much of interior décor and design has come fresh out of Scandinavia. This kind of design is renowned for its sculpted yet functional appeal. Scandinavian furniture tends to adopt a subdued colour palette along with natural materials. Any bright colours typically come from bold accents


Tuscan décor evokes the hills of Italy. As such, furniture is usually rustic, though elegant, with elaborate patterns, wrought-iron finishes and a weathered look. A Tuscan styled room is represented by its down-to-earth colour palette and earthy materials.

Australia’s Favourite Furniture Styles

Contemporary and Modern styles won 3 states or territories apiece, while WA and Tasmania surprised us with something a little different…

  •           ACT
  •           NSW
  •           NT
  •           QLD
  •           SA
  •           TAS
  •           VIC
  •           WA

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT gave us something new, as the only region to include Scandinavia in its top 3 pickings, placing it in the second spot. It was the younger generation that might have propelled it into top place, although a decent portion of those aged 45-64 also listed Scandinavian as their favourite style.

Interestingly, men were more interested in Scandinavian than women, rating it much higher than the national medium at a solid 12%. On the other hand, ACT females placed Contemporary equal first alongside Eclectic, a style that only sat 7th on the ladder for ACT men.

Tuscan rounds out the top 3 favourite styles for younger females between 25 and 34, while Industrial tops the chart for women aged 45-54. Intriguingly, Industrial is the least favourite option for men of the same age group, which begs the question how home styling is settled by middle-aged couples in the ACT.

Couples aged 65 and over are slightly more fortunate – women favoured Industrial over all other styles, while men put it in third place.

New South Wales

In New South Wales, the winning furniture style went right down to the wire, with Contemporary pipped at the post by Modern, by just two votes!

Once again, Scandinavian creeps into the top 3 for the younger generation. However, it’s the male vote that boosts it to the top 3; it finishes in 6th place for younger women. Industrial design takes out the top spot for women aged 25-34 (a style that their male contemporaries place last!). 

Couples aged 35-44 must find themselves totally in sync. Each gender lists their top 3 styles as Contemporary (top spot), Modern, and then Country.

Modern may have won the state’s vote, but those in Sydney show a clean preference for the Contemporary style, perhaps because the city slickers love to keep up with the latest trends.

Northern Territory


While the Northern Territory shows some allegiance with the rest of the country in picking Modern as its preferred furniture style, it follows that up with Cottage and Country styles. Perhaps these choices represent the need for airy, light and simplistic furniture in Australia’s tropical north.

NT men showed a clear preference for the Modern look, while women much-preferred Cottage or Country styles. This trend is mimicked in the breakdown of age groups, although women aged 45-54 prefer Modern along with their male contemporaries.

Meanwhile, men aged 55 and above diverged quite sharply from their younger generation’s preference for Modern, choosing Classic Contemporary (for ages 55-64) and Cottage (for ages 65+) as their preferred styles.


Queensland’s statistics mirror the country’s, with the same three styles – Contemporary, Modern and Country – competing for top billing. Here, Contemporary came out on top.

Yet while the state average reflects national choices, Queensland females have gone completely against the grain, giving their top spots to Country (with almost 25% of the vote) and Cottage (at nearly 15%). The fact that these options closely mimics the NT’s leads us to believe the outdoors lifestyle might play a role in furniture choices here.

If those aged 45-64 had it their way, Country would easily sit in top place. Indeed, Cottage, Country and Tuscan styles were all equal favourites for women aged 35-44 (in fact, Tuscan sees one of its highest national places in this segment).

However, Contemporary, Classic Contemporary and Modern styles win out with the younger generations, as they do with males of almost all ages.

South Australia

The clear frontrunner in SA was the Contemporary furniture style, with Classic Contemporary the next challenge (SA really likes contemporary styles it seems).

Country and Tuscan styles also make a resurgence among women in the state, although not enough to feature in the state top 3.

Interior décor may make an interesting turn in the future, with those aged 25-34 listing Scandinavian and Eclectic as their second and third favourite options. These statistics are likely driven by the females, nearly 20% of whom list Scandinavian as their favourite choice (Eclectic comes second with 15% of the vote).

Younger men mix it up, even more, bringing Cottage, Mid-Century and Country into the top 4 (with Modern still stealing top spot).


Country just beat out Modern furniture as the collective winner in the Apple Isle. However, in a startling find, not one age group listed it as their top pick, with two groups apiece choosing Modern and Cottage styles instead.

Interestingly, younger men differ quite substantially from their male superiors. Tasmanian men aged 25-44 commonly list Modern, Contemporary, Scandinavian and Industrial as their favourite furniture styles. Yet men aged 55 and above swing sharply to more individual styles, placing Country, Retro and Cottage in their top 3 mix.


Australia’s most European capital picked out Modern as their favourite furniture style, but dodged expectations by listing Country as their second pick. Country remained the most preferred option among Victorian women.

Generation Y choose Modern and Contemporary styles as their top choices, but with the older generations the preference swings towards Country and Cottage styles. In fact, Retro even peeks into third spot for women over 65.

Rural locations, and those on the edge of the city, lean more towards the Cottage style, perhaps to draw some of the inspiration from their natural surroundings indoors!

Western Australia

Western Australia surprised us by diverging from their mainland neighbours in favour of the Country style. A little less surprising, Modern and Contemporary were not too far behind, finishing second and third respectively.

Once again, it may have been WA women who propelled Country into to spot, with an impressive 20% of female voters preferring that style above all others. Western Australian men actually preferred the Modern style – but only by three votes.

A battle of the generations ensues in Western Australia. Those under 45 prefer Modern above all other styles, while those over 45 favour Country. Interestingly 65s and over chose Classic Contemporary as their preferred furniture choice. We also found an interesting quirk among men aged 45-54, who preferred Retro style above all others.




Did any of these findings surprise you? Did they follow your own preferences? Or have you preferred something thoroughly different from the mainstream?

We hope these statistics tell you something not just about what’s hot right now, but what trends we can expect to see more of in the future (Scandinavian and Industrial, for example).

If you’re inspired by any of these styles we’ve listed here, shop online at Brosa to find a whole range of designer furniture options waiting to refresh your living space.