17 Ideas for Styling a Black Dining Table in 2024

As we embrace the exciting new year, there’s nothing better than revitalising your home with exciting new pieces of furniture. A new armchair, bedspread or rug can make a world of difference when refreshing your space. But a certain product we’re loving to kick off the new year is black dining tables. Known for their timeless elegance and versatility, a black dining table is the perfect piece for a modern home. So, to help you create a sophisticated dining room, we’ve put together 17 of our best styling tips for black dining tables that are sure to inspire. Let’s dive in!

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1. Monochromatic 

Pair your black table with chairs in varying shades of grey, such as charcoal, for a sophisticated monochromatic look. Add a textured moody runner for an extra layer of contemporary chic.

2. Bold Accents

Incorporate bold elements such as brass or copper in your tableware or lighting fixtures. These accents will add a touch of warmth to the space while creating visual interest around your black dining table.

Mood board by The Whole Room on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Mood board by Staged Property Styling on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

3. Biophilic Design Elements

Bring the outdoors in by adding a touch of greenery to your space. Think large vases filled with organic stems, or use your favourite flowers to brighten the space.

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4. Black Round Dining Tables

Curves have been the star of interior design trends lately and they won't be going anywhere in 2024. So, when choosing the best dining table for your space, why not opt for a black round dining table? 

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Mood board by Stephanie Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

5. Natural Materials

Opt for your black dining table in a natural material to achieve that organic modern feel. We love wood dining tables that have been stained to keep that moody chic feel while remaining a quality piece. 

6. Pendant Lights 

Hanging pendant lights over a dining table creates an ambience perfect for entertaining friends and family. Whichever pendant light you choose, keep in mind that a black dining table will make this stand out. Our advice? For a striking look, consider multiple smaller pendants, or go for a single, larger pendant to achieve a sleek, contemporary feel. Just make sure you select a colour or material that complements the other elements within your home.

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Mood board by Vienna Rose Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

7. Geometric Patterns

Introduce geometric-patterned elements, such as decorative vases or table runners. We’re predicting that Geometric Patterns will be everywhere in 2024 as they add a contemporary edge without overwhelming the space.

8. Minimalist Centrepiece

A single, striking piece like a sculptural vase or a bold piece of art can serve as a minimalist yet powerful centrepiece that adds to the space without taking away from your black dining table. Plus, minimalist pieces pair perfectly with modern homes.

9. Textured Linens

Swap out smooth, shiny dining tables for textured pieces. Think ribbed curves and striking slats that capture the eye. These black dining tables are a piece of art on their own. 

10. Industrial Edge

Add industrial-style chairs or accessories for a raw, urban look that complements the black table. We love how well concrete completes a space, giving in an industrial touch.

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Mood board by Eliza Grace Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

11. Colour Pop

Introduce bright colours through table accessories like vases, napkin rings, or even place mats for a lively contrast. This is also perfect for creating a cohesive flow if you have colour featured elsewhere. 

12. Scandinavian Simplicity

Change up the modern dining room space and instead, adopt a Scandi-style with minimalist tableware, muted colours, and clean lines for a serene dining experience. 

13. Dining Room Rug

We love how much a rug placed under a dining table can really elevate your space. Although, there are a few rules to follow when it comes to this style tip. Make sure your rug is bigger than the surface of the dining tabletop, not just the legs. Often round rugs are reserved for round dining tables and rectangular rugs for rectangular dining tables but play around with your options to see what suits your space best. 

If you’re wanting to visual how your dream dining room will look, why not use our mood board tool?

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Mood board by The DIY Decorator on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

14. Rustic Touches

Pair with rustic elements like a jute rug or a reclaimed wood sideboard for a warm, homely feel.

15. Luxury Fabrics

Linen or silk can add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your dining area. Incorporate this through your dining chairs, table runners, or even by adding fabrics around the room, such as sheers.

16. Statement Chairs

Use chairs in a bold design or colour to make them stand out against the black table. You can even mix and match different styles of chairs for a unique touch. We recommend keeping to a maximum of two different styles, with the opposing chairs being placed at the head and foot of the table.

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Image credit: Unsplash

17. Mirrored Elements

Mirrors or mirrored accessories reflect light and add a dimension of spaciousness to your dining room. If your space is on the smaller side and your worried that a black dining table will make the area feel more crowded, opt for mirrors for that brightening effect.

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In 2024, styling a black dining table is about balancing trends with personal taste. Whether you prefer a minimalist approach or a bold mix, the key is to create a space that reflects your personality and suits your lifestyle. Experiment with these 17 ideas and make your dining area a stylish, welcoming space for family and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is black a good color for a dining room?

Of course, black can be an excellent choice for a dining room. It’s a versatile and sophisticated colour that can work towards creating a range of moods and styles, such as modern and contemporary, depending on how it’s used. Black can make a striking backdrop or be used in featured products for a sleek, minimalist look. However, it's important to balance black with lighter or contrasting colors and good lighting to ensure the space doesn't feel too dark or overwhelming.


What goes well with a black dining table?

A black dining table pairs well with a huge range of elements, such as:

Colours: Light neutrals like warm whites and beiges, bold colors like green, or accent metallics, such as brass and copper.

Materials: Natural materials like wood or stone, glass, and concrete for a contemporary edge.

Textures: Soft textiles in chairs or curtains, and glossy or matte finishes in tableware or decor.

Lighting: Ambient lighting with warm tones to create a cosy atmosphere.

Is black furniture still in style?

Absolutely! Black furniture remains a popular and timeless choice in interior design. Its ability to adapt to various styles, from traditional to modern, ensures its continued relevance. Black furniture can anchor a space, provide contrast, and serve as a statement piece. It's also practical, as it easily hides stains and marks, it's a win-win!


How do you make black furniture look good?

To ensure your black furniture looks amazing within your home for years to come:

Balance with light: Use light-coloured walls, floors, or textiles to balance the darkness of the furniture.

Add texture: Incorporate different textures through rugs, artwork, and decor to add depth.

Play with colour: Use colourful accents in art, decor, or upholstery to bring life to the room.

Proper lighting: Ensure ample lighting, both natural and artificial, to prevent the space from feeling too dark.

Space and placement: Allow for some breathing room around black pieces to avoid a cluttered look.