Dining Room Floors Inspiration

blonde white washed engineered hardwood floor in dining room with black dining table and black and green dining chairs plus blonde wood credenza and white sheers
Nordic Brazilian Oak

Engineered Hardwood

medium brown engineered hardwood in dining room with dark green walls plus medium brown wood dining table and chairs with black drum shade pendant light over table and black and white artwork on walls
Butterscotch Oak

Engineered Hardwood

red tone hybrid resilient floor in dining room with white table plus black spindle chairs and upholstered bench and rattan pendants plus black glass cabinet
Mellow Creek Oak

Waterproof Hybrid Resilient

brown solid hardwood floor in dining room with dark wood dining table with red flowers in vase and black upholstered chairs and black and gold chandelier
Gunstock Oak

Solid Hardwood

dark gray engineered hardwood floor in open concept dining and kitchen with black dining chairs and table plus white stone fireplace and open to enclosed patio are with stone fireplace
Marco Island White Oak

Distressed Engineered Hardwood

multi toned gray waterproof vinyl floor in dining room with rustic dark brown dining table plus white distressed bench seats and stone fireplace plus distressed side table with decorative accents
Table Rock Oak

Waterproof Rigid Vinyl Plank

Blonde engineered hardwood floor in dining room with blonde wood table with black spindle chairs plus blue and white wallpaper and blue and white artwork
Platinum Coast White Oak

Distressed Engineered Hardwood

medium brown hardwood floor dining room with dark green walls and beige fabric dining chairs
Lexington Oak

Distressed Solid Hardwood

dark brown herringbone engineered hardwood floor overhead in dining room with wood dining table and cream chairs plus gray table setting
Capitol Peak Herringbone

Waterproof Laminate

light brown hardwood floor in dining room with dark wood dining table plus white dining chairs plus wood pendant lighting and dark wood and rattan storage cabinet

Distressed Engineered Hardwood

dark brown waterproof vinyl floor in dining room with dark colored table and chairs with light colored cushions open to patio area
Seville Maple

Waterproof Rigid Vinyl Plank

Find Your Dining Room Flooring Style

Your dining room is arguably one of the most important rooms in your home. It's a central place for gathering, and where you share meals and time with family and friends. The right flooring option is the one that complements your lifestyle and allows your personality to shine through. Wood flooring is a popular option for dining rooms, thanks to the feel of elegance and tradition that it can bring to a space. However, many types of flooring can replicate the look of wood, so it's also worth considering a laminate, tile, or vinyl floor. These are all high-performance options that could give you the appeal of hardwood but with different benefits.

Once you've narrowed down your options, it's time to think about details⁠—such as the width of your floor planks. Narrow planks can look more traditional and complement a classic design to your room; wide planks can provide a contemporary look while creating an additional feeling of space in a room. For extra design impact, you may be thinking about incorporating a pattern using hardwood or laminate in a chevron design. Consider whether you want the same floors throughout the whole upstairs of your home or if you'd prefer to differentiate between spaces. With colors in a wide spectrum from white-gray to dark chocolate brown, and finishes ranging from smooth, low-gloss Scandinavian planks to textured weathered barn wood, you'll find the ideal floor to suit no matter what your design scheme.

Hardwood Flooring Ideas for Dining Rooms

The timeless elegance of hardwood is ideally suited to formal spaces like dining rooms. Opt for narrow planks and a gloss finish to dial up the traditional appeal, or go for wider, matte planks for a trend-forward feel.

multi toned blonde engineered hardwood floor in dining room with medium wood tone dining table with cream armless upholstered dining chairs and dark blue glass cabinets and large potted plant
Matte Natural Hickory

Engineered Hardwood

medium brown hardwood floor in dining room with round glass table and rattan dining chairs plus oversized potted cactus and dark brown console with gold accents
Geneva White Oak

Engineered Hardwood

Considerations for Your Dining Room Flooring

While you're shopping for dining room floors, it's essential to consider your lifestyle and budget. How often you eat at your table? That may influence how much you're willing to invest in your dining room décor. ⁠Some people don't use their dining rooms often—perhaps it's a formal space where style and enhancing the feel of the room is their priority. For others, their dining room is a gathering place for the whole family, used every evening for sharing, relaxation, or even play with kids and pets.

It's also worth considering the aesthetic you want for your dining room and how your floors will fit into your lifestyle. If you have younger children or pets, it would be worthwhile considering our more hard-wearing flooring choices. Vinyl flooring and tile flooring are both hardwearing options that should be able to withstand the demands of even the most active family space.

Waterproof Vinyl Floors for Dining Rooms

Vinyl flooring lets you combine the look of traditional hardwood or tile flooring with the benefits of easy installation, extra water protection and scuff-resistance. It could be just what you need for a busy family space.

blonde waterproof rigid vinyl plank floor in dining room with dark brown dining table and chairs plus bench and white traditional fireplace plus rustic wood beams framing sliding doors
Minnesota Maple

Waterproof Rigid Vinyl Plank

greige waterproof rigid vinyl plank floor in open concept living and dining room with light beige sectional sofa plus dark brown dining chairs with marble top table and dark brown credenza and black floor lamp
Laguna Gray Oak

Waterproof Rigid Vinyl Plank

multi tone brown waterproof vinyl floor in open concept dining and kitchen with light wood dining table and bench seat plus wood chairs and shell chandelier above plus stainless steel island and white kitchen cabinets and stainless steel refrigerator
River Walk Oak

Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank

Inspirational Dining Rooms with Waterproof Laminate Floors

Laminate floors are DIY-friendly and easy to maintain. If you choose something with a high AC rating then you can be confident that it will withstand chairs being pushed in and out from the dining room table.

Blonde herringbone waterproof laminate floor in contemporary open concept kitchen and dining with black cabinets and gold starburst chandelier
Pasadena Herringbone

Waterproof Laminate

Installing Your Dining Room Flooring

Each type of flooring has its own needs and process for installation. Before committing to your flooring, look into what installation method the manufacturer recommends and prepare accordingly. Prior to installation, you'll want to prepare your subfloor and perhaps test it for moisture. You may also need to prepare your flooring by acclimating it to its new environment. 

It's worth thinking about whether you're going to install the flooring on your own or with the help of a professional—that may determine what installation type you choose. If you plan to install your flooring yourself or need a speedy solution, then we recommend choosing a DIY-friendly option such as vinyl or laminate. Vinyl flooring is relatively simple to install. There are three different installation methods: click-lock (or floating), glue down, and peel-and-stick. We recommend installing an underlayment first to help protect your flooring's joints. Laminate floors are similarly DIY-friendly. There are a few different methods—glue, glue-less, rotate-and-click, horizontal insertion, and slide-and-click—but none require prior experience.

If you have a little more time or are planning to hire a professional to install your floors (or have the expertise to handle the project yourself) then you might want to consider wood or tile flooring. Once tile flooring is laid, it's an easy maintenance option that could last for years. Both solid and engineered hardwood floors need a higher level of skill to install, so we recommend leaving this job to the professionals. Fortunately, we can offer the services of our Professional Independent Contractors to help make this part of your flooring journey easier.

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