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The 10 Most Popular Dining Rooms of 2012

Statement chandeliers, soft color palettes and comfortable seating ruled the most popular dining spaces on Houzz over the past year. Each of these elegant rooms has a distinct ambience — and Houzz users liked different elements in every one. Whether it's comfortable furniture, bold accents or durable material choices, something from 2012's most popular dining rooms might have an idea or two for your own house, too.

Here are the dining room photos added to most Houzz users' ideabooks in 2012. Of course, this is just a smattering of the most popular dining room images on Houzz. Visit the photos page to browse for the perfect dining room ideas for your individual style.
1. Gold and turquoise in Texas. Houzz readers loved the bold statement the designer made with the curves of the chairs, table and chandelier, as well as the texture provided by the antiqued mirror and blue walls.
2. Contemporary open fireplace in Denver. A double-sided fireplace both separates and connects the dining and living rooms in this ranch house. The mix of stone tiles on the floor and fireplace complements the shell chandelier — a combination Houzzers loved.
3. Simple and spacious in Chicago. Blue was a popular color for dining rooms on Houzz this year, including this traditional space. Contrasting white paint draws attention to the trim's details, adding another element of interest.
4. Midcentury Modern in Minnesota. Upholstered chairs bring the blue into this dining room. The pendant chandelier helps to tie in the glossy starburst mirror and deco table lamp.
5. Beachfront views in South Carolina. Sometimes an incredible view is all that's needed to decorate a room. The Atlantic Ocean dictated this room's beach style — from the rattan chairs to the worn wooden table.
6. New traditional in South Carolina. Paneled siding painted a soft taupe combines traditional and contemporary elements in this dining room. While the furniture is stunning, Houzzers saved this photo for all the architectural details, including the ceiling beams, trim and transom windows.
7. Entertainment friendly in Georgia. Perfect for entertaining, this kitchen layout feels warm and welcoming. Everything from the wine rack to the cheerful table setting, to the happy wall art made this room ideabookworthy.
8. Newport Beach neutrals. A dining room doesn't have to be grand to make an impact, as evidenced by this simple space in California. Although the table and chairs don't take up a ton of room, high-impact accents — pendants, curtains and wall art — make the space especially inspiring.
9. Cozy seating in California. Houzzers loved the idea of eating in comfort in 2012, so upholstered dining chairs were particularly popular. These plush pink and white chairs look perfect for postmeal lounging.
10. Rustic glam in Denver. Rustic materials combine with metallic accents in this dining space. A matching bench sits next to the table for a little extra seating — something many Houzz users noted in their ideabooks.