There’s something about entering the longest and darkest days of the year that makes us want to linger over a lovely, candlelit meal deep into the night. That has us reevaluating where we take our meals, so we reached out to interior designers in our network for inspiration. Whether your design aesthetic leans traditional or more modern, you favor soft neutrals or a bold color palette, this collection of dining rooms from scouted designers will have you eager to put a new spin on your dining space. Browse The Scout Guide Directory to find a scouted designer in your area to curate a cozy space of your very own.

Photographcourtesy of Tara Shaw.

The mix of modern fixtures and one-of-a-kind antiques makes even this grand dining room designed by New Orleans-based designer Tara Shaw feel intimate. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Dustin Peck.

Scenic de Gournay wallpaper sets the tone for this space designed by Carolina Design Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photography by Sélavie Photography.

Lindsey Black Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee, utilized a soothing palate for this serene dining space. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Pared down and modern, Marie Flanigan Interiors in Houston, Texas, added elegant, sumptuous chairs to soften up the space. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Darren Setlow Photography.

This informal dining space designed by Folly in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the perfect spot for many a family meal. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Alison Gootee.

The expansive yet intimate barn dining space by Melissa Rufty in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the perfect setting for a grand dinner party. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Gordon Gregory.

Florence, Alabama-based Pillar & Peacock added whimsy to this traditional dining room with a metal and crystal chandelier and intriguing chairs. See the rest of the project here

Photography by Alex Sattler.

Just the right amount of blue pops in this room designed by Jennifer Justice Interiors in Knoxville, Tennessee. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Chris Luker of Luker Photography.

Cindy Meador Interiors in Orange Beach, Alabama, goes mid-century luxe in this seamless dining and living space.

Photography by Sélavie Photography.

Blue lacquer walls add a touch of glam to this inviting dining room by Lisa Mallory Interior Design in Memphis, Tennessee. See the rest of the project here

Photography by Sara Essex Bradley.

Exuding New Orleans cool, Vikki Leftwich of Villa Vici in New Orleans, Louisiana, designed a dining room that begs for interesting dinner conversation. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Kelly Nutt.

Newport Beach, California designer Kelly Nutt leaned on a natural color palate for this breezy space. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Sélavie Photography.

This contemporary dining room by Tara Felice Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee, is anchored by solid, blue upholstered chairs.

Photography courtesy of Barbara Gisel Design.

This traditional dining room by Barbara Gisel Design in Haverford, Pennsylvania, utilizes pink and red accents to add a feminine touch.

Photography by Catherine Nguyen.

Tula Summerford of Design by Tula in Raleigh, North Carolina, embraces pattern in this fun space. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Jade Interior Design.

A sleek modern chandelier perfectly complements the neutral tones in this dining nook by Metairie, Louisiana-based designer Jade Interior Design.

Photography by Addison Jones Photography.

Layered luxury prevails in this meticulously designed space by Laura Yeager Smith in Hudson, Ohio. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Lori Clarke Design.

A stunning gallery wall in this French-style dining room by Lori Clarke Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, adds eclectic elegance. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Beall + Thomas.

Natalie Clayman Design in Knoxville, Tennessee, infuses a bit of playfulness into this traditional dining room with animal print upholstery. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Joy Knight.

Sumptuous sophistication is the hallmark of this dining room designed by Maggie Clarke Interiors based in Memphis, Tennessee. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Tria Giovan.

A sleek Tribeca loft is warmed up by natural wood tones in this dining room by Doreen Chambers Interiors based in Northern New Jersey and New York, New York. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Megan McGreevy Photography.

Antiques add warmth to this dining room by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Laura Solensky Design.

Photography by Sarah Linden.

Ginger jars add charm to a modernized French-country space by Burkle Creative in Dallas, Texas. See the rest of the project here.

Interior design by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters. Photography by R. Bradley Knipstein.

Geometric wallpaper steals the show in this dining room by Design Matters based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Los Gatos, California. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Liz Grogan.

A bright and airy dining room shines in this design by Claude & Coy in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Photography by Ashley Monogue.

Oversized lanterns hold pride of place in this space by Lambert Home in Southlake, Texas. See the rest of the project here.

Interior styling by Helen Crowther. Photography by Durston Saylor. 

Purple Cherry Architects, based in Charlottesville and Middleburg, Virginia, keeps the lines simple in this modern new build to seamlessly bring the outdoors in. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Andy Frame.

Cozy chairs invite lingering in a dining room by Nana Winters Interior Design in Northwest Arkansas.