Whatever happened to dining places? A generation or two ago, it appeared, no well-outfitted home was complete without a table and chair package plus a coordinating china hutch or sideboard. Then came the rise of cottage style and chic, as well as a fresh appreciation for the approach to decor. Dining places obtained an undeserved rap uninspired and unkind, a relic of a design era.
While I’ve seen many an eclectic dining area that stuns me using its design chops, I’m not ready to dismiss classic furniture collections yet — in actuality, I have one in my own dining room. With many different fabrics, found treasures, casual artwork and sudden accents, I’ve managed to relieve the one-dimensional look that can result when all of the furniture in a room matches.
Check out these seven areas to get a glimpse of exactly how versatile dining places can be. And let’s know in the Remarks you have upgraded your own!
Blue Tangerine Art
Clean. The black Chippendale-style chairs and dining room table are so crisp they appear etched to this neutral space. Easy, layered millwork, a duo of abstract paintings and an unobtrusive sisal rug enhance the inherent feel of the room, balanced with the soft curves of the chandelier and table.
Glamorous. This dining area whispers of luxury, from the velvet chair upholstery to the intricately patterned wallpaper. Yet look carefully and you’ll see contemporary touches: the subtle geometric-pattern rug, the easy Roman shades at the walls, the stripped-down take on a conventional crystal chandelier. The effect: quiet opulence with an edge.
Martha O’Hara Interiors
Cozy. This space has all the trappings of conventional decor: a blue and white palette, a stately dining room, handsome moldings and trim. Yet it seems as comfy and relaxed as a summer cottage. Can it be the patchwork houndstooth rug or the toile drapes? Or the ceramic and chandelier?
Vibrant. A riot of color and pattern spices up what might have been a really traditional dining room. Orange walls, sizzling pink and white chair chairs, beribboned armchairs combine with such assurance that they cooperate rather than clash. The area has formal architecture and fittings the Chippendale dining set does not feel out of place.
Folksy. A pale painted finish and gingham seat cushions create this Gustavian table and chairs feel humble and homey. Vintage Swedish accents, by the clock on the buffet to the star in the window, reinforce the air of country chic.
Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home
Refined. Everything about this setting feels graceful and mannerly, right down to the pineapple finials on the curtain rods. There aren’t any design surprises here, and yet the look is anything but stale or stodgy. Just like a well-cut navy blazer or a pristine strand of pearls, well-chosen furnishings and accents are always in style and good taste.
Breezy. Regardless of the dressy furniture, this coastal space feels buttoned down enough for beach living. Cheery apple, casual stripes plus a mod chandelier put a casual tone that suits the natural surroundings.