Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dining Dynamics

Dining areas can be a very personal space. Family and friends gather there, eat home made meals, and share stories. Each family has an individual life style, so it is fitting that the dining area can drastically vary from home to home. Many are simple and casual, some introduce color and lively pattern, and others are elegant and sleek. Does your dining area reflect your family and life style?

Above left: A long and narrow rustic farm table is paired with metal tables for a modern country look. Country Living Above right: Dark mahogany wood stands out in a dining room with neutral carpeting, tan walls, and no window treatments. The extra large iron lighting fixture is one of few decorations in this simple and tasteful space. Better Homes & Gardens

Above: Green upholstered parsons chairs add softness to a room with high ceilings and paneling. The light green paired with yellow create a cheerful and casual dining area. Better Homes & Gardens

Above left: Soft peach upholstered chairs and a peach and tan muted area rug create a soothing and elegant dining space. The oval table in a chestnut finish is paired with square backed white chairs for visual interest. Diners can see coordinating silk curtains and a settee in the sitting room. Above right: White custom cabinetry becomes a place to display art and dinnerware. It also acts as a neutral backdrop for the sleek upholstered chairs and warm dining table to stand out against. The legs on the chairs have a nice and slight flair to then adding softness to a room with all straight lines. both via Better Homes & Gardens

Above: A client of mine had a dining table which was passed down to her. We were able to incorporate the drop-leaf table with new parsons chairs in a light sage green. A large new area rug, linen panels, and 3 colors on the walls and ceiling gave this space a fresh and updated look, all centered on an heirloom piece.

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