Warm up a rustic kitchen-diner with soft furnishings in a mix of disparate patterns and subtle autumnal colours to create a relaxed cottage feel. Mix warm tones that follows nature’s lead. Anchor the look with a signature tablecloth featuring a geometric pattern in burnt umber, then draw in the seating with a mix of cushions in earthy tones and different designs. Emphasise the lived-in and busy with plenty of glazed ceramics and kitchen accessories. Here, an ochre Roman blind adds a burst of warming yellow.
The upside to hardwood furniture is that, if well maintained, the value tends to increase with age. A dining room chair or table that has been passed down for a few generations, and has been taken care of, is very likely to gain value. Some species of wood (like black walnut) that used to be readily available are now quite expensive due to their rarity. In other cases, it is the craftsmanship, not the wood’s availability, that drives up the price.
Before you buy any dining room furniture, take some time to consider these questions: What kind of space do you have? Is it a dining room or a dining area? If you are furnishing a dining room how often do you use it? How will you use your dining room? Is it just for dining or will it be a multi-purpose room? Will small children be using it? What s your decorating style?
Before we go into the options, let’s set up some guidelines: Your chairs do not have to match your table. In fact, today it’s more fashionable to have chairs that complement, but not match your table. Unless you’ve inherited Abraham Lincoln’s dining room chairs, decide on your dining table first and find the chairs that work with it. Determine how many people you need to seat on a regular basis and how many people your table will actually hold. Take note of where the legs of your table are located and how many chairs will fit around the table if you allow 24 inches for each chair. Are you going to get enough seating to max out your table or are you getting enough for your everyday meals and will use other chair options for big events? Are you going to keep all the chairs around the table or will the armchairs live against the wall or will the additional side chairs double as chairs in the office?
Dining room lighting can be a little tricky in the way it is expected to be at once focused and ambient, offering adequate light without being too direct. This task is typically accomplished with a combination of ceiling lights and sconces throughout the space.
The last hint in chairs is to make sure that they’re comfortable. As great as a chair looks or as much of a deal as the set may be, if you can’t sit through a meal in them they’re not going to do you any good. Take your time, sit in the chairs and ignore the sideways glances of the sales clerks. If your back starts to ache after five minutes, it’s time to move on no matter what the chair looks like.