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.
There are many options for dining room lighting: chandeliers, pendants, sconces or floor lamps that come in many different styles from cutting edge contemporary to nostalgic traditional. Don t forget candles for those special occasions. Whatever source you choose for lighting, make sure it has a dimmer switch, so that you can adjust the amount of light you need. One rule of thumb for hanging chandeliers: there should be at least 34" inches of clearance space between the chandelier and the table. If it is a wider chandelier, make sure that people won t bump their heads when getting up or sitting down. If you use your dining room as a home office, remember to have appropriate task lighting.
In the past few weeks, three clients have called wanting to lighten up their dining rooms. When asked why, they all said the same thing: They wanted these underutilized rooms to be happy, uplifting and airy. The dark wood furnishings they had installed 10 or so years ago the ones they used to think of as warm and cozy now feel too serious and boardroom-like.
Whether you are going for classic, contemporary, or country, you want your dining room set to be comfortable, above all else. Wood, metal, and glass are the most common materials for tables, and they can all look great. If you want your dining room set to last a long time or possibly be passed to the next generation, good heavy hardwoods have been doing that for centuries.
If a hanging fixture isn’t your style, many opt for flush mount or close to ceiling fixtures. These sit up against the ceiling and typically offer less focused ambient light. Flush mount and close to ceiling fixtures can be more versatile in terms of style and are available a lower price point than pendants or chandeliers.
It is possible to find contractors who specialize in fixing and refurbishing such pieces if you want a professional touch. If you have some experience, you may enjoy doing the work yourself or with a friend’s help. Either way, it is very possible to end up with some great furniture (that carries a little history) for the same price, or even less, than the cost of buying new and less interesting pieces.