Unfortunately, dining room buffets are becoming less common. Since so much eating is done in different areas of the home (and frequently family members eat at different times), the once near necessity of dining room buffets are not needed in many modern homes.
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.
If your living and dining areas are combined, this is where you want your dining set to make a style impact. When your dining table is away from the high-humidity kitchen area, you can be more adventurous with the materials your table is made of.
Pep up a breakfast table and bench with a laid-back palette of soft purples, pinks and greys. Warm up a neutral backdrop with a harmonious mix of stylish cushions of various textures in heather and ash tones to create a tranquil space. Pretty up the table with a delicate crochet table runner and a mix of tableware in pastel shades to continue the relaxed vibe. A large chalky, woven light shade hung off centre creates an almost moonlit setting.
Many will take down walls for an interflowing, all-in-one kitchen-dining-living room, says Chicago designer Scott Dresner. Keeping all areas open to one another offers another advantage: The space tends to look larger, says Chicago designer John Wiltgen, who’s found more of his clients, even those with traditional taste, seek this arrangement. One of his urban clients recently turned a 24-by-15-foot dining room into a combined kitchen-family room by removing a wall. “The kitchen was on the interior, so this also brightened the space, and the area became more equivalent to a family room found in a suburban home,” he says.
Matching Side and Arm: Chairs that match each other and the table. This is what your mother and grandmother have: An armchair for each end of the table and side chairs (no arms) for in-between all in the same wood as the table. These can either have a hard wood, upholstered or woven seat and are best purchased at the same time as the table to ensure an exact match. Tip: If you go this route, it’s best to purchase all the chairs you will need at the same time as finding chairs with the exact finish later may prove to be a challenge.