The secret to creating a truly unique and magical dining experience for yourself and your guests is to find a style that suits your hosting needs and your home.
Of course, there are a few practical factors to consider like the size of the table and the number of chairs needed. You should also think about whether you’d benefit from any extra features, like an extendable table or one that has storage facilities.
This is where custom handcrafted furniture can play a big role in your dining room pairing decision.
But, before we get ahead of ourselves, the best place to start is by identifying the style you want for your dining space. What will fit the rest of your home and the transition between your adjoining rooms?
Also, how do you plan to use your dining space? What kinds of guests do you host?
Whether your dining space is meant to be an intimate area for gatherings with family and close friends, or a deal-breaking hub to wine and dine those business associates, it ought to be tailored to you.
So, how do you determine the best style pairings for your space?
1. Find a Common Denominator
Stick to a shape or color, then let your imagination take off. If you have a double pedestal table, for instance, choose chairs in a corresponding shade but with different materials and designs to the table.
2. Tie Things Together Through the Details
Use warm wood accents of both your chairs and tables to tie a look together. Play around with contrasts but remember to include those unifying elements.
3. Keep Things Simple
Concentrate on material and form. Try not to let pattern get the best of you. You can, for example, combine pieces by different designers from the same period. A wood dining table will soften the sharp lines of contemporary-style chairs.
Ideas for Style Pairings for Your Dining Room
Besides choosing chairs and tables that are of a compatible scale, the pieces should be aesthetically pleasing. That means the styles must be compatible.
Picking chairs and tables with common elements ensure they look good together. The common elements can be the color undertone of the wood finish, the period, or even the level of formality.
It might even be a single design element like the legs of the furniture. However, don’t select chairs and a table that have all the same elements, or it’s just a matching set.
Creating a Sophisticated Space
If you have a walnut double-pedestal dining table complete with a velvety matte finish, it won’t look great paired with distressed rustic cherry chairs. It also won’t work well with a mixed collection of metal ice cream parlor chairs or even wooden folding French chairs.
Instead, opt for painted or upholstered chairs that will work well with that kind of table. For a double-pedestal table, choose chairs with graceful lines that are simple enough to compliment the style. The level of formality will dictate the type of upholstery you choose for the chairs.
Creating a Rustic and Restful Dining Room
Rustic designs conjure up images of log cabins and ski lodges, don’t they? The rustic look is heavily influenced by organic textures and wood so it’s better to keep it light and airy, adding in a few elements of traditional and contemporary designs.
For this look, you can create a farmhouse style complete with exposed wooden beams and a distressed dining table. Add bench seating to your look along with details such as barn-inspired doors in the room or to your garden to create a polished version of the classic rustic style.
If you’d prefer a trendy and traditional dining room, though, make sure you use minimal accents and the less-is-more approach for a timeless dining room setting. You’ll need statement lighting and a couple of curated fittings along with furniture that sports crisp lines and linens.
If you’re looking to create a unique dining room, it may be time to consider handcrafted furniture for a true one-of-a-kind look.
Creating a dining room that will serve its function can be a daunting prospect, but at Home and Timber, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements with an experienced designer today.
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