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Dining Room Inspiration

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October 6, 2014

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My husband Jim and I purchased our first home in November. It’s been such a fun adventure becoming homeowners, and also a bit overwhelming at times with getting the house to look “like us”, but not rushing furniture and decor purchases.  Late this summer, I started focusing on decorating our dining room. Since we rented the first 4 years we were married, I tried to always tell myself that once we were homeowners,  I could purchase furniture, art and light fixtures that I’ve been dreaming about all these years. I have always wanted a dining room that is the perfect setting for a fun Friday Night Dinner Party with new and old friends, a table to fit my whole family for a holiday meal and a table that feels special but you feel comfortable eating at it. In our house, the dining room is the only eating area {no room for a kitchen table} so that brought up a different set of needs…a table that you aren’t afraid to use, won’t worry about drinking glasses leaving rings on the wood and seating that feels casual but also fun and formal if need be.

Here is where we are headed so far….


  1. Utilize a Light Fixture

Dark Bronze Chandelier :: Armonk Style, Pottery Barn

Mix modern with rustic in your lighting fixture with a sleek, dark bronze chandelier. This will help enhance the focal point of your dining table and set a great atmosphere for a more formal space.

2.  Add Texture

Tall Slipcover Arm Chair in Beige :: Elena Style, Safavieh

Add some texture with a covered chair at each end of the table. This will add contrast to your color scheme and break the monotony of having too many dark or light colors in one place.

3. Make a Statement

Black & Gold Ornate Napoleon Mirror :: Home Decorators Collection

A statement mirror will help open up your dining area! Choose an oversized mirror with ornate details and lean it against the wall to reflect natural lighting. This will add warmth to the room, as well as make it appear taller.

4. Re-invent Vibrance

Over-Dyed Northwest Persian Rug :: Grove Turquoise, Rugs USA

Use your floor space to add a surprise pop of color. Saturated hues add new life to vintage-style Persian rugs and serve as great conversation pieces.

5. Simplify Seating

Dark Brown French Café Chair :: Thonet-Style, Restoration Hardware 

Choose a sleek design for seating that doesn’t overpower your space. A dark café-style chair will coordinate well with the textured formal chairs at each end of your dining table.

 6. Be Bold

A bold piece of art will add some variety to your formal dining room. Simple, graphic style wall décor pieces are easy to find and work in to your overall color scheme. Pick out something neutral to balance with your more ornate pieces.

 7. Don’t forgot to bring in some Classic Pieces

Cabriole Dining Table :: Brown, Anthropologie 

Your dining table will be your main focal point in the room. A classic, cabriole-style dining table is an elegant choice that will allow flexibility in choosing your other décor elements. Cabriole tables are easy to coordinate with other pieces that are more modern. Also, as the seasons change, you will be able to style your table accordingly, without completely changing the overall feel of the room.

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