Below are two rooms by Vincent Wolf to beautifully illustrate this point. Both were featured in House Beautiful.
And, because I also like to add variety to any room, here are two Dining Rooms completed by Beautiful Habitat. In the first room , we mixed up the client's existing black and cherry dining set by mixing in two woven chairs.
In this dining room we opted for benches to suit the casual lifestyle and fun personality of a young family. The pedestal table is a bit more traditional, while the benches and chairs are more streamlined and modern, contributing to our eclectic, collected-over-time feel.
For additional inspiration, here are a few photos of mixed up Dining Rooms, all from House Beautiful.
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