Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Un-Set Your Dining Room

One for those "rules" of Interior Design is that a dining room should be purchased as a "set". Or at least the chairs should be a set of the same matching chairs. This is one rule that I love to break. As the Designer Vincente Wolf said in the May 2010 issue of House Beautiful Magazine, "Mix up the seating at your dining table. You wouldn't have eight identical chairs in your living room." I couldn't agree more.Mix it up. Have some fun!
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.

Beautiful Habitat: Interior Design & Decoration

1 comment:

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

The next to last photo is my favorite example, with that distressed white upholstered chair.
I think my fave part about the mismatched dining style is that you can easily pull up extra chairs from around the house if you have more guests than dining room chairs.


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