The dedicated dining room might be fading away ever so slowly in favor of that open plan dining area that easily and effortlessly blends in with the living space and kitchen, but there are some design elements that remain forever young. Even though contemporary designers are busy designing modular shelves that unite the living space, kitchen and dining area into one flowing family zone, the allure of a classic hutch or china cabinet still remains as strong as ever. For some a throwback to simpler times and for others a practical and essential piece of furniture, the dining room hutch is hard to ignore!
An iconic image of the 60‘s and 70’s that has been burned into our brains by Hollywood and TV is the cool diner with its jukebox in the backdrop and color being used in an expansive manner pretty much all around. If you have an unused corner in your kitchen or wish to turn one in the open plan living area into a dining nook, the cheerful booth or banquette is a great option indeed. It seems authentically retro when filled with multi-colored accessories, bright and beautiful seating and a smart dining table. This is a wonderful solution for the small dining space in studio apartments as well!
This eye-catching white tablecloth with black trim is a Crate and Barrel piece that has been embellished with grosgrain ribbon. The look is relaxed yet upscale. It‘s amazing how one simple addition can make such a big difference! We now shift gears from shopping and customizing to design inspiration, starting with simple, crisp tablecloths in equally crisp settings. This dining area with a view is draped in neutral tones. A tablecloth in cream is a fitting choice for the space.
Putting together a dining room with a live-edge table is much more about the rest of the room than the table itself. A top quality natural-edge table with a beautiful finish will most likely be an expensive purchase (even if you buy it from your local craftsman), but it is well worth the money spent. There are always cheaper alternatives around, but we suggest you buy the best table you can afford, as this will help you reduce costs in the long run. Adding a small natural-edge bench crafted from the same wood as the table, a beautiful credenza or buffet in a different wooden finish, or even just a small side table in the corner can give the room a more curated look.
Since spring is all about experimenting with color possibilities, why not jump on the metallic train and revel in the latest flatware designs? Because these days, it's about much more than silver! This Copper Flatware from West Elm is gorgeous, yet its stainless steel core also makes it hardy. Copper tones mix well with soft hues, such as pastel pink. Plus, they’re a breath of fresh air at the dinner table. Add interest with this Copper Top Flatware from Anthropologie, which combines copper and white for a two-toned effect. Plus, the flatware's curved ends create a unique silhouette that differs from many of the more modern selections on the market today.
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