I’ve been thinking a lot about our dining room. What chairs to pair with what table? Do I want different end chairs and side chairs? How many people will sit at the table? What will I do about a server and sideboard? Am I trying to get storage in the dining room? What kind of light fixture do I want? What are my finishes? How can I bring in other materials and colors? You get the idea – lots of questions!
So today I thought I’d design two different dining rooms, one modern and one traditional to help anyone else who might be struggling with the same decisions I am. Below are two inspiration boards with sources and links to the items pictured for both modern and traditional dining room design.
For this modern dining room, it’s all about the amazing concrete Restoration Hardware table. I paired it with ghost side chairs, so the table continues to take center stage. For the end chairs I chose something simple and upholstered to add some softness to the room. In a lot of settings, this light fixture would look busy and overwhelming, but here it’s a nice contrast to all of the clean lines in the rest of the furniture. Finally, I chose this server because the finish brings some warmth to the room, and the outline of the piece echoes the shape of the dining room table.
Table / Restoration Hardware – Concrete Pier Rectangular Dining Table – $3,295 – $5,795
Side Chairs / Instill Modern – Victoria Ghost Chair – $99
Head Chairs / Restoration Hardware – Ellison High Back Fabric Armchair – $565-$775
Light Fixture / Ian K. Fowler – Bistro Medium Chandelier – $1,995
Sideboard / Crate & Barrel – Monarch Natural Solid Walnut Sideboard – $2,999
Art / Minted – Empire State (in matte brass frame) – $230
Hurricane / Simon Pearce – Nantucket Hurricane – $145
This style is more my comfort zone so assembling this board was much easier! I started with a classic farm table from the Magnolia Home line (which I love) and continued the farmhouse theme with the metal side chairs. I often feel that dining rooms lack warmth, and can feel uninviting, so I added casual slipcovered end chairs for comfort. I love wooden chandeliers in dining rooms, but here I chose the popular Darlana Lantern as it coordinates with the metal side chairs. Finally, a classic room is not complete without an antique piece and I just fell in love with this weathered gray French hutch.
Table / Magnolia Home – Farmhouse Keyed Trestle Table – $1,400
Side Chairs / Arhaus – Bryant Dining Side Chair – $129
Head Chairs / Pottery Barn – Comfort Square Slipcovered Dining Chair – $349-$749
Light Fixture / McGee & Co – Darlana Linear Lantern – $1,200
Hutch / The Found Shop – Gray Cabinet – $2,800
Pot / Terrain – Kobelnier Scallop Flower Pot – $18-$78
Pillows / Caitlin Wilson Design – Navy French Stripe Pillow & English Garden Pillow – $55-$90