Vintage and modern dining roomShabby-chic Style Dining Room, Dallas
photo by Emily McCall
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… or mixed with very modern chairs.
I love how this farmhouse table is paired with Panton chairs. The crown molding and built-ins look gorgeous against this tranquil paint job. Accents are kept simple, and the brightest bit of color in the room comes from the draperies.
Foundation Piece Number Three: The Dining Table You really can't go wrong with a beautifully weathered farmhouse table. Match the mood with rustic wood chairs or mix it up with a modern set like the Panton chairs shown here. Other versatile table styles to consider are a sleek-lined parson's table or a version that comes with removable leaves, which will work in a number of spaces.
Consider a curvy silhouette. This warm and airy dining room is predominantly rustic and vintage in style. But instead of adding more lines to the space by way of wooden chairs or benches, or by pairing the table with upholstered seats, modern Panton chairs were used by the homeowner, adding whimsy and a touch of playfulness to the space. DeCapua reminds us that "too many straight legs makes a room start to look like a picket fence." Take heed and throw your room a curve every now and then.
Balance style cravings with real life. If something has felt "off" about your style words so far, think about them in terms of your comfort level with formality. Let's say you are drawn to images of luxurious formal dining rooms, but find in reality you are more comfortable in casual spaces where you don't have to worry about messing up the fancy upholstery every time you eat spaghetti. Instead of trying to force the whole look on yourself when it doesn't sync with your lifestyle, try adopting a few key elements and replacing the rest with more low-key options. For instance, you could hang a gorgeous vintage crystal chandelier and display art and sculptures you love, but use a simple worn wood table and easy-to-care-for modern chairs.