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Rooms To Love: Classic Dining Room Image: Sheila Bridges

Mixing old and new pieces is part of the subtle charm in this classic dining room, and reflects the age and character of the homes' older bones.  The tall ceilings, decorative molding around the fireplace, and the wide pine boards are classic architectural details from older Colonial Revival homes.  Combining the antique demilune console table with turned legs, and the reclaimed barn board dining table, enhance the timeworn appeal of the home.  To update the look, without breaking away from the classic style, introduce arm chairs with simple silhouettes and a more modern beaded chandelier. We love that this dining room can accommodate a small seating area in the corner - just big enough for a cozy place to sit after a delicious meal!  The subtle seafoam, natural stains, and pale blues and greens create an understated and easy-going atmosphere perfect for casual dining.

 Brought to you by Cottage Home– specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables

[post_title] => Rooms To Love: Renewed Antiquity [post_excerpt] => Mixing old and new pieces is part of the subtle charm in this classic dining room, and reflects the age and character of the homes' older bones. The tall ceilings, decorative molding around the fireplace, and the wide pine boards are classic architectural details from older Colonial Revival homes. Combining the antique demilune console table with turned legs, and the reclaimed barn board dining table, enhance the timeworn appeal of the home. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rooms-to-love-renewed-antiquity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=3426 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3836 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-08-20 12:56:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-20 16:56:38 [post_content] =>

Decorating with Grey and Yellow | Cottage Inspiration Board Carolina Small Cabinet customizations: 30"W x 18"D x 32"H, bracket feet, squared beadboard doors, wood knobs, one color painted, classic yellow $1,195  |  Southampton Round Mirror small 33"R, beachwood, standard rub/distressing $745  |  Clear Glass Lamp discontinued  |  Yellow Traditional Table Lamp 35"H $490  |  Destin Upholstered Chair 27.5"W x 35"D x 34"H $1,360  |  Cream Orb Floor Lamp discontinued  |  Grey Striped Rug discontinued  |  Cottage Two Door Armoire customizations: 39.75"W x 22"D x 66"H, standard leg, beadboard doors & side panels, shaker knobs, one color, snow $1,295

What a combination of two completely different, yet complementary, colors!  The sunshine effect of the yellow and the sophistication of the grey make for a refined decorative concept. The pieces contained in this inspiration board would be perfect for a study, living room, family room, or bedroom.  The simplicity and clean lines of the armoire, bedside table, and rug add elegance, while the upholstered armchair provides a burst of pattern.  Add some great accent lamps and wall decor and you have a breathless and inviting place that you're sure to never want to leave.  Brought to you by Cottage Home specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Inspiration Board: Grey and Yellow [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => inspiration-board-grey-and-yellow [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=3836 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3944 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-08-16 16:27:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-16 20:27:28 [post_content] => Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Same Chair Different ColorsThe chairs that surround your dining room table are a great way to introduce color, personality, and style into your space.  It can be a little overwhelming when you begin to look for the right chair, because there are so many styles to choose from.  You will find an array of traditional Windsor chairs to contemporary X-back chairs, and so much more in between!  Take a look at one of our previous posts here to learn more about choosing a style for your dining room chairs.   Using an assortment of painted chairs is increasingly becoming a popular choice for people who want an eclectic look versus the traditional stained "set" look.  Kitchen and dining rooms are typically full of activity, and it's fun to be able to capture that energy through color.  We often encounter clients who want painted chairs in a variety of colors, but are wary of the look being too contrived.  Or people who want to introduce just a splash of color versus the whole rainbow.  There is never a right or a wrong answer, but the following inspirational photos and tips can help you get the look you are striving for.  

#1: Same Chair Different Colors

Colorful Dining Room Chairs Photo: Back Porch Musings SW#6601 SW#6601 Tanager   SW#6642 Rhumba Orange    SW#6417 Tupelo Tree    SW#6689 Overjoy

When deciding how many colors to use around your table, keep in mind how many chairs you are using.  For example, if you have a small set of four chairs for everyday dining, than four different colors is great, because there is only a small number of chairs.  If you have seating for 6 or 8 on an everyday basis, than stick to 3 or 4 colors.  You can do two chairs in each color - that way the overall feeling won't be too hectic.  If you do decide to do 6 to 8 different colors, then choose colors that are the same hue to keep a cohesive look.  Another great way to unify a collection of mismatched chairs is to upholster the seats in the same fabric!

#2: Different Chairs Same Color

If you are looking for an eclectic look without introducing too many additional colors, try bringing together an assortment of chairs and having them painted the same color.  Since you are using a single color in a large dose it really makes a statement, especially when using a lively color like the one shown here.  The beauty is that you are not looking for a perfect set, so choose chairs that are comfortable to you.  As you can see in the example photo, each chair is unique, they vary in sizes and shapes, and the overall look is still cohesive because of the color!  Also, the cute black and white fabric on just a few of the chairs adds texture while breaking up the color a little bit.

Decisive Yellow SW#6902SW#6902 Decisive Yellow

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Same Color Photo: Brit-Co

#3: Different Chairs Different Colors

 Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Different Colors Photo: Design Is Mine This option is for people who want a really whimsical and creative dining room look.  The complementing painted chairs are vivid and appealing without being to overwhelming to the eye.  By mixing in additional steel chairs, it breaks up the textures and finishes while adding a rustic element. Keeping the walls stark white allows the colors to really shine.

SW#6914SW#6914 Eye Catching SW#6867 Fireworks SW#6786 Cloudless 

#4: Same Side Chairs Different Head Chairs

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Side and End Chairs Photo: Home Owner Buff SW#6760 SW#6760 Rivulet     SW#7001 Marshmallow

Another option to bring color and life into your dining room is to use upholstered chairs!  Parson's chairs are beautiful, comfortable, and come in a variety of styles.  Typically parson's chairs are larger than the average dining chair, so depending on the size of your dining room table, they may only be able to fit at the ends of the table.  Afraid of introducing fabric because of wash-ability?  No fear, there are wonderful options for slipcovered parson's chairs with covers that can be removed for easy cleaning.  Click here to see more slipcovered parson's chairs. The inspiration photo shown uses two oversized wing back chairs in an eye catching print, making them the main focal point.  The leather side chairs are a perfect complement to the intensity of the teal print, and also don't interrupt the view out the windows. Whatever the route you decide to go, don't be afraid to experiment with color combinations.  Choose colors that inspire you, make you feel happy, and reflect your personality! First Image Source: Querido-Refugio Brought to you by Cottage Home - specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs [post_excerpt] => Using an assortment of painted chairs is increasingly becoming a popular choice for people who want an eclectic look versus the traditional stained "set" look. Kitchen and dining rooms are typically full of activity, and it's fun to be able to capture that energy through color. We often encounter clients who want painted chairs in a variety of colors, but are wary of the look being too contrived. Or people who want to introduce just a splash of color versus the whole rainbow. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => design-tip-colorful-dining-room-chairs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=3944 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3562 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-08-09 15:06:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-09 19:06:43 [post_content] => We are excited to bring to you our first ever Design Dilemma blog post!  Part of the excitement and the challenge of design consulting is helping people find creative solutions to their home "issues".  We all spend so much time at home - it should be your sanctuary, the place that provides you comfort and ease, as well as meeting all of your day-to-day needs. When a client comes in, we discuss practicality first and aesthetics second.  What is the point of a space that is beautiful, but not comfortable or useful?  Our aim is to help create a space that supports the function of the family, while also reflecting personal style and taste! This month's Design Dilemma comes from a young family near NYC who own a beautiful three-story brownstone.  They have a lower patio area in the back with a built-in grill & bar, and would like to create a spot for play dates, lounging, and casual entertaining. They also have a second floor deck, right off the kitchen, that is smaller (17' L x 7'W) that they want to use as a quieter seating area for morning coffee and quick bites. 

Here are a few before pictures:

Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper Deck Before