Looking for ideas for a dining room?
Not everyone has a creative mind when it comes to decorating a home. Many look to home decor magazines for inspiration. But most magazine offer ideas that are over priced and unachievable for the average homeowner. Here are some down to earth ideas for decorating a dining room that incorporate restored, secondhand and reproduction furniture that is more affordable for the average decorator ...
Many South Africans are looking at sustainable ways to furnish a home. Restored or secondhand furniture is just one of the ways to reclaim old furniture and make it beautiful and useful once again.
ABOVE: This reproduction farmhouse table from Shabby-Chic is made using reclaimed wood that is painstakingly sanded to create a dramatic centre piece for a dining room. Secondhand chairs dressed with dainty linen slipcovers and an old garden bench provide plenty of seating.
ABOVE: Once a sun porch, this space was enclosed to create an intimate dining room. Natural light from high-placed windows, a brick-arch pass-through window, neutral colour paint, and white trim all contribute to the cosy atmosphere. Wide skirtings and detailed cove moldings are a good way to give a room architectural character and visual interest.
The cottage dining table is distressed in black to match the painted dining chairs, adding impact to an otherwise neutral colour scheme.
ABOVE: French doors transformed what once was little more than a pass-through space into a charming dining room in this cottage-style home. The interior French doors separate the dining area from a sunroom; the exterior doors lead to a deck overlooking a garden.
ABOVE: A simple panelled fireplace with a window seat on either side forms a casual gathering place combined with a dining room in the addition to this house. The white trim and light walls contrast with the dark window treatments, laminate floors, fireplace, and stately dining room furniture, creating a cosy but elegant style.
More inspiration for dining rooms ...
ABOVE: Romantic - Shabby Chic style is one of the hottest decorating trends. Off white furniture - either restored or reproduction - is distressed to give it that worn, aged look that creates a romantic and casual atmosphere.
ABOVE: An eclectic mix of modern, antique and traditional are combined to create a dining room that is dramatic yet comfortable.
ABOVE: A modern home based on minimalist style combines the latest finishes and natural furnishings and accessories.
ABOVE: Open-plan living and dining blend together without encroaching on each other's space.
ABOVE: An all-white interior is splashed with colour for dramatic and bold impact.
ABOVE: A touch of traditional with large guilded mirrors, scalloped drapes and timelessly traditional furniture
ABOVE: Antique reproduction and modern pieces combine to create a neutral space that is calm and serene.
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