AN (IN)FORMAL DINING ROOM
Not many people want a formal dining room anymore, so when we saw that this house only had one space for eating which was just that, we knew we had to make it special. It’s in direct view of the kitchen, living room, entryway and study so everything has to coexist well. The goal here was to make it feel more comfortable than a “formal” dining room since this was where every single meal is to be eaten. We did that by adding drapes to soften the space, as well as highlight the beautiful windows. We added a rug that compliments the ones in the living room as well as a table that can feel comfortable with just a few people as well as extend to fit a larger group. We kept the upholstered chairs on the ends to add softness and included woven side chairs to keep the rustic vibes. We’re still considering adding cushions to the side chairs but they’re honestly so comfortable, we may not need to.
The original light fixture that was up was a 60″ round (and massive) chandelier which we immediately took down. And once we did the whole space started to feel better. Having a light fixture that big really obstructed the view of the windows, which are too beautiful to do. Not to mention a round chandelier that big can only fit a round table that large (or larger). We replaced it with a more suitable size and style to the rest of the house that also compliments the window hardware. Now the room isn’t over dominated by one thing.
We’re still working through accents; maybe something on either side of the largest window, or in the corners on the opposite walls.