One of the spaces I have been stalling on is our dining room. Our main floor is open plan. The living room connects to the dining room, which in turn opens on to the playroom and the kitchen. As a result the dining room has to work with all of the adjacent spaces, while hopefully maintaining an identity of its own. To inspire me I’ve pulled some images of warm, modern dining rooms. We have a fantastic vintage mid century Drexel Profile dining set that can expand to accommodate 10 people. I want to work with this set, especially since we scored the set a few years back for $500 on Craigslist, the same set refinished is currently listed on 1stDibs for $8900!
What I like about these inspiration dining rooms is that they are not all matchy-match. I don’t like matchy-match, but do I sacrifice the integrity of our gorgeous Drexel set? I’m thinking put the two captain’s chairs in storage since they don’t tuck in nicely under the table. The other element we have is an oversized, statement chandelier. What we don’t have is: a) artwork, or b) a rug, c) the right sideboard. Initially, I thought I would forgo a rug under the dining table but I like how the rugs anchor the spaces above. For artwork, I thought I might do a cool, modern, plate display, but finding an eclectic collection of cool vintage plates hasn’t been easy. So the hunt continues.
What are they key elements you look for in a dining room?