In many homes, the dining room is often seen as a more formal, sometimes even stuffy, space in the house. Today’s modern families tend to take a more relaxed approach to getting together to eat, whether it’s dinner at the kitchen table, breakfast at a cozy dinner, or lunch at kitchen island. Dining room tables appear to be reserved for lavish events and holiday celebrations.
1. Stripes Ahead
After learning that his client’s favorite color is green, designer Andrew Howard looked for ways to incorporate green throughout this multilevel South Carolina region. Howard customized Kravet and Stephen Floyd Design’s textured wallcoverings with bold and vibrant lines to enliven the dining room. Neutral curtain fabric from Zak + Fox makes bright trim colors (Guacamole by Benjamin Moore).
2. Luminous Lacquer
In this Georgian brick-style house by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, classic blue lacquered walls and silver-paper ceilings reflect light from roaring fireplaces and antique chandeliers. The ceiling paper is by Brunschwig & Fils, and the velvet lining by Schumacher.
3. Monochromatic Digs
In a 100-year-old Atlanta home, designer Amy Morris uses a limited color palette to respect the unique architecture of urban pastors. Silk cloth (Holland & Sherry) covering the chair offers a soft place for the owner’s family to gather to chat about their days at dinner. The chandelier is from Casa Midy.
4. An Artful Mix
Modern meets traditional in this refined space, where designer David Scott pairs furniture made by contemporary artists, such as Zhipeng Tan’s desk and chandelier by glass master artist Jeff Zimmerman, with a French chalk painted chair in the 1790s. Natural textures, such as leather carpet from Doris Leslie Blau and wallpaper varnish raffia from Phillip Jeffries, decorate the room, while neutral curtains and trims from Holland & Sherry and sky-blue ceilings create a light and airy atmosphere. The painting is by Larry Poons.
5. Polished in Pink
This sweet color looks mature when paired with fine antiques, such as vintage Murano chandeliers and 18th-century Italian toilets, modern art, and graphic geometric carpets by Doris Leslie Blau. Designer Bunny Williams covered the ceiling with leafy louvers and wallcoverings as a nod to the lush Palm Beach gardens at home.
6. Classic Blue & White
Stick to a simple color palette that allows designer Phoebe Howard to play with patterns in this Palm Beach dining room. Wallcoverings, inspired by 16th-century bedcover ottoman, by Katie Leede & Company. Carved dining chairs from Dennis & Leen, along with palm trees and plantations from Maitland-Smith and striped carpets, nod to the nearby beach.
7. Twist on Tradition
The elegant style takes it easy in the New York City dining room designed by Ashley Whittaker. Wicker rugs from Serena & Lily create a relaxed atmosphere for bold Prussian blue Gracie wallcoverings and a series of antiques, such as Christie’s tables and candlesticks. Whittaker also shook the upholstered dining chair, from John Rosselli & Associates, in two fabrics: the outer back was covered with Muriel Brandolini cloth while in the back and the chair used Global Leather plum. Silk curtains from Scalamandre plus antique mirrors from 1stdibs add height to the room.
8. Peaches and Green
This is Locust Valley, New York, a dining room by designer Meg Braff taking color cues from a pair of antique chinoiserie panels flanking the entrance. The punch table cloth by Lulu DK and the grass cloth wall coverings by Meg Braff Designs provide a relaxed contrast with more formal antiques, such as the Regency chair from Rumi Antiques, the Baltic crystal chandelier, and other decorations, such as green apple curtains. and mosquito nets, both in material from Holland & Sherry. Black lacquered credenza, by Jansen, grounds pastel space with sophisticated polish.
9. Seaside Elegance
In the Palm Beach dining room designed by Bunny Williams, sisal carpets specially painted by Stark subtly evoke the beach with big waves and chain patterns. Aqua blue walls are finished with custom colored Venetian plaster. A sleek and stylish table with a lifestyle side by side with antiques, such as the 18th-century Italian console and 19th-century British mahogany cabinet from Alexander Cohane. Contemporary art instills youthful vibes.
10. Not-So-Fussy French Country
In this large dining room in Provence, designer Susan Bednar Long covered the walls, painted by Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball, with a collection of paintings, antique delftware and pottery faience, and a large golden wooden mirror. Reproduction of a French dining chair with a lighter finish and coated with a Swedish blue check from Chelsea Textiles, plus patinaed lamps (antique lamps derived from Antiquities Ramis and sconces from Jamb) fill a renovated farmhouse with a relaxed, old-world charm.