Add an unexpected modern element (like an abstract print above the fireplace) to an otherwise traditional dining room.
Create an all-white backdrop in a dining room and surround the table with comfortable leather chairs.
Include a couple of upholstered stools along with a set of chairs around a dining room table to add a dash of personality.
Use a mix of seating-a cushion-topped bench, high-backed armchairs and side chairs-around a dining table for a welcoming environment.
A plain dining table and white slipcovered chairs are made more dramatic with a powerful arrangement (like hydrangeas in large copper vases).
For a cool, dramatic and chic look, accent a mostly white room with black-and-white patterned upholstered dining chairs, pillows and other bold accessories.
Slipcovers can transform dining room chairs-for a season or longer-while still allowing the beauty of the chairs to come through. At www.surefit.com, there's a dazzling array of slipcovers and other products to enhance not only your dining room, but also other rooms throughout the house (or apartment).
An oh-so-pale blue keeps a predominantly white dining room cool while adding a touch of contrast and color.
The monochromatic effect of displaying white pottery on white shelves is made more visually interesting by the addition of brown trays and books to support them.
For a sophisticated look, place a few dark elements against a mostly white color scheme; use strong, simple shapes; and go for greater impact with a few large accessories rather than many small ones.
For a romantic look, think curves, textures and patterns (like a variety of curvy ceramics, slipcovered chairs or a fringed tablecloth) and hints of pale green and rose in the fruits and floral dishware.
A wide-planked wooden table says “country look.”
Create a playful mood by making fanciful place settings-each charming and unique-from any ribbon, buttons or old note cards you have stashed away.
Allow a color palette to capture your imagination and transform a room.
Warm colors like yellow, green and red help set an active and stimulating mood, but can also cultivate feelings of welcome, intimacy and coziness in a dining area.
You'll always find a spot for something special, so don't think you next captivating flea market find won't work in your house.
Don't be afraid to step out from the traditional.