Ca­sual din­ing room decor found in many forms

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

THIS unique din­ing room goes to show that one doesn’t have to have a match­ing din­ing set to be stylish. The mid-cen­tury mod­ern chairs paired with the shabby chic ta­ble are a won­der­ful mix of colours, lines and tex­ture. The vi­brant yel­low Du­lux wall colour (New­born-35YY 78/269) is cur­rent and trendy, which helps keep this eclectic decor from seem­ing thrown to­gether. I love the red blooms on the ta­ble, which pro­vide a pop of con­trast­ing colour to the space. The col­lec­tion of Ma­son jars lends a ca­sual coun­try air.

I love this din­ing space be­cause it’s not too fussy or over­done. We have a sim­i­lar ca­sual din­ing ta­ble and chairs in our home, which is my favourite part of the condo.

We found a white, vin­tage enamel/tin-topped bak­ing ta­ble at a used fur­ni­ture store and paired it with four wooden din­ing chairs, which I painted in a turquoise fos­sil paint. It’s ab­so­lutely lovely, af­ford­able and very unique. I love the fact that no one else has this par­tic­u­lar set, un­like the massed-pro­duced fur­ni­ture on the mar­ket.

If you have an older wooden set that can use a re­vamp, con­sider jazz­ing it up with paint and new fab­ric for the seats.

You’d be sur­prised at what a dif­fer­ence a new colour can make.

For in­spi­ra­tion, do an In­ter­net search on painted din­ing room fur­ni­ture.

Mix and match din­ing chairs where pos­si­ble. Paint each chair a dif­fer­ent colour for a re­ally fun look. Con­sider us­ing dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial on each chair seat for a truly unique fin­ish.

The idea here is not to be too “matchy.”

Throw a bench into the mix in lieu of hav­ing all chairs at the din­ing ta­ble. If you have a pub-styled ta­ble and stools you can give them the same paint treat­ment as you would a reg­u­lar din­ing ta­ble.

Go for unique paint fin­ishes such as sil­ver or gold mixed in with black and a vi­brant colour such as red or pur­ple. There are no hard and fast rules. Use more than one colour on a sin­gle piece of fur­ni­ture.

For ex­am­ple, paint the chair backs and legs in one colour and a wooden seat in another. Top this with a colour­ful seat cush­ion. Paint the chairs all one colour and the ta­ble in a sec­ond co­or­di­nat­ing colour. Keep the wooden top of the ta­ble as is and paint the base and the chairs in warm white. There are a lot of great com­bi­na­tions to choose from. Take your colour cues from na­ture. A pur­ple pansy, for in­stance, has black, pur­ple and yel­low colour pal­ette. A Tiger Lily boasts dark brown and or­ange with a touch of yel­low. You may even find a fab­ric de­sign that houses the colours you de­sire.

The op­tions are un­lim­ited when it comes to colour.

Don’t for­get about the rest of the room while you’re plan­ning your colour scheme for the din­ing ta­ble and chairs. Choose a wall colour that will com­pli­ment your up­dated din­ing set.

Keep the floor colour in mind when choos­ing paint colours so that ev­ery­thing will blend beau­ti­fully. Add in ac­ces­sories that work with the colour pal­ette. You might, for in­stance, paint wooden pic­ture frames or a wooden shelf in one of the ta­ble colours so that it will co-or­di­nate within the space.

A retro 1950s din­ing set might be what you’re after and can be paired with vin­tage tin signs, bold fab­rics and black-and-white tiled floor­ing. Those chrome sets were made to last, so if you can find one you’re in luck as it will be a sturdy set for your ca­sual din­ing room or eat-in kitchen.

We have a set at our cot­tage with curved-back chairs and chrome trim and legs. It’s a very com­fort­able and durable set.

These sets often come with chairs in lovely colours of vinyl such as cherry red, turquoise, yel­low and blue. If the chairs need re­cov­er­ing try to find a vin­tage colour of vinyl with which to up­date them and have them pro­fes­sion­ally re­cov­ered. The in­vest­ment will be worth it. Ca­sual din­ing comes in many forms. Whether your tastes lead to a by­gone era or a trendy colour­ful set, you can mix and match your pieces to cre­ate a truly one-of-a-kind din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.


Mix and match eclectic pieces to cre­ate a unique din­ing room set.

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