More and more I’m seeing dining room furniture sets being broken up and replaced with an eclectic mix of styles and/or colors. The matchy-matchy concept first started to fall by the wayside with living room furniture some time ago. Remember the leather sofa, love seat, and chair that seemed to be common in most households? Not so much any more. Current dining rooms appear to be following this trend, and I can say I’m totally on board with the updated look.
My interpretation of eclectic is a curation of unexpected furnishings and decor that reflect a homeowner’s personal and unique style. For instance, this dining room with settee, metal chairs, and teak table would likely speak to someone with a modern country aesthetic. However, eclectic style is broad can be interpreted in many different forms.
Erin McLaughlin via Style at Home | Photo by Virginia Macdonald
When putting together a mix, it’s important to have at least one element that ties everything together so it doesn’t start to look garish. The linking factor of materials seen in this marble table with rustic wood base, upholstered reproduction chairs, and slipcovered stools is color.
An element of tension is often what makes the eclectic look work. Placing large scale wingback chairs at the ends of a weathered table as seen in this dining room brings a sense of coziness and presence to the space.
Banquettes along one or two sides of a table combined with chairs on the other help create a casual dining space with eclectic appeal. The pillows on this upholstered seating area pull in the colors of the cane chair and metal table making it all look cohesive.
The same tone of wood on the tufted banquette, wicker chair, and table brings this collection together.
An eclectic mix of furniture doesn’t always have to look casual. Playing up dining chairs with a bold color combined with classic black and white will help to achieve at least a semi-formal look.
Have you noticed the eclectic trend in dining room furniture? Is it something your drawn to or do your prefer a more traditional look?
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