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3 Dining Room Looks We Love

Your dining room can set the tone for a gathering well before you set the table. Rather than decorating it in a predictable, matchy-matchy way, go unabashedly á la carte—and create a bold buffet of your favorite colors, patterns, and furniture styles.

Shaker Things Up

A reimagined Colonial setting proves that some styles never grow old; they just evolve. Subtle design tweaks refresh foundational pieces: an unfinished trestle table that’s slimmer than its forebears, a wrought-iron chandelier stretched to a dramatically wide wingspan, and Windsor chairs with ample seats and not-so-knobby backs that invite you to linger. To make the spare staples look alive, set them against vibrant botanical wallpaper and a geometric rug; shared blue tones tie them together.

 

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THE DETAILS: Schumacher Lotus Garden wallpaper, in Jade, $462 for 2 4.5-yd. rolls, decoratorsbest.com. Currey and Company Saxon chandelier, $1,572, shopcandelabra.com. IKEA Möckelby table, $699, ikea.com. Ethan Allen Gilbert armchair, $429; and side chair, $329, both in Charcoal, ethanallen.com. The Rug Company Mazarin rug, $76 per sq. ft., therugcompany.com. Hawkins New York Simple candlesticks, in Matte Black, $38 for small, $48 for large, hawkinsnewyork.com. Sir/Madam Toleware nesting trays, $178 for 3, shopsirmadam.com.

Round Things Out

To cultivate a space that melds high design and high comfort, swap sharp lines and corners for modern curves, organic materials, and a glowing backdrop.

  • Statement Seating
    Statement Seating

    Wire-brushed oak and antique bronze “buttons” give the Thomas O’Brien for Century Keira chair serious presence; Kelly Wearstler Crescent wallpaper mirrors the chic vibe.

    DETAILS: Chair, $2,085, aerostudios.com. Wallpaper, in Gold Ivory, $592 for 10 yd., kellywearstler.com.

  • An Artful Accent
    An Artful Accent

    Black metal and brass envelop the Atelier de Troupe Cigale single sconce. It rotates on a ball hinge and looks different from every angle.

    DETAILS: $790, atelierdetroupe.com.

  • Earth-Tones Underfoot
    Earth-Tones Underfoot

    A rug in a sepia palette will quietly echo the wallpaper.

    DETAILS: Williams Sonoma Ivory Blossoms hand-knotted rug (similar to shown), from $2,295, williams-sonoma.com.

  • Mood Lighting
    Mood Lighting

    Dish out atmosphere with the Arteriors Griffith chandelier. Its shallow bronze plates face upward to gently illuminate a space.

    DETAILS: $1,680, ylighting.com.

  • A Well-Turned Table
    A Well-Turned Table

    The stepped octagonal base of the Bunny Williams Home Haven dining table puts a geometric twist on the usual round pedestal style.

    DETAILS: $5,000, bunnywilliamshome.com.

    For help updating your home, click here and enter to win $25,000.

  • Nods To Nature
    Nods To Nature

    A stoneware Jonathan Adler Brutalist footed vase filled with muted blooms will bring softness to the scene. Gather a few for a centerpiece.

    DETAILS: $128, jonathanadler.com.

  • Statement Seating
    Statement Seating

    Wire-brushed oak and antique bronze “buttons” give the Thomas O’Brien for Century Keira chair serious presence; Kelly Wearstler Crescent wallpaper mirrors the chic vibe.

    DETAILS: Chair, $2,085, aerostudios.com. Wallpaper, in Gold Ivory, $592 for 10 yd., kellywearstler.com.

  • Mood Lighting
    Mood Lighting

    Dish out atmosphere with the Arteriors Griffith chandelier. Its shallow bronze plates face upward to gently illuminate a space.

    DETAILS: $1,680, ylighting.com.

  • A Well-Turned Table
    A Well-Turned Table

    The stepped octagonal base of the Bunny Williams Home Haven dining table puts a geometric twist on the usual round pedestal style.

    DETAILS: $5,000, bunnywilliamshome.com.

    For help updating your home, click here and enter to win $25,000.

  • An Artful Accent
    An Artful Accent

    Black metal and brass envelop the Atelier de Troupe Cigale single sconce. It rotates on a ball hinge and looks different from every angle.

    DETAILS: $790, atelierdetroupe.com.

  • Nods To Nature
    Nods To Nature

    A stoneware Jonathan Adler Brutalist footed vase filled with muted blooms will bring softness to the scene. Gather a few for a centerpiece.

    DETAILS: $128, jonathanadler.com.

  • Earth-Tones Underfoot
    Earth-Tones Underfoot

    A rug in a sepia palette will quietly echo the wallpaper.

    DETAILS: Williams Sonoma Ivory Blossoms hand-knotted rug (similar to shown), from $2,295, williams-sonoma.com.

Say It in Swedish

Channel a less-expected era of Scandinavian style—the 18th-century Gustavian period—by borrowing the refined pastels that ruled Stockholm and illuminated those endless winter nights.

  • Pale Beauties
    Pale Beauties

    The Lillian August side chair’s taupe linen upholstery plays nicely with a table in a light finish, while its dark-gray frame references the stunning Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock wallpaper.

    DETAILS: Chair, $840, lillianaugust.com. Wallpaper, in Blush, $205 for 2 4.5-yd. rolls, decoratorsbest.com.

  • A Delicate Balance
    A Delicate Balance

    Wisteria’s Gustavian extension table is a formal piece that checks all the traditional design boxes—washed-ivory patina, intricate fluted carvings, slender legs. But it has a practical modern element, too: leaves that expand it to seat up to eight.

    DETAILS: $1,999, wisteria.com.

  • Cool Glasses
    Cool Glasses

    A duet (or trio) of handblown Henry Dean clear hurricanes, available in six sizes, add more glimmer to the room.

    DETAILS: From $90 each, marchsf.com.

  • Subtle Sophistication
    Subtle Sophistication

    Consider these colors in lieu of wallpaper, or for trim and accents (from top): Sherwin- Williams Innocence and Farrow & Ball Dove Tale.

  • A Soft Flicker
    A Soft Flicker

    Hand-hammered in Sweden, the Malin Appelgren brass sconce amplifies candlelight and creates a hypnotic focal point.

    DETAILS: In 4 sizes, from $335, marchsf.com.

  • Leaf Motif
    Leaf Motif

    The graphic maple pattern on Serena & Lily’s Pfeiffer handknotted rug has Scandi appeal and complements the wallpaper without causing sensory overload.

    DETAILS: 9' by 12', $2,998, serenaandlily.com.

  • Pale Beauties
    Pale Beauties

    The Lillian August side chair’s taupe linen upholstery plays nicely with a table in a light finish, while its dark-gray frame references the stunning Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock wallpaper.

    DETAILS: Chair, $840, lillianaugust.com. Wallpaper, in Blush, $205 for 2 4.5-yd. rolls, decoratorsbest.com.

  • Subtle Sophistication
    Subtle Sophistication

    Consider these colors in lieu of wallpaper, or for trim and accents (from top): Sherwin- Williams Innocence and Farrow & Ball Dove Tale.

  • A Delicate Balance
    A Delicate Balance

    Wisteria’s Gustavian extension table is a formal piece that checks all the traditional design boxes—washed-ivory patina, intricate fluted carvings, slender legs. But it has a practical modern element, too: leaves that expand it to seat up to eight.

    DETAILS: $1,999, wisteria.com.

  • A Soft Flicker
    A Soft Flicker

    Hand-hammered in Sweden, the Malin Appelgren brass sconce amplifies candlelight and creates a hypnotic focal point.

    DETAILS: In 4 sizes, from $335, marchsf.com.

  • Cool Glasses
    Cool Glasses

    A duet (or trio) of handblown Henry Dean clear hurricanes, available in six sizes, add more glimmer to the room.

    DETAILS: From $90 each, marchsf.com.

  • Leaf Motif
    Leaf Motif

    The graphic maple pattern on Serena & Lily’s Pfeiffer handknotted rug has Scandi appeal and complements the wallpaper without causing sensory overload.

    DETAILS: 9' by 12', $2,998, serenaandlily.com.