Is there a more versatile piece of furniture than a bench? I think not. I added one to our dining room recently (see my last post) knowing if I ever wanted to go back to the old seating arrangement I could find a spot for the bench elsewhere.
A bench makes the perfect accent at the end of a bed, in an entry, or as a practical perch in a mudroom, but it’s also a handy solution for seating at a dining table. So often in a dining space we think individual chairs are the only choice. Not true! A bench helps gives it that “collected over time” look achieved by mixing a bench with chairs in a different style. The medley works for any style of dining space, from formal to casual, cottage to contemporary.
Adding a bench to your dining room is an easy way to give your space a modern look, and also provides the luxury of squeezing in a few more people at the table during the upcoming holidays. If your ideal dining space is one that is casual, cozy, and welcoming, the addition of a dining bench in a complementary style may be just the thing for your home too.
I made some changes to the dining room this month. This space has always been a mix of formal and casual, I dress it up for holiday dinners and dress it down the rest of the year. My style leans more transitional, I always mix classic pieces with modern accents and I love to decorate with subtle patterns, neutrals and blue tones, I find the medley soothing.
I added a simple dining room bench to the sitting arrangement to squeeze in more people when necessary, I like how the bench make the space inviting. The built in cabinets are a dark stained wood, so are the parsons chair legs while the furniture and floors are a natural color, I like when wood tones are different, it feels richer and more layered.
The curtains are new, they are the mosaic panels from West Elm, doubled up on each side and sewn together. I also stitched a liner to the back so all you see is white when you’re looking at them from outside. The white beaded chandelier I installed two years ago, I love its modern shape in contrast with the more traditional furniture.
The Samode rug is from Dash & Albert, it used to sit in the living room but I’m always rotating rugs around so it lives in here now. The parsons style couture chairs are from Ballard Designs, I’ve had them for about ten years and I just swap out the pleated slipcovers every few years, this time I chose oasis velvet.
I wrote about this succulent boat a few weeks ago, it’s still thriving in this spot. I love this living centerpiece that looks great in any season, I’ll tuck some shiny bulbs inside when Christmas approaches.
I didn’t do much fall decorating this year other than filling a few vases with fall leaves and scattering a few pumpkins around the house. I’m saving my energy for the holidays which are just around the corner, yikes here they come!