Last week, I posted some of my favorite dining spaces. Here are the rest of the images I’ve collected over the last few years.
House Beautiful, December 2008: Perfect blue walls and Chinese Chippendale chairs, paired with a dark wood table and floor, an elegant console and simple drapes. Photo by James Merrill
House Beautiful, March 2008: Have you ever seen such wild fabrics and colors used together so seamlessly? These three ring chairs do not project a circus at all. Au contraire, their lacquered white paint adds modern glamour. Photo by Lucas Allen
House Beautiful, July 2008: An amazing foxed glass mirror paired with a unique concrete table top and (gasp) upholstered white dining chairs. I give the owner points for bravery there. Photo by Thomas Loof
Traditional Home, April 2007: How gorgeous is the use of white paneling with black on the upper wall? Effect ? That chandelier absolutely pops. Study this. It is classic elegance at its best.
House Beautiful, January 2008: The coordination of those burnt orange curtains with the chair stripe is stunning. I’d spend some serious cash to own that table too. What a lovely Old World style combination.
House Beautiful, January 2008: A mix of styles here, with clean lines. A mission look sideboard, mixture of chairs, and a large but simple chandelier balanced very nicely. Notice the curtain detail? You can have this same custom look by upgrading any of your store bought curtains with just a bit of trim. Photo by Eric Piasecki
Southern Accents, Nov/Dec 2008: Simplicity and symmetry reign here. Look how nice simple wood floors look with elegant white doors and a white circular table. A little punchy fabric makes those chairs absolutely wonderful.
Traditional Home, March 2008: A mix of wood tones, linen slip covered chairs, and eggplant paint on the walls. Photo by Robert Young
Traditional Home, October 2005: Even more beauty in simplicity and symmetry with traditional rattan back chairs, stone flooring, elegant curtains and a chandelier, and no area rug. Photo by Colleen Duffley
Traditional Home, June/July 2007: Would you believe this is a beach house? Who would have thought with those beams and that floor and the elegant use of cream and blue fabrics. That bench adds such an interesting touch. Isn’t the blue/gray paint just lovely? Photo by Colleen Duffley
Traditional Home, September 2007: Going green is easy when it looks like this. The use of various shades of green and dark wood leans a bit masculine, but the mirror, lamps and botanical prints add balance. Photo by Deborah Llewellyn
Elegant Homes, Spring/Summer 2008: I just oooh and aaaah at this dining room. The colors are so warm and inviting, and that sideboard is gorgeous underneath those stunning botanicals.
Cottage Living, Jan/Feb 2007: This dining space is one of my favorites for its mix of elegant chairs and dark wood tones juxtaposed up against all that white. Photo by Roger Davies
Traditional Home, April 2008: Here are two photos from a dining room with some serious style. Look how the decorator mixed painted paneled walls with neutral rustic floors, classic white chairs and a dark wood table. What a dining experience there is to be had here with that conversation piece chandelier and the grand piano in the background.
Traditional Home, May 2008: Environmentally friendly everything here, from the reclaimed wood chairs to the organic cotton fabrics. Traditional, botanical, beautiful, and green. Photo by Edmund Barr
House Beautiful, March 2008: A soothing sand-and-sea color scheme makes this stylish space very airy and inviting. Photo by Eric Piasecki
Traditional Home, May 2008: I feature this image above simply for the perfect dining room chairs and table. Perfect fabric, perfect shape, perfect style, perfect colors. Photo by Kim Cornelison
Traditional Home, May 2008: The owners added all the elements of a formal dining space to a “casual” breakfast nook, and created a very elegant room just a few feet from the kitchen appliances. Lesson learned: who in the world needs both a casual and a formal dining space when one that looks like this will do so perfectly?
Traditional Home, October 2007: Look how a little corner of your home can be transformed with antique chairs, tablecloth, a little chandelier, and some interestingly hung art. Photo by Tria Giovan
Traditional Home, October 2007: Don’t you love a cushy window seat upholstered like this, with an elegant table pushed up against it? Those rustic beams and that lantern are wonderful. I would absolutely love this space in my home – my laptop might be a permanent fixture right on that table. Photo by Gordon Beal
Southern Accents, Sept/Oct 2008: These painted wood floors are stunning. This very simple country style breakfast nook would brighten any morning.
House Beautiful, April 2008: I love how this owner chose a rustic table and elegant chairs instead of an island, right in the heart of the kitchen, don’t you? Don’t forget the silver candlesticks. Photo by Francis Janisch
Traditional Home, April 2008: Here is another dramatic kitchen setting, complete with check floors, nailhead trim chairs, a rustic bench and an elegant chandelier. Photo by John Grannan
Traditional Home, April 2007: Here is a very cozy yet elegant space, with a mix of chairs, some library books, some classically framed art and a beautiful chandelier. The use of the mirrored backdrop is genius. Photo by Michael Weschler
Decor, Fall/Winter 2005: This is one of my ultimate favorite dining nooks. I love the mocha colored walls against that white dining hutch, the little iron table and that very cozy upholstered window seat.
In summary, these elements are, in my opinion, necessary for a (photo worthy) stylish dining space:
- Conversation worthy chandelier and sconces
- Upholstered or slip covered chairs in fabulous fabrics
- Dreamy drapes in complimentary fabrics
- Beautiful wall color with tasteful, perhaps unusual, art
- Interesting botanical centerpiece or sculpture
- Antique buffet, a console, or glass front armoire (space providing)
- A mirror, somewhere, anywhere, to reflect:
- Candles, candlesticks, and more candles
- Matching china or dishes
- Matching chairs
- Area rug
- Frou-frou or pretention
Do you agree? Do you have a formal dining space? If so, do you actually use it? What do you think makes a dining space stylish?