Dining Room Styles We Love
Picking out a brand new dining set can feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. Whether you know exactly what style is just right for you or if you have no idea what suits your fancy, let us help you in your search for your perfect match.
Traditional Dining Style
Traditional style dining sets are modern-made reflections of past classic styles. You can call it antique or vintage-inspired, but here are some key things to look for:
Artistic details: Think intricate designs in the seat back and details on the table edges
Darker metals: The metal shouldn’t so shiny you can see your reflection. Traditional style calls for darker metals that are textured or appear tarnished.
Dark wood tones: The richer the better.
Classic patterns: Florals and paisleys are winners.
Whatever blast-from-the-past set catches your eye, you can never go wrong choosing traditional furniture because it looks timeless.
Bonus detail: Since traditional style is one of comfort and familiarity, you’ll hardly ever see a traditional piece of furniture with sharp angles and edges.
Rustic Dining Style
Rustic style furniture celebrates the simple life with raw, weathered materials. It’s anything but predictable, and it’s always warm, earthy, and welcoming. Here are the basics to this style:
Unfinished and rough wood: Rustic represents a connection to nature. If you see a dining set that echoes rugged branches, you’re on the right track.
Textured fabrics and details: Linen and microfiber add a cozy feel to seating, while nailhead trim modernizes the look of aged wood.
Painted finishes: A distressed paint color (like the blue in the Mestler set below) is a bright twist on the farmhouse loo
Rustic is its own kind of classic, and a huge part of the rustic style comes from the country ideal. Look for weathered woods and sturdy, textured fabrics when shopping for your rustic dining set, and you’ll be well on your way to incorporating the beautiful elements of nature into your dining area.
Modern Dining Style
Most furniture we call modern style is mid-century modern. If you’re looking for this style, here’s what you need to look out for:
Opposites Attract: Look out for neutral solid colors paired with bold hues and graphic patterns.
Keep it Simple: A classic and sleek silhouette highlights the woodwork, glass, and/or leather upholstery.
Mid-Century Meets the Present: Don’t want to go too retro? You’ll often find contemporary twists on the 1940’s-1970’s style.
All About the Angles: Geometric shapes and angles pair well with slight curves.
Remember to pay close attention to distinguishing details, and your dining room will be fit for Mad Men in no time flat.
Casual Dining Sets
Casual dining is styled the way it sounds: it’s all about comfort and convenience. Here are some of the key things to keep your eye out for:
Easy-Going: Cushy chairs and an easy-to-clean table top are must-haves.
Warm: Colors play a huge part in, but remember not all of your wood tones have to be light. Warmth is something you feel, and you’ll know it when you see it.
Intimate: Closeness is also a key factor in casual dining because it creates conversation. Round table sets keep everyone cozy during a meal and invite a round of cards after dinner.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s all about the atmosphere. Don’t sweat it! After all, casual is ultimately about your comfort zone.
Mix-and-Match Dining Sets
This style is literally all in the name.
Push and Pull: Take your favorite chairs from one set that you love and pair it with a table from another set.
Don’t Be Afraid: Mixing traditional and modern styles might seem a little crazy, but you never know if you like it till you try it.
Express Yourself: This applies to all styles, and for every little thing in your home.
What is your favorite style of dining? Share in the comments below!