My last post was about Hanna's family room. Right next to that room is her informal dining area, which I wanted to address today.
Currently she has a rectangular shaped table in the room. It looks something like this:
You can see where she was coming from: Hanna centered a dining table under the light fixture, easy huh? Actually, what I think she should do is something like this:The light fixture was not centered in the dining area. Sometimes there are structural reasons for this. (Sometimes it is just an oversight by the builder). Either way- I would not live with it. Have an electrician move it, (which I know is a pain, because it leaves a mess in your ceiling, and could require a ceiling repaint, etc...) or, you could simply install a hook and swag the chain over like everyone did in the '60's.
(photo from pinterest)
If the fixture is just a little bit off, (say, less than a foot)- I would have the electrician move it, and then if you don't want to deal with matching textures, patching holes and repainting, you could always add a medallion. Keep the formality level, scale and shape of the medallion consistent with the hanging light. It is easy to find formal medallions; a more contemporary one might need to be custom made. (Which still could be easier than a ceiling re-texture and repaint...)(photo from HGTV)
Now, a little quiz... so, how do you select the shape of the table?
a. You go shopping and wait for a table to "speak to you".
b. You get a rectangle. Everyone gets a rectangle. Let's not try to be different.
c. You look at the shape of the room.
Answer? C- of course. Tt is so simple, so why is it is so frequently not the case? In the room above, the area is so open, it doesn't even have two full walls. However, looking at the floor plan, it is clearly more square than rectangle. Now, look at the two floor plans, the original, compared to my suggestions. Doesn't the second plan just "feel" better? So simple, but a huge difference in feel. If the room is elongated, you select a rectangle or oval, if it is more square than oblong, you select a square or round table. The square table below is 55 inches square, perfect to hold 8.
Now for the chandelier. I think a square drum shade, oversized and orange like the one below, would be amazing. Does anyone know where Hanna can find this without it being a custom order? Anyone?
For the chairs, I'd love to bring in more interest and texture than you would find in a matching set. Below are some options.
I like the juxtaposition of the contemporary with a more traditional chair. The light gray leather would go great with the drapes from the last post that we would carry into this room.
A beautiful gray linen would be amazing.
I love the curve to this leather chair. It is so comfortable, you will sit at the table and never want to leave. That really does make for a great dinner party. Leather is also so easy to clean.
A gray metal bistro chair would save you thousands, and still have a great style to it. Decisions, decisions. Anyone have a favorite?
Add something square and green in the center of the table. Every room needs a plant.
Now picture it all right next to the family room from yesterday. It really is one room. Gray, orange, a little green...