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Arts Crafts Style Dining Room Design

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The Arts and Crafts movement emerged out of Great Britain as a reaction to the mass produced furniture of the Victorian era. Since many crafts people were put out of work due factories replacing the cottage industries, the emphasis of Arts Crafts furniture was on the use of natural materials and handcrafted furnishings. Other common elements were exposed joinery and the use of local or native woods.

Today, the Arts and Crafts interior design principles are still popular because of their clean lines and simple profiles. The Arts Crafts style can be especially effective in a dining room, where a tranquil atmosphere is conducive to enhancing the quality time spent with sharing a meal with family or friends.

Designing the Room

f2Quoizel Town Park One Tier Chandelier With 4 Downlights

Since natural materials and traditional woodworking techniques are stressed, to create an Arts and Crafts dining room, start with neutrals such as ivory, gray or taupe or natural shades like sage, forest green, sand, browns, golds, bronze and berry tones as paint or wallpaper color for the walls.

The same colors can be used for seat fabrics and window treatments. If you choose dining chairs that are upholstered, consider adding texture to the room by selecting leather or nubby fabrics like cotton and wool.

Lighting for an Arts and Crafts style dining will reflect the rectilinear forms so closely associated with this style of furniture. Lines will be uncomplicated. The glass of the light fixture is typically opaque and in a soft white or cream with iron or bronze accents and/or hardware.

As with the window treatments, area rugs should be made of natural materials, especially wool and cotton. Colors reflect those found in nature.

Selecting the Furniture

f3International Concepts Rockwood Slate Inlay Sideboard

As mentioned above, furnishing have simple profiles and rectilinear lines and with exposed joinery. They are also practical and functional, with minimal decorative detail. Furniture pieces are made from native woods like oak and pine and tend to be compact and can include space-saving features like concealed drawers or compartments. Finishes will be matte (very little sheen) or distressed.

The dining table with an Arts Crafts style will possess a distinctive, handcrafted look.

Hardware is typically “chunky” and oversized, but with simple lines. The back plates of door handles and drawer pulls tend to be rectangular rather than square. Plain iron rings or wood knobs are popular choices for door pulls.

Legs on chairs and case goods tend to be straight or angled.

Buffets, sideboards or dining tabletops sometimes include organic elements such as stone accents or ceramic tiles; again reflecting what is available locally.

Jofran Dining Set in Braeburn Rough Hewn Cherry

The overall look and appearance of Arts and Crafts dining room furniture and interior design is calming and esthetically pleasing. Decoration is kept to a minimum and each piece is crafted with a specific purpose in mind. Over a century after the Arts and Crafts movement first emerged, this style is experiencing a revival of sorts. Elements of Arts Crafts design are being reinterpreted into a contemporary context to produce furniture that is ultra-functional and beautiful, but which is also rooted in more traditional woodworking ethic that creates furniture that deserves to be passed from generation to generation.

Modern Furniture Design

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Modern Interior Design Guide For Modern Furniture Design

One of the most popular styles in present interior design is modern. You won’t find disorder and heavy detailing in modern furniture design – you’ll come across straight lines, organization, and few furnishings. There are no flashy knickknacks or intricate, curved details in a modern room: its motto is “less is more”.

It’s an idea design choice for minimalists out there who want to do little dusting or cleaning, who can live with as few items as possible.

Modern interior living spaces normally feature straight, unadorned furniture in darker wood tones, like espresso, or basic black. Dark colours give modern rooms a chic and sophisticated flair. In general, there are rare amounts of decorative items on tabletops. There are usually a few certain pieces that are on display in a room.

Modern Furniture Design style is all about spending money on a select number of distinctive, original items rather than purchasing a whole collection of small odds and ends.

Black, white, red, silver, and chrome are popular modern colour choices. They create an attractive, yet classic setting to the unique objects that decorate the room. In addition, they highlight the straight lines of the furnishings.

In a living room modern design, there are no sofas or chairs covered in throw blankets, or random ottomans taking up floor space. The focus tends to be on a couple pieces of furniture with maybe one or two decorative pillows, and matching coffee/end tables.

Sleek, bold, and tasteful – those are the best adjectives to describe the look of modern interior design. If this sounds like the style you’re after in your home, just look through the following guide to furnishing your potential modern living space.

Living Room Modern Furniture Design

Modern Leather Sofa BlackDon’t be afraid to go bold with your sofa choice, since it will be the main focus of your living room.

Sofas like the Alphaville Hoffman Kubus Sofa

Modern Furniture Designor the Avenue Six Yield 72 Inch Love Seat Sofa are sure to be a strong focal point. You can also go with a sofa set to fully balance out your living space.

Modern Red Leather Sofa SetTry the Global Furniture USA Edwards Red 3-Piece Leather Living Room Set

Modern Free Form Sofa Ottomanor the Alphaville Noguchi-Style Free Form Sofa and Ottoman to really make a statement.

Modern  Coffee Table End TableOpt for a matching coffee table and end table set, since mismatched items in a modern home simply don’t work. Take a look at the Lifestyle Solutions Barbados Coffee Table and End Table Set in Cappuccino,

Coffee Table End Table Setor the Avenue Six Yield Black Glass Top Coffee Table Set.

Modern Distressed Coffee Table End Table or the Stanley Furniture American Modern Distressed Merlot Octagonal Coffee and End Table Set

Modern Slate Coffee Table or this Slate Top Rectangular Coffee Table echos modern with a unique twist

Modern Floor LampBrighten up your modern living room with a floor lamp. A lamp with a shiny chrome base will catch attention, but still leave the sofa as the main attraction. Look for as little detailing as possible, like the Kenroy Home Emilio Chrome Floor Lamp with White Linen Shade.

Dining Room Modern Furniture Design

Modern Dining Room TableA modern dining room is the perfect place to see the “straight line” concept on display. Tables and chairs have very little to no curvature, and feature dark wood or glass construction. A great example is the Japanese-inspired Sitcom Hida Collection Dining Table Set,

Modern Glass Dining Room Table Setor the glass-topped Global Furniture USA Roberta Leather Accent Dining Set.

Modern Glass Curio CabinetA modern take on the dining room china cabinet is the Modloft Amsterdam Modern Display Cabinet, with its glass doors and chrome finishing.

Modern Dining Room BuffetTo give more storage to your dining room without taking up space, try the Modloft Bleeker Urban Modern Buffet Cabinet.

Modern Short VaseKeep the décor simple in your dining room with basic vases, like the Zodax West of Tangiers Portico Hexagonal Glass Short Hurricane/Vase.

Family Room Modern Furniture Design

You may not think that modern style suits a family room, since those rooms are normally a bit more “rounded” and “chaotic”, but there are always options out there for a modern family room.

Sofa and LoveseatTry a sofa set in a more neutral, comfortable colour, like the Global Furniture USA 682 Series Sofa and Loveseat Set in Cappucino Leather.

Cocktail End Table SetTo make things a little safer for the kids, a coffee table/end table set can feature a small bit of curves and still have a modern style, such as the Stanley Furniture Beau Nouveau Espresso Cocktail Table Set.

Modern Red PillowGive the room some extra comfort with decorative pillows. You have the opportunity to add a pop of colour, like candy apple red, with a throw pillow. Mystic Valley Traders Cafe Cherry Boudoir Pillow

Kitchen Modern Furniture Design

Modern Glass Top Dining Room TableFor a fabulous eat-in kitchen, you’ll want to make a statement with a chic table. The Modloft Howard Modern Glass Top Dining Table is simple enough to feature in any kitchen to give it a modern flair.

Modern Dining Room ChairFinish off the table with casual modern chairs, like the GAR 18.25″ High Zoe Casual Dining Chair with Cushioned Seat and Back.

Chrome Bar StoolThrow in some bar stools to seat guests at your kitchen island or breakfast bar. The Wholesale Interiors Baxton Studio White 31″ Plastic and Chrome Bar stool will instantly give your kitchen a modern feel.

Modern Bar StoolAlso try the Zuo Equino Adjustable Bar stool for a backless option.

A kitchen isn’t complete without a clock. There are lots of outdated-looking clocks out there, but fortunately, modern clocks keep popping up.

Beech Wall ClockTry the Kieninger Quarzline Beech Wall Clock with the wooden face,

Hands Wall Clockor the Nextime Work Time Hands Wall Clock with no face at all – very simplistic!

Bedroom Modern Furniture Design

Modern Platform BedNothing says modern-day living like a platform bed. These beds are super-low to the ground, with no box spring attached. Look for platform bed sets, since all the pieces already match each other. A great example is the Modloft Worth Platform Bed 3 Piece Bedroom Set,

Modern 2 Piece Bedroom Setor if you’re looking for something a little higher off the ground, try the Modus Nevis Espresso Bed 2 Piece Bedroom Set.

Modern DresserDressers without handles give off a minimalist vibe, which is ideal for modern bedrooms. Modloft Ludlow Dresser in Wenge

Modern Circle Floor MirrorGive your bedroom a little bit of personality with a fun mirror. The Adesso Cirque Floor Mirror adds visual interest,

Modern Mirrorand the Accent Furniture Bayshore Portrait Mirror adds a pop of colour to a stylish modern bedroom.

Bathroom Modern Furniture Design

Modern Vessel SinkThe bathroom is another great place to show off the clean modern style. Vessel sinks are a fresh, updated take on classic sinks, so try something like the DreamLine Geometric Square Vessel Sink in Clear

Black Glass  Vessel Sinkor the DreamLine Black Glass Vessel Sink for your bathroom.

Modern FaucetWhen it comes to matching a faucet with a vessel sink, all you need to consider is height. Is the faucet you have in mind high enough to flow into the sink? The Avanity Tower Faucet

Tub Faucetand the DreamLine Hi Rise Tub Faucet in Chrome have extensive height, while remaining modern with their chrome finish.

Modern ShelfTo keep your towels and toiletries in order, a glass-lined shelving space is simple enough to complete the look of your modern bathroom. Organize It All Contas Five Tier Shelf in Chrome

Kid’s Bedroom Modern Furniture Design

Modern Bunk BedsBelieve it or not – you can have a modern style kid’s room! It all starts with a stylish bed, like this Hillsdale Universal Loft Study Center bunk bed.

Loft Bunk BedsYou can also give off an industrial feel with the Powell Z-Bedroom Full Size Loft Study Bunk Bed. Your kids will definitely love sleeping up high on a loft bed, and you’ll love their modern look!

Bedding can definitely make or break a style you’re going after. In this case, you’ll want something that’s neutral, and with a pattern that has as little detail as possible. Boys  Bedding  Set BlueFor a boy’s bed, try the Cozy Kids Brendan 7-Piece Premium Twin Bedding Set,

Girls Bedding Set Pinkand for girls, the Cozy Kids Halo 4-Piece Full Bedding Set.

Modern Bean Bag ChairBean bag chairs can complete the look of a loft in your child’s bedroom. They’ll love relaxing in one of these big, comfy chairs, and it will tie in with the modern loft style. XRocker Large Bean Bag in Matte Black

Dorm Room Modern Furniture Design

Khaki Futon BedA practical addition to a dorm room is a modern convertible sofa. Try the LifeStyle Solutions Aruba Casual Convertible Upholstered Sofa in Khaki for a more casual look,

Red Leather Futonor the Innovation USA Ray Futon Sofa in Red Leather for the truly bold.

You’re going to need a desk for your computer and books, so look into a corner computer desk, since it utilizes corner space.

Modern Computer DeskThe Z-Line Nero Desk and Bookcase has glass-tops and a metal frame, giving it a hip, modern look.

Cool Alarm ClockYou’ll also need an alarm clock for those early morning classes! An updated, modern example is the Howard Miller San Bernardino Alarm Clock.

Patio Modern Furniture Design

Outdoor Patio Bar SetMake your outdoor space a fun place to entertain while maintaining a modern look with the Alfresco Home Santa Barbara Outdoor Patio Bar Set – it’s manufactured with wicker, making it weather-proof!

Black Patio HeaterAdd a patio heater if those cloudless summer nights end up being a little too chilly to handle. Go for a black or chrome heater, like the Enders 90 Inch Black Patio Heater with Hinged Door.

Modern Patio UmbrellaFor those days with strong sunlight, you’ll need a place to stay in the shade. Outdoor umbrellas can look outdated, but the Coolaroo 8 ft Square Contemporary Umbrella – Southern Sunset has an attractive look that will keep things cool during sunny days.

Isn’t Modern Furniture Design fantastic! You do have to go all modern play with putting a couple of pieces in your current design for fusion!

Nicolette Interor Design Diva

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