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Global Warmth – Global style dining room

Friday, June 25th, 2010

If travel appeals to or you like to memorabilia from around the world, global style might be the interior design for you when decorating a dining room. Like shabby chic or French country, global style is an eclectic decorating style that takes its influences from around the globe. And for this reason, it is also known as international or world style. A global style dining room can reflect a trip to a Moroccan bazaar, market day in a village in India or a street market in Sri Lanka.

Gobal style is a growing interior design trend because it appeals to our sense of adventure, exploration and curiosity about the world around us. This trend’s popularity is also due to the “global village” our world has become – no corner of the globe seems beyond our reach. And as we move from one place to another, irregardless of borders, the cultural mosaic of any one particular geographic area is constantly evolving. Inspiration for a dining set like the Stanley Furniture Sunset Key 7 Piece Cinnamon Bay Dining Set tables can be found in objects from some exotic location of the world. And because of this, global style is rich in textures, colors and shapes. Decorative motifs like palm leaves, pineapple tops and exotic animals or tropical flowers are common.

When choosing dining furniture for your global style dining room, think natural fibers for upholstered dining chairs, window treatments and area rugs; teak, mahogany and other tropical woods for furniture pieces like a dining table, buffet or china cabinet; bamboo, rattan and tortoise shell as accent materials for tabletops, case goods and chair back inserts. While the overall appearance of global style furniture can range from the sophisticated to the rustic, its predominate characteristic is a hand-crafted look that comes from the use of a distressed finish, natural materials such as cane or rattan or matched veneers in a distinctive pattern.

Wall colors can be as bold or as muted as you desire. Reds, purples, oranges and golds would be a good starter palette for inspiration for a global style dining room. Accessorizing is easy – choose framed prints (or select pictures from your own collection of photographs) of exotic locales. Upholstered chairs can be made of brightly colored woven fabrics; fabrics for window treatments might be made of silk, brocade or damask. Layer the room throughout with objects de arte like ceramic elephants, Indonesian masks and oversized iron candlesticks. As with any eclectic style, and global style is no exception, the way you design and decorate your global style dining room will be totally unique to you.

Dining Room Transitional Style

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Transitional style dining room furniture is that pleasant mix of traditional and contemporary. While decorative detail might display the occasional flourish or two, transitional dining tables are less formal in appearance, tempered by contemporary design principles. Therefore, lines are rounded or tapered rather than ornately curvy. Transitional style dining tables and dining chairs typically use texture and shape to create visually interesting furniture. It doesn’t matter whether you use your dining room every day or if you only gather around the dining table when it’s a holiday, a special occasion or you have company. The dining room should be a place where you can linger for a little while in comfort and in style.

Transitional Palette

Start with neutrals such as pearl grays, soft ivories, gentle taupes and lighter shades of earth tones that are quiet and understated. Nothing sets the right mood as wall color (shown here from Benjamin Moore) that is pleasantly soothing. Use it to its full advantage by adding pictures that emphasize or highlight other objects in the room such as the window treatments, the area rug, a favorite vase or a floor lamp.

The dining table is the room’s natural focal point. This essentially means that you will want to choose a dining table that expresses your personality and lifestyle. The Canterbury Home Furnishing Plantation 7 Piece Dining Set has a classy appearance without being too traditional. The dining chairs have a lovely lyre back design that give this dining set true distinction.

A buffet increases a dining room’s entertainment savvy quotient. It also makes the space more functional, allowing you to conveniently store tableware and table linens in the room in which they will be needed. The Hillsdale Frankfort Slate Top Buffet has a simple style that borders on contemporary, but the beautiful slate inlay top lends this otherwise “simple” furniture piece texture, creating visual interest.

Lighting for a transitional style dining room reflects both traditional and contemporary design elements. With its combination of the metalwork and the soft amber blown glass shades, the ELK Lighting Phoenix Five Light Chandelier has a warm, casually elegant appearance.

For something more neutral yet just as warm, choose the Quoizel Lancaster Two Tier Chandelier With 9 Uplights. The traditional flavor of the metalwork is gracefully restrained, giving this beautiful chandelier a transitional style that is both versatile and unique.

An area rug pulls the dining room together. The flowing lines of the oversized pattern of the Nourison Tropics TS09 Brown Area Rug Collection dresses up the room.

Should you prefer a smaller patterned design, the Abbyson Oceans of Time Himalayan Area Rug Pattern 0012 has a transitional style that reflects the ideal balance between new and old.

Since it is a mix of other styles, typically traditional and contemporary, transitional style is easily adapted to the dining room, when you might want a dining set that has classic lines but also possesses a stylish contemporary look.

From the Design Files of Heather B. – Dining Room Furniture Mix

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Lyla writes:

We are furnishing our dining room and currently have a large mission style dining table with 8 matching chairs, all in a rich dark oak colour. The paint colour is a silverish gray of medium depth with a fair bit of luminosity to it. The floor is a light maple and we plan to add a large mirror and art work with modern silver frames. We need to add

storage and serving furniture such as a corner cabinet for china and a shallow serving table/buffet, however I don’t want to have these items in the same wood as the table as I think that will make the room too dark and

oppressive. What finish should I be looking for that will keep the room bright but coordinate well with the dark traditional dining table? Would a white painted cabinet work? Any other ideas are welcomed. Thanks

Not everything has to match – in fact, some of us prefer if it didn’t. That’s what eclectic style is all about. Since there were no accompanying pictures, I recreated the room from the above description with variations.

Variation #1

Variation 1

First, I picked Benjamin Moore’s deep silver color and used it as a backdrop for the furniture pieces. I have chosen the Somerton Craftsman Mission 7 Piece Dining Set in Blonde Finish for its rich dark oak finish. Also because the flooring in the picture sounds somewhat similar (although perhaps in reality, a couple of shades darker) to the flooring in the dining room described above.

I selected the Home Styles Furniture 3 Drawer Large White/Ivory Base and Stainless Steel Top Buffet because the stainless top and metal handles and door pulls pick up the silver metal accents of the Coaster Mirror with Silver and Black Frame.

The American Drew Camden Antique White China Cabinet is the same country or cottage style of the buffet/server. The doors also have silver metal hardware. The wainscoted sides of the china cabinet echo the inset panels of the buffer doors.

Variation #2

Variation 2

Afraid that the room would be too dark if the server and china cabinet were the same color as the dining table, Lyla wondered if a white finish would work. Although it sounds like it might make the room really dark, I thought black might create an interesting contrast that would be striking, particularly against gray walls.

Keeping the Somerton Craftsman Mission 7 Piece Dining Set in Blonde Finish, I selected another mirror and added a black buffet and black china cabinet. The Curt Christian by Martin Parker Beacon Mirror is rectangular with decorative molding that lends the frame even more linear lines, reflecting the repetitive lines Mission style furniture is known for.

Now we’re really mixing it up with the Global Furniture USA Open Display Unit in Black and Silver. While it might seem too modern for the Mission style dining table, I liked the lines and the fact that it wasn’t “solid” but will still add the functional storage element the room needs. I felt that the Somerton Boulevard Server was contemporary enough looking to blend with the shelving unit while complementing the dining set.

Variation #3

Variation 3

The Howard Miller Seasons Sundance Yellow Display Curio Cabinet and the Butler Specialty Artists’ Originals Console Cabinet in Saffron Yellow Hand Painted Finish don’t go together but I chose them to illustrate the effect of color in the room. Either one of these yellows would be an option. The Trump Home Central Park Round Mirror in Silver was selected to blend in spirit with the more traditional style of the console table.

Thanks Lyla for writing in. Stay tuned next Monday when we tackle another interior design question. And don’t forget to keep sending me those emails. I love hearing from all of you.

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