Combine modern and rustic furniture with calm colours and quirky finishing touches for a laid-back dining scheme.

 Rustic scandi dining room 1

 

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  • Start with a neutral base, then use a mixture of natural wood and designer Nordic furniture to add an upmarket edge.
  • Use black as an accent, but stick to wirework and slim accessories rather than solid blocks that might overwhelm the look.
  • Balance this scheme with delicate pattern – line drawings and crackle glaze work well.
  • Introduce textiles to inject softness and comfort – use worn linen napkins at the table every day, not just on special occasions.
  • Use a piece of sanded oak as a table top – the grain's imperfections add interest.

 

 Rustic scandi dining room 2

 

Good Idea

Update existing crockery without buying a whole new set by adding a few side plates in a complementary colour, such as on-trend pink – it will enhance the casual, mismatched effect.

 

Styling Tip

Position a row of three pendant lights above the table to zone your dining space – particularly useful in open-plan homes.

 

Black and White

Use a couple of chair designs in contrasting colours to match the monochrome mood.

 

Go large

Play with scale by choosing oversized ornaments, such as this ampersand.

 

 Rustic scandi dining room 3

 

Decorating with tactile textures

Worn Wood - Warm a pale palette with natural, organic elements. Pick raw, untreated timber that has lots of character.

Painted Metal - Modernise an otherwise feminine scheme with angular wire furniture and accessories in chalky matt black.

 

Dress to impress

Layer plates and bowls for striking dinner-party style. Stick to similar shades for a co-ordinated effect.

 

Metallic highlights

A fl ash or two of brass brightens up matt, stone-toned ceramics.

 

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Credit: Amara (amara.com)

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