Combine modern and rustic furniture with calm colours and quirky finishing touches for a laid-back dining scheme.
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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.
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.
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.
Play with scale by choosing oversized ornaments, such as this ampersand.
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.
A fl ash or two of brass brightens up matt, stone-toned ceramics.
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