Dining Rooms Trends

classic diningAccording to traditionalists, a dining room must have a formal matching dining room set, preferably wooden. In a traditional home, these rooms are used only for special occasions or the occasional gathering, much like the good china and silverware. To complete the traditional setting, add lace doilies, a crystal chandelier, and an oversized Oriental rug. Keep the children out, wrap it all up in plastic, and you get the picture: it’s a room that’s rarely used.

Modern homeowners, however, want to use the dining room for everyday use. Fortunately, furniture and decorating trends have moved in the same direction, bringing the once little-used room back into the mainstream of daily living.

The first change is one that has been happening for years. Trends continue to make the dining wood & metal diningroom less formal and more livable. Take off the plastic wrap and break out the everyday dishes. Here are some other trends.

Dining Room Tables

The recycling craze has influenced the design of newest dining room tables. Furniture made of recycled wood has become commonplace. Chopping blocks, no longer relegated to the kitchen, have begun appearing in dining room furniture.

Moreover, an industrial look is replacing the shabby chic trends of yesterday. Thick, recycled, roughhewn wood paired with a silver or gunmetal base and legs have become accepted into the mainstream.

paula diningThe industrial look is inviting for a number of reasons. Homeowners at Rug & Home love the sturdiness of the wood and metal furniture. Not only is it trendy, but it’s practical. These dining tables ably set the stage for a meal and then serve as the worktable for the kids’ homework or latest school project.

Plus, these tables will last. They often weigh more than a small car.

Dining Room Chairs

Traditionally, a dining room set requires a matching set of six or eight chairs, whether the dining mismatched diningtable is used daily or just for special occasions. The latest trend, though, encourages mismatched chairs, creating a much more informal appearance that decorators and homeowners alike love.

Have you ever gone shopping for dining rooms chairs and found a half dozen that you loved, but felt driven to choose one and order seven more to match? Now you can buy one of each. You can mix colors, fabrics, and styles. Place a traditional Queen Ann chair beside an industrial gunmetal seat. Set a few chairs around the table with seat cushions beside plain wooden seats.

If you want something really different, good news: the bench is back. Benches have become an integral part of the communal dining spirit that’s transforming eating areas around the country. Benches can be made of recycled wood and matched with similar chairs, or they can stand on their own, covered in leather in complete contrast to your ladder-back chairs. Alternatively, go with two benches and two side chairs.

Regardless what you choose, remember that dining rooms are now considered informal places to eat every day. Make your dining room a comfortable extension of the rest of your home.

Leather vs. Cloth: What’s the Deal?

There are a number of factors you need to consider before purchasing upholstered furniture. While your budget may drive many of your decisions, other aspects of the process should also take precedence. Certainly, the quality of the frame is an important factor to consider, and we’ll go into that in an upcoming blog (so stay tuned!). Additionally, expect to see more articles about size, style, versatility, and manufacturing processes.

Today, however, let’s talk about surface issues — the pros and cons of leather and cloth.

Among the vast array of furniture choices ahead of you, there are primarily two types of upholstery from which you can choose. Before you even begin thinking about the size, style, color, and comfort of your next sofa or chair, you’ve got to decide whether you’re going to go for leather or cloth.

Below, we’ve listed a slew of the advantages and disadvantages for each upholstery option, as well as the lowdown on them. Your decision, though, should remain based on your preferences and resources. Some of you would furnish your home like the Taj Mahal, given the resources. Others would prefer something more modest. As always, your tastes should direct you. These guidelines are a helpful way to help you narrow your options.

After sitting a while on a leather sofa and on a cloth-covered couch, you should be pretty clear about which feels more comfortable and which best suits your lifestyle. So go shopping armed with this list of pros and cons, and remember to take a good long sit-test before you make a final decision.

Top grade leather will last for decades.

Leather Is:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean and non-absorbent
  • Doesn’t hold dust or hair (good for people with allergies)
  • A natural material
  • Often associated with wealth
  • Better with age
  • Easy to repair

Leather Isn’t:

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Singing the Praises of Solid Wood Furniture

As is the case with handmade rugs, the quality of solid wood furniture far surpasses its counterparts—pieces made with plywood and pressed wood. (There are situations where plywood and pressed wood may be appropriate, however, just as there are times a machine-made rug could be the right choice for you.) With proper care, these pieces can also last a lifetime and stay away from the landfill. And, many solid wood pieces are crafted with wood from reclaimed sources, further making them a sustainable option for those working to tread lightly on the planet. Continue reading