Dining Room

Different Kinds of Elegance

April 11, 2013

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When I was pulling images together today I was struck by how these dining rooms are fairly different in style and yet I would classify them all as “elegant”. I think elegance is a great direction to go in for a dining room. For many people it’s one of the more formal areas of the home where you want guests to feel comfortable and pampered. The above room is very modern with its slick surfaces and angular lines. I’ve always loved the look of the Eames molded plastic chairs, especially with wood dowel legs like these ones. (Though I sat in an imitation once and it was about as uncomfortable as it looks; maybe the real deal is better.) This room’s simplicity and gorgeous finishes exude good taste.

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This room is probably the most “classically” elegant of the bunch with its strong traditional influence. DramaticĀ molding, a glimmering yet tasteful chandelier, tonal drapery that adds depth to the design without shouting for attention. That and much more make for a very elegant room.

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Less classic, more quirky, still beautiful. A lovely dining set gets shaken up by a bold modern armchair in mint green. Naturalistic plant arrangements feel less stuffy than a traditional bouquet, but no less elegant. I’ll admit I am not the biggest fan of this type of chandelier, but I do like how it adds a punch to the design. Which of these elegant rooms is your favorite? I’m having a hard time choosing!

one // photographed by Sharyn Cairns via homelife
two // Gluckstein Home
three // photographed by Nicole Franzen

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