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The Dining Room

By Blake Miller and Lauren Blake

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

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When it came to designing this elegant dining room, Laura Archibald used bold patterns matched with soft texture and lighting to created an overall effect that’s both dramatic and warm. “Dimmers are a must!” says Archibald. “I also love candlelight at night, so when entertaining be sure to use votives on your dining room table.” The end result: A room that shines both during daylight and candle lit evening hours.

What’s one of the most important aspects of a dining room design?
“I place great importance on lighting. It serves as both a decorative element and a functional element. In this room we have a custom Empire style chandelier made by Dilworth Antique Lighting, sconces on two walls, and mercury glass lamps on the sideboard.”

What type of chair do you typically recommend for a dining room?
“I use all different types of chairs, but I tend to like upholstered dining chairs or painted chairs with a dark table to mix it up. It adds softness and interest in a room. Here, we used a blue vinyl on the seats and in-backs of the tufted chairs, and then we used a silk fabric on the outbacks.”

What do you feel is the one essential every dining room needs?
“All rooms are different so I don’t think there is one essential element—other than a dining table and chairs of course, but I do think that great accessories make a room. The mirror in this room has a wow factor when you walk in. There is a pair of old books covered in cream paper on the sideboard and a decorative box with gemstones on top.”

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