The days of matching dining room table and chair ensemble are on their way out. Today, when looking for dining room decorating ideas you’ll find more ambiguity with room to “make it your own.” Use these dining rooms decorating tips to build a transitional dining area with GABBY decor.
Mix and Match Dining Room Decor
Transitional is a style that is based on traditional design but leans towards a more contemporary look — think modern meets traditional. Transitional decor stands on a classic design foundation, but the pieces get updated with new finishes, colors, and materials over time.
When it comes to adding transitional style into your dining room, it is all about the mix, meaning it is okay to place a set of mismatched chairs with your dining table!
So, if your dining room is in need of an update, here is a quick primer on selecting two of the most essential pieces in your home:
The Transitional Dining Table
Choosing a dining table that is transitional in style should be your first and most important part of your selection. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your dining table.
- Let the size of the room be your guide in determining the size of the table and hence, how many guests you can seat.
- Then, decide on which shape you prefer:
Roundtables are a perennial favorite these days as they are great for conversation. An oval dining table takes up less space, while rectangular tables are favorable when the room shape is similar.
What size dining table should I have?
When determining the table size for your dining room, be sure to leave 3 feet between furniture pieces such as sideboards, chests, and armoires. A 36-inch round table will seat four and a 36- inch x 72-inch table seats eight. Also, feet and legs are another consideration – do you want a pedestal or trestle base (easy for chair placement) or legs at the four corners of the table?
Dining Tables for Transitional Living
Your design aesthetic along with design trends may change, so look to transitional dining pieces that can go with a multitude of styles. Be sure to select a finish that is pleasing, and easy to coordinate so you can change out pieces as your style evolves.
The Transitional Dining Chair
As for dining chairs, mix it up! No law that says all chairs must match.
How Tall Should Dining Chairs Be?
In terms of dining chair size, let’s start with height. Make sure the backs of the chairs are higher than the top of the table otherwise the scale will be off (two inches is the minimum, and taller is better).
Chairs are generally 18 inches from the floor to the seat and they allow 12 inches from the chair seat to the table top. To avoid your chairs from not fitting under the table, be sure to leave 7 inches between the chair arm and the apron of the table.
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