You can do subtle things to make a traditional dining room set less boring…even if it is just one of the tips below. Many people have all matching dining room furniture…and well, that look can look a little dated.
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Consider breaking up traditional dining room sets a bit by painting your chairs, china hutch, or buffet.
We painted our 25-year-old chair set a white color to give them a fresh look. We used General Finishes Paint in Antique White. Now our son, Tommy has these chairs now.
Or you could paint the inside of your china hutch, too as my client did.
2. Change the Light Fixture
You can instantly refresh your dining room with modern lights. In fact, Visual Comfort has a huge selection of well-made fixtures that are 20% off right now.
Or take the little shades off your existing candelabra bulbs completely for a simpler look.
3. Re-upholster Your Chairs
New upholstery on side chairs, host chairs, and new linear lighting.
There are lots of performance fabrics out there now to recover your existing chairs. If you don’t have a designer, check out places like Ballard Design, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, or your local upholsterer. My daughter found her dining chair fabric on eBay.
4. Add Upholstered Host Chairs To Your Traditional Dining Room Set
I especially love the Restoration Hardware chairs in performance fabric and on casters so that they are easy to move.
5. Purchase A Textured Table Runner
Textured table runners can update your look. And take the protective cover off your traditional dining table to enjoy it every day.
6. Put Something Fresh, Like Plants, In Your Dining Space
7. Add Some More Modern Art To Tone Down Traditional Furniture
You may also find this post helpful: A Second Chance: How to Bring Your Old Furniture and Antiques Back to Life.
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That’s how to make traditional dining sets less boring to have some less formal dinner parties. Have you tried any of these?