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Dining room additions that make the difference

The dining room has been a slow work in progress, but we’ve made a couple of additions recently so I thought I’d share them with you as I think they’ve transformed the room.

I last shared the room just before Christmas, we’d finally sorted the fireplace out – take a look here.

We’ve added a rug and switched out the dining table for a slightly smaller one.

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Our previous dining table was a huge Ikea extendable piece, which we really liked, but it was just too big for the space. Even when it wasn’t extended it felt like it took over the room.

So the new table is actually an eBay find. It is a white farmhouse style, rather rustic and with a few bashes here and there, adding to the character.

I really wanted to lighten this room up as its North facing and doesn’t see a lot of sunshine. The off white table really helps open up the space and the slight sheen of the paintwork bounces light around the room. I wasn’t sure it would work with our antique dark chairs, but after a bit of Pinterest research I decided they totally would. Check this example- white table, dark chair combo – totally nailing it!

In fact it was this image that focused my mind about the rug situation. We wanted a rug for this space but there are so many gorgeous rugs around at the moment I was having a nightmare deciding what to go for.

plants on fireplace in modern boho dining room

Wayfair got in touch around the time of my light-bulb moment and lo and behold this collaboration was born. The zebra rug is by Safavieh and is actually a creamy white and black coffee brown, rather than being straight up black and white. I think this is a softer version of the monochrome look and works well in this space- I think B&W would have been a bit too striking and unbalanced the room.

rugs and tiles pattern clashing

I love the way the colours go with the fireplace tiles and the pattern clashing adds a sense of bohemian layering. We are just so pleased with it. The creamy white works with the dining room table, the bookcases and the whole room is starting to feel (dare I say it?) finished. Find the rug here.

Its amazing how just adding a rug can finish off a space and switching one piece of furniture can add so much light.

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28 Comments

  1. Elsa Eats

    Your dining room certainly looks homely with rustic touches. The rug definitely works and I think you’re right about the colours working well in the space due to its muted colours; black and white would not have worked in here!

  2. Antonia Ludden #tidylife

    Fabulous! I love how your dining room has evolved. I wouldn’t have thought pairing the dark antique chairs with the white farmhouse table, but you were so right – they look amazing together. Then adding a bold rug is a brave style choice, but how gorgeous do they look together? I love it when ‘eclectic’ works so beautifully xx

  3. Valery

    Well done! I love your rustic table and his colours’ contrast with your zebra rug. It reminds me a natural atmosphere

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