While more and more of my clients ask for floor plans with less formal dining room space - many of us , like me , live in a home with formal dining space- so don't be afraid to mix it up. Blend your garage sale finds with family treasures or wedding china with a new lacquered table.
In this design , I started with soft color walls - and a solid dark floor - you'll see the designed paneled mill work all painted out white, a circular tray ceiling treatment and wide planked diagonally installed hardwood. I dropped in a contrasting wood floor border to frame the directional change - something you'll find in traditional older homes.
Layering in pieces I began with a fabulous 70" round high gloss lacquered table found as a warehouse bargain- mid century. Paired this with antique Chippendale chairs I rescued and refinished from a yard sale and more sturdy bench made parsons from TLS by Designs. One of my favorite furniture manufacturers with great attention to detail http://www.tlsbydesign.com/ . Add cool lighting - these particular pieces are from Corbett - brought in to work as sparkling gold jewelery. Don't forget to add an unexpected item - a la the funky lacquer mirror which ties back to the heavy carved Chippendale chairs and the black lacquered modern table.
Have Fun and Rules Be Gone !!!