Dining Rooms: What’s Trendy (and Timeless!) This Season

October 2, 2017 by Leanne

As Fall settles in, we turn our attention to entertaining indoors. With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to update your dining room. Right now is also a very exciting time to embark on a dining room makeover. The latest trends offer the opportunity to redecorate on YOUR terms – with a look that suits how you live and the things you love. Here’s what we’re seeing…

The Joy of Juxtaposition.

The biggest trend is the allure of contrast. New pieces mixed with vintage. Rustic paired with refined. It’s dramatic and fresh. Consider a glass topped table with Louis XVI chairs; a harvest-styled table with modern side chairs; leather chairs with a metal-edged table. Be bold!

Magnolia Home Boho Collection

Magnolia Home Boho Collection

Light Wood is Back.

Simple, pure, clean. After seasons of mostly dark and distressed woods, light woods are making a comeback. (Not to worry, dark is still popular too!). For an innovative touch, incorporate a couple of darker wood chairs. Inherently informal, light woods pair nicely with either light surroundings for a very fresh look or contrasting darker walls.

Easton & Griffith now available.

Easton & Griffith now available.

More and More Mixing.

For a few seasons we’ve seen the beauty of mixing styles and materials, almost with a touch of abandon! It continues this year. Metal, glass, leather, woods (from polished to rugged) are being combined in unexpected ways. Chair options are especially diverse. For example, choose four chairs the same but with different end chairs, or add a bench seat or even upholster each chair differently (but in complementary patterns).

Soul Dining Collection now available.

Soul Dining Collection now available.

Traditional Endures.

Thank goodness! If you love a matched dining room suite or the classic beauty of dark, glossy wood, don’t dismay. Some home furnishing choices will always be in style. This is one of them. Enjoy!

Grantham Hall Collection now available.

Grantham Hall Collection now available.

Materials Update.

What’s new? What’s new AGAIN? Wicker is back and is a great choice for a casual space. Velvet is popular again (did it ever really leave?). Acrylic chairs remain a trendy, fun choice this season, as do metal and metal-edged chairs. Rich plain fabrics, tropical prints and classic stripes are showing up for upholstery choices and table linens.

Consider Wallpaper.

With so much open wall space, the dining room is one of the best rooms for wallpaper. Choose a classic floral, funky geometric or a hint of sparkle.

Enjoy getting your dining room ready for the season ahead! More than ever, remember, you can bend the rules and express your individuality.

How to Incorporate Stripes in Your Home.

September 26, 2017 by Leanne

Stripes are timeless. They’ve always been in style and likely always will be. But don’t think classic means boring. Stripes can take on many personas. Boldly-coloured stripes are modern and daring; navy and white stripes are elegant; stripes in the same colour family are subtle and sophisticated. Why are stripes so spectacular? Read on…

Magnolia Home Parlour Chair available at Stoney Creek Furniture

Magnolia Home Striped Parlour Chair available at Stoney Creek Furniture

Stripes can change room shapes.

Vertical stripes make a room appear to have a higher ceiling. Horizontal stripes make a space feel wider and elongated. Walls painted with alternating plain and glossy stripes in the same shade give a room the illusion of greater depth. But always keep proportion in mind. A large room looks best with wide stripes; thin stripes will be dizzying. Likewise, thin stripes suit a small space where big stripes would be overwhelming.

Stripes are ideal for walls, floors, ceilings, accessories and furnishings.

How’s that for versatility? If you love stripes, consider striping your walls or using striped wallpaper. If you want a unique farmhouse look, paint stripes on rugged wood floors. For a one-of-a-kind ceiling, paint alternate stripes in a pale pastel and white. How about pink or blue? For a sofa that will look good today and down the road, consider stripes. Or for just a touch of striping, stick to accessories – you’ll find everything from striped rugs to bedding to vases to dishes to wall art!

Stripes partner perfectly with other patterns.

It depends on how adventurous you are and the effect you want to create, but generally, almost anything goes with stripes. Polka dots? Yes. Plaid? Yes. Florals? Yes. But unless you want sensory overload, be sure you use the same colour scheme across patterns and if you’re choosing florals, go dainty and muted rather than bold. For a graphic yet classic look, go for black and white stripes. They match just about everything – a neutral in disguise! TIP: Never go overboard with stripes, especially when mixing with other patterns. Keep some key elements pattern-free.

Magnolia Home Parlor Settee

Magnolia Home Striped Parlor Settee available at Stoney Creek Furniture

Stripes add interest to plain.

If you choose plain upholstery for your primary furniture pieces, stripes are a great way to add interest and dimension to your space. Whether you choose a striped ottoman, a striped accent chair or something as simple as striped lampshades and cushions, you’ll immediately notice the richness and charm stripes add to an otherwise ordinary room.

Stripes let you go a little crazy.

Like we said, stripes aren’t always conservative. Stripes can be fun and whimsical – consider stripes of varying widths and colours in a kid’s room or family room. Go horizontal, it’s quirky and fresh! TIP: Always choose contrasting colours for stripes or colours from the same family, whether bold or soft. Avoid using loud colours together like red and purple, for example.