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Decorating the Formal Dining Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas

10292857_SFor most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.

This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall.  Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.

Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room.  The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table.  Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look.  Even panels flanking the large window would work, too.  An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.