Erika's home (Andie's halp)
Again, the use of natural materials really warm up this otherise sterile-leaning all white kitchen. Fine textured plant, natural wood stools, rich orange/red leather seats (which perfectly complements the navy used elsewhere in the house... opposite side of the color wheel and all) and those gloriously aged metal pendants
You can keep it really simple, but really classic. A pale green on the walls feels spa like, and is accented by the eucaluptus cuttings in the jar and the green soap dispenser. But the addition of that textured basket is really what brings the room together (pro tip: hold your finger over the basket to make it disappear, and see what it does to the room. The room suddenly feels cold, harsh and unfinished)
Look at how they play with lots of different materials and textures to give a very welcoming feel. Stone coffee table top, rich aged wood coffee tbale base, linen couch, velvet pillows, marble top side table, iron legs side table, rattan textured basket, whispy sheer curtains, aged wood beams, black painted door... the list goes on!
These guys have a good combination of traditional wainscotting, with more modern finishes. A few things to note tho: The style of chairs and chandelier take it in a somewhat 'midcentury' direction (though the upholstered density of the chairs work well for the space, and this idea would work well in yours). The area rug is perfect for the space - it encompass the table and all chairs - even when fully scooted out. But that fiddle leaf fig tree on the left gon dieeeeeee. It does not have enough light
This room is lovely. It is grey without feeling cold. They've used the wainscotting very well, and theyve got lovely 'dense' chairs for the table. I do however think they've tried to fit too many chairs around a too-small table. You would be much better off with a rectangular or oval table. But also take note the chanderlier. On its own it is quite modern, but it works seamlessly with the more traditional space. This is a common design idea people do to make more traditional rooms feel more up to date, and I think it is lovely. I do however think the chandelier is too small.
This room feels crisp and modern, while still fitting pin perfectly with the more traditional wainscotting (though I think they went too hard on the blue overall). I think a 'denser' upholstered chair would be good for your space though. They are very comfy, and are somewhat 'grand' which will fit the scale of your space well
Too much goung on here with the wallpaper and chandelier. Not to mention the teal is in the carpet as well. THey went way too hard here
See, the room can feel modern and crisp, while still classically traditional
This feels really modern with the brass accents, the beautiful teal wall, the bright crisp wainscotting, and the crisp black and white frame
This room tries to feel modern with the bright white wainscotting, .and navy paint, but the chairs are dated as well as the chandelier. This room feels like it lacks warmth.
This room needs a pale area rug to brighten it. They've gone too crazy with the molding on the ceiling. And their wood table and credenza are just too dark.
See, a traditional wainscotting dining room can look modern with the right materials choices. By painting the chairs sleek white, with a rich deep jewel tone velvet, the chairs feel modern. The table settings feel modern. And the chanderlier feels modern. While this look may be too "glam" for you, it still provides a good case example of some key ideas.