Post # 1
We have started looking at giving our dining room a makeover. Our kitchen has stools so the dining room will be the main eating area when we have kids. I’m wanting something that’s a cross between formal and informal.
The dining room is pretty separate from the living room. In our living room we have a lot of dark wood, dark accent colours. i’m wondering if we should stick with that for the dining room, or go opposite with some lighter colours. They’re pretty separate, so I don’t even know if it matters.
But would a dining set in a lighter wood be better so we don’t have so much dark furniture around the house?
Or would something darker look better for what we’re going for.
We are considering an accent wall. There’s one already, but we would repaint to a different colour so that’s pretty open. The floors are kind of a medium-light hardwood.
Post # 2
I think dark wood really breaks up the space and makes things seem more crowded. I do not at all thing all the wood in the house needs to match- get the lighter set!
Post # 3
I much prefer dark wood. There’s just something so elegant about it. However, if you really want to lighten it up I’m all for white. Either dark or white haha.
Post # 4
I’m a little hesitant on the lighter style because most (if not all) chairs I’ve seen are upholstered in white – and I’m paranoid about stains. I have cats who like to dip their paws in their water dish and leave wet foot prints on our couch.
Post # 5
Also these are just an idea of sets – not the specific ones I’m looking at buying.
Post # 6
I’d argue that it depends on the light in the room, and what colours you have/are having on the walls.
Our cottage is pretty dark, so we have light oak wood furniture, light grey and taupe walls.
Post # 7
There’s a big window in the room, and the colours are up in the air right now. I like the look of burgundy, which I’ve been considering for the accent wall. Something like this:
Post # 8
I think you can absolutely mix and match dark wood furniture with lighter floors and vice versa. As someone with VERY dark wood floors in my kitchen, I hate it. It shows every crumb and bit of dust. I vote for lighter floors based on that alone and then, if you like, go for darker furniture.
Post # 9
Keep in mind that you don’t have to buy a set. You can choose darker chairs and a table with a lighter top in white, cream, zinc, stainless steel etc.
Post # 10
Have you considered chairs with Slipcovers? They’re generally pretty easy to take off and put in and you could just wash them….
Wicker is another option and can serve as a good middle ground.
Post # 11
I like dark wood because I am also paranoid about spills and i make curry and that tends to stain lighter cabinets. We have white cabinets in our house and they are all stained with turmeric that never gets out so I would go for practicality over looks. Not to say tha dark wood isn’t elegant and appealing.