With the skyrocketing popularity of shows like Trading Spaces and Extreme Home Makeover, inventing ways to redesign and decorate rooms is the latest reality TV craze to sweep across America. Whether it's adding crown molding, implementing high hats or placing mosaics on walls, redoing the home is the new water cooler craze.
As designers, homeowners and renters determine whether to go faux or real, the dining room requests a redesign that will integrate its purpose with function. From transforming the meal into an all encompassing experience where interaction, Fengshui and appropriate plate patterns define the moment to keeping matters simple and traditional, where you set your plate is as important as what you eat.
In the realm of tradition, many dining rooms opt for the conventional eight seat dining room table complete with eight matching chairs. However, throughout time, the trend has downsized, making six- and even in some cases four-chair sets desirable. With the downsizing of the quantity, appearance too received an overhaul.
Instead of classic wood, other types of wood such as natural, cedar, pine and mahogany have crept into the dining room complete with contoured edges, beveled and tapered legs, enticing with ornate designs that resonate tradition, reflect personality and reinforce character. Matching seats may have high backs with padding for comfort and armrests for support. The effect is one of an elegant Victorian dinner set where tradition is in the forefront rather than an afterthought.
For those with more of a contemporary appetite, modern twists encourage mixtures of sorts; metals and woods as well as different mediums. Fabrics the likes of suede and leather decorate fully padded seats and are complemented with shapely mahogany legs that surround beautifully rounded tables. Sophistication and style seep from presentations such as these and create an ambiance most would clearly define as elegant and eye catching.
For edgier tastes, refined metals combine with padding and crisscrossed leg supports to create a feel that caters to fashion rather than tradition. While functionality is still important in those models, it is the look of the dining set that resonates and intrigues the purchaser.
Casual diners need not fret as simpler sets that retain style but sacrifice pretension are also available in wood materials, fabrics and metals. Down to earth but stylish, these models combine glass with wood, stylized iron rod patterns with glass tops -- combinations that veer away from the traditional in a symphony of modern.
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