Monthly Archives: June 2013

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“From Moroccan to Maritime, 10 Themed New York City Hotels – Jade Hotel”

The new Jade Hotel was designed with a prohibition-era style. The developer paid careful attention to period pieces, and the lobby is outfitted with classic 1920s furniture. Same goes for the 113 guest rooms, where interior design firm Andres Escobar & Associates drew from the work of ’20s furniture designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. But the best themed feature? All rooms have rotary phones.

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Design Tips: Add Style to Your Dining Room with Mismatched Chairs

OD-AY710_MIXING_JV_20130904173613When it comes to creating an interesting and inviting space for your dining room, keeping the space both visually enticing and functional can sometimes be a challenge. However, there is one simple and easy design tip that you may want to consider to add some much needed space to your dining room. The simple art of swapping out some of your matching seats in your dining room set with some different chairs can really add some interest to your dining room. With many dining rooms lack any real personality, you may be surprised to find out just how much of an impact you can make by getting rid of the repetition around your dining room table.

There are a few different approaches you can take to creating the perfect mismatched chair look, and the best part is, there is no real ‘wrong’ way to create this look. One of the many ways that designers suggest you start with the process is to create diversity be adding a single new chair to the mix or a pair of chairs. The best approach to finding the right combination and the right mix is to play around with your options. You may be surprised to find out just how much moving different chairs into different positions can impact the overall look of your dining room set up.

However there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, if you want to make sure that your dining room still looks well put together and stylized, as too much variation can end up leaving your dining room looking like a big mess. Try keeping the same color pallet, or stick with a single color or material. You can also try keeping all of the chairs in the same design and in the same material but keeping the colors different. If you have pain chairs such as simple wood chairs, attempt the addition of some color or patterns with two different upholstered chairs. However, if you are adding patterns into the mix try to only introduce a single pattern as to prevent the set-up from becoming too overwhelming. Also, keeping seat heights the same is a great rule to keep in mind, and to keep variations in height to a minimum.

Finally, keep in mind, that just because you may not see a chair as the ideal ‘dining room chair’ it doesn’t mean that it’s not a possibility for your new set up. Benches, settees and wing back chairs can all make bold and beautiful additions to your dining room table. Ultimately, the choice is yours in what statement you want to make with the simple addition of a new fun chair to your dining room table.