Monday, January 25, 2010

Get the Look: Punchy Coral Dining Room

I stumbled across this funky dining room by Roberts Erickson Design and was struck by how inviting the scheme is. It may read overly trendy, but for renters or new owners looking for an instant decorated look, this scheme is easy to achieve.


Start off by hitting consignment shops, your granny’s basement or flea markets for an affordable wooden pedestal table with vintage charm. A diameter of 42” will seat 4 comfortably, so don’t go any smaller than that. If you’re going to buy new, Ballard designs makes a nice wooden version:


Rudolph Pedestal Table in Chestnut, $599

I’m almost certain the chairs used above are the overlapping square dining chairs from West Elm, but you can achieve the same eclectic look by choosing another contrasting style of chair to pop against the darker traditional pedestal table. As long as it’s a bright solid colour, like the Farrah chair below, the same effect will be achieved.

Farrah Side Chair

Bungalow 5’s Farrah Side Chair, $645

You can have a lot of fun with pendants and chandeliers in a dining room. The type of fixture you choose can help set the tone. Traditional fixtures with lots of crystal accents create instant glamour while more simple drum pendants read more clean and contemporary. A nice compromise is a brass chandelier with sinuous curves and a touch of glimmer, such as Eric Cohler’s model for Visual Comfort.

Double Twist Five-Light Chandelier, $735 

The chocolate and white zebra area rug used in the photo above borders on overdone. To achieve the same graphic look in a less expected manner, try a rug with a black and white abstract print.


Crate and Barrel’s Ringo Rug 6 x 9, $399

Skip more labour intensive wallpaper and choose to bring the dramatic orange-red coral hue with a few coats of paint instead. If you’re nervous to do the whole room, paint a single accent wall.


Benjamin Moore’s Claret Rose 2008-20

Choosing a grouping of framed prints or photographs with vibrant contrasting colours will make your coral paint pop!



Exotic Bird Artwork, $1120

The finishing touch is a pretty white serving bowl to place on the table. A piece with height, such as this pedestal ceramic dish from Pottery Barn even has a whimsical bird detail!


Pedestal Bird Bath Serving Bowl, $49

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