An elegant and traditional dining room is great for hosting memorable dinner parties. Traditional style furnishings are striking and polished, making them perfect for conjuring a festive atmosphere. With that said, traditional style dining rooms can sometimes feel generic. If you’re struggling with how to add personal touches to your dining room, keep reading as we mine the stylish dining room above designed by New York interior design company, Brockschmidt and Coleman.  


Lively Walls

Your first focus should be your walls! Traditional dining rooms can come in all colors, so don’t shy away from a colorful wallpaper or wallpaper mural for this space. Using color on your walls can be a great way to show your guests your great personality and create warmth. If patterns are too loud for you, look for bright or interesting colors to add an element of style and personality to your room.

Décor Galore

If you’ve sprung for some lively walls that doesn’t mean you need to pare back on vibrant dining room décor! Instead, source minimalistic picture frames, solid-colored vases, and other dining room décor in colors that are complementary color to your walls. You can even take a page from Brockschmidt and Coleman’s book and add solid color curtains. Doing so can break up the wallpaper pattern and keep the room from appearing too busy.

Color Play

Lastly, don’t be afraid of color play! Traditional furniture is often synonymous with deep browns and blacks, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, adding color to traditional pieces is a great way to procure an element of the unexpected in a traditional dining room. Brockschmidt & Coleman, for instance, elected for Queen Anne-style chairs dressed in a Gustavian-style whitewash finish. Paired with coral-colored cushions, these chairs are technically traditional, but, thanks to their color, feel remarkably neoteric.

Lead photo design by Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC / Photo by Richard Leo Johnson of Atlantic Archives, Inc.


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July 10, 2022

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