By Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Friday, September 22nd 2017, 06:45:16 AM.
Same chairs, different upholstery (or seat cushions). Another way to mix up a set of matching chairs is to re‐cover the seats in an array of different fabrics. Or, for nonupholstered wooden chairs, simply add fresh seat cushions in a pleasing range of colors and patterns.
Invest in a blue chip: A case for retro. Anything retro should be considered a keepsake piece of furniture that has the potential to be handed down from generation to generation. The dining table that catches your eye at a market or auction may not be particularly fashionable or even fit into your present decor scheme, but don't let that deter you from buying something of quality and style from another era. It may well prove to be the best investment of all, escalating in value in the decades to come.
Swing‐arm sconce. A swing‐arm sconce designed to extend over the table (like the one shown here) is an unexpected alternative to the traditional chandelier, and can work even for renters if you choose a plug‐in version. Because the bulb is exposed, you'll need to use a lower‐watt filament bulb to create that lovely soft glow. But because one low‐watt bulb is not enough to light a room on its own, it is necessary to supplement with additional lighting – try a second sconce, or a pair of lamps atop a credenza.