Save and Splurge: Dining Chairs

 

 

Save and Splurge Cafe Dining Chairs

Cafe dining chairs are a great way to add an eclectic feel to your dining room, and now you don’t have to break the bank to get the look. Zentique’s Cafe Chair has amazing craftsmanship, a lovely distressed finished and a cane seat. You are getting what you pay for, but if you just can dish out that kind of dough, World Market’s Bistro Chair is an amazing ‘save’ option! Below are some beautiful interiors using this cafe dining chair to show you just how much character comes to life by using this chair!

Cafe Dining Chair

by ML Interior Designs

Cafe Dining Chairs

by Lloyd Ralph Designs

Cafe Dining Chairs

by airbnb.com

Cafe Dining Chairs

by Dodson and Daughter Interior Design

 

 

My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

Best Neutral Gray Paints

I love starting a design with a neutral palette on the walls and then bringing in great pops of color through furniture and accessories to bring the room to life. The funny thing about neutrals, though, is that there aren’t any colors that truly just work with everything. Neutral grays can range anywhere from blue to green to beige. If you look at a color swatch by itself it may look perfect, but when paired with other colors, the true tones start to show. On top of that, every color will look different depending on the light in the space. Before you make your decision on which direction you want to go in, make sure you always paint swatches on the wall first. Here are a few of my favorite paint colors brought to life.

Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter
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Photo by Homegrown Interiors; Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

 
Benjamin Moore
Secret
Photo by BowerPowerBlog.com

Photo by BowerPowerBlog.com

 
Benjamin Moore
Nimbus Gray
Photo by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators B.Design

Photo by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators B.Design

 
Pratt and Lambert
Cloud of Winter
Photo by Altanta Homes Magazine

Photo by Altanta Homes Magazine

 

Sherwin Williams
Topsail
Photo by MrsHowardPersonalShopper.com

Photo by MrsHowardPersonalShopper.com

 
Sherwin Williams
Crushed Ice
Photo By Emily Henderson: Stylebyemilyhenderson.com

Photo By Emily Henderson: Stylebyemilyhenderson.com

 

Benjamin Moore
Quiet Moments
Photo By Lonny Magazine

Photo By Lonny Magazine

Styling: The Basics

Bookshelves are a great way to add storage, display your favorite things, warm up a nook, or  cozy up a large space. Large or small, this piece of furniture can be used in any room of your house. No matter what type of shelving you have in your house, they need to have some style and personality. Being such a universal piece can easily attract clutter. They can also seem too stiff, formal or overdone if not styled right. Here are three easy steps to give your bookshelves some serious style!

 

First Step

To get started, I like to start with stacks of books. There are two basic ways to display a group of books: vertical or horizontal. I like to mix it up and have a shelf with vertical books pushed to one side, another shelf with vertical books pushed to the other side, a few shelves with horizontal books stacked in the middle of a shelf, and if you have enough shelf space, you can mix the two and have a shelf or two with vertical books stacked next to a group of horizontal books. This picture is a great example how to stack books, and I love how they used similarly colored books (warm and cool) to make it even more eye catching. def7f4d1364bba160d9f383bc5abf25c-1

 

Photo by Honey We’re Home

Second Step

The next step is to incorporate larger display items like frames and boxes. By scattering frames throughout the shelves rather than clumping them all together, you will be able to focus in on each picture more easily. It highlights the picture as well as makes the shelf look great. I love to play with scale here. On one shelf, you a larger frame paired with a smaller frame, and on another shelf, try putting just a single mid-sized frame. For boxes, my favorite way to display boxes is to put smaller ones on top of a stack of books. It’s a great way to get height on the shelf without needing one large item or a giant stack of books.

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Photo by Ideas for Decoration

Third Step

Finally, you are left with smaller items that could be little keepsakes from family vacations, a small clock, a bud vase, or a little statue. I always save these for the end because they can be used anywhere that needs a little more love. Some shelves may feel a little empty or not have enough personality. These trinkets will fill those voids and by adding them in last, you will have a sense as to how many to display and when to stop. This will prevent you from creating a cluttered look. Less is more here. Try not to put a small item on every shelf, and don’t use more than 2 or 3 on any one shelf.

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Image by Centsational Girl

One thing to keep in mind through all of this is that balance is key. Make sure that each shelf has a visual weight equally dispersed. A big stack of books needs to be balance with 1 large frame, and possibly a smaller display piece. A collection a frames should be balanced with a small stack of books topped with a box. Also, lower shelves should visually feel heavier than higher shelves. Stacks of larger books will feel well placed lower, while delicate frames and thinner books want to be displayed up high. As long as each shelf is balanced, your overall look will feel cohesive and organized.

And finally, personalize these shelves. Think about how you and your family will be using them and make them work for you. If it is by the front door, you will probably want to create a little spot for mail and keys. If they are in the living room, you may want to include DVD’s or a place for remotes. The items that you use should reflect you and how you live. And don’t forget to add in bright pops your favorite colors!

Everyone has books and frames laying around the house, but the smaller display pieces are sometimes harder to come by. Click here to see some of my favorite little trinkets to help dress up your bookshelves and  sign up for my newsletter for access to great discounts on all of these items!